This is a luxurious five star business-class hotel but it's not opulent, so don't expect grand atriums and original artwork adorning the walls. Do though enjoy the rooms built over the water as they're comfortable and well designed. I had a separate bath and walk-in shower, desk with a usable chair, small terrace over the water (very relaxing) and a switch by the bed that turns off ALL the room lights (so many hotels fail with this simple wiring job). Wi-fi is free everywhere with a good signal. When you're there do have a drink at the pavilion bar - it's very serene and they will bring food for the restaurants if you want to eat there. Breakfast is also comprehensive and efficient too, with something for every cuisine and culture. Sadly the swimming pool is only really good for leisure and it was a little cold.
Now for the downside. You're not in the city centre so although there are a few things around I don't recommend you stroll out too far. Best is to get a hotel taxi and expect a fifteen minute ride to restaurants and picturesque places. Also watch for the mosquitoes - being waterfront they love your legs for dinner.
Overall though very comfortable in-line with the Intercon brand. I'd stay there again and I got US$100 a night including breakfast which really is an excellent rate. Recommended if you don't mind needing a taxi to get anywhere worthwhile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new InterContinental Westlake Hanoi overlooks the 800-year-old Golden Lotus Pagoda on Hanoi's largest lake. It is the only hotel in Vietnam to be featured on CondÃ© Nast Traveler s 2008 Hot List, garnering the honour for a sublime waterfront locale. The historic city centre is within a 10-minute ride, as is a wide range of shopping and cultural venues. The hotel is just 40 minutes by taxi from Noi Bai International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake Hotel Hanoi