Jun 17 2012

Review: Essence Hanoi Hotel

Published by at 4:05 am under Accommodation

Centrally located in Old Quarter, Essence Hanoi stands out along Ta Hien with its white frontage, stylish signage and uniformed doorman, which all hint at the quality within.

Useful when you've had an argument

Useful when you’ve had an argument.

Essence is within easy reach of the delights of the 36 streets as well as Hoan Kiem lake and the French Quarter. It’s also easy to pick up a cyclo, hire a motorbike and find a taxi, so getting around from here is no problem.

Essence offers four basic room types: superior, deluxe, junior suite and the “Essence Suite”; it’s also possible to link two deluxe rooms to make a family room suitable for up to five people. The main differences between the rooms are the size and the windows: superior rooms have small windows which face a wall whereas deluxe rooms and suites get a lot of natural light, and the Essence Suite has a 10-metre balcony.

Cash at hand

Cash at hand.

Apart from that, rooms are similarly decorated and fitted out, with all having desks, safety deposit boxes, flat screen TVs, refrigerators, minibars, hairdryers, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. As a bonus, shiny new laptops are provided in every room and there’s free Wifi throughout. A fruit basket and bottled water are also supplied every day and included in the room cost.

Design is clean and uncluttered, with white walls and bedding, dark wood, velvet throws and armchairs, and the essential rose petals on the bed. And importantly, beds are bouncy and pillows plentiful.

Luxury design touches

Luxury touches.

Breakfast is included and served in the Essence Cafe on the ground floor, which also serves Western and Vietnamese food at lunch and dinner. There’s a small seating area by reception, with an array of international newspapers and some second-hand paperbacks, which is a pleasant place to relax with a book and a coffee for an hour or so.

Given its central location, the superb staff, quality of the rooms and added extras such as welcome drinks and the fruit basket, Essence is reasonably priced, starting from a single priced at $45$50 during low/high season through to the Essence Suite going for $100/$110. Although superior rooms are excellent, if you can afford it it’s worth upgrading to at least the deluxe, as the natural light, street views and slightly larger bed are worth the extra US$10. And if you have the cash and want a bit of luxury, jump straight to the Essence Suite, which has a separate lounge area.

Numerous alternative options are nearby, from the dorm rooms at May de Ville round the corner, to budget rooms at Camellia 6, to similarly priced options such as the new rooms at Classic Pho Hotel on Hang Be. Or head down to Hang Trong for slightly pricier boutique options such as one of our favourites, the Golden Lotus Hotel, or Maison d’Hanoi.

Alternatively try one of its sister hotels: Essence Hanoi is the newest addition to the Hanoi Elegance Hotels Group, which runs five hotels in the Hoan Kiem district of Hanoi.

Essence will suit couples looking for comfort, style and quality customer service, but with action on the doorstepbia hoi corner is seconds away. It’s also a great choice if you’re visiting with family and want to keep them close but not too close, as the inter-connecting rooms provide space and privacy.

However, Ta Hien is a particularly noisy street and once you leave the serenity of the hotel it’s straight into the mayhem of Old Quarter, so if you want to get away from it all, look elsewhere.

Overall Essence Hanoi is a welcome addition to Old Quarter and is definitely worth considering for the midrange traveller.

Essence Hanoi
22 Ta Hien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (04) 3935 2485
F: (04) 3935 2487

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2 Responses to “Review: Essence Hanoi Hotel”

  1. Johnon 17 Jun 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Sarah – Don’t mean to criticize, but why are you featuring such a classy hotel when Travelfish is known to cater to the younger, more budget conscious crowd? Sounds like an ad to me, and I think this is wrong.

  2. Sarah Turneron 18 Jun 2012 at 1:11 am

    Hi John. Thanks for your comment. Travelfish groups hotels into a number of categories, including hotels over US$50, of which there are many listed across locations. In writing these new style blog reviews I intend to cover a range of hotels and you will see that so far I have written about a hostel, a very high end place and this mid-range / luxury place. I will be covering more flashpacker, mid-range and budget places over the coming weeks to ensure a good breadth of options. As well as budget travellers, many people visiting Vietnam on holiday / with higher budgets also visit this site and so its very relevant to feature the more expensive hotels. With regard Essence specifically, I chose to cover it because it’s a relatively new hotel in a very central location and gets very highly reviewed on other travel sites, so I thought it was important to give the Travelfish perspective. The review is all my own words, based on an anonymous visit, and I am in no way affiliated to the hotel or its group, so it’s certainly not an advert. I hope that puts your mind at rest. Sarah

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