Rising Dragon Hotel

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Rising Dragon Hotel

, Hanoi
2 star

Rooms: 35

61 Hang Be - Hanoi - 11111 - Vietnam Hotel Website | | 84 4 926-3494
368 Traveller

Reviews - Rising Dragon Hotel

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1/10
Very bad hotel
Submitted by: York in 24/11/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
The hotel looked like a typical private house in Hanoi, very narrow and small. Rooms were dirty and smell. Staff was so rude and they pushed us to book their tours... Never stay hear at any price.
10/10
Clean & Freindly
Submitted by: Kee Hee in 27/10/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Malaysia
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We stayed in the hotel on the 14th & 15th Oct.2007 Mr. Hieu Vu, the manager of the hotel sent his 2 car to pick 5 of us for free airport transfer. On the arrival at 11:30pm, our first impression to the hotel counter was beautifully decorated with bright lighting in the darkness of the old Quarter street of Hang Be.

Mr.Hieu Vu & his staffs greeted us with smiling faces. Upon check-in the room on the 4th floor, the room was wonderful, big & Clean. The complimentary breakfast was simple with beef noodle, American BF & French bread but very delicious. The free internet service was next the the dining tables. Every staff in the hotel was freindly, they really made us feel at home.

Our day tour to Halong bay was pre-arrange by the hotel at very reasonable price, the service was good too.

Overall, I should credit most to the hotel for its Hopitality & cleanliness. I strongly recommend my freinds to this hotel for Hanoi.
1/10
Judge Hotels by the Company They Keep
Submitted by: J. in 14/09/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Vietnam
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
The Rising Dragon Hotel is allegedly owned by Baotin Tourist Company based at 15 Hang Can Street - which also happens to be a hotel of dubious reputation known under various names including Ha Noi Queen / Ha Noi Lotus / Ha Noi Riverside / New Stars Hotel.

If Baotin owns both hotels why would they indulge in deception at one property and not the other?

Even the propiety of the star rating is dubious - who actually awarded these stars? Ha Noi Tourism or VNAT?

I inspect hotels all over VietNam and I find that honest hotels have two names maximum - one Vietnamese and one English.

During my inspection in 2007 August I chemically detected 'body fluids' around / on the toilet and soap residue on the basin and shower. This was AFTER the room was cleaned. I wasn't afforded the opportunity of testing the bedsheets for prior use.

I also found dirt under the bed and behind furniture in the room I checked.

Want a clean hotel? Pass on by there are so many in the Old Quarter to choose from.
9/10
no worries
Submitted by: Brady in 05/09/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I went to Hanoi worried about my lodging since the place has such a bad rep about cons and scams. This was a good place - great lobby area where I chatted with the American wife of the manager. They were welcoming to all of my family and helped us find restaurants and things to do. The room was pretty big although no outside window. we also forgot to flip the hot water switch -- staff should do that for you when taking you to your room. other than those things, i thought the price was a bargain and we appreciated having a clean place to stay with the kids.
10/10
Satisfaction guaranteed
Submitted by: George Baxter in 30/07/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Retired
This is a nice hotel with friendly staff. I had a good room with view on 5th floor. Prices are reasonable and I had great experience with my tours. I compared prices with internet and was able to get better prices through their service. Definitely recommend this one.
1/10
Be carefull with all staff
Submitted by: Mike in 24/07/07
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Austria
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
They charged us a lot of money for the tour. Other customers in that hotel had the same situation as with us. But anyway can not get the refund.
10/10
Satisfaction guaranteed
Submitted by: Ingridchavez in 23/07/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
I just left Hanoi and wanted to add my comment here. I did run into a problems -- people trying to take me to other hotels and forcing me to order tours right away. I left the first place I stayed (one night was enough!) and moved to a place I CAN recommend: Rising Dragon Hotel at 61 Hang Be street. The staff were great and let me be. When I asked, they answered all my questions and even encouraged me to go out and compare tour prices. They have a satisfaction guaranteed policy, and no one else would do that, so I booked with them. Also the rooms are very very nice and prices are quite reasonable. It seems as it travellers need to be careful and find a haven when you arrived. My advice is to check around if your hotel isn't making you happy -- don't give your money to people who are scam artists -- even for one day! Plus check the deals on tours outside your hotel! Anyone who won't promise your money back is probably going to cheat you. Reply with Quote.
10/10
Welcome
Submitted by: A Travel-Library User in 09/07/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
A friend living in Hanoi recommended it so I stayed here for the last week before flying to Hue. What a wonderful experience! The staff take good care of you without bugging you to buy tours -- which has happened in everyone of the 6 hotels i've already experienced on previous trips here. the american manager gave great tips on places to eat and see, plus the vietnamese manager set up all my visas and flights for much less than the internet advertised. I enjoyed everything and will definitely be back! Keep up the good work!
10/10
Service with Personal Touch!
Submitted by: Accidental Visitor in 10/07/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Singapore
  • Traveller type: Cheap Getaway Holiday Maker
The staff and the owners(Hieu and Ginger) of this hotel had made my stay in Hanoi rather hussle-free, and willingly running some errands for me (eg, book tickets for the puppet shown)at no extra cost). My room is at the back of the hotel, away from the street. Although there is no view for my room 504(think the bigger ones facing the main street probably have though),it worked for me, as it is thus not noisy. The room is cosy. Air-conditioned with TV and mini-bar, clean, hot-water shower and I appreciate the wifi-connection the most.

