Nestled in the heart of the Old Quarter, the Essence is one of Hanoi’s best boutique choices. A rarity in Hanoi, this little hotel manages to be the perfect place for almost every variety of traveller to start their travels in Vietnam. With a price so reasonable it is almost insulting to the 5-star service given within, the property is also in a prime location for shopping, sightseeing, dining and drinking. The peaceful and newly renovated interiors are a far cry from the cacophony of traffic and traders on the streets outside, yet you are a mere footstep away from the busy bustle that Hanoi is famous for.
Within the Essence, the labyrinthine corridors are subtly lit with paper lanterns, with deep grey and dusty blue walls dotted with stunning black and white photography. Rooms are unassuming but spacious, with classic cream and wood decor being given personality with olive features and heavy curtains. These interiors wouldn’t be out of place in a European boutique hotel, and yet are unmistakably modern-Vietnamese.
The real selling point of the Essence though are the staff, who deliver an incredible experience to all who pass through the doors. You will be wonderfully cared for from your welcoming drink at check in, until you head onto your next destination.