Location is both good and bad. A few blocks from the Vietnamese Airlines bus stop means travel between the city and Noi Bai (approximately 40 min) is as little as $2 one way. (Don’t be fooled by the taxi service, negotiate before you get into the vehicle). While the cathedral is beautiful and is worth taking a walk past during a Sunday mass, the hotel is so close to the church, the bells wake you up. As for the staff at Splendid Jupiter, they make all the difference. Peter, who you will soon find speaks impeccable English will make sure you are comfortable and happy during your time in Vietnam. When offered trips by the hotel to Ha Long Bay and Sapa, make sure you take a walk in the city first and soon you find that travel agents are on every street corner. It’s worth knowing the prices before you say yes to anything. I did Ha Long through the hotel and the others through street corner travel agencies. As for the actual rooms, it’s true what other reviewers are saying about the beds… They are rock hard, but bearable. I have stayed in three different rooms and ask for a room facing the front entrance street, they have full western bathrooms. Rooms on the inside, facing the back, have just the shower head over the basin and toilet. I had a comfortable stay at the Splendid Jupiter Hotel and got on well with the staff, however if you’re a lone traveler, try staying a street back from the Splendid Jupiter where you will find plenty of backpackers and many personalities who will make your trip a memorable one.
- 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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