PULLMAN HOTEL / HANOI / VIETNAM
Travellerczech’s Rating: 8 / 10
Hanoi is colorful, endearing & historic. It is the noisy capital of Vietnam. Crowded, scooter infested place with over 8 million inhabitants and a fantastic place to experience.
The city has incredible energy. Day or night, the streets are packed with thousands of people ( and scooters ) enjoying their life and street vendors filling the air with the spicy smell of Phô Soup, barbecued pork Bun Cha’s and Vietnamese Cofee. Just sit down, order and watch the world go by…
DON’T MISS THESE 3 PLACES IN HANOI
1. WALKING STREETS OF OLD QUARTER ( best in the evening )
2. LOTTE TOWER OBSERVATION DECK ( glass floor box selfie is a must )
3. DINNER IN RED BEAN RESTAURANT ( la siesta hotel )
Most of the visitors choose to stay around the Hoan KiemLake district. I personally prefer quieter locations, but close to places of interest. That’s why I have chosen to stay in the Pullman Hanoi. The perfect combination of comfort and good location.
I am happy to share with you my experience and hope you will enjoy your trip to Hanoi as I did 🙂
Pullman Hanoi is a modern & cosmopolitan hotel offering 240 comfortable rooms and all the amenities you would expect from one of the Pullman’s 117 worldwide hotels and resorts.
It’s located in central Dong Da District, very handy for exploring Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, or National Musem of Fine Art.
The hotel sits on the site of a former 1920 Brick factory and up until 1980’s, the chimney was Hanoi’s tallest landmark. It has been preserved as a historic icon. By now, many much taller structures have risen throughout the neighborhood. Visit Lotte Tower observation deck and try to spot the chimney from up there 🙂
LOCATION: 8 /10
The hotel is only 40 minutes taxi drive from Noi Bai Intl. Airport ($19) and 10min by taxi to Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. You can also walk, but it may take an hour.
You can also explore lively surrounding areas full of restaurants and shops. I have actually preferred this location as it was less touristy and much quieter but still located in easy reach to all sights, like The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum for example.
ROOMS : 7 /10
I stayed in a Deluxe room. 32sqm in size, with a hallway and bathroom. Frotn facing rooms come with an amazing city view which I really enjoyed, especially from the peace and quiet of my room.
Beds were comfortable and the room is quiet during the night, which I value the most as I am a light sleeper.
Accommodation comes with complimentary bottled water and Wi-Fi.
I would like to see more Vietnamese decor but that’s just me.
TIP: Ask for a chimney view room 🙂
Deluxe Room includes :
- comfortable beds including a matress topper and protector.
- a cozy sitting area with a great city views
- fully stocked mini fridge
- tea/coffee facility
- iron & ironing board
- bathrobe, slippers
- lovely bathroom toiletries
- rains shower head
- complete blackout curtains
OTHER ROOM CATEGORIES :
Let’s have a little look at some of the other rooms, the hotel has to offer. There are four main room categories catering to all budgets. You can also upgrade rooms to Executive level with lounge access and additional benefits.
Check these images to see what other rooms can you book…
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SERVICE & FACILITIES: 8 /10
A good first impression on arrival with a warm welcome, easy and fast check-in accompanied by a cold towel and a delicious drink.
I haven’t experienced anything that can be a flaw, but on the other hand, nothing exceptional either. A good and solid standard 🙂
Let’s get to the facilities, I was very excited to try the inviting infinity pool, Hanoi’s biggest hotel gym and relaxing Spa.
Hotels main facilities :
- Infinity swimming pool
- La Cheminée Restaurant and Mint Bar
- Executive Lounge and Business center
- Ball/Conference Room
A refreshing escape from the heat of the city with a great view of the ‘famous” chimney. This pool was made for an Instagram photo opportunity, so don’t miss a cooling dip ( and few snaps 🙂 )
Pool deck is a little shabby around the edges and needs a little maintenance to upgrade it to become a true oasis and tranquil luxury retreat…
No reason to stop your workout routine while “on the road”. Pullman’s fitness center is well equipped with modern Technogym machines, plenty of cardio machines, and a variety of free weights and space to stretch.
It is extremely clean, with complimentary water and fruit refreshments to sustain a great workout session. A real joy to find such a great hotel gym!
Rejuvenate your body and soul after a long flight in the hotel Spa. There are many treatments to satisfy even the most distinguished traveler.
FOOD & DRINKS : 7 /10
There’s a restaurant and bar in Pullman Hanoi, La Cheminee all-day dining restaurant and Mint Bar at the lobby.
Hotel all-day eatery serving everything from buffet breakfast to lunch and dinner, or just a just a cup of lovely Vietnamese coffee.
I was delighted to see an entire section dedicated to healthy eating, with gluten-free and fresh produce. In general, the morning selection is great and you really will be spoilt for choice.
I also really enjoyed the Asian corner with local specialty Phở soup and steamed Dim Sum dumplings.
For lunchtime, the selection is much smaller and doesn’t appear too fresh. I wasn’t that impressed. It might be better to search for some quirky local eatery outside.
Try for light refreshments, late night cocktail, and live Piano music…
VALUE FOR MONEY : 9 /10
In my opinion, Pullman offers excellent value for money in terms of room size, facilities, location and service.
- at the time of writing this post, Superior Room starts from AED305 ( USD83 )
- For BEST DEALS book directly on Pullman-Hanoi.com
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