We stayed in Hanoi 2 years ago and thought our hotel then was a great place to stay [and it was for the price] but the Gondola Hotel was simply superb. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Their English was very good as was their service [they even stored some of our luggage during our trip to Sapa]. Great breakfast every morning. The view from the rooftop restaurant was great [especially to get a night time shot of the lake]. Its location in the Old Quarter is pretty hard to beat. You'll read other reviews that say that the Hoan Kiem Lake is only a 5 minute walk away but I would argue that this is a leisurely 5 minute walk. Turn right upon leaving the hotel and, a few minutes later, you will find yourself at the top of the lake from where you can access the Ngoc Son Temple. From the hotel, it is a 5 - 10 minute walk to the Traditional Water Puppet Show. In fact, everything was quite close eg great little restaurants, shops, the night markets. The rooms were clean, quite spacious and very well presented. Despite being in the Old Quarter and its close proximity to the lake, our room was very quiet and we didn't hear any noise at all during the night.We have no hesitation in recommending the Gondola Hotel to anyone looking for a great place to stay in Hanoi. We would most definitely stay there if we went back to Hanoi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gondola Hotel in Hanoi is exquisite merging between Italian spirit and Hanoi culture. Right in the heart of Hanoi Ancient Quarters, steps away from Hoan Kiem Lake and all other major sights of the city, this romantic boutique hotel is perfect for leisure and business guests. At Gondola Hotel we provide 40 glamour & elegant rooms where you can retreat into the peace and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Full fill your enjoyment by dining on delicious Vietnamese and European cuisine at our Gondola Restaurant or relaxing in the stylist roof-top bar while admiring the picturesque panorama of Hanoi. Welcome to Gondola Hotel and allow us serve you with all of our professionalism and enthusiasm. ... more less
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