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“Comfy hotel in good area”
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Especen Hotel
Ranked #214 of 591 Hotels in Hanoi
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Comfy hotel in good area”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

Just a block or so from the cathedral, it occupies a couple buildings. Comfortable beds, hot showers, fridge, heat & air conditioning. Plus a good selection of English TV for when you just need to chill out. Beware of nearby copycat hotel with the same name. It's less comfy and more expensive.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hanoi, Vietnam
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Myself and partner stayed here for 3 weeks whilst trying to find our own house.
During our time here we didn't have any trouble at all. The hotel is in a perfect location.
The first room we stayed in was $18 on the top floor, it was nice and clean, had a flat screen T.V and fridge, the only problem for us was that there was no outside window with no natural light, hence taking a while to recover from jet lag.
We soon moved to a different room which had a balcony and was lovely and bright, well worth the extra dollars.
We loved it here. All the staff we're really friendly, helpful and trustworthy.
We especially want to thank the young guy, Chien as he went out of his way to help us giving us advice and tips and making our stay a lot more pleasurable with his cheeky banter!
We would defiantly recommend anyone to stay here.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed one night in the appendix and would definitely recommend this budget hotel. Rooms are clean and spacious, the team very welcoming and the location perfect to visit main attractions in old town and lake districts.
My father stayed in another room in the main building and seemed very happy with it as well.
Do not hesitate to ask for airport transfer, they arranged it fast and cheap.
Breakfast was good but not included in room price, we paid 3$ per person, which might seem a bit expensive knowing that you can find whatever you like for breakfast close to the hotel.

Stayed April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

We booked here on the strength of online reviews, which turned out to be inaccurate in our experience.

We were upgraded from a superior to a deluxe room, but there was little that was deluxe about the room we had. We had to carry heavy bags up six stories to a room which smelled strongly of damp. The bed was rock hard and had clammy sheets. The drain in the wet room failed to drain, the towels were also clammy and the wifi did not work properly.

Overall, we were very unimpressed: the hotel was the worst we have stayed in after 4 weeks in South East Asia and represents poor value when compared to other budget hotels in Hanoi. We settled our bill after a single night and moved round the corner to far better accommodation. We are backpackers and are happy staying in very basic places but the smell and the damp sheets were too much for us.

Stay elsewhere.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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especen, Owner at Especen Hotel, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
We sure you had come to a WRONG or FAKE hotel as we have NO DELUXE ROOM. Please double check from our official website for sure you found a corrected hotel.
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New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2014 via mobile

After striking out at splendid Jupiter, we moved to especen. The private double room was clean, relatively spacious and reasonably priced. There was even a small flat screen tv. Good location too.

Only downside was that we were on the 5th floor without an elevator.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Our original hotel we had stayed in before going to Halong was full and this one was just down the road, so we chanced it and they had room for us. We bargained down to $15 for the night and the breakfast was only 3 usd, which looked delicious as we checked out the next morning. The room was spacious and clean, the sheets well laundered and the bathroom tidy, though small.

There is no elevator, which makes for a great workout, but could be an inconvenience. They let us use their phone free of charge to arrange a doctors appointment and translated and wrote down the address for us, so the taxi would know exactly where to take us.

The biggest surprise in our room was the tv, it was a massive flat screen and had lots of international channels, seeing cartoon network has never made me so happy.

I recommend staying here, its a prime location, with helpfull staff and good amenities.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Darwin, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2014

Stayed 3 nights. Good location, room serviced every day, calm and quiet. Very good value for the price. Cheap and very clean rooms for 14 and breakfast for 3 dollars are a bargain if you travel as a couple. (Dorm rooms around the area cost 5 dollar per person!) Worth the extra 2.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Especen Hotel

Property: Especen Hotel
Address: 28 Tho Xuong street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Hanoi
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#26 Best Value Hotel in Hanoi
#69 Romantic Hotel in Hanoi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Especen Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Especen hotel is one of the first mini hotels built since the 1990s located in the center of the Old Quarter in Hanoi. It is just a stone’s throw from St. Joseph's Church (Cathedral) on a quiet alley off of Au Trieu Street. This convenient location allows you to be just a 5 minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long water puppet theater, night market, Vietnam Airlines booking office & Quang Trung bus stop (for service to Noi Bai International airport). You can get to all the famous travel points, Eroupean and Vietnamese traditional restaurants, craft shops, pubs and art galleries,... as soon as you step on to the main road. ... more   less 
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