Stayed at Golden Rice Hotel as part of a voucher deal we bought online that also included an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. As we didn't get to choose the hotel we had to trust Emeraude Cruises in making the right choice and we were not disappointed.
The hotel is well located in the old quarter and Hoan Kiem lake is walking distance. In fact one day we made a point of walking right around the lake at a leisurely pace.
Our only negative is about the breakfast itself and perhaps the restaurant staff can have training on preparing different types of dishes and ensuring tea and coffee is hot not lukewarm. Asking different hotel guests what they would like to have for breakfast or looking at what other hotels serve may help. But this certainly would not put us off staying again as it is the warm feeling you have of being looked after that makes a hotel stand out.
On our return from Sapa on the overnight train, we went to the hotel to freshen up, have breakfast and a quick nap (the overnight train gets in around 5.30am) before catching an onward flight. Booking a day room even for a few hours is recommended if you have time after the train just to feel clean, refreshed and human again. We would not have thought of doing it if reception did not suggest it.The hotel also kindly stored our luggage while we were away for our excursions.
The staff were always professional and helpful. Compliments to Mr Duong Minh Ha for a well run hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Golden Rice Hotel located in the heart of Hanoi capital – 1000 years old. Golden Rice Hotel is the first Luxury 3 stars boutique hotel in Hanoi and new openned on November 2011. Conveniently located at 36 Hang Trong Street in Hanoi Old Quarter, just 1 minutes walking distance to the famous Hoan Kiem Lake. It provides easy access to many famous attractions such as the Opera House, the Water Puppet Theatre, the Temple of Literature, Dong Xuan Market, the Vietnamese Art Museum, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church. The feature of Golden Rice Hotel is a successful combination of Asia and Western design. All rooms are equipped with the comfortable pillows, wooden floor, luxury bathtub, standing bath, LCD 40 inches screen TV, safety deposit box, in addition, computer with free internet are available at the lobby. Most of room have wide-opened window. Especially the Golden Rice's Suite rooms feature an panoramic view of the city and large open air balcony. Besides, Golden Rice Hotel offers an elegant Western Restaurant on the second floor for buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner, room services and a wide selection of beverages. Our friendly, well- train staffs are fully committed to ensuring that Golden Rice Hotel is definitely the best choice for both of leisure and business travelers in Hanoi. ... more less
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