I say: be good to yourself and stay here after a busy day managing the narrow and crowded streets of Hanoi Old Quarter. At Marigold, a marriage of French colonial and traditional Vietnamese, you will be greeted by Victor, the owner, who’ll make sure your stay there is an unforgettable one. Victor is a walking encyclopedia of all things Asian so take advantage while you’re there. The hotel is close enough to the Old Quarter but in a more up-market neighborhood (Ba Dinh District).
Among the services offered: 24H room service, travel and tour information and visa extension services. The rooms feature along with air-con, coffee and tea making facilities, hair dryer and safety boxes, complementary beverages in mini fridge – which are replenished daily.
The hotel hosts the intimate Magnolia Cafe and Mimosa Wine Bar and Pub – the only Irish Pub in the area. Here’s a tip – ask for Victor’s famous vodka mango tonic cocktail – amazing! Second tip: if you get to befriend Victor ask him for a laksa (even if you haven’t had one before) it’s the noodle soup of noodle soups although some say it’s just a coconut curry gravy with rice noodles – for me it’s the best!
What I like about Hanoi? Rainy mornings with a huge bowl of pho bo in front of me, preferably seated by the window, watching the world go by. And coffee. In Hanoi you’ll be served some of the best coffee in the world.
Why do I choose Marigold? Because it’s clean, modern, slick, safe, makes me feel at home and because I always wanted to see what’s and how’s inside those tall and narrow Vietnamese buildings in Hanoi.
Marigold Hotel Hanoi
17A Phan Dinh Phung Street
Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam