I probably wouldn’t have stayed in this hotel if it weren’t new years and other hotels weren’t full. Rooms were decent, but for the price things didn’t measure up. No free breakfast for one, which I had gotten in every hotel in Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Japan, Cambodia and Thailand. Some staff seemed very unwilling to help and just incompetent. My advice would be to seek a much cheaper hotel with would probably have better service.
Unique Quality: There is quite a nice view of the lakes and if you take the right elevator you can see it throught the glass.
Directions: North area of the city.
Formerly the "Meritus Westlake", this hotel is beautifully positioned between the Red River and West Lake. Despite having 20 floors, it fits nicely into the surrounding area, mainly due to its tiered skyline. The hotel offers many amenities, like a beautiful pool with an retractable roof, an excellent massage-parlour (with most charming staff!), up to date Health Club, large rooms with nice views, 2 restaurants with Vietnamese, Chinese and western food, 3 bars and attentive service.
Unique Quality: Modern hotel with nice views of the Red River and West Lake, centrally located , surrounded by parts of old Hanoi
Directions: 1 Pho Thanh Nien, Ba Dinh District
The height that gives the rooms their fabulous views of the lake also makes a building that looms over the smaller, more traditional ones of the neighborhood.
I was initially unhappy that our hotel wasn't right downtown -- but most of the sights of Hanoi are on a not-too-long trajectory between the Plaza and its sister hotel the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi. PLUS there were great views of West Lake, both day & night!
Unique Quality: What was interesting was to be in a "western" upscale hotel after having been in ones run by folks from the region. It's not that one style was better than the other -- and it's hard to quantify -- and maybe it's because I like Sofitels in general!
Anyway -- the marble bathroom was large and well-laid out :))))
Looking for deluxe hotels in Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi?
Is it Caravelle Ho Chi Minh City and Sofitel Hanoi? Thanks again.
I highly recommend the Win (Wynn?) Hotel in Hanoi. It's run by two feminine men who are very helpful; the place is very clean and well priced and located close to everything in the old quarters. Sorry, I've forgotten the address and number, but it's listed in any Lonely Planet. I stayed in three different places, and the Win was the best.
I have been to the Caravelle Hotel in HCMC (not as a guest though, but in its fantastic Saigon Saigon Bar). I think it is among one of the best hotels there: also the Majestic or the Continental (they have a great quiet courtyard with old frangipani trees...).
Most of Graham Greene's "The Quiet American" is taking place there by the way.
Also check out Rex Hotel and New World Hotel.
In Hanoi I only have been to the (Korean-joint-venture) Daewoo Hotel. It is the most expensive hotel in Hanoi, has an out-of-the-way location but has a great swimming pool and also a fabulous bar in the 15th floor. Maybe there are more classy hotels within the city centre. I'd rather prefer to stay close to the "beat".
Have a good time! Matt from Vienna
In HCM - The Rex Hotel is meant to be very good. If you don't stay there it is still worth a visit to the rooftop bar there, it is very nice
Sofitel Hotels are always good too.
In Hanoi, take a look at Sofitel Plaza, Dawoo, Hanoi Hilton Opera, Sofitel Metropole.
In HCMC, Omni Saigon, Equatorial, Newworld, Renaissance Riverside, Sofitel Plaza, Caravelle are five-star deluxe hotels you are looking for.
Hope it helps.
Thank you everyone for your wonderful feedback. I am deciding on Renaissance Riverside in Saigon and Hilton Hanoi Opera in Hanoi. I remembered I hold elite status with each hotel chain, which affords me free upgrades, late check-out and other amenities.
New World hotel in HoChiMinh City is the most expensive and in Hanoi is Dewoo hotel too. Besides, you can stay at Sofitel or Fortuna in Hanoi and Rex or Omni in HoChiMinh.
Have good trip !
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106 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
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Address: 1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam