I stayed here for 6 nights in March and used it as a base to explore the Old Quarter, so it's location was perfect being within easy reach of most of the tourist sights. On my first trip to Hanoi in 2011 I had stayed at the excellent Charming 2 which is a only metres from the Tu Linh Palace. I went for the Tu Linh this time based on price and good reviews, because I was staying longer so the extra cost of the Charming 2 became a factor.
The first thing you notice about the Tu Linh is that it's a narrow building and that means everything is going to be a bit small. The reception is tiny and the dining area behind it is not very big either, but that being said they still have everything you need (including 2 lifts/elevators).
That applies to the rooms too. I was upgraded to a deluxe room which, although not big, had everything I needed i.e air conditioning with remote control, great ensuite bathroom with hot shower and good water pressure any time of day, wifi, digital code room safe, mini bar fridge, ample wardrobe space, wall mounted flat screen TV, even fresh fruit on the day of my arrival.
The room was clean and tastefully decorated with a light wood theme and being on the 3rd floor at the rear of the hotel it was relatively quiet even though it had a small window to the side. (Anyone who's been to Hanoi will know that traffic noise is constant and can be disturbing).
The wifi connection was a bit patchy until I found the best spot in my room for reception (there are two desktop PCs downstairs in the dining area too, which are always useful for transferring pictures, fast typing, etc.)
I also have to praise the staff (especially Tim and Bac on reception) who were so friendly, kind and helpful the whole time I was there. It was Womens Day when I was there and they showed me on the maze of roads on the map where I could find a good flower shop and a good cake shop too. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and that includes all the waiting and cleaning staff who were always polite, friendly, and keen to help. Really all a credit to the hotel. And they weren't pushy in offering tours either, simply making me aware of their services. Just right.
I only ate there at breakfast time and enjoyed the Pho Bo and lovely fresh bread, although I also tried the bacon, egg and sausage option too. There was always plenty of fresh fruit and strong coffee too. And the extra plus was the fresh fruit juice which was available all day long (just what you need after walking about on a hot day!)
So in all I would thoroughly recommend the Tu Linh Palace based on it's location, plus the great value and level of service it offers and would happily stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tu Linh Palace Hotel located at Hanoi's Old Quarter, erected on the street of old quarter hanoi is this famous near around: 36 old street, Dong Xuan market, Hoankiem lake, Ngocson temple and Chuongduong bridge… is about 800 metres prolonged. The area offers a wide range of excellent Vietnamese and Western food style and Surrounded many shops selling silk, souvenir with many other special of Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam. The lobby and reception area are awash with colors of Oriental luxury. ... more less
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