This is the local franchise of Vietnam's premier hotel chain, and like the others, it's almost the four-star outfit it claims to be.
The main lobby is impressively large, with a huge, sweeping, spiral staircase and marble floors, but falls a bit short in terms of decor -- a couple of sofas, a couple of ferns, and a lot of dead space. The superiors and the deluxes are about what you'd expect -- good bedding, nice interior design and good views of the water. We were let down by the suites which were really just doubles with an awkward, unattractive living-room as the entrance-way. The hotel does offer a pretty decent sauna, steam-bath, Jacuzzi and massage service for 110,000 VND, which is worth the price for a legit massage and clean facilities. They also have a business services centre that's a good place to get things done, and the internet here, while outrageously priced at 40,000 dong an hour, does offer a high standard of service in a more tranquil atmosphere. You can also swim in the pool here for 20,000 dong a day if you're not a guest. There's a restaurant on site -- huge and usually empty -- where you can get your lamb chops or lobster thermidor along with a decent bottle of wine for 100 to 250,000 per main course. High-end travels usually head straight here and have no regrets.
Last updated on 23rd July, 2007.