I’m going to apologize in advance for this sloppy interview of the Hanoi Golden Palace Hotel. I took a bunch of photos of this hotel particularly for this review but somehow, someway I deleted all of them.
Since I like this blog to have all of my own original photos I don’t like to pull stock photos off this ol’ google and stick them here. However, I was lucky I snapped some shots on my iPhone of the room we stayed in.
So, to start check out my walk around in Hanoi post. While I was visiting I staying in the Hanoi Golden Palace Hotel. There are a lot of budget hotels in Vietnam. Loads of them. It’s very possible to find a cheap place with decent quality in a very good location for around $20USD. And possibly less, depending on your comfort zone.
I chose the Hanoi Golden Palace out of total randomness. It was August and in the middle of the low season. So many hotel rates were greatly reduced. But I paid $45USD for a Suite Balcony City View room type.
This hotel located in the Hanoi’s Old Quarters and there are tons of hotels in that area that looked the same quality and around the same price range as the Hanoi Golden Palace.
I can’t get the hotel’s exact location on google maps. But it’s located about 5 to 10 minutes walk south from one of Hanoi’s most famous landmark and local hangout place the Hoàn Kiếm Lake.
The Golden Palace Hotel Hanoi’s address is 46 Bat Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Old Quarter. There are no shortages of fine Vietnamese cafes and terrific Pho’ restaurants!
Our room was located on the top 7th floor. But there are no elevators to that level so you have to walk up from the 6th floor. Not a big deal because the hotel’s bellboys will take your bags up to your room. Even though our room had the name “Suite” in it you’d think it might be a bit fancy but it’s not so much. But our room was clean. And spacious too at 35 square meters.
And even though our room also had the “City View” title there really isn’t a view at all. You’ll see some roof tops and the streets but directly from the bed’s view you’ll see the adjacent building. I’m not the one to complain and bitch and moan. Just telling it the way it is so you if decide to stay in this particular hotel you’ll know what to expect.
But to be fair, if you take a good look at Hanoi’s and even Ho Chi Minh City’s city architecture many buildings are right next to each other. So many buildings especially most 2 to 3 star Hanoi hotels are narrow with possibly.
I’ve stayed in many budget hotels all over Ho Chi Minh and although this was my first time in Hanoi I noticed that 2 to 3 star hotels are small and have at most 3 to 6 rooms on every floor.
The Golden Palace was renovated last year so the fixings are fairly new. However the air con unit was probably the same unit installed when the hotel opened 5 years ago. It worked. But it took a bit long for the room to cool. To be fair it was August and temps were in the high 90’s. Plus we were on the topmost floor so we got a lot of heat from the sun. But once it was going it worked well.
When we booked the room, breakfast was part of the deal. They have a limited buffet breakfast selection including house made yogurt which was quite nice. They even had house made Flan which was a nice and different. But you’ll find the usual fare like eggs cooked to order. Just a word of advice because the hotel is small there’s only 4 or 5 tables.
One of the high points of this hotel is the super friendly hotel staff, particularly the ladies. They were always helpful with a smile and courteous. Plus they were genuinely curious about guests. At least for us they would ask many questions. They loved to talk to guests about where they come from. Plus they have handy maps available and are knowledgable about local shops and restaurants.
I give the Golden Palace Hotel Hanoi a 2 star rating in my books. You may see it graded as a 3 star hotel on hotel booking websites. But there’s no pool or other recreational facilities. It’s one of those hotels where it’s perfect for being out most of the day exploring Hanoi and its surroundings. And we certainly enjoyed our stay. Check out rates for Golden Palace Hotel Hanoi.