Jun 25 2013

Review: Green Street Hotel, Hanoi

Published by at 4:39 am under Accommodation


Green Street Hotel on Ma May Street is a good budget choice in Hanoi if you want to go a step up from a dorm room; it’s not fancy, but it does the job competently for under $20 and plops you in a good location.

Nothing special but does the job.

Does the job.

Green Street isn’t much to look at from the front: it’s narrow and weatherworn, with bikes crammed outside, travel posters lining each side of the door and remnants of what we assume to be the original name — Old Street Hotel — over  the main doors — all so far, so standard for a hotel in Hanoi.

A bit of a squeeze.

A bit of a squeeze.

Reception at least looks like a reception and not someone’s front room, and although the wooden chairs aren’t the kind you’ll want to relax on, the two computer stations and a travel desk could come in handy. A large table sits beyond the reception desk, where the included breakfast – choice of drink and bread, noodles or rice porridge — is served.

Functional.

Functional.

Rooms are across four levels with a narrow corridor running front to back: it’s a bit gloomy on the lower floors but grates on the top floor let in a lot more light. We’d opt for a top floor room if you don’t mind the climb — as is usual for hotels like this, there’s no elevator.

Rooms come in three different classes: a small standard inside room, with no window (US$15/16, single/double); larger room at the back, with or without window (US$17 double); and a large front-facing room with window (you’ll have to stump up more than $20 — we were quoted $22 for a double or triple).

All are similar in decor, fixtures and fittings. They’re not inspiring but are clean, with no signs of mould, and they have decent bedding, a TV — not LCD — and a minibar. Bathrooms are a bit worn but still clean and even come with a shower cubicle, which is not common in lower priced rooms like these. Don’t expect any luxuries, but you get a towel and a bar of soap.

Reasonable for the price.

Reasonable for the price.

Walk-in pricing is a bit random, with $1 extra being charged for the jump up from single to double occupancy, but triple occupancy — in the rooms with sufficient beds of course — is the same price as for double. Also, the higher up back rooms, with a window, are the same price as the lower rooms without a window. Maybe the lack of light is compensated for with a shorter climb. Prices on the hotel website are higher than walk-in rates but Agoda is similar to the walk-in rates we were offered.

The corridors are squeezed too.

The corridors are squeezed too.

Green Street Hotel is located on Ma May Street in the heart of Old Quarter and near to a number of bars, restaurants and shops. It’s less than a 10-minute walk to Hoan Kiem Lake. Dozens of alternative hotels are located nearby with Hanoi Backpackers’ Hostel a few doors down if you prefer a dorm.

Check rates & availability at Green Street Hotel on Agoda.com.

Green Street Hotel
21-23 Ma May Street, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3828 0195 / (0925) 191  111
greenstreethotel.com

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