We do long term stays and arrange private rates directly with the hotel. That is why we will not refer to price paid for a room in our reviews, but it is always well below advertised, on line or walk-in rack rates. We stayed 22 nights on this occasion.
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We landed at the airport to be greeted by a chap waving our names on a placard, despite an hour’s delay. The pick up (and drop off) was arranged by the hotel and costs $13 each way, which is good value for the 30 km transfer and takes about an hour due to the horrendous traffic conditions in Hanoi. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, the traffic will be bad.
Located away from the main street, the hotel is in a quiet off road but it is surrounded by numerous diners and small, local restaurants, so eating is never a problem. It’s not far from the lake, you will find ATMs close by and there are dozens of shops and outlets for almost any kind of shopping you may need. There is even a supermarket within walking distance, but if that is too much effort, the convenience store is also not just handy but fairly priced.
NOTE: Daily limits on money via the cash point is restricted to VND 4 800 000 (~£165) and all machines will charge you an admin fee of usually 1%. At the time of writing, there were VND 29 000 to a British pound, which makes for tricky calculations.
Newly acquired we believe; it still has some minor refurbishments to finish off, notably in the Reception area, but it doesn’t detract and the air con quickly makes you forget about missing cosmetic touches.
The staff are very friendly and speak good English and after giving up your passports you can check into your room without further delay.
There is one small lift, but three people (the bell boy is very keen and eager to please- and he does) and your luggage will fit in- just. Unless you travel with a trunk.
Long and narrow but big enough to live in for three weeks without concern. Solid furniture, laminate flooring and a window bay looking out into the street makes it all very pleasant..
Our room had twin beds and a shared bedside table (we later found out double beds are available so request this if you want one at the time of booking), plus we had a couple of chairs and a coffee table in front of the window area.
Comfortable duvet and pillows in plain, fresh white and a good, firm-ish mattress ensured we slept with ease, although the curtains are a little light.
There is a desk, complete with a free pc and flat screen monitor, plus a large, flat screen TV with over 60 channels including films, sports, news and family channels all to hand, plus of course, local language programmes.
A quiet fridge, an electronic safe, great air conditioning and a kettle are all super extras and we were well looked after by Housekeeping who ensured we had complimentary bottles of water every day.
Wardrobe space was ample, there is also a small work surface for making a sandwich and they even have a set of shelves for smaller items. It’s all done well and it is thoughtfully and ergonomically well laid out.
The bathroom has a very large walk in shower with a good pressure and there was always lots of hot water “on tap”, so to speak. The basin is a modern, raised affair, the toilet has a good flush (but noisy refill) but works well, plus there is also a hairdryer. The plug could be removed to power up a shaver or electric toothbrush if preferred.
However, this is the one area the room as a whole was marked down on as the finish was poor, with bare cement visible, marks and stains from sloppy paintwork or beading and a general rather lack lustre feel. Not a huge problem but it left an impression; the wrong kind.
- Good internet connection and free computer supplied
- Comfortably firm, twin beds, with cosy duvet and plenty of pillows.
NOTE: Double beds are available but ask at the time of booking your room
- Location is excellent, right in the heart of things but also far enough away from the main road and traffic noises
- Clean and comfortable and good lights in the room
- Reasonable prices
- Staff are very efficient, friendly and helpful
- Super air con in the rooms
NOTE: Reception are able to control the power to the air con units from downstairs and they will pull the power as you leave your room remotely. If you can’t get it to work on your return, ring down and ask them to switch it back on for you, as they sometimes forget.
- Key is removable from card to activate electrics, so can be left in the room to power fridge, laptop etcetera
- Simple, tasteful decor and colours
- Big, soft and good quality bath towels
- Curtains not dark/heavy enough and so the room gets light early in the morning
- No full length mirror
- Bathroom finish is hasty and needs to be properly re-done at some point
- Toilet refill and running water from sink is overly noisy
- Hand towels are barely largely than a face flannel
Fantastic. Quite the best hours we’ve experienced so far with opening times from 07:00 to 11:00 and you get any item you chose off the menu cooked freshly for you there and then, meaning nothing has been left stewing or sitting under feeble light bulbs to congeal.
Standard western items – eggs cooked to choice, cheese, ham, fruit and yoghurt, plus local fare and you can even have a Coke, should you desire. The juice is great. We’re not even fans of breakfast but even so we went up to the 9th floor for an early lunch that kept us going for several hours.
Good staff, facilities, location, price and comfort, makes this an ideal “smaller” hotel to spend a longer term holiday. You’re right in the heart of the city and everything is close by. The Golden Sun also has three other sites (aptly named as 1, 2 & 3), so if this is full, try one of the others- they are not far away at all.
We’ve been to Vietnam before, but that was to the south to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and this was our first time to Hanoi. I prefer it here, although the same aggressive, pouncing hawkers will try to flog you typical tourist tat at every given opportunity. They don’t appear to have recognised the term “no thank you” and it will become tiresome before long.
Other than that, it may be a good idea to establish prices before settling down- we almost had a problem in a local bar when we had a few beers at “happy hour” prices only to be told our choices of beers were not on special offer after all. Luckily we had asked the waitress exactly what was covered beforehand and in the end they relented, but it pays to make everything clear from the off.
Saying that, with beer at 60 pence a bottle at normal prices, you can still see double on just a fiver.
Yes, we liked Hanoi and Vietnam is wonderful anyway, so come and stay at the Golden Sun Hotel (4) and you won’t go far wrong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at one of the wider, but nevertheless calmer streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Hanoi Golden Legend is located at the heart of this mysterious and beautiful city. Perfectly designed in each detail of architecture, guests will feel like staying at a very special place. All the rooms in the hotel face the front street and are equipped with large European windows which make the rooms particularly bright and airy. From the lobby to the 9th floor where the restaurant serves breakfast, it offers panoramic views of the French Quarter. ... more less
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