I can't tell you that the Rendezvous Hotel is the best hotel in Hanoi. It's the only one I stayed at. So I truly don'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. Here's why:
It'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. You'll also be a few steps away from the crazy night markets that happen a few times a week. At any given time, you'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 isn'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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