Sprawling and spacious
While it may not look overly polished from the exterior, Hanoi Nostalgia Hotel and Spa offers spacious and clean rooms in a good location for the busy Old Quarter action, with friendly staff thrown in for good measure.
Staff were concerned that the room we booked would be too noisy, as it overlooks the main street near bia hoi corner, which becomes particularly rowdy late at night. They moved us to a back room with great views overlooking the Old Quarter in a quieter direction. If noise is a concern, make sure you mention this when booking, as it really does get going late in this area.
Noise aside, while this 2017-refurbished hotel doesn't have the more upmarket pizzazz of say nearby Essence Palace, air-con rooms are large and offer all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including WiFi, toiletries, tea- and coffee-making facilities, safety deposit box, plus a laundry service and baby sitting service for additional cost, and the usual tour desk and travel booking services. We weren't pushed at all to book any tours. The public spaces are a veritable rabbit warren; staff told us the hotel was completed refurbished and re-opened in 2017 under a new name. Head to the rooftop for a great space with loungers, chairs and potted plants, an ideal spot to grab some street food and beers and hang out.
We stayed in a standard double with balcony (room 403 -- snare it if you can!), though the balcony was no more than a small space with an ashtray for smokers and no furniture. The views from the room were still great, though. The rainfall shower was a little close to the screen in our shower, so we used the alternate shower head; not a big deal, but it's small finishing details like this that push Nostalgia a little down the pecking order, though their prices are certainly reasonable enough for the quality and newness of the place.
As rooms increase in price, bath tubs, more beds and more space are added. Our room had plenty of storage and space for two adults, so we wouldn't see any need to upgrade further. We checked out a suite room overlooking the pool, and still preferred our standard thanks to its outlook over the Old Quarter.
The pool added a pleasant holiday feel to the place, but it looked a little off-colour and due to it being winter, wasn't being used by anyone while we were there. Our included buffet breakfast was served in the attached seafood restaurant. It included an egg station, plenty of Vietnamese and Western standards like spring rolls, fried noodles and salad, and the usual tea, coffee and juices. If this is included in your rate by all means enjoy, but plenty of amazing street food lies just outside, so follow your nose for something a bit more adventurous and delicious.
Overall, Hanoi Nostalgia is a great pick if you want to be close to Old Quarter, and more specifically, bia hoi corner. We paid US$33 for our room (single occupancy) and staff told us if we booked direct through their website the rate would be better than online travel agents. This didn't quite seem the case for us, but as always it can't hurt to shop around. Staff went the extra mile, too, ensuring to return a laptop cable we accidentally left plugged into a socket in our room as we were checking out.
Address: 13-15 Luong Ngoc Quyen St, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (024) 3926 3636;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º51'11.01" E, 21º2'5.19" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
With or without balcony.
|Triple air-con private bathroom||US$44||US$44|
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