Imagine exploring the Old Quarters of Hanoi, the 1000 year old capital of Vietnam, amidst all the chaos of honking and crowds of people in the street. It’s fun and exhilarating, frenzied and frustrating all at the same time. It’s also very exhausting. Luckily there is an escape.
Classic Street Hotel is a budget to mid-range hotel that stands out from the others available to travelers in Hanoi with its friendly service and comforts of a home away from home. Centrally located on Hang Be, one of the original streets of Hanoi, Classic Street Hotel is within walking distance of everything on a tourist’s radar in Hanoi, including restaurants, bars, cafes, sights and the famed Ho Hoan Kiem lake. Within the walls of Classic Street Hotel, guests can find the calm and relaxation they will surely be seeking after a day walking the streets of Hanoi, though being so central, they will not be able to escape from the street noise completely.
From the moment you walk into the traditional Vietnamese family home-turned hotel, you are greeted by the staff, who provide you with good service during your stay. The 15 rooms at Classic Street Hotel are simple and uncluttered, designed with your utmost comfort in mind.
On-site, there is a kitchen churning out delicious Vietnamese and Western meals, computers in the lobby outfitted with internet for guests, wireless internet (currently only available near the lobby and dining area) and tour information and booking services for Hanoi and its surrounding area, including Ha Long Bay overnight cruises and Sapa trekking expeditions.
Rooms at Classic Street Hotel are currently moderately priced between $33 and $38 USD, though with its current plans for expansion and renovation to double capacity, the room rates are expected to increase to $40 – $50 USD by summer of 2011.
All in all, my stay at Classic Street Hotel was a good one, giving me an opportunity to unwind in a comfortable environment. Although a bit pricey for the average backpacker, I would definitely recommend staying at Classic Street Hotel if your budget allows for it.
For more information on Classic Street Hotel, please visit their website.
*Disclaimer: Although my stay at Classic Street Hotel was sponsored by the hotel, this hotel review is an accurate and honest view of my experience there.
© Connie Hum 201