A few buildings to the left of the Marilyn Restaurant, across from the magnificent cathedral in Hanoi, a narrow alley about six feet wide is filled with locals sitting on tiny colored plastic stools, eating food prepared in the laneway. Turning left after 20 or 25 metres, one is now in a larger alleyway, still too small for cars. It is here that one finds a few small hotels tucked away -- including the Splendid Jupiter Hotel (which has a flashing sign advertising itself as the Riverside Park Hotel). The room materials have a third hotel name upon them! Despite this confusion, the hotel was quietly efficient. At least half of the staff speak English, and all are courteous and friendly. I was greeted with a pot of tea in the small lobby before being taken up to my clean and tidy room. A safe for valuables, working AC, an HD TV with many channels, and an old PC with free internet were in the room. The computer wouldn't connect to the internet for me, and after a staff member checked it out, I was brought a laptop so that I could do my e-mails. There was plenty of hot water with wonderful pressure at all times of the day. The bed was comfortable and there was no noise from the quiet alley outside. I slept well. A small restaurant in the basement served set-meal breakfasts (included in the room cost), which were selected by pointing to pictures in the non-verbal menu. I'm a big eater, and there was no problem with me choosing a glass of OJ, pancakes with bananas and syrup, eggs and toast, and a few cups of coffee. I enjoyed my 3-day stay, and recommend this hidden gem to other travellers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Splendid Jupiter hotel is a new extension of the local family-owned. It is located near the center of the Old Quarter, with only a 5 minute walk to Hoan Kiem Lake. We are located on a small street next to St. Joseph’s Cathedral, away from the busy traffic of Hanoi. There are numerous restaurants and cafes within the hotel’s neighborhood to suit any taste. ... more less
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