I have stayed in this Hanoi Opera Hilton hotel several times. The best thing about it is its location, which is in the stylish French quarter, just in front of the Hanoi Opera House.
From here, you can take a short walk to the busy business district, a five minute walk to the Hoan Kuem Lake, or visit the National Museum, which is also in close proximity. It is a good location if you‘d like to shop in small Hanoi boutiques, or enjoy a delicious Vietnamese coffee.
It only takes around 35 minutes to get to the Opera Hilton hotel from Noi Bai international airport. If you take a limousine, the trip will cost US$75, a taxi US$25, and the city bus #86 only US$1.50.
I liked the atmosphere in the hotel lobby, where you can hear live piano music in the evening. The lobby is very spacious and bright. The hotel also has an excellent bakery. My tip: if you like bread for breakfast – it is an excellent alternative for your breakfast.
For dinner, I had a delicious traditional Vietnamese Pho soup with beef and some fresh spring rolls in the fusion restaurant on the second floor. Breakfast is served there as well, and they also serve a generous selection of Western and Vietnamese food, including the same Pho soup.
I have to admit that Pho and Miso soup are the only soups I can have for breakfast. The coffee served at breakfast is good, which is not surprising as Vietnamese coffee is known to be delicious. The restaurant itself has a nice interior and is quite stylish.
The Hanoi Opera Hilton hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, indoor Jacuzzi and a gym, which opens a bit too late in the morning. I advise you to check opening hours with reception.
The rooms are very spacious, with excellent amenities and decent internet. The bathroom was also large. Having said that, the room was a bit tired, and the entire hotel needs some renovation. The staff were well-trained, professional and very helpful, and spoke English throughout the hotel.
The address of the Hanoi Opera Hilton hotel: 1Le Thanh Tong St., Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi, tel: +84-24-39330500