A friend of ours booked us into this hotel so we didn't actually choose it. Before arriving we were a bit worried as many reviews for this year had some bad reports so we were kind of expecting a bad experience. However we were pleasantly surprised as to how well it suited our needs.
We found the hotel more like a home than a hotel. The staff were friendly and NOT pushy at all regarding the excursions to Halong Bay etc. We just wanted to spend ten days in Hanoi and walk everywhere and they understood that.
The breakfast really suited our needs too. It was so nicely set out each morning and the lady cooking it became our friend or like an older sister cooking our eggs and coffee as we arrived so that they were freshly made each day. She also made the noodles on arrival as well if we wished. There were two nice dining tables in the hotel kitchen/dining room where she also cooked and the kitchen was very clean and not with lots of junk lying around as is often the case in other hotels in Vietnam.
The room we had was large and plenty of space to walk around the room. We also had a balcony which we sat out on frequently and watched the world go by. Yes the hotel is old but the quaint furniture, cabinets and chairs made and the shutters on the french doors of the balcony made you really feel like you were staying in the old quarter of Hanoi. Of course a room with windows will be noisier than one without but traffic almost ceases about 11pm and then starts again about 6.30 am. You can choose a room without windows if you want it quieter. Which were our sleeping ours anyway.
Plenty of hot water and even take a hot bath if you want.
Mr Sinh was very helpful and an extrovert and the young boy that worked with him was so friendly. The staff seemed more like a family working together than employees tolerating each other so that was great to see.
The only complaints we have would be that the hotel could invest in some softer pillows and maybe an extra one in the room. One of our sheets was torn also.
TV had a number of English channels. including HBO CCN BBC and Star Movies.
The hotel staff ordered taxis for us whenever we needed to and communicated with the taxi drivers of where we wanted to go.
A great deal for what we paid for and also I didn't see a single insect or a rat as others had written. Which is unusual for Asia even in the cleanest place.
Aircon worked well and had a thermostat with remote control.
Mattress very comfortable
Excellent internet connection.
As soon as you walk out the door of the hotel you are in the midst of everything... a short walk to the lake.
We would return here if we go back to Hanoi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal 2 Hotel (formerly Duc Huy Hotel) is situated in downtown Hanoi, near major office buildings, popular shopping areas and ancient sites. Along with its spacious rooms, elegant furnishings and sophisticated facilities Duc Huy hotel is a place where you can feel relaxed, comfortable and well-looked after. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Royal 2
- Royal 2 Hanoi