My wife and I went to Vietnam for our honeymoon and we researched so many places to stay in Hanoi, some would say it was a waste of time. However, my gal loves to do research and browse and read reviews, so she enjoyed it a bunch. She also took care of Laos and Cambodia, leaving me with most of the chores in vietnam. I am a Libra and thereore get overwhelmed at times with the sheer numbers of hotels and varieties, so much that I often have trouble making decisions.
Not to mention I come from the old school way of travel, where you show up with a guidebook and walk around before making a decision. Well the internet and especially TA has changed the way most travel. I booked this place 2 months before we left for our trip and intially it was based on TripAdvisor and it didn't just meet the expecations it went way above them.
So now our trip and experience:
The main reason I put so much into planning this trip was because it was our honeymoon.
I mentioned this to Kate when I first emailer her and she explained the hotel set-up and recommended a room, I took her adivce and was surprised what a great room we had.
Dont' be worried about the price either because this is the capital of Vietnam and their hotels are a bit more expensive than you will find in other parts of the country.
This hotel's staff was simply amazing.
They met us upon arrival at the airport with a sign with our name and their driver brought us straight to hotel.
Cold drink and moist freshly scented towel at check-in was a great touch.
Then they went so far to ensure our satisfaction.
Kate was there to greet us. Sophie and Mr. David checked us in and the lovely Mr. Thanh took our bags.
After a small wait, which was part of the surprise for my wife, they took us to our room.
INside we were met by 3 staff people with balloons, flowers, and a cake with candles. They were literally shrieking with excitement, I don't think our own families would have been more excited for us then our new friends. They were dancing and singing and taking photos of us in the beautifully appointed room.
It was amazing! Simply fantastic. We felt so at home and ease.
The beds and linens were clean and comfortable.
The room had great cable TV where I finally enjoyed some futbol on the television and caught up with all my favorite leagues.
701 was the best room we had and even though it was street side with a balcony it kinda drownded out the constant beeping of horns that Hanoi is famous for.
The staff continued to do amazing things for us the entire trip. They helped with tourist questions, they bought us train tickets, they made suggestions for food, we even took Kate and Linda to dinner around the corner for our last night and enjoyed some excellent local food.
BTW, dont' miss the Bahn Cuon stand which is almost accross the street from the hotel, the family makes these amazing delicate and delicious littel dumplings with pork and shrimp.
Speaking of food, this is the only place where I think the hotel could improve slightly was the breakfast. Although plenty of options, the food was not really that great. There was some western and some Vietnamese breaky options, but nothing was really memorable, except the soup, that you have to ask for. There is a little card on the table that says soup, or Pho, or something, but it is fresher and tastier than anyting up for grabs at the buffett.
Everything is superb at this hotel.
I would stay here again and I already miss the staff. I consider the folks that work here my friends now and we keep in touch on FB and stuff and I am really happy to have met them.
Cheers to all of you at Charming 2, we love you and your hotel.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.