My friends and I have returned from a great break in Hanoi. The hotel was wonderful, right in the heart of the old quarter. Plenty of shopping, cafes and bars.
The hotel organised for us a bike ride around the outskirts of Hanoi, through small villages and across the barriers between rice fields. We had to cycle past groups of cows and cross a river by ferry. Everyone we passed shouted hello and my friend stopped the traffic as she spoke to school children. As she chatted more and more children appeared all wanting to show off their English. We then came back to the town and our guide took us to a road side eatery. I wouldn't normally have tried this but .. the food was fabulous. Traditional food fresh and perfect.
The staff of the hotel couldn't do enough for us and were always interested in where we had been and what we had bought. I love the fact that shops will always deliver to your hotel.
We also went to the sister hotel for a massage. Very good and you could pay directly or charge back to your room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa ensures you an unrivalled luxury boutique experience just steps away from the Lake of the Restored Sword, nestled in the vibrancy, excitement and captivation of Hanoi's most historic location - the Old Quarter. Rooms have open windows, very quiet yet in the center of Old Quarter. Inter-connecting room for families available. Private laptop in each room with free wifi internet, Essence restaurant opens daily from 6.30AM until 10.30PM ... more less
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