In April 2013 we went to Hanoi and Mai Chau (about 4 h by road out west). In Hanoi we stayed at the Conifer Boutique Hotel. The staff was friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean and well appointed, with tea and coffee making facilities, WiFi and TV channels (BBC, CNN etc) and each day there was a plate of fruits. The Deluxe room that we stayed in was compact, although a little more space would have been appreciated. However, on return from Mai Chau, we were upgraded to an en suite with a balcony. The hotel is well located in a side street away from the main thoroughfare. It is a short walk to the Opera house, Hilton and the Sofitel Legend Metropole is on the next street. There are a number of good restaurants close-by. The Old Quarter (night markets) and the Hoan Kiem lake is about 15 - 20 minutes walk away and we were also able to walk to the Hoa Lo (aka Hanoi Hilton) prison.
Mai Chau is a different category as it was a grass-root bicycling holiday. We stayed with home-stay in the village, although we did finish up on the last day at the comparatively luxurious Mai Chau resort. It was comfortable in home-stay; friendly locals and the meals were excellent organic ethnic food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Location Capital City of Hanoi, once considered a conservative city, has developed into one of the unbelievable exciting cities in Southeast Asia. It is slow paced but attraction captures, with lovely lakes, lush public parks, and shaded boulevards of old French-colonial architecture.Hanoi is home to all the best of historic Vietnam and discovers traditional places of interests such as temples, monuments, including pockets of ancient culture along the narrow streets of an old quarter. Witness the rapid cultural shift as the cafes fill with young & trendy Hanoians, leisurely sipping cappuccinos and comparing latest electronics gadgets.HotelThe newest boutique hotel consists of 33 elegant rooms and conveniently situated in the heart of Vietnam’s capital, just 2 minutes walks to famous Opera House and 5 minutes walks to the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, in the of business districts is ideally for business and leisure guests alike. ... more less
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