I booked a Koto room in advance before arriving in Hanoi, via Hostel World, their website, and also by email. Be aware that if you do this, they might not get the information quite right--I had to wait to get my room on arrival because I wasn't down in the reservation book! Otherwise, it was well worth it. We took a room with two beds and a balcony, which, including breakfast, was $16/night. We enjoyed it so much we chose to stay there another night. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable, and all speak a reasonably good level of English. The rooms are big, bright, and clean, though a few are windowless, so be aware. The included breakfast is served across the street at their sister hotel, Bodega Hotel, on an upper floor. Staff will always help you cross the street to get there.
We stayed at and looked at some other hotels in Hanoi and many were moldy and poorly cared for, so for me Koto and Bodega are easily the best deals available in the old quarter!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Hang Bong Street , the most crowded and oldest business centre in the area of Old Quarter , KoTo Hotel is very convenient and accounts for its tourist-attractiveness and especially KoTo hotel is centrally located in Ha Noi’ Old Quarter with Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Water Puppet Theatre all are just 5 minutes walk away. KoTo Hotel makes it the perfect choice for both business and leisure traveler. Providing the comfort of well-furnished guestrooms that are facilitated with modern conveniences. Specially all of our hotel rooms have windows and balconies. ... more less