3 of us (late 20's/early 30's slightly above average weight males) stayed here when we were visiting Hanoi. The location was nice - right beside the St. Joseph Cathedral (hence the name of hotel). The area is fairly quiet but easily within walking distance to eateries, shops, and travel agencies.
What I liked about the location is that we're in the "old Hanoi" part of town and easily walking distance to markets, restaurants, shops, attractions and even the nice lake where the Ngoc Son temple is (lots happening around the lake). At night after our sightseeing we walked around and found some coffee shops/bars and relaxed until late.
The hotel is clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. They spoke decent English and were very helpful in giving us maps and directions and made suggestions as to where to eat when we asked where to go for specific types of food (e.g. we asked about beer gardens, where to go for more traditional Vietnamese foods, street food etc).
We got (I think) the Family Room - it is quite roomy and clean: 3 doubles, with a huge closet. Bathroom is roomy and plenty of clean towels. Most importantly, A/C works and even when we needed time to just sit and relax in the evenings we even had the luxury of a balcony overlooking the street below and a partial view of the cathedral. It actually felt a little bit like living locally vs staying in a hotel when I was out in the balcony early in the morning soaking in the morning sun with the street vendors below busy setting up shops and all the associated sounds/sights of that too.
Speaking of mornings, we chose to venture out for street food for breakfast but the built-in restaurant serves decent food if you don't feel like going out. Like most hotels, they also offer laundry service so you can rid of some of your smelly clothes.
In closing, definitely bookmarked and would return next time I'm in Hanoi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2010, The Hanoi Spring Hotel is conveniently located in the very heart of the charming historic Hanoi Old Quarter. Our hotel is situated in a quiet peaceful street which offers you a perfect retreat from the vibrant and buzzing Old Quarter. All shopping and banking facilities, as well as eating and entertainment options are located conveniently on our doorstep or just a few minutes walk away. The Rising Dragon Hotel provides you with a comfortable and relaxing stay in well appointed rooms furnished with the latest facilities. ... more less