No question about it: if you're tired of the expensive backpacker-style hotels and want a fair priced luxurious hotel smack in the middle of Hanoi's heart, look no further.
The rooms of this hotel are beautiful, clean and roomy, and have their own computer (and fast internet). The bathrooms were a breath of fresh air after some of the scruffy ones we encountered during our trip!
The trip they offer to Halong Bay was great, and considering the many rip-off tours that we heard about, we were glad we booked through the hotel. The staff was even able to adjust our reservation to suit the tour, so we could go for the two day variant. I suppose you might save a dollar or two finding your own tour agent, but with all the horror stories we heard, I'd definitely suggest the hotel's own tours!
A special tip of the hat goes to the excellent staff. They were competent, friendly and very helpful in advising us in trips, food, prices, local customs and where to go in Hanoi. They were very professional about all things concerning our stay, and very down to earth and amicable when we were just chatting.
I didn't even mention the personalized reservation confirmation (containing helpful instructions and example prices for how to get to the hotel), the nice breakfast, the fact that everybody speaks English very well, the awesome room upgrade after we returned from our tour, the fact that the heart of Hanoi is a 10 second walk away... and the funky elevator jingle.
This hotel is clearly trying to establish a good reputation for the long run. If the room price is anywhere near your budget, stop looking, book a room and enjoy Hanoi!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, just few minutes’ walk away from Hoan Kiem lake, the newly Topaz Hotel Hanoi is an intimate Oriental – style, luxury boutique hotel, featuring a magnificent Asian decor and accommodations. The hotel offers luxury boutique interiors, personalized hospitality and incomparable value money for both leisure and business travellers. Set in a quiet street of Hanoi Old Quarter, Topaz Hotel Hanoi is surrounded by many restaurants, bar, shopping malls and markets. It is the ideal starting point to explore Hanoi ancient capital. All of 36 rooms and mini - suites at our luxury boutique hotel offer you functional design, latest update facilities and highest comfort. At the Topaz Hotel Hanoi, our accolades center from our stand out personalized service that comes from having an exceptionally friendly staff, supreme comfort, and dedication to privacy and hospitality that makes us outshine ordinary Hanoi boutique hotels. Our exceptional staff and generous wealth of complimentary amenities are the reason so many of our guests say the Topaz Hotel Hanoi offers the ultimate travel experience for those looking for a luxury boutique hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. ... more less