The hotel is very spacious and plush, with a lovely grand entrance hall. There is a HSBC ATM right outside and the hotel gives close to pegged USD-dong exchange rate inside. The beds are super comfortable and the rooms are very quiet. This is quite refreshing after the frantic noise of Hanoi. This is a highly visible hotel; it's unlikely that any taxi driver who takes you here will be able to scam you with an alternative hotel. There is also a pretty standard Hilton offering in terms of the Fitness Centre - cardio equipment plus weights. There is also a lovely pool area; but we did not use it because it was winter time during our visit.
That said, the extras in the hotel are pricey. We ordered room service on our first night here as we were too tired to go out. They offer pretty similar stuff to other Hiltons around the world (which you'll either find a bit boring or reassuringly consistent, depending upon your perspective). A burger and a baguette cost us the equivalent of US$22. This doesn't sound a lot, but was actually the most expensive meal we had our entire time in Hanoi, and wasn't anywhere near the quantity and quality of what we had elsewhere. The airport pickup service offered by the hotel uses the hotel's fleet of BMWs and costs around US$60, but you can get a normal taxi at the airport (if you bargain appropriately) for around US$15.
So, the Hilton is a plush hotel; quite similar to other Hiltons around the world. It is "reassuringly expensive and consistent to its brand" but by no means "good value" or reflective of local character.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Strategically located in the heart of Hanoi’s CBD, Hilton Hanoi Opera is within easy walking distance of the city’s tourist attractions and bustling shopping areas, providing an ideal home from which to experience the rich textures of Hanoi. Inspired by the character of the famous Hanoi Opera House, the hotel is a fusion of traditions: gentle Vietnamese hospitality, and Hilton’s assurance of reliability, impeccable service and first-class facilities. The hotel’s 268 rooms offer a view of either the City, the Park or the Opera House. All rooms are equipped with luxurious bathrooms, separate working desk and high-speed internet access. While staying with Hilton Hanoi Opera, guests have plenty of food and drink choices: from authentic Vietnamese and international cuisine at Ba Mien & Chez Manon, to homemade pastries at the Bakery, coffee/ snacks/ cocktails at Lobby Lounge and JJ's Sports Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel Hanoi
- Hanoi Hilton