We stayed in Art Trendy for 2 weeks in April with a short gap in between when we had 2 nights in Halong Bay.
Without question it is the friendliest and most helpful hotel I have stayed in in my extensive travels around SE Asia over the last decade plus. The management greet you with a smile and by name from the moment you arrive until it is sadly time to leave. They do go out of their way to ensure you have a most pleasant and memorable stay. Need a taxi? They will go out and flag one and escort you to the taxi and tell the driver where you want to go and give you an idea of how much it will be. Need a sim card? Take you to the shop next door and help you buy one. Need to know where the nearest ATM is? The boy was sent with us when we first arrived to show us where it was (just 2 minutes round the corner!). If you want ideas what to do or where to go they will give impartial advice and book trips or tickets for you.
Because we based ourselves in Hanoi and probably had a longer stay than most we managed to secure a reasonable discount and I think they would offer this to most guests if staying more than a few nights and booking direct via website/phone/email which was very easy to do. Doing it this way should also secure you a complimentary pick up from the airport if staying more than 2 or 3 nights (check with hotel management) This is highly recommended due to possible airport taxi scams.
Our room was top floor (6th), was spacious and had no noise issues at all. The lift goes to the 5th floor and then a few steps to the top. Staff are always on hand to assist with luggage should you require it.
The room was well cleaned and refreshed daily and replenished with tea/coffee/water including complimentary fruits.
Our room contained a laptop with reasonably fast connection, small fridge, mini safe, telephone, door alarm (if you didnt shut it securely), alarm clock, aircon, flat screen TV, laundry bag. The bed was medium firm in my opinion and I always had a good nights sleep!
The shower and toilet was spotless and was in pristine condition. The shower cubicle was large and the shower head had various settings including what I would describe as 'downpour' and was as hot as you could want it.
Breakfast is included and is available quite early on from 6.30am to 10.00am or 11 am weekends. There was always more than enough to eat inc delicious fresh baguettes, yoghurt, cereal, fresh fruits (loved the passion fruit) tea, coffee etc etc. If that wasnt enough then you can in addition choose a cooked breakfast of eggs, bacon cooked any way you wish plus omlettes, pancakes and not forgetting pho noodles with beef, chicken or vegetarian!!
The location of the hotel is in the old quarter which is, I guess, where most tourists stay. It is possible to walk most places of interest there which is good or bad depending on how you view fighting for space with the motorcyclists. Their main priority is not to dent their bike so you are fairly safe when crossing the road if you take one step at a time and take a deep breath. My recommendation would be to advise reception where you intend to go and they will advise going by foot or if a taxi is better.
Whilst writing I would recommend asking the hotel to book you tickets for the Water Puppet Theatre, Ca Tru traditional Vietnamese music concert (limited seating so book in advance) and of course Halong Bay. We were so glad we booked 2 nights with Oriental Sails - great guys and a fantastic trip. Another recommended whole day out is to the Perfume Pagoda which includes a river trip (open boat so use sunscreen/hat).
The hotel provides a map with recommended eating places on reverse and places we would recommend are the New Day restaurant (same street as the Ca Tru theatre) - fast and furious, try the buffet which is best value. KOTO - training school and restaurant for disadvantaged kids which is located alongside The Temple of Literature. Another good restaurant with great food at reasonable prices, with a rooftop dining area, is The Rising Dragon Estate hotel in Nguyen Van To street. Actually I think it was in their sister hotel around the corner but they will direct you).
So a big thank you to Sarah and all her staff for making us feel so welcome and comfortable during our stay in your hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- uests with shopping Night Market (every friday to sunday) and banking facilities.We also offer all room with air conditioned,in room computer connect with wireless,desk, minibar and 24 hour room service. A convenient place of stay Golden Art Hotel it is Welcome to Golden Art Hotel Hanoi.A brand new hotel that opening 01st October 2012 features 25 luxurious rooms and suites. We offer convenience to our guests by providing elevators, restaurants, and other great amenities you can expect from a 3 star hotel. Offering fantastic value of money, it is located right in Very Quiet Street of Hanoi Old Quarter, approximately few minutes walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and the popular Thang Long Water Puppet Show and about 20 minutes by walk to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum.Indeed, in close proximity to the excellent attractions,convenient for good choice for couple,twin and familias travelers who like quite place to stay in Hanoi Old Quarter.We are young, professional staff who have a lot of experience in hospitality field, and we are friendly, easy going people, always listen and try to answer all of your questions, try to give you best things from our knowledge and understanding. An exceptional that has drawn much praise and repeat business Please come and find for your self why we are the first choice in Hanoi centre. ... more less
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