Our Stay In Hanoi
We picked the Oriental Jade Hotel and Spa (a five-star hotel) for its location. The hotel is located 5 minutes walk from Hoàn Kiếm Lake, 30 minutes walk from the French quarters and is at the corner of St Joseph Cathedral. The hotel is clean and quite modern compared to other hotels in Hanoi. Overall, we had a nice stay but there are a few things we think could be improved in this hotel.
We booked the Oriental Pearl room (The cheapest room in the hotel) which was comfortable. However, there was a stain on the room carpet, and we could hear noise coming from upstairs as the room was located right under the sky bar. It was really noisy when they cleaned the swimming pool and we had to ask for another room. We’ve been upgraded for no additional cost to the Oriental Emerald room which was way more spacious, very quiet and leads to St Joseph Cathedral. This room costs only £15 more a night and we wished we booked this room from the beginning.
Apart from this, our stay at the hotel was nice. We ate well and the breakfast buffet was impressive. You’ll find here French patisseries, freshly baked bread along with local tropical fruits and Vietnamese typical foods. The swimming pool on the roof top is small but you’ll appreciate it on a hot day. You can see the busy streets of Hanoi from here and it’s very relaxing to chill at the sun with a drink.
The staff at the Oriental Jade goes above and beyond to accommodate you and therefore we definitely recommend this hotel. Though we advise you to book the Emerald room as it is a higher standard for a similar price. The hotel is relatively new, and they probably need to do some adjustments, but it’s overall a nice place to stay and it’s relatively cheap for a five-star hotel in Hanoi.
Hanoi was a great first stop on our itinerary and we had plenty to see here. Our second stop is in Lang Co, located 1 hour from Da Nang airport. It takes about 1 hour and a half to fly from Hanoi to Da Nang. Read about our stay in Lang Co next.