Our of our three weeks of travelling Vietnam, this by far was the most expensive and worst place we stayed. We were met with rudeness, rats, and floods and left the next day. They capitalised on the fact we turned up having just arrived tired, dirty and with few options of a bed. We stayed, and left it dirtier (I'm not even sure how that was possible) We walked in at 2am and having seen clearly the tired state we were in, the guy showed us a room and said 400K with no room for barter. Again, having little choice we went for it as we were desperate for a shower and some sleep. Bear in mind we stayed with beautiful families in immaculate houses for a fraction of the cost, so do your homework before considering this vile place. The bedding was dirty, the shower flooded the room and wet all our stuff, the pillows weren't even pillows I'm not sure even how to describe what they were, cardboard wrapped In cotton? There was a constant scurry of a huge rate running just above us in the cavity of a ceiling throughout the night. The tv, minibar, bathroom, everything was filthy and didn't look like it'd been cleaned at all. When we tried to complain the next day, we were politely ignored and asked for the 4K had I have been stronger at the time I would have contested this but I just wanted to get out. We went on recommendation by the Lonely planet book, which rarely let us down unfortunately, on this occasion it let us down MASSIVELY. We left and walked around the corner to Hanoi charming hotel. We paid the same price and got an immaculate room with a window that was clean, tidy and friendly helpful staff. THEY CAPITALISED ON US and took advantage which unfortunately does happen in some parts of Vietnam, just didn't expect it having being recommended in the Lonely Planet book.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Especen hotel is one of the first mini hotels built since the 1990s located in the center of the Old Quarter in Hanoi. It is just a stone’s throw from St. Joseph's Church (Cathedral) on a quiet alley off of Au Trieu Street. This convenient location allows you to be just a 5 minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long water puppet theater, night market, Vietnam Airlines booking office & Quang Trung bus stop (for service to Noi Bai International airport). You can get to all the famous travel points, Eroupean and Vietnamese traditional restaurants, craft shops, pubs and art galleries,... as soon as you step on to the main road. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Especen Hotel Hanoi