Art Trendy Hotel is similar in style to its sister hotel, the Art Hotel on Hang Dieu — which is one of our top picks for the midrange hotel category in Hanoi — but it’s located in a more peaceful yet still central spot in Old Quarter.
The hotel was opened in 2013 and is clearly a refurbishment job, as the stairwells and doors are a bit rough around the edges and don’t match the style of the rooms. Still, with an elevator to all floors you’re unlikely to need the stairs anyway and at least the doors are solid.
The pedantic among us might also notice that the laminate floors don’t match the decor and aren’t particularly well laid, but that would be fussy: this is a midrange place after all, not a high-end or boutique hotel, and the rooms overall are considerately decorated, welcoming, comfortable and well equipped.
Rooms come in four flavours: deluxe with quiet, deluxe with view, family suite and junior suite connecting room. Deluxe rooms are perfectly adequate for two people for a short stay and have some natural, but they are small. If you want a bit more breathing space, or separate beds, you’ll need to upgrade to the family or junior suite, which both have a double and single bed, more space and larger bathrooms.
We were thrown by the name junior suite connecting room, and looked around for a connecting door, but what it actually means is that you get a bedroom area with a lounge area separated by a wall, which is mostly glass. While not particularly large it is a good room if you prefer lounging on a sofa rather than in bed or want some extra space for your child to play or watch TV.
All rooms are equipped with mini-bar, kettle, safe, bathroom, laptop and various other goodies. We were also told that there’s a modem on each floor, ensuring good WiFi throughout. The included breakfast is served in the modern dining area on the ground floor and gets good reviews.
Hang But is in the west of Old Quarter, a narrow street running between Thuoc Bac and Bat Su Streets. The street doubles up as a motorbike parking zone, which might not sound attractive but does mean cars can’t get down it, and the engaging staff member showing us around was very keen to tell us just how peaceful the street is.
With rooms starting at US$45, Art Trendy is slightly on the pricey side for what you get, but if a few dollars extra isn’t going to break the bank, it’s worth including for consideration on your shortlist as rooms tick all the boxes, location is excellent and staff attentive. Prices are the same as at Art Hotel, so it’s also a good alternative if the original is full. Note that the prices on their website exclude VAT, so you’ll need to add 10%.
By Sarah Turner
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.