The 2 trips I have booked through the hotel had been great for the prices charged. This, I found out, when I checked with people who have booked with their respective hotels(the hotels all use the same tour group, but the price charges vary, depending on comissions they intend to earn).

I checked out before I went on my 2nd-day trip. However, not wanting to carry my luggage along, I left it in the hotel. The staff was willing to assist with carrying down my luggage and storing it safely, when I was out for the trip.

BTW, not to forget the location of the hotel is really good. Very near to the Hoan Kiem Lake and the famed water puppet show.

The price quoted in the internet is the price you shall pay. If the cost is within your budget,this is the hotel I would strongly recommend. This is unlike some other hotels, which may quote deliciously low price, but when u decide to book it, you will get another pricing instead. Some hotels may give you the low room rates as quote, but the price of trips book with them may be higher.
10/10
Excellent service
Submitted by: Marie Rougier in 06/07/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: France
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Tried this hotel because of positive internet reviews. Everything was very good and the staff were always available to help. Good rates and our tour to Sapa was exactly as promised. I'd recommend them highly to all.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Rising Dragon Hotel

Great people

from jimsea
Rising Dragon Hotel
61 Hang Be St;
Hanoi.

Reviewers: From Gold Coast, Australia

We recently stayed at the Rising Dragon in September 2007 and can't say enough good things about it. It's greatest asset is the people there. Though our stay was only a few days we used it as a base while seeing other attractions after our stay.
The rooms were clean and comfortable. We booked Halong Bay & Sapa tours from them. Excellent. They helped us with Flight bookings, buses & taxis all over the north. Owners Hien & Ginger are great people & have great staff such as Thuy & Thuan.
We have no hesitation in recommending this hotel. Nothing beats helpful, friendly, courteous people. Good luck.
Jim & Hillary

RIsing Dragon in the heart of Old Hanoi

from Le_monde_de_Tina
A great location for exploring Hanoi and for day trips. Rising Dragon is in the middle of it all. Although not a luxury accomodation, this hotel is truly a good value. It has "the heart and the spirit of the Vietnamese people". Just like the Vietnamese people, this hotel is hard working and very dependable in every way.

The staff is very attentive, and friendly. They have helped us go through some day trips and overnighters, arranged for train trips that helped us use Hanoi as our base throughout Vietnam. Shopping is easy in this location as there are blocks and blocks of excellent shops and restaurants that are all a great value.

This hotel is very clean, has free internet and wifi throughout. The breakfast is free and just right choices for the price. We had inner courtyard rooms that were quiet even during the busy mid day.

The Rising Dragon - a happy experience

from zulah
We were absolutely thrilled with our 5 day stay at the Rising Dragon Hotel. The situation is perfect - close to the lake and accessible to a variety of restaurants, craft shops and great little surprises that we discovered on our strolls in the vacinity. Despite the busy location, our room was incredibly quiet as it was one of the back rooms without a view - a fair compromise. We had a delux double with bathroom, which was bright, comfortable and clean. The only thing we missed was the facility to make tea or coffee in the room, but the happy smiles at breakfast made up for it, and the coffee was worth waiting for! The staff were all extremely helpful and courteous. The hotel's tour guide made excellent suggestions about what to do and see and arranged our 2 day trip to Halong bay, which is a must see. From the moment we arrived (the hotel shuttle meeting us at the airport) till the moment we left (4 smiling faces waving us goodbye) the Rising Dragon was a happy experience and made our visit to Hanoi a memorable one.

Good value. Great service

from 2toothpicks
My wife and I just returned from a 22-day trip in Vietnam. We traveled through many cities from Saigon to Hanoi, and stayed in a total of 7 hotels along the way, and the Rising Dragon I must say, is the best of all. We spent 5 nights there and I just could not find anything to complain about.

The hotel locates right in the middle of the Old Quarter, just one block from Hoan Kiem lake. A short walk from the hotel are some of our favorite places such as the City View restaurant, the Highland coffee shop, the Little Hanoi restaurant, and the Thang Long Water Puppet theater...

The standard room we had for $25 USD per night is roomy, nice and super clean. The queen size bed is comfortable with thick mattress and a surprisingly luxurious comforter. It even has 2 colorful throw pillows in addition to 2 standard queen-size ones. The TV is big for Vietnam standard. The refrigerator is full of drinks with reasonable prices - certaintly not with 4 to 5 times jacked-up in-room prices as in most American hotels. Most of the amenities are of American standard. While this room did not have a bathtub, we did not find any problem with the shower. We also did not mind that the hotel lacked of an elevator. We considered it was our routine dose of excersize to take the stair walk - after all, fitness facilities are still rare in Vietnam.

