I booked this hotel on the Internet and I have to admit that the photos look better than the real thing.
We flew into Hanoi and booked all of our excursions before we left the airport. I'm not sure if there was any advantage in doing that. We got a taxi to the hotel and it was a straightforward journey.
There was a good welcome and we were shown to our room that faced onto the street. I was disappointed with it and then my wife spotted a 'beastie'. We went downstairs and they changed our room without any fuss, checking for roaches before we went in. I have become accustomed to these cockroaches and I have seen them in clean places, but I still don't like them. Maybe it's because I'm a westerner.
The second room was clean and the bed was comfortable. We were only using it to sleep and the aircon worked.
That evening we found a lovely place to eat called Geko and we went back twice more.
We got used to ordering breakfast by pointing at the menu and I absolutely loved the Vietnamese coffee. I kept asking for more.
Chanitt was a very friendly and helpful member of the staff. He showed us where places were on the map and gave us advice.
The hotel is in the old quarter and it is ideally located to explore Hanoi on foot.
We found all of the Vietnamese in Hanoi to be so friendly. They asked us if we were ok when we were looking at the map and suggested places to go.
We only spent one day at HaLong Bay. This was a disappointment to me because I wanted to get in amongst the rocks rather than kayaking. Still I know next time. The highlight for me was seeing Ho Chi Mihn.
I have to say that this hotel is not luxurious and I felt more like a backpacker. If there is something in this hotel that you don't like then you have to tell them, otherwise they don't know that anything is wrong. Just assert yourself and tell them. I found that they want to learn and they will listen to what you want. Also, if they do something well let them know.
The hotel booked us a taxi to the airport and I paid upfront for it. I checked that the driver would not ask for more money. When we got to the airport the driver asked for more money. He did not get anymore out of me and I found this very annoying.
I love Hanoi and I love the coffee. It has to be one of my favourite cities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in 21A Bat Dan Street of Hanoi Old Quarter. Just a short stroll to the Hoan Kiem Lake, Water Puppet Theater and Dong Xuan Market, near many Vietnamese and Western Restaurants, beside the ANZ bank. ... more less