First thing to know - there are several Rising Dragons in Hanoi so make sure you know which one you're going to - and talking about. They are all located in the Old Quarter which is a fascinating place to stay as long as the hotel works.
We spent one night in the RD at 61 Hang Be north east of Hoan Kiem Lake. The room was too small, the bathroom poor. I cannot recommend this place. We spent the next 3 days in the country (Mai Chau Nature Place - interesting if you have time!) and when we returned we went ...
Rising Dragon 2 at 12-14 Nguyen Quang Bich St, a little alley west of The Lake off Phung Hung. Our first night here was rough because the room on third floor was way too hot and small.
We asked for a better room and finally got a GREAT room we liked - Room 201. As best I could understand, the rooms on upper floors did not have their own thermostats and the heat was on - but Rm 201 had its own thermostat so we were able to control the airconditioning in the room. The bath and shower were A+. The beds were spacious and A+. Breakfast downstairs was quite good despite the small room. WiFi was 100% reliable. The staff was great help and very friendly.
The downside was the building next door was under construction and at 7:30AM you were woken up by drilling - and forget about midday nap which I never do. Construction looks like it could take several months thru late 2012.
Make sure you bring the hotel map with you and get your bearings (look for the modern Gallerie down the street as a landmark) when wondering thru the Old Quarter - the little street can be difficult to find.
I would definitely stay here again but make sure you check the room first. For the money it is a good value. By the way, a block north on Phung Hung is a fun open restaurant where they serve the 'one-day' beer (USD 0.40 per glass)- a gathering place for locals and euro-tourists
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rising Dragon Palace Hotel is located on a premier shopping street, with arts and crafts stores along the same block and throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Our hotel renovated in Sept 2016, Ideal for leisure travelers, whether staying briefly in Hanoi or on an extended visit, we offer full travel services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rising Dragon Palace Hotel Hanoi