The Impressive Hotel was not so impressive when I arrived from the airport around noon. I was told that the room is not yet ready but they had booked a room for me across the street at St. Joseph’s which as it turned out is a little gem by itself. The next morning Antoine the manager picked me up and showed me to my room at Impressive. It is a small hotel with about 20 rooms in 2 adjacent narrow buildings on 7 floors. A great location not far from Lake Hoan Kiem, in the Old Quarters, and in view and earshot of St. Joseph Cathedral, easy to explore all sights on foot. Each room has TV with wide flat screen, a safe, and more important a PC with free internet access. The balcony of my room (803 and 703) was overlooking the narrow street, with a great view of the Cathedral. For breakfast the hotel serves freshly prepared fried eggs with mushrooms, bacon, ham, tomatoes, omelette, and soups upon request, cereals, fruits, bread, jam etc. I stayed for 10 days and was not disappointed except for the first day when I was bumped off. The staff is friendly, helpful, outgoing, in one word: wonderful, Antoine who is fluent in English and French, drove me with his motorbike to some ATMs, always there for advise, the very pregnant Mrs. Khanh knows everything whatever information one may require, Kunt Ly with her beautiful smile will arrange whatever can be arranged, the helpers carrying suitcases, getting tickets for tours or the water puppet show, etc., all of them are really impressive. Impressive Hotel arranges airport transfers at a lower rate than the taxi mafia, books tours and taxis on short notice, whatever I asked for I got it. This was my 3rd stay in Hanoi but this time I thoroughly enjoyed every day thanks to the staff and location of Impressive Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located close to the St Joseph's Church, just a 5 minute`s walk to the famous Hoan Kiem Lake (Ho Guom) convenient for guests with shopping and banking facilities, as well as viewing and entertainment options all very close by as Water Puppet Theater. If you enjoy blissful pampering in total privacy within designer dwellings, then consider Hanoi Impressive Hotel your own personal getaway, where the service is personal. ... more less
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