I have previously stayed at two of the Hanoi Elegance hotels, but I wanted to try something different for this trip. Golden Silk is located at a central part of silk street. It is a really easy place to get around the Old Quarter and only a few minutes from Hoan Kiem. There are so many restaurants and bars close by, including a few backstreets i stumbled across that I hadn't been down before.
I booked the luxury room with balcony. It wasn't available when i arrived and I was upgraded to the presidential suite - which was huge. I was travelling alone and the suite was a great space to sit in to read or have a beer in the afternoon after a day of wandering around.
Both rooms had a stunning lacquered painting behind the bed with a lotus pattern - they were a lovely feature of the rooms. Dark wooden floors and white bed linen - beautiful Vietnamese design.
The bathroom of the suite was something to be seen - double spa, shower with many settings. It also had a kitchenette - not that you would cook for yourself in a city like Hanoi but it was handy for things like cutting up fruit bought from street vendors (or cakes..)
The luxury room was beautiful, another clean and well-designed bathroom. Beautiful fittings. Comfy beds in both rooms - slept really well. People speak of the noise from the street. I have never had any problems with the noise. It is there but then, you are in Hanoi - and that is the sound of the place. I find it oddly calming and late at night when it stops, it can be eerily quiet!
The balconies are nice- the presidential suite one is a bit stark - super hot - but the room balcony was nice. Both rooms are great - if I went back, I would go for the luxury room as it met my needs.
The breakfasts are nice. Not a huge range of fruit but always sweet watermelon and bananas. The omelettes (cooked to order) are great - as was the pho. And really, this is all I am looking for in a breakfast - then you hit the streets to keep eating all day.
The hotel is clean and staff helpful.
The communications with the hotel through the booking process were helpful and they got back to be quickly in response to questions.
I would definitely stay here again.
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- "Elegance in Exclusive Luxury" 55 rooms and suites opening 01 March 2012, captivating vistas of Hanoi's old quarter. ... more less
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