I canâ€™t tell you that the Rendezvous Hotel is the best hotel in Hanoi. Itâ€™s the only one I stayed at. So I truly donâ€™t have the authority and experience to call anything the best hotel in Hanoi.
That said, if I ever return to Hanoi, I will stay at the Rendezvous Hotel again for sure. Hereâ€™s why:
Itâ€™s right in the Old Quarter. If you are pretty energetic, you can get just about anywhere interesting: The Hanoi Opera House, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Vietnam Military History Museum just to name a few. Youâ€™ll also be a few steps away from the crazy night markets that happen a few times a week. At any given time, youâ€™ll be just about overwhelmed by all the stuff you can eat, drink or look at.
The fancy Ciputra area is a fairly short cab ride away.
Free breakfast isnâ€™t uncommon in hotels. And in Vietnam, just about every hotel can arrange tours. We booked overnight trips to Sapa and Halong Bay at the Rendezvous Hotel; they all went flawlessly, and the hotel staff even gave us a lift to the train station.
One of the most-impressive and useful details, though, was a well-written binder of good places to shop, eat and visit. The staff even recommended specific dishes – this is where I learned about cha ca la vong, which is my now my favorite Vietnamese dish. The guide also hooked us with a great place to get a great massage that restored some spring to our weary legs.
There’s also wifi n every room, plus a handful of computers for guests to use down in the lobby.
Our price for a large room with wifi, TV and two beds was about $30 a night. Factor in the breakfast, and it gets even more reasonable.
You can find fancier hotels around, for sure. You can pay a lot more. But will that guarantee you a room at the best hotel in Hanoi? Eh. Take my advice – book a room at the Rendezvous Hotel.
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