De Syloia Hotel
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews De Syloia Hotel Hanoi
Great Hotel. Excellent Service
We stayed in this hotel in april 2006 for 3 nights. We really appreciated our stay there.
The hotel is located in the embassy quarter, which not the most popular but very nice and close to excellent restaurants.
The service at the front desk was amazing. They helped us to get train tickets for Sapa and Hue and kept our luggage the entire day of our departure, so we could enjoy our last day without worrying about our luggages.
Our room was very big, clean, with fresh fruits everyday.
I strongly recommend this hotel to anyone willing to find a nice hotel with great service
Pretty good hotel for the price
They were kind enough to let me leave my baggage overnight as I was going to Halong Bay. The breakfast is not bad and they give you a free newspaper. All in all, not a bad hotel taking the price into consideration.
My boyfriend and I stayed at the De Syloia from 23-27 Mar. We were given room 102 which was very clean and up to expectations.
I stayed at the De Syloia for 9 nights in November, (after havng been to Hanoi twice before, and stayed in places in the old part of town). The De Syloia is just outside the old bustling part of Hanoi. I find it too crowded, touristy and noisy there, and the De Syloia offers a good alternative. It's only about 10 minutes walk from the lake and the old quarter.
My husband and i stayed at the De Syloia for 3 nights and had a wonderful experience. Our reservation was made via email and we took an airport taxi (US$10) from the the airport as the hotel transport was not available. The food at the hotel restautant Cau Cay is a good start to experiment Vietnamese food at very reasonable prices. Hotel guests get a 10% discount too. Be sure to make a reservation though, as the place is not very huge. The vietnamese coffee they serve during breakfast is good, not too strong, though not piping hot. For breakfast, they prepare omelette, noodle soup etc upon your order and can arrange for breakfast to be served in your room as well.
My wife and I spent 5 nights at the De Syloia Hotel - we only planned to stay for 2 nights but we so enjoyed our time there we stayed longer. Our experience was very different to the very critical report by the Aussie customer! The staff were lovely, the food was tasty and interesting and very resonable in price. The rooms were great and very clean. Inparticularl the bell boys were great and always wanting to help. We would recommend this hotel to anyone. We also called in to the Sofitel Metropole for a drink and looked in on their rooms and they were no better than the De Syloia and rates are much higher. We spoke to a number of couples who were staying at the Soffitel Metropole and all were very disappointed. We would certainly return to the De Syloia. Thanks
After reading the last reviewer's comments, I think that my experience was much different and might be indicative of the consistency of this hotel. My wife and I went in the middle of March 2005 and thought that this hotel was perfect for what we were looking for, which is a small, slightly out of the hustle and bustle, boutique hotel. When we arrived at the airport in Hanoi, the hotel was supposed to have transportation ready for us, but the driver had a flat tire. When we arrived at the hotel the manager apologized deeply, and upgraded us to the best room in the hotel, room 111, which I recommend booking if you can can. It is a huge, two room suite with artworks from the Vietnamese Fine Arts Museum on loan adorning the walls-and available for purchase. The room was otherwise average in terms of amenities. It had a newly renovated bathroom with a shower and separate jacuzzi tub. I agree with the last reviewer that the hot-water runs out pretty quickly and I brought the issue up with management on our departure. If they're as responsive about everything else then I think they'll fix this problem, too. The location is in the French-quarter of Hanoi, and is just a couple of blocks away from Hoan Kiem Lake and the surrounding restaurants and sights to see. We thought breakfast was great, including fresh made omelletes made to order, Vietnamese coffee, and other standard fare. This was included in the room rate, which I think was a pretty good deal. In all, we were pleased with the DeSyloia, and would reccomend it as alternative to some of the other major hotels in the city if you want a place with personality.
We're always a sucker for a "boutique hotel" and when the de Syloia's name cropped up several times through the grapevine, we decided to abandon our rarefied digs at Hanoi's Metropole to head to the De Syloia. Unfortunately, the "sucker" term dominated our experience from our first step throught he door. While Vietnamese printed rack prices are never a guage to go by, even the De Lyloias' discount to US$65 from the printed $90 is no real bargain. Adding insult is a hefty $10 surcharge for a second person - presumably to compensate for breakfast. In reality, if you can finally get to the breakfast room after waiting some 10 minutes for the hotel's single crowded elevator, you are likely to find all the tables full, and the selection woeful. Stale pastry, cereal, and a tasteless congee gruel. Add toast and orange juice, and that's pretty much it.
A Beautiful Place
We stayed here for 6 nights in December 2004. This is a lovely little hotel. It's a short walk (15 minutes) to Hoan Kiem Lake. Be sure to visit the excellent restaurant, Emperor, right around the corner.