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“Great little Hanoi hotel - friendly - well located”

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Rising Dragon Cathedral Hotel
Ranked #262 of 588 Hotels in Hanoi
Sydney
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“Great little Hanoi hotel - friendly - well located”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

We stayed here for a couple of nights last week in a Double Balcony room. We will happily recommend this hotel to our friends.

The room was good and bed was comfortable (i.e. firmer than we are used to but not as hard as some hotels I have stayed in). The bathroom was basic but quite OK for us. Everything was very clean. There was a notebook PC in the room along with free wifi. There was a little café on the ground floor which put together a good complementary breakfast each morning.

I won't say it is a downside, because it's just the nature of many of the buildings in Hanoi, and that is the fact that there are many stairs. If you happen to be on the third or fourth floors then at the end of a day walking through Hanoi it can be a tiring climb to your room. Though the staff were happy to carry our luggage up and down the stairs.

The location was very central and handy to everything. The location was relatively quiet by Hanoi standards, in other words not that much traffic noise and motorbike horns. The cathedral next door does ring it's bells often which didn't bother us too much, other than the 5 minutes of persistent ringing at 5am each morning... (but hey who really wants to sleep in!)

The staff went out of their way to assist us in any way they could. They arranged a car to meet us at the airport when we arrived and to deliver us back on our return ($15 each way). They also happily stored one of our bags for a couple of days when we went off on a side trip and they were very understanding when we arrived back this morning at 5am to collect it.

If I manage to get back to Hanoi I will certainly be coming back to stay here.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

Having been to Hanoi I was wary of just turning up and getting a cab and finding a hotel after a bad experience first time round. Having done a bit of research I emailed few places and based on the service provided by Ms. Tran knew this was the place to stay.

She arranged the Halong Bay trip for us providing us with a range of options and at different prices and arranged a driver to pick us up from the hotel. We arrived at about 9am in the morning so weren't expecting our room to be ready. However Ms Tran escorted us to her restaruant and arranged coffees for us whilst our room was prepared.

Our room was clean and tidy with tv with many western channels, wifi was included but there were also laptops in the rooms anyway. The room had everything that is needed and the locate is very handy, just near the lake in walking distance of many restaurants and bars. In any case Ms Tran provided us with a map of the area recommending a few places.

In one of my emails before we arrived in Vietnam I had mentioned to Ms Tran that this was our honeymoon. One the return from an explore of Hanoi we were greeted by a cake with our names on and a free bottle of wine! She also arranged the same for us on our Halong Bay trip which really did show her going the extra mile!

We also decided we would like one extra night after Halong bay however Ms Trans hotel was full so she arranged us a room at a local hotel for us at the same rate as he own hotel (event though the other hotel was more expensive!)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chelmsford, England
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Stayed at this excellent hotel in January 2012.
Rooms were very clean and laptop was provided in room.
Very good location in back street - Walking distance to main sites.
Lots of good restaurants nearby.
Staff were extremely helpful. Arranged trip to Halong Bay which was fantastic.
Very good breakfast.
Great value for money and would definitely recommend to friends.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

I stayed here on a study abroad trip for a week at a time on and off for a month. The staff is so welcoming, friendly, and more than willing to help with anything. I felt completely safe, and the staff truly become our family. The rooms were great, and I would recommend this hotel to anyone stopping in Hanoi!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Danmark
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

Great location in the old historic part of Hanoi, in an easy walking distance to many attractions. Room is very nice decorated with a lovely bathroom. The room even have a laptop with free internet. Staff speaks english very well and are very helpfull, would definitely stay there again. Good value for the money.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

As we planned a cruise in Halong Bay we needed to find accommodation where we could also leave our luggage for a few days. The Hanoi Spring Hotel II handled this very well: without any charge we could leave most of our luggage in the hotel.

The hotel itself can be described as some another reviewer wrote: clean but basic. We stayed in the Honeymoon Suite with Cathedral view. The room was quite large and at some points we got the impression of a four star hotel like a nice comfortable bed, a LCD TV with a lot of interesting channels and very good breakfast (the restaurant is also open for non-guests).

But on the other hand some things of the hotel made it more like a two/three star hotel. The construction of the bath tap was weird. The tap was connected by a slightly rusted standard which could fall any second. Also the amount of warm water was limited. We found out the hard way. We learned to split up the shower time: one of us would have a shower in the evening and the other would have a shower in the morning. Also when we arrived there was a weird smell in the room; it turned out to be the AC which was on maximum heat.
The view of the room was good. We are used to church bells and while the bell was ringing quite regularly (like every hour) it was so not disturbing. Actually it added a little to the ambiance.

The (hardworking) staff was usually very helpful and most of them understood English well enough. As a small present on the first night there was a pie for our honeymoon and a bottle of wine. In the hotel it is possible to book tours. As we already had booked everything before we did not make use of it.

All in all if you are on a budget we can recommend the hotel but be aware that you are in backpacker’s /tourist area. We did not feel safe at all during night time and during day time we constantly had to be aware. We got really annoyed at one point of the lack of walkway and the traffic constantly honking at you. Of course the hotel cannot change this but it is enough for us not to return here and if we return to Hanoi at all we would book a hotel in the area where for example The Mövenpick hotel is.

The hotel does not have an elevator so if you have trouble walking stairs better ask for a room on the first floor or look somewhere else. The room we stayed in was on the top of the building which meant walking eight stairs every time. We were not bothered by this and the staff in the hotel makes sure you do not have to carry your luggage all the way: they will do it for you.

While our stay in the hotel was ok the day of departure was not so good. The evening before we asked for a private driver to bring us to the airport. We paid 15 USD for this; expensive for Hanoi but we really had enough of all the dishonest taxi drivers.

When we departured it looked like the hotel forgot about us ordering a private car. Instead we had to wait and suddenly there was a taxi. This was not what we agreed about but as we were late we had no choice otherwise we would miss our flight. The driver was scary: he looked constantly at us as he was waiting for us to fall asleep or so. Perhaps we were paranoid but if someone looks ten times a minute in his mirror you do not feel so comfortable.

Finally we arrived at the airport. The taxi stopped at the start of the terminal. There were no luggage carts so one of us had to get one for all our suit cases. The driver did not want to drop us further on the terminal and really did not care for us or our luggage. When one of us finally had found a cart and walked back the taxi already left and basically had thrown all of our luggage on the street. We wanted to avoid this and that is why we asked the hotel a private driver in the first place. We felt the hotel should have “screened” the driver/company before letting some of their guests use it or give us what we asked before in the first place.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

Stayed here with on and off for a month and loved it. The breakfast was excellent. There was a wide variety of options to choose from and the juice was always fresh. The hotel staff loved practicing English with all of us and was willing to help us with anything we needed (getting minutes for cell phones, directions, and calling taxis).

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Rising Dragon Cathedral Hotel
Address: 38 Au Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Hanoi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #262 of 588 Hotels in Hanoi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened in 2010, The Hanoi Spring Hotel is conveniently located in the very heart of the charming historic Hanoi Old Quarter. Our hotel is situated in a quiet peaceful street which offers you a perfect retreat from the vibrant and buzzing Old Quarter. All shopping and banking facilities, as well as eating and entertainment options are located conveniently on our doorstep or just a few minutes walk away. The Rising Dragon Hotel provides you with a comfortable and relaxing stay in well appointed rooms furnished with the latest facilities. ... more   less 

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