The hotel was fine- clean, nice rooms, good service. But I had the worst experience ever- there is a school directly outside the hotel and every sing morning, Monday-Saturday, a man with the most annoying, shrill voice I've ever heard gets on a loudspeaker and literally screams into it for an hour. It is some kind of exercise drill for the children, but it starts at 6:45am every single morning, and repeats once or twice later during the day.
I wore earplugs to sleep and shut the windows and blinds, but could hear him yelling as if he were in the next room. I complained, but to no avail. It is customary to wake up early in Vietnam, but on Saturday it is beyond painful! I suppose you could stay in the "City Wing" but then you don't get the nice view of the lake/pond outside the hotel.
The food was kind of yucky, and the restaurant staff don't speak English, even when you speak really slowly and point to what you want on the menu. They say they understand, but then bring you the wrong thing. If you are vegetarian, you will starve. There's no restaurants nearby after like 8pm (it's kind of far from the hotel) except the roadside spots, where they rinse the dish in dirty dishwater that street dogs eat out of. There's only one- "Oh My God" which is decent, open till 10pm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HANOI HOSTEL is located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter among the main shopping streets and close to Hoan Kiem Lake. The HANOI HOSTEL offers high-class services for guests in a comfortable and traditional style, making it one of the best options for a pleasant stay in Hanoi.Hanoi Hostel offers 20 comfortable beds into mixed dorm & female dorm. All rooms are well decorated and complete with air-condition, bathroom with bath-tub and shower and wifi in room. Hang around our Vera Cruz bar which is sure to add some flavor to your stay in Hanoi. You will enjoy your time drinking the local beer , tasting the homemade cocktail, while watching television or surfing on the internet Restaurant on the top floor serves both Western and Vietnamese dishes. ... more less