Tu Linh Palace Hotel, Hanoi Review

The Tu Linh Palace Hotel comprises of 16 room over 5 floors and is located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter on Hang Ga (Chicken) Street, a ten minute walk to the Bia Hoi (local fresh beer) streets. The ground floor has a small reception area with two sofas and small restaurant where breakfast is served from 6.30am until 10am. Complimentary tea, coffee, water and fruit juice are available day and night for all guests at the restaurant. Breakfast is small but adequate offering Pho, baguette with cheese, butter and jam or omelette and rice or noodle dishes. Also located in the restaurant area are two computers with internet access, free for guest’s use. The hotel offers a selection of either superior or deluxe, double or twin rooms, along with larger “Honeymoon Suites”.

Double Bedroom at Tu Linh Palace Hotel, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam

Our double bedroom at Tu Linh Palace, Hanoi


Our superior double room had a double bed with two pillows, a bedside table with drawers and telephone and a desk with a small wooden chair. The built-in wardrobe included three clothes hangers and space for one of our large backpacks. A small fridge included the usual mini bar items of beer, water and coke. A flat screen satellite television was mounted to the wall opposite the bed.
Mini Bar at Tu Linh Palace Hotel, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam

The usual Beer, Coke, Water and Juice Mini Bar items


The en-suite bathroom was separated from the room by a wall of glass, most of which was either frosted or covered using wooden blinds. The bathroom consisted of a sink with a large fixed mirror, European toilet and a shower area. The shower was separate, with a step down and glass door. Complimentary toiletries included toothbrush and paste, comb, shower cap and soap. Two large bath towels and two smaller hand towels hung on the rack next to the sink.

Getting to the Tu Linh Palace Hotel

We arrived in Hanoi using a Sinh Tourist (formerly Sinh Café) sleeper bus from Hue. We were dropped quite a way from the Old Quarter and flagged down a cab to take us to the hotel.

If you are flying into Hanoi, as with most larger airports you will be inundated with taxi cab options. We tend to stick to Mai Linh, having found them very reasonable and trustworthy since our initial arrival in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City. Taxi Group also have a good reputation in Hanoi.

A Mai Linh Taxi Cab in Saigon, HCMC, Vietnam

Mai Linh Taxi Cab


Airport pick up is available at any time upon request costing 315,000 VND (15 USD). Please contact the hotel for further information or to make an enquiry or to book a transfer.

Positives

  • We arrived at the Tu Linh Palace, after a 13 hour night bus journey. Even though it was around 8am, we were quickly checked in and given a room and breakfast – although technically we shouldn’t have been there until after midday . It was very much appreciated given we were exhausted after our sleepless bus journey.
  • Staff were always friendly and very helpful. We asked about the best place for Pho close to the hotel and were pointed towards 49 Bat Dan Street, the Pho Bo did not disappoint, just be aware of the very hot chilli sauce (I added a little too much).
  • We had only booked for 2 days initially as we were heading up to Sapa, but knowing we would want to come back to Hanoi, we re-booked at Tu Linh for our return. The staff even kept our large backpacks whilst we went to Sapa, at no extra cost.
  • The rooms although a little small, were kept very clean. The bed sheets were changed (not just ‘making up the bed’ as has been the case in other hotels) and even the complimentary toiletries replenished.
  • Upon our early morning (2nd) departure from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, the staff prepared our breakfast to takeaway. So we left for the airport with a goody bag of two omelette baguettes and two bottles of water. A very thoughtful gesture indeed.
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, water and juice is available in the restaurant during the day and evenings. It was always a wonderful touch, to be able to have a cup of tea or glass of water after returning from exploring the city.

Negatives

  • Upon entering our bedroom (on our second visit to Tu Linh), we were disappointed to find a large semi-dead cockroach in the middle of the bathroom floor. We put this down to fumigation of hotel plumbing as there was no other sign of any sort of infestation within the hotel.

The Tu Linh Palace Hotel was one of the best places we stayed during our three months in Vietnam. Although the rooms weren’t overly spacious, the quality of service, location and price of this hotel was superb. The value for money at Tu Linh really does make this a worthwhile choice in Hanoi. Its location in the Old Quarter, although a little hectic, is perfectly situated for exploring the city. We would highly recommend 49 Bat Dan street for Pho Bo (Beef noodle soup) and Bun Cha at 67 Duong Thanh (Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim) for a mix of pork patties, crab spring rolls, noodles and a mountain of fresh herbs. The best bits for me; pretty much everything, the staff deserve a lot of the credit for the great reviews this hotel is currently receiving. We obviously saved the best hotel till last in Vietnam :)

Rates and availability at Tu Linh Palace Hotel.

Please click here to view our video ‘un-boxing’ of our room upon checking-in at the Tu Linh Palace.

Date of stay: 17th – 19th May and 21st-24th May 2013
Room type: Superior Double Room with air-conditioning
Cost per night (Vietnamese Dong): 570,000 including breakfast

Cash or card payment is required upon departure and check-out.
Cards advertised as accepted on their website with a 3% surcharge.
Bookings taken via their website.

Address and Contact Details
Tu Linh Palace Hotel,
2B Hang Ga Street,
Hoan Kiem District,
Hanoi,
Vietnam

Tel: (+84 4) 3923 0514

www.tulinhpalacehotel.com

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