It might be the local cuisine, its old charm, or the friendly people that we met in our past travels - there's something/s that keep drawing us back to Hanoi, Vietnam. Just 3 and a half hours away from Manila via plane, I was able to score a great deal from yet another irresistible Cebu Pacific promo that only cost us about Php4500/person round trip airfare. But as with majority of budget carriers, schedules are red eye flights so we arrived around one in the morning and was forced to pay for a hotel room a day in advance so I'd be guaranteed an accommodation upon arrival. Nevertheless, I still managed to book a room that fits our requirements: must be clean and comfortable, offers reasonable rates, easily accessible within Old Quarter, and comes with complimentary breakfast - all adequately met by my hotel of choice, Hanoi Golden Holiday Hotel.
Moreover, this boutique hotel takes pride in having a dedicated and professional team that ensures its guests have a memorable stay in the city. Apart from the basic hotel facilities, Hanoi Golden also offers airport transfers, 24/7 front desk and security, concierge, currency exchange services, Vietnam tour packages and many more. Since I knew that we'd be spending most of our time out, I passed on the room with a private balcony and got the suite with a city view instead.
The perfectly designed golden suite double room has large windows to let the natural light in and offers modern amenities like a 42" TV with Netflix and free wireless internet. That's on top of its basic room features such as a double bed, airconditioning unit, complimentary coffee and tea, safety deposit box, iron and ironing facilities, private toilet and bath, sitting area and a mini bar.
Another thing to love about Agoda is the flexibility in its room rates. Guests have the option to book rooms depending on their budget and needs. While breakfast is always a good idea, there are days when you had to leave your hotel early in the morning even before the usual 6AM breakfast time. With Agoda, you can book rooms without breakfast to cut down your room rate instead of paying the full amount. But since we don't have a tour or a flight to catch, I opted for a room with buffet breakfast for two. Variety is quite limited, as to be expected as this is a boutique hotel, but the dishes offered were appetizing and tasty. Besides, the street food in Hanoi is something to look forward to so leaving the hotel in a half full stomach is the best way to go.
Pros: Warm reception, helpful staff, affordable room rates, great location, spacious and well designed room and allows late check-out but subject to room availability. Another notable thing about the hotel is that aside from letting guests leave their bags after check-out, guests are permitted to use the shower on the lower ground level, complete with towels and bathroom amenities, to freshen up before leaving. They surely take hospitality to a whole new level.
Cons: Except for the slow internet that made Netflix on TV impossible to stream, we loved our stay at Hanoi Golden Holiday; it definitely tops the list of our favorite hotels in the city.
Hanoi Golden Holiday Hotel
43 Hang Dong, Old Quarter
Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel.: (8424) 32004833