Lonely Planet review
Trying harder than most budget places, this hotel has two great locations near St Joseph Cathedral. The spacious and light rooms are well kept, and the location is almost tranquil (by Old Quarter standards anyway). The branches are a few doors apart and have near-identical facilities.
Our independent authors have visited Especen Hotel and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Hanoi.
Services & facilities
- Internet access
- Free internet access
- Free Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning
- 24 hour reception
- 24 hour security
- Tours/travel desk
- Airport transfers
Bureau de Change/ATM
- Currency exchange
- Bicycle hire
- Cable tv
- Laundry facilities
Description provided by property
Especen hotel is one of the first mini hotels since 1990s located in the center of the Old Quarter in Hanoi. It is just a stone through from St. Joseph's Church (Cathedral) on a quiet alley off of Ấu Triệu street. This convenient location allows us to be just a 5 minute walk from Hoan Kiem lake, Vietnam Airlines booking office & Quang Trung bus stop (for service to Noi Bai international airport). You can get all famous travel points, restaurants, craft shops, pubs and art galleries,... as soon as you step on to the main road.
Highly recommended by many travel guide books & websites as:
Many Lonely Planet guide books (latest is 'Lonely Planet Southeast Asia, on a shoestring' 2008 edition)
Vietnam guide book 2007 - 2008 by Petit Fut
Vietnam Guide Book published 2008 by Michelin
Vietnam Handbook The travel guide published 1999 by Footprint Travel Guides
Vietnam Handbook The travel guide published 2002 by Footprint Travel Guides
Vietnam con due capitoli su Laos e Cambogia published 1998 by CLUP guide
Vietnam Travel Yearbook published 2001 by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism
TripAvisor (August 2008 ranked #12 out of 229 hotels in Hanoi)
New Hanoian (ranked #4 out of 212 hotels in Hanoi)
Interesting places nearby
St Joseph Cathedral
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