In our recent trip to Vietnam, we stayed a night at Golden Sun Suites Hotel in Hanoi. I previously reviewed Hanoi Pearl Hotel on the blog, and if you missed it, you can read it here.
As this was our second time in Hanoi, we were more familiar with the area and had a good time just chilling out and cafehopping. Currently, it is ranked on Tripadvisor as #8 of 521 hotels in Hanoi and has won the 2015 Travellers’ Choice Award for its service. We booked this hotel via Agoda and had no problems with our reservation.
The hotel is located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, at 35 Hang Quat, Hanoi 1000, Vietnam. It’s extremely affordable for a decent hotel with great service and the location is super convenient if you’re into walking around the area to explore it. It’s located pretty near the night market, which is open on weekends. Walking around will take you through street vendors and stores selling souvenirs and shoes.
We’d booked a deluxe room but were pleasantly surprised when the hotel gave us a free upgrade to their suite on the top floor. The top floor can only be accessed by taking the elevator to the 7th floor and then walking up the stairs to the 8th floor. So, if you can’t carry your luggage up, you’ll need a drone to do it for you.
I’m kidding. I’m sure this hotel didn’t win a service award for nothing.
Our suite was lovely. It was larger than what we needed, though no complains here at all. I love how they have little white stones and the wooden panel in the shower, which make showering quite a relaxing activity. The bed was definitely comfortable, as was the soft chaise at the side. After 2 days of trekking in the countryside, this was such a welcome.
The service was great. As we had reached the hotel before the check-in time, we were allowed to place our baggage with the reception before leaving for our day trip to Hoa Lu. Upon returning that evening, we were informed by the reception that there was a problem with our cruise booking for the next day (the cruise company had called the hotel up to check on our reservation). The receptionist was so kind as to act as a translator between the cruise guy and me when I couldn’t understand a word he was saying on the other end of the line. When everything was settled, and we’d gone up to our suite, our baggage was already placed in it as promised.
Now, what is trekking and moving luggages if you don’t break a nail or two? As expected, the nail on my index finger was the first to go – but it didn’t go quite entirely. I needed a nail clipper or a pair of tiny scissors and simply wouldn’t head to bed without first tidying it up. The exasperated boyfriend headed back to the reception and returned with a pair of scissors. Although I don’t expect hotels to stock up on nail clippers – though they would definitely make money out of selling them – having a spare pair of scissors is definitely handy. I’ve stayed in hotels in the past that wouldn’t lend their guests scissors unless they brought whatever it was that needed cutting to the lobby. This was such an improvement in comparison and it saved my knitted cardigan from any potential tugging accidents.
Overall & Price
Most hotels in Hanoi have roses placed in them (you’ll find out why in my next post), and I liked how the ones here are pink. At S$53 a night for a deluxe room, which includes a buffet breakfast and free wifi, I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a comfortable and affordable stay in Hanoi.