If you are a traveler, whether seasoned or not, one of the first things you should do before booking a hotel, aside from looking at rates, is to check the reviews. Reading hotel reviews is a good way to find out if the hotel is worth the rate or not. However, first things first, what do you look for in a hotel?
Do you want a classy and luxurious hotel? I am a budget traveler so I mostly don’t go for the expensive 5-star hotels. As long as I have a roof over my head, a comfortable bed and a nice, safe place, I am happy. Anyway I won’t be staying in the hotel. I will be busy exploring the streets, cuisine and people of the place where I am traveling to so for me it makes no sense to pay for too dollar accommodations when I can’t take advantage of them. Exploring ruins is much more appealing to me than staying in a hotel room, regardless of how nice it is.
During our recent trip to Hanoi, we stayed in Maison D’Orient Hotel. This lovely little hotel can be found in Hanoi’s Old French Quarter. It is about 45minutes drive from the airport. Maison D’ Orient is nondescript and tucked in a corner, it is not that easy to find. Hanoi is filled with little streets and if you don’t look that hard it is easy to miss shops and hotels.
The hotel’s lobby is tiny but cozy and warm. The furnishing is quite classy and the accessories are tasteful. We were attended to right away as we made online reservations before our trip. The staff was also very friendly and accommodating.
We got lucky as we were upgraded to a bigger room on our first night for free! We had buffet breakfast the morning after but the selection was limited only to a few fruits such as watermelon and papaya; toasted bread, tea and coffee. A small portion of bacon and scrambled eggs were also served. It would have been better if we had a better variety of breakfast food.
Maison D’ Orient is actually worth the money and the staff going out of their way to help cater to our needs is a plus. Who would not love to be looked after when in a different city? Strange but beautiful, nonetheless.
Rate: 4 out of 5 stars