Hanoi old quarter is no novelty to us, it's our third time around. It's always bustling with people giving visitors the taste of crowded third-world Asia in transition toward structured, ordered Western standard of living. We chose to come here anyway because we had in tow colleagues and friends who are new to Hanoi, new to Asia in fact. The hotel is indeed an oasis on Hang Bac street, with its clean sparkling white facade and reception area in sharp contrast to the chaotic scene all around. The staff at the reception had excellent command of English, a common experience nowadays traveling throughout Vietnam compared to a few years before. We were treated to the personal routine of being seated and served with cold fruit juice in a cool air-conditioned area while registration is being completed. The room albeit small had all expected modern amenities including excellent internet Wi-Fi reception, not much to complain about. Space and view are premium in the old quarter so we were not expecting any. The hotel did an excellent job sealing itself acoustically from the cacophony of street noises. Free buffet breakfast was excellent and served in a quiet area in the back of reception. We could find free flowing coffee, tea and fresh fruit juices. An array of Western and Vietnamese style breakfast dishes were available for self-help, or specially ordered from a menu. Our traveling needs for a day trip to Halong Bay was expediently arranged by the travel agent working at the reception desk. We managed to entertain a couple of business guests for 2 hours in the tight reception area and briefly in the breakfast area. We couldn't ask for more in a small hotel not designed for business meetings. All in all it was a productive and pleasant experience. It's not Sofitel Metropole caliber, but for the money we paid, it was all worth it.
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- Oriental Central Hotel is luxury boutique hotels in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter. Emphasizing refined glamour, timeless elegance and luxurious comfort, each hotel with her perfect, unique, French architecture, red and white colors decoration and a dedicated, professional, friendly team will ensure to bring you the most unforgettable and memorable stay in Hanoi and Vietnam. ... more less
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