Boutique hotel in a quiet location
No-fuss Joseph's Hotel offers 10 simply decorated, comfortable rooms at excellent prices in a quiet location on Au Trieu St, near the cathedral and away from the hectic pace of central Old Quarter.
Rooms in the 2009-opened hotel are spotlessly well maintained and while they won't win any latest style awards, they are tastefully decorated, with faux wooden floors, springy beds decked in quality white linen and a functional working desk. Amenities are plentiful: minibar and fridge, cable TV, WiFi, tea and coffee-making facilities, a spacious open-air cupboard with plenty of shelving and coathangers, plus a luggage rack. We like that they go to the effort of hanging plants on the wall opposite the windows; most places just let you enjoy a blank wall. Bathrooms are compact but have a shower cubicle with rainfall or ordinary showerhead, and toiletries. Superiors and deluxes have balconies at the front of the hotel, with the deluxes being larger. Standards do not have balconies, otherwise the rooms are all similarly equipped.
Small touches like the staff leaving a floor fan on during the day to keep the air circulating during a drizzly winter's day are thoughtful. All rooms are non-smoking and there's an elevator so you don't have to worry about lugging your luggage up or down stairs. You'll likely hear the early morning bells from mass, but we reckon it just adds to the atmosphere.
The Kiwi proprietor Brian is a former tour leader and he or his friendly staff will provide all the information you need to explore Hanoi—or just browse the brochures in the reception. There's also a small book library if you'd like to while away a few hours, perhaps at one of the nearby cafe balconies with great views of the cathedral; try Eden, Hanoi House, La Place or Marilyn. (Disclosure: Eagle-eyed Brian blew our cover as he recognised our name on the email we sent to book, though we didn't use our Travelfish email. We'd already decided we wanted to stay an extra night here, as everything from the location to the rooms was so appealing.)
Breakfast is served in a clean and cheerful area at the back of the ground floor; their super-efficient chef will freshly prepare eggs, bacon and sausages, or pick you up a steaming bowl of pho from a local cafe. She'll also be sure to check you're taking the right yoghurt -- sugar-free or sugar-laden. Australians might be happy to find Vegemite on offer along with croissants, fresh fruit, cereals and French-press coffee.
Joseph's is an excellent option for travellers wanting an immaculate and secure room in a great location, with staff happy to go the extra mile if needed. Recommended.
The hotel is a bit easy to miss as they aren't on Google Maps and the street numbers along Au Trieu aren't consecutive. Their signage is simply the hotel name etched on the glass front doors, so look out for a glass-fronted building about halfway down the street on the cathedral side, well past Mint Cafe if coming from the cathedral end.
Address: 5 Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3938 1048; F: (04) 3938 1046
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º50'54.41" E, 21º1'42.85" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$38||US$38|
|Superior double room||US$40||US$40|
|Deluxe double room||US$45||US$45|
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