Sep 03 2012

Review: Golden Lotus Hotels, Hanoi

Published by at 6:43 am under Accommodation

From the outside, the Golden Lotus Hotels look much like any other mid to upper-range place in Hanoi: narrow frontage, gold signs, big-glass doors and a uniformed doorman, but these would be our affordable luxury choice in Hanoi and would suit a couple with a mid-range budget or looking for a treat while in town.

Traditional but sumptuous

Traditional but sumptuous.

Opposite each other on Hang Trong Street, they are in a convenient location, within a few minutes’ walk of Hoan Kiem Lake, around the corner from St Joseph’s Cathedral and within spitting distance of numerous shopping and dining options, both boutique and budget. This area of the Old Quarter is a little quieter than the area north of Hoan Kiem Lake, and along with the wide street has a less frenetic vibe.

Although the hotels are in separate buildings with separate reception areas, the rooms are very similar in terms of facilities. All rooms have air-con, minibar, safe, LCD TV and a range of quality bathroom accessories. They also come equipped with slippers, bathrobes – not fluffy, but we’ll let that one pass – and cute tea sets, which you’re unlikely to use but which enhance the overall interior design.

An unusually clear shot across a road in Hanoi

An unusually clear shot across a road in Hanoi.

On the subject of interior design, the rooms here are some of the most beautifully decorated and adorned that we’ve seen – if you ignore the Sofitel Metropole Legend and like a more elaborate style.

Golden Lotus Hotel 1 is the more traditional of the two, with heavy furniture crafted out of dark wood. This can look overbearing and dated, but when accompanied with huge soft beds (we’ve tried them — they are super comfy), fresh white bedding and space – the rooms are quite large – it just looks sumptuous.

There are two standards of room. Rooms at the front are divided into two sections by a fringe curtain and have a small balcony overlooking the street, and rooms at the back (or the ‘backside’ as receptionist Quan told me) are smaller and have no window but compensate with a spacious bathroom with a tub, separate shower and a glass wall, and they’re quieter. Look out for the gold gilt wall covering in the bathroom.

Usually there's a note about stealing the robes, here it's the tea cups

Usually there’s a note about stealing the robes, here it’s the tea cups.

Rooms across the road at number 2 are more contemporary in style, with colonial-style slatted wardrobe doors and window shutters, dark red walls and classy black and white framed photographs — they still have the tea cups though. The style continues into the hallways, where large glass paintings are displayed alongside traditional statues.

The rooms here, however, are smaller, and the cheaper rooms in the middle of the building are quite a squeeze. Those at the front are the priciest; with lovely slatted shutters over doors that open onto a street-facing balcony. Most bathrooms have a bathtub with shower over, rather than the separate cubicles they have in the back rooms at number 1, and the TVs are positioned at strange angles, making it tricky to watch from the bed — but maybe that’s an advantage for some. GLH2 also offers two suites, the Classic suite and the Golden Lotus Suites — similar, but the latter has a balcony.

A more striking look

A more striking look.

Rooms are reasonable value, particularly GLH1, where we were quoted US$65 and $75 for the rear and front rooms respectively from September (prices were cheaper in August). GLH2 is more expensive, and, in our opinion, not as good value. But its more modern style and the fact that it houses the restaurant and bar – rather than having a slightly off-putting office area at the back of the ground floor as at GLH1 — may make it more appealing and worth the extra cash. Rates include a hot and cold buffet breakfast, taken in the basement restaurant at GLH2, and internet access.

Enjoy a chat while you're in the bath

Enjoy a chat while you’re in the bath.

The Golden Lotus Hotels are not our only recommended hotels on Hang Trong. Alongside GLH2 is Maison D’Hanoi, a chic luxury option, and more traditional Golden Rice Hotel is on the same side of the road as GLH1. However, for style and comfort, these sister hotels have the edge.

If you like the area — and why wouldn’t you — but can’t stretch to the rates on Hang Trong, it’s not far down to Little Hanoi Hostel 2, on Le Thai To, or the numerous lower priced options along Au Trieu, by the cathedral.

UPDATE: As of 28 January 2013, Golden Lotus Hotel 1 was closed. Golden Lotus Luxury has recently opened a few doors down from Golden Lotus Hotel 2 but is yet to be reviewed by Travelfish.

Golden Lotus Hotel 1
32 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (04) 3928 8583 / 358
F: (04) 3928 8584

Golden Lotus Hotel 2
39 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (04) 3938 0901 / 0902
F: (04) 3938 0900

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