The Melia chain (including Tryp) runs some nice hotels but I've often thought their "5-star" hotels are a bit less than that. That was true for the Colon in Malaga as well as the Melia in Hanoi. Don't get me wrong, it was a very nice hotel -- nice clean rooms, nice view of the city, a nice desk, all the toileteries you'll need or want. However, compared to some of the true "5-star" hotels particularly in Asia -- such as the Peninsula -- you could really tell the difference. The hotel in general looks a bit dated -- not quite dirty and dilapidated-looking like the Bangkok Shangrila -- but noticeable here and there around the edges. The location is not that convenient -- about a 20-minute walk to the Old Town and a 15-minute walk the real colonial area near the Sofitel Metropol (which BTW has the nicest bathroom on the walking tour of Hanoi that your derriere will thank you for). The Royal Service is not as sophisticated as the Executive Lounges of some of their competitors but still a welcome break.
Unique Quality: With all the pros and cons, it's still thumbs up for the Hanoi Melia. Just make sure you get a good rate. The Solmeila website had better rates for some reason than the local hotel site.
Pictures are the "deluxe" not the "executive" rooms.
Directions: Intersection of Ly Thuong Kiet and Quang Trung
Very busy business hotel right in the middle of town, only 5 minutes walk from Lake Huan Kiem. We were initially upgraded to a Royal Service room which was very nice, but on our return were in a standard room. The only difference (other than Royal Service having a special check-in location) was the TV was smaller in the standard rooms.
Unique Quality: Everything was as you would expect in a modern, international standard hotel. It all worked efficiently and was pleasant, although the staff were cool and detached – a little aloof.
Breakfast was standard buffet affair – nothing remarkable but nothing to criticise. The rooms have ADSL connections for $12 per 24 hours.
The double room which I stayed at the Melia Hanoi hotel is big and has all the facilities which you expect from a 5-star hotel. The view from the room is also good because we stayed at the 7th floor. There are many TV channels, including cable TV which kept my wife entertained while I was having the meeting. The staff of the hotel are very good and courteous, and can communicate in English well.
My wife and I stayed at the Melia Hotel because I need to attend a meeting at this hotel. This hotel is located at the French Quarter area south of the Ho Hoan Kiem (Lake of Restored Sword). It is a 5-star hotel and one of the best in Hanoi. If you are staying at the upper floors, the views of the city is fantastic because there are not many tall buildings in Hanoi. Also, the breakfast buffet here is very good with lots of variety of food, and the cakes and pastries are very delicious because of the European chefs. Apparently this hotel has hosted many VIPs (including royal families, prime ministers, presidents) when they were in Hanoi. See part 2 for the rooms.
I was very pleased with the hotel facilities. I was there on a business trip and the hotel is mainly aimed at the business customer, although there were many holiday makers also. The restaurants were good, there is a pool, business centre, internet, etc. etc. It is one of the better hotels in Hanoi. The rooms are very comfortable, and if you get one of the higher level rooms the views of Hanoi are great.
Unique Quality: Good facilities, business like.
For me any hotel that makes a feature of a big ugly escalator is just wrong. What is wrong with lifts? If you like your hotels big and with no character this is the place for you.
Unique Quality: Achieves a whole new level of blandness. Stay at the Metropole instead!
As a business traveller, I was pretty happy with this hotel. Although my company being a major corporate client of theirs could also be the reason why they were so accomodating.
Unique Quality: Especially good also for muslim travellers because the hotel can be asked to make special meals for you and it is also nearby to some Malaysian restaurants. They can also provide a basket of amenities like prayer mats, a Quran, chart of prayer timetables etc. in your room, for your convenience.
The Front Office Manager, Angeline Khor, is Malaysian herself.
Posh, 5-star hotel, courtesy of work.. =)
Unique Quality: Happy hour, tasty "pho" for breakfast, friendly staff, cute little wooden dolls on your night stand for every night you stay there, lots of channels on the TV, nightly live music at the lounge, free bottles of water, very high bathtub, and great service.
Great 5 star hotel. Good value for the 80 bucks.Would probable cost at least double if located in any other large Asian city. Great breakfast gets you ready for the rest of the day, not having to worry about lunch, althought it still remains a mistery why on earth they are not supplying water next to the juices, so that you have to ask specifically for it.
Unique Quality: Good pool.Good location.Superb breakfast.
The hotel is catering mostly for the business men but the tourist will enjoy it as well. A very elegant hotel, in a nice area, not far from the center. Rooms are large and comfortable and nicely furnished. If you stay in a higher story you get a great view of the city. The dining room is very pleasant, and breakfast buffet is huge and tasty. The staff is always smiling and very helpful
Unique Quality: Superb breakfast
Breakfast at Melia Hanoi Hotel, Vietnam
I'm planning my first business trip to Hanoi, Vietnam? Any comments for Melia Hanoi Hotel? Heard about that the hotel has excellent meeting facilities, is that true? Do shot me some comments if any. Thanks.
Yes, Melia has all quality to be the best meeting place in town with location and professional staffs for meeting facilities, plus they are flexible to deal with.
Other option is Sheraton Hotel.
Thanks for your comments. :)
Very good hotel indeed. Imposing presence!!
Yes, it has been widely known for providing the best meeting facilities and service in Hanoi in particular and Vietnam as a whole. However, there are also a number of other hotels in town that are at least of equal or better quality such as the Sofitel Metropole and Hilton Opera.
It's worth to stay there for your business trip! It's located in the central of Hanoi and good facilities.
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