Thang Loi Hotel, Hanoi - review by Rusty Compass
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Thang Loi Hotel, Hanoi

| 16 Nov 2011
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Thang Loi Hotel, Hanoi
Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Hanoi
+844 38294211

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Price guide: From around US$80

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16 Nov 2011

For travellers who seek out the quirky. Set on the West Lake, the Cuban designed Thang Loi was Hanoi’s most prestigious hotel during the austere 80s. These days it’s a relic of the Cold War - both in design and service. It does however sport some of the finest grounds and one of Hanoi’s best hotel swimming pools.

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Location

On the West Lake about 15 minutes by taxi from town. There’s not a lot to do in the immediate area so you’ll be commuting downtown each day - except when you’re enjoying  the pool and the grounds.


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Photo: Mark BowyerThang Loi Hotel, Hanoi

Review

The Thang Loi is not the place for travellers seeking attentive service or the latest in funky decor. But that’s not to say it’s without charm. Its West Lake location offers some of the best views in Hanoi and its generous grounds are a great escape from the city madness. The pool is one of the best in town if you like doing laps. Appreciation of the Thang Loi’s merits is likely to be higher in Hanoi’s hot and humid summer months.

More than anything, the Thang Loi is a little piece of 1980s and early 1990s Hanoi. Built and designed by Cold War comrade Cuba, in its day, as Hanoi’s premier hotel, it swarmed with delegations from the Eastern Bloc. If a journey back to that time has any appeal for you, give the Thang Loi a try.

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Photo: Mark BowyerThang Loi Hotel, Hanoi

Rooms are modest in size and style - but the grounds and the views offer some compensation.

Staff warm up with some encouragement and on a good day can be persuaded to be helpful.

Take a look at the hotel website and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what to expect.


Brief
Pool, free wifi in lobby and some rooms, cable TV, breakfast

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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