I have stayed at the flower about 5 times in the previous 5 years and am about to book another stay. About 5 years ago they were a great deal. At about $30 USD it was a GREAT value. Personally I really enjoy the staff and have gotten to know them well. They have always welcomed me with a smile and I have actually been out for meals with them, from the door man to the front desk people. (not kidding). So I personally think the staff are very friendly (duh!). They've always tried to help me.
The location? it's located near our office so that's why I have stayed there, but for a time when our office was relocated closer to the city center it was a bit of a pain to get to the city center. Other reviewers are correct, it is about a 20-25 minute walk if you know what you are doing. There is NOT much around once it gets dark there, but this is why I keep going back. People are right that it IS noisy there if you have a room facing the front of the hotel (these are mostly the big expensive rooms); guess they thought it was nicer to let the high paying guests to have a view of the front street! But I always take a room in the back, where the loud speakers are. If you are not aware, the communist government still behave like communists and in every neighborhood in the north they announce propaganda out of these speakers every stupid morning!
On the other hand, I like the location because it IS actually very dark and "quiet" (relative to other locations I've seen near by). There are NO bars near by and there are no backpackers either. What is there? in the morning and in the evening when I am at the hotel I know I can get a great meal just around the corner. There is a street with tons of food and a market. On Thursday nights there is a night market within about a 5 minute walk. And this is why I like staying here.
As for the facility? It IS clean. I think the staff are honest and the try and work hard. Having gotten to know them, I also know that the owners don't have their backs and I personally do not care for them. They've had some success and it's gone to their heads. Hence the high price! Today it IS over priced for what they are. They should be about $35-50 for what it is. (I have thought about staying at the hilton at $150 a night).
So in a nutshell - Positives: Friendly staff, cleanliness, location (specific to my wants)
Negatives: Price, price, price.
FYI - there are several other hotels within a block for about 1/3 to1/2 the price but of lesser quality as well. Can't remember the names.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Flower Hotel is a three star hotel which is located in the heart of Hanoi - Capital of Vietnam. Flower Hotel offers you an exquisite stay in a spacious and elegant accommodation. The location is an easy access for tourist buses and it is only 5 minutes to the Old Quater, 30 minutes to Noi Bai Airport and 10 minutes to Long Bien Railways Station. Within short drives from the hotel, you can visit traditional handicraft villages such as Bat Trang Ceramic Village, Van Phuc Silk Village... At Flower Hotel, both business and leisure guests are treated to friendly and restful accommodation. Flower Hotel features 42 spacious with stylishly designed and modern equipments such as Satellite TV, IDD Telephone, WIFI Internet, Safety box, bathroom with shower and bathtub, mini bar, tea and coffee maker, etc ...Flower Restaurant offers a fusion of cuisines: Asian, Western, and Vietnamese. Guests will enjoy a variety of Set Menu, Ala carte and Buffet at the Flower Restaurant with the panoramic view in Hanoi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flower Hotel Hanoi