May 20 2013
We were tempted to check out Hanoi Moment Hotel 2 for two reasons. Firstly, it shares its name with a very enticing gift shop on Hang Gai, and secondly, the large plate glass windows provide a glimpse of what looked like a very stylish interior.
The door was opened by a uniformed attendant and we were warming welcomed by Jimmy at reception. Whether reception actually is stylish or not depends on your definition of style: if it includes a lot of dark wood and stone cladding then yes, it’s stylish. Either way, it certainly indicates that this is not a budget hotel.
Room decor also features polished dark wood floors and furniture, along with cream wallpaper with gold swirls, stripy wood panelling and black and white prints. Somehow it’s pulled off, although it perhaps has a touch of trying a little too hard about it. Bathrooms are bathrooms, but with character-making touches like pebbles and wood flooring in the shower cubicles, unnecessary for anything other than aesthetics.
Rooms are on the small side, but well equipped, with dressing gowns, computers, DVD players and double-glazed windows to keep out the street noise – very welcome, especially if you’re in a front room. The cheapest, superior rooms, are particularly tight, but have a few windows which avoids them feeling claustrophobic. The junior suite comes with a sofa and big, front-facing windows, but for more space — and more beds — go for a slightly cheaper family room, or step up to an executive suite. Standards go for $45 for a single, $50 for a double, plus 10%VAT; the junior suit is $70+.
Jimmy was all charm — a born salesman – but he accompanied that with an enthusiasm for the hotel that was hard to not warm to. He was keen to show us the two-bedroom penthouse – clearly we look richer than we are — but unfortunately that was occupied. Still, it’s likely to be a good option if your budget stretches to US$95 for a double or you’re looking for a family-friendly option.
An included breakfast is served in the dining room to the rear of reception. We were told breakfast was a choice of buffet or a la carte — “eat as much as you like” — and glimpsed cereal dispensers; a good sign if you’re fan of Western breakfasts rather than noodle soup.
The rate we were quoted for the superior room was higher than an online promotional rate; perhaps they were expecting us to haggle. Check out online prices before walking in to put yourself in a good negotiating position or book in advance – rates on Agoda are lower that the walk-in rates.
If you want somewhere with a bit of style, then Hanoi Moment Hotel is a reasonably priced, well-located option. Other similar hotels include Maison d’Hanoi on Hang Trong, which is slightly pricier but also has the edge on modern style and spaciousness, as well as the Church Boutique Hotels and Essence Hotel.
A second property — Hanoi Moment Hotel without the “2″ — is located on Hang Can Street, a few roads to the east.Hanoi Moment Hotel 2
42 Hang Cot, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (04) 3927 6999
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