Customer services at this hotel were what impressed us the most. The managing manager, Mr. Hieu Vu, and his staffs are cheerful, kind and friendly. We felt as if they would do anything to make their guests happy. The free pick-up offer at the airport surprised us. We did not expect this kind of service in a 2-star hotel in downtown areas. Considering the distance between the airport and the hotel, we paid $15 USD to be picked up from another hotel in the same area upon arrival. While staying at the Rising Dragon, I mentioned that to Mr. Hieu and he readily offered to take us back to the airport at the end of our trip, free of charge. Now, I do not know if any other hotels can beat that.

All in all, I would like to thank Mr. Hieu Vu and his entire staffs for giving my wife and I an enjoyful, relaxing vacation. It would be in our memory for a long time to come. As chances permitted, we'll certainly come back and of course, in the meantime, would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyyone.

Minh Nguyen
Fremont, California, USA

good value

from begbie4
We thought this hotel was good value for money. Friendly service and clean and quiet rooms of the street.

Rising Dragon Hotel Hanoi - Review

from qtchame
This hotel is actually my 2nd choice hotel when I did my research online. It was a good thing that my friend went to Hanoi first and told me that my first choice hotel is very bad and that the reviews in the internet is being done by that hotel's staff!

Rising Dragon Hotel exceeded my expectations! The room we stayed at is very niceand clean. I admit it was a little cramped inside but what's important is that I got a good night's rest after a very busy day in Hanoi. The bed is good, aircon is working properly, TV has a lot of channels (in english), and the bath room has hot water and a tub.

Plus the staff are very friendly and helpful. They helped arrange our Halong Bay tour and gave us directions to good restaurants and tourist spots! They even told us where to buy items that I want to buy such as backpacks. The hotel is in a good location too as it's just a couple of minutes away from the lake and near the shops and restaurant.

My only complain is that the hotel does not have a lift and we stayed at the 5th floor.

But, I will surely stay again at this hotel. Highly recommended!

I love it

from langthangseoul
I have been Hanoi for 4 days and I lived in this hotel during the trip. I love the way they server and hotel rooms decorated. I recommend you live there whenever you visit Hanoi.

location

from ccng
The room rates are very reasonable. Location excellent as it's located in the midst of Old Quarters and within walking distance of various Hanoi attractions. Managed by a Vietnamese husband & American wife team and supported by a few friendly young staff. Rooms are small but sufficient for budget travellers. Simple American or Vietnamese breakfast provided. Free internet access together with computers are also provided. Only complain is that the Hotel Lobby is without air-cond and the room air-cond is not cold enough. During the hot and humid season, this prove to be very uncomfortable.

best small hotel

from destinator
My whole family stayed here for one night in august 2007 and loved the hotel. the staff is excellent, the rooms are spotless and there is free wifi and breakfast. i have been going to hanoi for six years and will now make this hotel the top choice when traveling through the area. it cannot be beat for the money. Hanoi has very competitive tourism and taxi drivers may try to bring you to another hotel or say this one is closed, not clean, etc, so please use the rising dragon hotel's own pick-up service. the location is perfect, by hoan kiem lake.

THANKS RISING DRAGON!

-molly
brooklyn, NYC

Friendly Staff, Great Service

from gracelcp
I met very friendly and helpful staffs at this hotel, they tried their best to give us a best service. The location for this hotel is great and convenience. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Its worth & valuable for us having a budget travel, definitely we cann't have a high expectation cause its not a 5 star hotel.
Anyway, I would like to say thank you for all the staffs, Ms Ginger and Mr. Hieu.

Top Local Tips for Hanoi

Bargaining is a must Buy your trip directly with the tour company if you need one, you must bargain with them, they are willing to give discount, the price on the website or on the wall in their office is not the set price, it is a suggestion detail price.

shady taxi drivers one taxi driver tried to charge me double the price. be sure your taxi has a meter! i had to argue with this man (not sure of the company, he made me so mad -- they have green cars) for my change. apparently this is not uncommon, so be careful. i kept arguing with him and he insisted i needed to pay more because i was a foreigner. eventually i got my money back, but not without the driver trying to intimidate me.

Eat pho for breakfast I know it sounds weird to eat noodle soup for breakfast, but consider this - in a hot climate, you'll be sweating a lot, losing both salt and fluid. Pho replenishes both of these, since it's salty and liquid. On our first morning, my girlfriend had bread with jam, and I had pho... I had greater endurance than her, so the next day she tried eating pho, and sure enough, that day she was fine. So if you're wearing out early, give it a try.

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  • Address: 61 Hang Be - Hanoi - 11111 - Vietnam
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