We stayed initially for two nights before visiting Sapa, then back for a night before visiting Halong and then back for our final night.
The hotel is located in the heart of the Old Quarter, if you turn left on exiting the hotel Beer Corner is in front of you! If you turn right and walk for approx 10 minutes you will reach the lake and the square. but Hanoi is very easy to navigate.
The rooms are spacious (we had a deluxe room), clean and well equiped. We upgraded to a suite for our last night and all I can say is 'WOW'.
There is wi-fi in all the rooms.
I arranged our airport collection with the hotel for $18 US (for 2 people), they also took us to the train staion and collected us for $5 US per person. The food is fantastic, and breakfast to die for, but dont forget to explore and try the local restaurants in Hanoi. If you go left and left again out of the hotel, there is a cafe/restaurant with yellow chairs and tables, the spring rolls and beer is cheep and good!!!
The staff are very helpful and will do their best to find places on the maps and internet if needed. We stored luggage with the hotel each time we checked out for no extra cost and it was very secure.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel and return if Im back in Hanoi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa ensures you an unrivalled luxury boutique experience just steps away from the Lake of the Restored Sword, nestled in the vibrancy, excitement and captivation of Hanoi's most historic location - the Old Quarter. Rooms have open windows, very quiet yet in the center of Old Quarter. Inter-connecting room for families available. Private laptop in each room with free wifi internet, Essence restaurant opens daily from 6.30AM until 10.30PM ... more less
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