Travel Blogs from Hanoi
... flight. The Vietnam Airline desk was not open so we headed to a cafe within the terminal. As my body clock was so messed up from all the travelling I ordered a big plate of saffron seafood rice - for which the waitress looked slightly confused as to why I was eating a dinner at 9am in the morning. Once the checkin desks were open we went through to the departures terminal - for thankfully the last time that day/few days. We did not have much time to spare as our checkin ...
... lake was rather pretty, although very misty, so we attempted lots of photos (with mixed results). This turned out to be a calm and relaxed walk, very needed in the aftermath of jet lag, and we found a few unexpected sights along the way. The lake has a lovely story about a golden tortoise God and a sword given to a hero. Very Arthurian.
Unfortunately today, while exploring the old quarter, a rather opportunistic pineapple saleswoman accosted us with promises of photos ...
... the leg space in between are tiny. Ryan and I have taken a train journey on a two seater wooden bench for over 9 hours with people having their legs up on our seats and sleeping under our seats. Entire families lay under the benches and in between the aisles, their ability to sleep anywhere in any position is incredible and a skill which I wish I had. Although after seeing cockroaches running over and under people while they are sleeping is not something I ...
... red seems to mean slow down and green means go mental. Slowly we weave our way toward the gardens but are ushered another way. It ends up going to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum,, we don't know anything about him but there is a que, so its got be be good, right? You get taken through the really fancy gardens in groups and stop every now and then by armed guards. After a while you enter a huge marble building and in a couple of minutes you are with Ho Chi Minh's preserved body along with ...
Having booked a centrally located hotel, we made the quick walk from the station and caught up on some sleep. That evening we set out into the bustling Hanoi streets. Centred around a picturesque lake it was a city of narrow lanes and motorbikes. Vietnam's staple dish of Pho, chicken or beef noodle soup was available everywhere and we found a lonely planet recommended street where it was available in abundance. Having enquired in almost every mobile phone shop ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMelia Hanoi
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Hanoi
Great place to relax!
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!
The room was large with modern decor that was well maintained - exactly how the website pictures it. The room service cannot be faulted - they understood all our requests from extra bathrobes/slippers, ice & razors etc. & attended within 5-10min literally. Breakfast is a sumptuous buffet that left us feeling most satisfied every time.
My only criticism is that the staff could do with a little more attention to detail. They automatically addressed the check-in papers & final bill to my husband and ignored the fact I actually footed the bill, which irritated me quite a bit. They even gave him my title (Dr) which also got up my nose... Oddly enough my husband didn't seem too upset somewhat...
The other criticism was that we were not initially given our drink vouchers on checking in & on reading this was part of the promotional package, had to request this at the front counter.
BUT otherwise we had a most enjoyable stay. I would recommend AGAINST using the countless motos/cyclos parked right outisde the hotel as they know you have money and aren't afraid to ask for enormous amounts. Eg. one cyclo driver asked for 50,000vd for a short distance - we ended up taking a taxi & paying only 11,000vd instead. If you need transport, get motos/cyclos AWAY from the hotel, otherwise taxis are preferable.
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.
For the 2 days spent in Hanoi, we didn't take any public transport. Instead, we opted to walk around the city to take in the sights and this was extremely convenient, given the very central location of the hotel. Customer service was generally cordial, but there was one slightly disconcerting experience with an unhelpful front desk personnel in relation to a request for assistance in making a local phone call. Despite this incident, the stay was overall a very pleasant one indeed for a tourist visiting the city.
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.
It is by far the most centrally located hotel for the tourist or business traveler. Immediately to the right of the hotel is a market where you can find fresh fruits, street food, and other knick knacks. If you want to see what a typical wet/dry market in VN looks like, this one is a good introduction. Just a block down from the hotel is also an internet cafe with extremely cheap rates.
You should also use the taxis provided by the hotel as they will give you a fair and honest rate. Beware of the "privately owned" taxis that you find on the street as they may overcharge you.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
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
val brisbane australia
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.