Hoa Binh Hotel, Hanoi - review by Rusty Compass
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Hoa Binh Hotel, Hanoi

| 12 Aug 2015
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Hoa Binh Hotel, Hanoi
27 Ly Thuong Kiet St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
(84-4) 38253315

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Price guide: From around US$45 - negotiate!

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12 Aug 2015

Once one of the city’s grand hotels, the Hoa Binh’s best days have long past in both design and service. The French Quarter location is good and determined nostalgics might muster some old world atmosphere. Perhaps safer to view it as a relic of Hanoi 1990s hospitality.

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Location

In the French Quarter 5 minutes walk from the Opera House, 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake and 15 minutes from the Old Quarter. The hotel fronts two busy streets so noise can be an issue - as it can be throughout Hanoi.


Review

Something of a heritage tragedy, the Hoa Binh Hotel, known in French times as the Splendid Hotel was once one of Hanoi’s grand colonial buildings. Successive poor renovations have left little by way of original splendour in the modern building apart from a wonderful staircase.

These days, it’s a good choice for those desperate for a colonial hotel experience but not desperate enough to part with the cash required for a stay at the Metropole.

There’s something quirkily enticing about the place as well. It’s one of the few major Hanoi hotels that still has the old communist, state-owned feel, that dominated in the 80s and early 90s.

Rooms are generous is size and have high ceilings. They can be on the musty side in Hanoi’s damp winter - especially those with carpeted floors. Parquetry floored rooms are a better bet. 



Decorations pay token homage to the French colonial era. Suites are enormous and are a good option for families or groups of four or more.

Value for money is inconsistent but lower priced rooms tend to be a better buy. See whether you can negotiate something special. 



Service is mediocre and can be disinterested. Many of the staff have been here for decades. Some are still committed to their jobs and the task of serving guests.



On our most recent visit (July 2015), there was a large beer club - they’re all the rage in Hanoi and Saigon - on the ground floor that looked noisy. Rooms now have double-glazed windows to block out that noise and the general din of surrounding streets.

Take a room at the Hoa Binh with the right expectations at the right price, and you’ll likely have a pleasant stay. You’ll be buying floor space and a taste of long faded history rather than service or luxury.





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Rusty Compass reviews are always independent. We show you the stuff we think you should know about. I stayed at the Hoa Binh on many occasions in the 90s and 00s. No inducement was received financial or otherwise in exchange for this listing.


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