My first impression on arrival was a bit apprehensive as the entry is a corridor leading from the street under a neon sign proclaiming the "Golden Sun Villa Hotel". What struck as original and welcoming was the painted mural in the entry corridor (see attached photo), setting the hotel apart from other similar hotels in the area, providing a clear location marker. The corridor from the street opened up to a modern clean hotel were staff were very enthusiastic and welcoming. Throughout our five day stay all the staff from front desk to cleaners made their best effort to ensure our stay was comparable to a five star hotel. We were upgraded following our first night to one of their penthouse rooms... the view was panoramic, fabulous city views and we overlooked St Josephs Cathedral. It's bells could be heard gently pealing and was very atmospheric, not loud enough to be a problem. Both rooms we stayed in were well appointed. Looking at other hotels closer to the old city quarter I perceived street noise would have been more of an issue regardless of the floor you were on. Golden Suns location was convenient, being about a ten minute stroll to either the old quarter or to the opposite end of the lake nearby. We took the option of airport transfers both to and from the hotel and would rate this to be worth the money as it was booked on time and was convenient, cost was not an issue due to the distance from the airport and comparative taxi costs. Of note in my 20's I worked for six years with both Hilton and Parkroyal hotels in Perth and Sydney Australia, Golden Suns service and rooms were well up a standard I would expect and will use them again on future stays in Hanoi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The brand new Golden Sun Villa Hotel was just opened in the 15th Nov 2013. Tuck away from Hang Trong Street, this is the latest and newest boutique hotel in the chain of Golden Sun group. Located in the heart of the Hanoi Old Quarter, we are super close to the Hoan Kiem Lake, the Water Puppet Theatre and the many other delights of traditional Hanoi. ... more less
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