Travel Blogs from Hanoi
... and over for three years until finally the pearl was considered big enough and they were harvested. Back to the boat for brunch at 10.30 whilst we sailed back to the mainland, in and out of the islands. The scenery was breath taking. The four hour bus journey back was not much fun. Carole and I had to sit on the back seat. Every bump was exaggerated and we were given a good shaking up. They must have thought that's what we ...
... helped me to relax and find the humour in everything again, and to just take it all in while having a laugh. I feel that today I finally saw Hanoi with new eyes. I found myself for the first time looking around with wonder instead of fear. It's really a very ridiculous city but if you can keep your sense of humour and try to adapt its actually pretty fun, and in its own way, kind of beautiful.
... of the temple is on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese Dong money. There are Turtle Steles that have the names of those that were successful at taking the "royal exams". A stele is an upright stone slab or pillar bearing an inscription or design and serving as a monument. In 1484, a King erected the 116 steles that were carved blue-stone turtles. They were to honor talent and encourage study. The turtle is a symbol of longevity. The temple ...
... being sold on the market later on totally made up for the lack of authenticity before...
After returning to Hanoi we then headed to world famous Halong Bay, which I expected to be incredibly touristy due to it's reputation. Well ... It was. But it was still very beautiful and as the place is so big, one boat more or less does not really matter. Besides that we had a really good time due to a nice tour group, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Zephyr Hotel Hanoi
We stayed here in april 2006 for 4 nights we had a fab time here. The hotel is in a great position easy to walk to the lake and the old town where you can get a fresh beer with the locals for around 7p.
The staff are very friendly and helpful although dont rely on wake up calls.
There is an atm not too far from the hotel if needed anz bank but you have to get across the road first just go for it and keep going the bikes will try to miss you!!! great fun tho
We would stay here again.
Loved Hanoi & loved the Zephyr
Nearly 2 weeks at the Zephyr in Apr 06. So glad we picked this hotel (from the net). Very clean, well appointed room, staff excellent - helpful & friendly, and food just great - comprehensive breakfast selection,(every morning) and a very enjoyable dinner (x2-we skipped lunch). The hotel is well located for exploring the Old Quarter, walking around Hoan Kiem Lake, and a choice of many interesting eating places that offer an international menu. My partner and I loved Ha Noi and the people and when we go back we hope to find the Zephyr Hotel much as we left it.
I chose this hotel coz of the reviews and they are all true! The great location, the staff's warm hospitality without being intrusive, the wonderful breakfasts, in fact even their a la carte menu was pretty neat and really cheap (like US$1.90 for a very good lobster bisque!!!), the cleanliness of the room and bathroom and evening turn-down service with chocolate mints! Though this last might be coz we were in a suite which was actually a very big room with a settee area so it was ok for the price paid.
Just got back from a 4 night stay at the Zephyr Hotel in Hanoi. The positives: Best location in center of town on the lake, near shopping, Bobby Chinn's restaurant. Also terrifically helpful and pleasant staff. Very clean and well maintained throughout. Breakfast was quite tasty.
A good choice in Ha noi
I stayed 1 week at the zephyr.
The hotel, and its rooms are quiet, clear, nice and comfortable. You can even find calm there and that's not an easy task in Hanoi.
European standard, not luxe but comfortable.
The service is good and the staff is young, nice and helpful.
Just a bemol : rooms and corridor's fitted carpet are a bit stained.
A good and comfortable Hotel to stay.
Loved the Zephyr!
Location location location! The Zephyr Hotel is right next to Hoan Kiem Lake. Very quiet room! Clean, comfortable, good service, complimentary bottled water & fresh fruit every day, good bar on top floor, good restaurant, friendly staff. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance. 8 min walk to the Old Quarter for great shopping and people watching. Very reasonably priced for the location and the excellent room.
Beautiful hotel, wonderful staff
We stayed at the Zephyr for a couple of nights at the beginning of our holiday in Vietnam and this place is simply the best. Not only are the rooms spotless and the location right by the lake and near all the main amenities that Hanoi has to offer, but the staff was just wonderful and made us fall in love with the Vietnamese people. The service was impeccable and always delivered with a smile. The bar at the top floor had lovely views of the lake and the crazy traffic below and the staff would bend over backwards to make us feel welcome. Beautiful! Highly recommended.
We had a day in Hanoi before catching a train to Sapa and walked past this little boutique hotel thinking it would be out of our price range called in anyway. They had an internet special on at US$65 per night and let us have that so we reserved a room for 4 nights on our return. This hotel was in a great location close to the lake, French Quarter etc. We were able to walk virtually everywhere from here, the staff were delightful, the food excellent (breakfast was included and was only sorry we couldnt do more damage at breakfast time), the rooms were spotless, couldnt fault this hotel and would be happy to recommend it.
Excellence Acclaimed (now renamed Zephyr Hotel)
The Hotel was restructured and renamed Zephyr Hotel. Impeccable Facilities & Services, including location. Highly recommended for all business travelers & leisure visitors alike!