Sofitel Plaza, Hanoi Vietnam, Hanoi and The North
The Sofitel Plaza is a large, 317 room property in central Hanoi offering guests international style accommodation and facilities with stunning views across the city.
The rooms are split into a number of categories depending on size and view. All have ceiling-to-floor windows, en-suite bathrooms and the modern amenities you would expect from a property like this.
The Sofitel Plaza has three restaurants and three bars, serving a wide range of culinary styles in a range of different settings. Sporting facilities are also good, with a large, child-friendly, rooftop swimming pool.
The property is big and somewhat impersonal but the facilities make it a great base for those looking for some familiar creature comforts when in the city. The location is ideal for exploring the city by foot, with some of the most picturesque lakes and sites on your doorstep.
The famous 'old quarter' of the city is very cramped and hotels tend to be small and intimate. Staying at the Sofitel Plaza you have ample space and additional facilities (such as a swimming pool) which are a rarity in the old quarter. The hotel also has a free shuttle bus service to key landmarks around the town.
We think this makes it a great option for families staying in Hanoi during the summer as it provides a refuge from the intense summer heat.
The rates are very reasonable for the standards and comfort provided and the hotel often have some excellent special offers. Overall, the property will suit those for whom space, views and a pool are a priority.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
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The highlight of the trip for us was the Bassac cruise on the Mekong Delta, met some lovely people, ate wonderful food, had a fascinating insight into life on and around the river by the Bassac guide Anh Tou.