Archive for the 'Accommodation' Category

Jan 03 2013

Review: Joseph’s Hang Da Hotel, Hanoi

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No neon signs here.

Joseph’s Hang Da is a no-frills hotel but has all the right ingredients to make it an excellent Hanoi flashpacker to midrange choice: convenient location, professional staff, comfortable rooms and a tasty breakfast, all at a reasonable price. Less than a year old, the bright and cheerful hotel is on un-touristy Duong Thanh Street, and … read the full post

Nov 08 2012

Review: Church Boutique Hotel, Hanoi

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A bit of a squeeze, but love that shiny black bedside table.

Maybe Hanoi’s Church Boutique Hotel heard me complaining about it looking tired and dated when I last passed through here for, as not only have they opened another hotel on nearby Hang Gai Street, the original Nha Tho location has been completely refurbished — and my jaw hit the floor when I saw the … read the full post

Sep 03 2012

Review: Golden Lotus Hotels, Hanoi

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An unusually clear shot across a road in Hanoi

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. … read the full post

Jul 20 2012

Review: Little Hanoi Hostel 2

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A hop, skip and a jump from the lake

Little Hanoi Hostel 2 is a sister hotel to Little Hanoi Hostel (or Hotel, depending on where you look) on Hang Ga Street, which we’ve always liked, and though very different in style, we like this one too: it’s clean, comfortable, welcoming, quiet and less than a minute’s walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. Little Hanoi … read the full post

Jun 17 2012

Review: Essence Hanoi Hotel

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Useful when you've had an argument

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. 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 … read the full post

Jun 11 2012

Review: InterContinental Hotel Hanoi

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Scorning the trend to build tall, the sprawling low-rise InterContinental Hotel in Hanoi stands quietly proud alongside its high-rise neighbour the Sheraton. Jutting out into the northern edge of West Lake, the Intercontinental makes up for its distance from the atmosphere of the Old Quarter with its lake views and its proximity to the restaurants … read the full post

Jun 06 2012

Review: Hanoi Backpackers’ Hostel, Ma May

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It’s impossible to miss the most recent addition to the Hanoi Backpackers’ Hostel stable, with its seven-storey, eight-metre wide frontage slap-bang in the middle of the most tourist-orientated area of Old Quarter. The original Hanoi Backpackers’, on Ngo Huyen near St Joseph’s Cathedral, is still going strong, but the new venue combines more modern styling … read the full post

Nov 11 2011

Metropole’s old shelter re-discovered

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A few months ago, workers renovating the Bamboo Bar at Hanoi’s historic Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel hit a snag: they struck the roof of a long-buried air raid shelter that had all but been forgotten. After excavating more than two metres of earth and reinforced concrete, the workers jack-hammered through a 278mm-thick ceiling: below was around … read the full post

Aug 17 2011

Staying outside Old Quarter in Hanoi

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When visiting Hanoi, most tourists stay in Old Quarter, and for good reason: it’s here that the majority of the hotels, Westernised restaurants and souvenir shops are located and of course it has heaps of character, local life and the attraction of Hoan Kiem Lake. But if you’re the sort of traveller who likes to buck the trend other … read the full post

Jun 29 2011

Hostels in Hanoi

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A review of some of the hostels offering dorm beds in Hanoi

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