Travel Blogs from Hanoi
Another overnight train and another early start which meant arriving at the hotel and not being able to check in immediately. However, at least that meant a walking tour of the city before it got too hot. There was time enough for breakfast and traffic watching...the amount of scooters/motorbikes seemed to be on another level in Hanoi compared with elsewhere! I had no idea when ...
... 8221;, “Shoes?” “T-shirt?”, we probably passed these guys 3 or 4 times, and quite clearly said “No thanks”, but we whities all look the same to them. Fresh meat.
A mere 5 hours later of wandering in circles throughout the seedy and congested Old Quarter we’ve returned to the very first shop we visited (between a coffee break just to get access to a toilet) and J-she and I have been in there so long the ...
... every now and again knocking into our beds. This left us with no room in the already limited bed space but we were both pretty tired and just put our eyemasks on and ear plugs in.
We finally arrived in Hue around 10am! We were dropped off at the backpackers place but as we hadn't booked a room it was fully booked. We were both pretty tired after the busy time in Hanoi so we decided this was probably a blessing and checked into ...
Every available inch of space is being jockeyed for in the busy city of Hanoi. The streets are full of not only cars, but millions of motorbikes with pedestrians moving in-between them. I tried to make a video one day while crossing one of the streets. The sidewalks and street curbs are filled with vendors and parked bikes. Dogs roam freely around town, dodging whatever might be coming their way.The parks are alive all day and into the night. It's an insane ...
... that some people are standing. I don't know where the extra people came from.
A while later we arrive at Tan Coc which is a little village on the banks of the river. They are busy building a huge marina type development with lots of shops to cater for the masses of tourists that flock here in droves. It is going to ruin this place. Lunch has been included in the tour and we are split up into groups and sent to different restaurants. Now we understand why we ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMelia Hanoi
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Hanoi
We stayed in the executive suite as part of the $89+US promotion on our honeymoon at the Melia Hotel over New Years Eve & it was a most pleasant & enjoyable experience!
Liked: Good price. Great Service.
Dislike: Rock hard bed. Dated decor. Poor Food.
Listed as a 4 star, this hotel was not as we had hoped. I would rate it to be great value as a nice 3 star. Lacked atmosphere. Uncomfortable beds. We moved to the Hilton for $43.00 more and it's a world of difference.
This was our first trip to Hanoi and the Melia was chosen based on the good reviews posted. We took up the "Executive Suite" promotion that was offered at USD89++ up. Definitely well worth the upgrade. The rooms were very new, clean and extremely spacious, with a separate living room and bedroom. There was also a competent spread of buffet breakfast in the lobby cafe offered as part of the package.
I highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Hanoi; in fact, I would suggest this as a better alternative to the famous Metropole. Great lobby, rooms, client service, dining options. The breakfast buffet is super.
Great hotel: very nice staff, very comfortable rooms, great breakfast (a must for long days of sight-seeing), and very quiet (no street noise at all, which can apparently be a factor elsewhere). And its dramatically less expensive than the Metropole (though less elegant, obviously, but how much time are you going to spend at your hotel?). Other great thing is the neighborhood: walking distance to some of the better restaurants in town (Le Tonkin, Indochine), to Hoan Kiem Lake, and far less cramped than the very over-rated Old Quarter (broad avenues and sidewalks).
could not fault the melia hanoi, i have stayed at some of the best hotels and this rates with them. will be staying with this chain of hotels from now on. and oh so cheap. reccomend it
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Nice hotel for this price
Melia Hanoi is really a good hotel, especially taking into account its price. It compenses its lack of atmosphere -neither vietnamese nor colonial- with a good infrastructure. Probably it is thought for business people. Good location. Satisfactory.
A great place to stay
We really enjoyed our stay at the Melia. It is a spacious, clean, comfortable and modern hotel. The bathrooms probably need to be renovated, but the rooms themselves are great (we stayed in two different rooms during our stay). The Melia is in a good location (a 5-10 min walk from the lake), the staff is fantastic and the hotel is a great value. Price being the same, I would probably stay in the Hilton or Metropole instead (they are supposed to be more elegant), but I would definitely recommend the Melia.
This place isn't as elegant as some other, older Hanoi hotels, but it is huge, well-located, relatively new, and the rooms are great value for money. Gym is adequate.
I suggest not using the hotel transfer service, however; the charge for a hotel car pickup is a ridiculous $35 while you can easily get a taxi from the airport for $12. (To the airport is $15).
Slick, smart and relaxing
This hotel is great. Hanoi can be noisy and dusty and this hotel just south of the lake is glitzy and a great refuge. Its international standard, a tad businessy but offers a great attentive service and a super location. Its also great value.