|Twin beds with roses|
|Bare wall with TV|
Unlike some hotels we came across (but luckily never stayed in one) we had a private bath attached to our room. The bath was quite spacious. One of my biggest pet peeves in a hotel is the lack of water pressure and inconsistently hot water – this hotel was great, these issues were non-existent.
Our $50/night room rate included a breakfast in the restaurant on the first floor. The menu had about 10 items – eggs, fruit, pancakes, French toast, etc. Each morning I had either a pancake or a crepe and several glasses of fresh mango juice.
Each time we’d return from exploring Hanoi, the folks at the reception area would stop us and ask us all about our day. What did we see? Where did we eat? Where are we going later in the day? Do we need help with reservations or taxis? The staff at this hotel was beyond top notch. I really enjoyed every interaction with these folks. The one issue I had with the staff was really relating to our mutual language skills. They would say something that really seemed odd and out of place, then the whole staff would just stare at me — then they’d burst out laughing. The issue was really mine. I knew what they were saying but their turn of phrase made me unsure if they were making a joke or if they were just stumbling over the language. Rest assured – they are making a joke.
Would I stay at this hotel again? Without a doubt. While you won’t earn any points at this hotel, nor is it one of the super cheap hotels you often associate with Vietnam, but in my mind you cannot find a better hotel for the value.
The folks at the hotel will also help you book a cruise on Halong Bay or a day trip away from Hanoi — both of which they did help us with.
As I write this trip report I crave fresh mango juice. If you are going to Hanoi – do yourself a favor and book the Hanoi Elegance Ruby Hotel. I am sure you will not be disappointed.