Golden Hotel in Hanoi Appears in Russian Newspaper for Its Secret to Survive in Pandemic

The international press urged the questions: Where is the world's first golden hotel and how is business during the Covid-19 pandemic?
December 01, 2021 | 14:55

Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake, the world's first golden hotel, still made headlines after more than a year since it opened its luxurious doors in Vietnam’s capital city on Jul 2 2020. Rambler, Russia's biggest search engine introduced this one-of-a-kind destination, which caused the attention of many curious minds.

Golden Hotel in Hanoi Appears in Russian Newspaper for Its Secret to Survive in Pandemic
Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake, the world's first golden hotel. Photo: Uniqhotels.

The world's first golden hotel

This mesmerizingly bright building covered in 24 k gold is located in central HanNewoi by the Giang Vo Lake. The glitter continues as you step inside the tower. Shiny marble surfaces reflect the hand-crafter golden doors, wall decorations, and ceilings. This is the first hotel in the world with gold adornments.

The luxurious suites portray reserved elegance with only a hint of decorative golden lines along the walls and ceilings. However, step inside the bathroom, and you'll be overwhelmed by the extravagant golden bathtubs and walk-in showers. Even the toilet and bidet have gold coatings!

Golden Hotel in Hanoi Appears in Russian Newspaper for Its Secret to Survive in Pandemic
Bathroom interior is gold-plated from bathtub to toilet. Photo: Trip Advisor

There is a 24-karat gold tiled infinity pool on the rooftop that rises like the burning sun in the morning. It is also the best spot for sunsets with its majestic panorama. It's like the Vietnamese version of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, according to Uniqhotels.

Dining options are plenty, and of course, in gold. Golden Lake Palace specializes in private dining in the style of an emperor that really loves Cantonese cuisine. The warm colonial atmosphere of Majesty All-Day Dining invites you to devour Vietnamese and international classics. Last but not least, F29 Lounge & Restaurant is the most popular authentic French restaurant in town.

Golden Hotel in Hanoi Appears in Russian Newspaper for Its Secret to Survive in Pandemic
French cuisine restaurant - F29 Lounge & Restaurant. Photo: Uniqhotels
Golden Hotel in Hanoi Appears in Russian Newspaper for Its Secret to Survive in Pandemic
Many dishes in the restaurant are also… covered with gold. Photo: Uniqhotels

At the moment, there is no other hotel like this in the world,” said Nguyen Huu Duong, chairman of Hoa Binh Group, which owns the property, Travel and Leisure reported. This Vietnam War veteran who once was a cycling taxi driver and made his fortune in construction and property investments, also told the news outlet that he’s planning two more gold-themed properties in the country: one in Ho Chi Minh City and another in central Vietnam.

Other hotels with 24-karat gold touches include The Villa Casa Casuarina (formerly Villa by Barton G) in Miami Beach whose Thousand Mosaic Pool is gold-lined; Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai with gold bath amenities; and La Mansión in the Four Seasons in Buenos Aires with gold-trimmed wood paneling.

Golden Hotel in Hanoi Appears in Russian Newspaper for Its Secret to Survive in Pandemic

Many Russian tourists want to visit Hanoi Golden Hotel

The first guests there were Vietnamese, who booked one night at this hotel for the sake of interest. It took about ten years to build the building and about $200 million (RUB 14,8 billion) was spent.

The Russia's article on Rambler explained in details the interesting world records of Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake. Since its opening in the summer of 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, Russian tourists are still not familiar with this accommodation. For those who wanted to try, the hotel's 342 guestrooms are surprisingly affordable.

Golden Hotel in Hanoi Appears in Russian Newspaper for Its Secret to Survive in Pandemic
The luxury hotel is surprisingly affordable. Photo: Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake

Indeed, this is the first hotel and the only one in the world where literally everything is covered with gold so Russia press is curious to find out if it will still be in business in the near future. The hotel ranks five stars, but most tourists do not go there for luxury service. They book one night to look at the gilded rooms and swim in the infinity pool.

Hotel accommodation offers quite affordable prices, probably due to the impacts of Covid-19. The hotel cannot charge too much otherwise there will be no customers. If tourists want a great deal and try the cheapest room for two adults, it will only cost them US$ 250 ( RUB 9,000) per night. In return, they can enjoy gold bar, gold pool and gold service. Other exclusive packages will cost extra, but guests normally hesitate to try during this time. They worry that the service quality will not match the price they pay since the hotel has not been operating for a long time.

Golden Hotel in Hanoi Appears in Russian Newspaper for Its Secret to Survive in Pandemic
The hotel still welcomes guests even if they book one night only to look at the gilded rooms and swim in the infinity pool. Photo: Hanoitimes

Still, most travelers leave positive feedback and said they have a great time in the golden hotel, but some were dissatisfied with the service. People write that due to popularity and obsession with gold, the management decided to reduce the service. One of the guests did not like cleaning and security, he said it is too weak for such a high end hotel.

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