About This Listing
Especen hotel is one of the first mini hotels in Hanoi since the 1990s, located in the heart of the Old Quarter. It is just a stone’s throw from St. Joseph's Church (Cathedral). This convenient location allows you to be just a 5 minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and the Water Puppet Theatre. You can get to all the famous travel points, restaurants, craft shops, pubs and art galleries,... as soon as you step on to the main road.
Especen hotel offers affordable, clean accommodation in an authentic Vietnamese neighborhood. Private room with ensuite bathrooms, hair dryer, large flat screen cable TV. Wifi internet and local phone call free of charge.
Hotel services: currency exchange, laundry, ticking desk and tour information.
Especen hotel was picked by many guidebooks as Lonely Planet, Petit Futé, Rough guide, Michellin, Footh Print... The Petit Futé guidebook describes our hotel as: A small hotel nestled in the maze of streets that surround the Cathedral. Wake to the sound of bells and a panoramic view of Hanoi rooftops ocher (Petit hôtel niché dans le lacis des ruelles qui enserrent la cathédrale. Réveil au son des cloches et vue panoramique sur les toits ocre de Hanoi).
In an adventure book name "The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam" the writer said that: "... I caught the familiar sounds of "Green Bamboo;" "Especen," and "Darling Café;" Hanoi's most well known hubs for low-budget travelers..."
You can stay 1 or 2 people in this room.
We serve breakfast $3/person with a breakfast, a dessert & a tea or coffee (not included in room rate). You can enjoy great Vietnamese food of "Phở Hanoi" noodle soup or "Bún riêu cua" vermicelli sour crab soup at our hotel. Don't miss that chance!
• Please, show us your visa and passport at the reception desk before getting the room.
• Pets, fire-arms, explosives, inflammable and bad smelling things are not allowed in our hotel.
• Please leave all valuables, money in the safe at reception desk & not in your room or carry it with you at all times. We are not responsible for anything lost or stolen.
• When you go out, please turn off all electric equipment inside, close windows, lock your room and leave the key at the reception desk.
• If there is something wrong in your room, please inform the receptionist immediately. In case it is damaged by the guest, we would like compensation for the damages.
• You are requested not to cook or to launder in your rooms. We provide laundry services just 25.000 VND/kg only.
• Kindly inform the reception desk at least one day before your departure. Room should be vacated before noon (12:00).
The room was clean and tidy and with air con, which is a must on this season. We were happy to get our room early as we arrived in town at 6am+jetlag. The staff was nice.
Very fast communication with Thanh, the owner. Fabulous location next to Joseph's cathedral, a central spot where all the tours in Hanoi begin. The room was spacious, clean, even with balcony facing the Old Quarters (website hidden) great and wi-fi fast enough to video call. Private bathroom with shower inside the room. Good value for quality. V
The front desk staff were super nice and very helpful.
They were also very accommodating as I asked to leave my luggage for a couple of days tour in Sapa. Recommended!
Great spot right by the cathedral in the middle of some busy and authentic lanes. Large room which was great for the price. Hosts made us feel welcome and happily organised a transfer for us. Only downside was the shower room which resulted in a very wet bathroom, but excellent value for money!
Nice Hotel. But tricky location since its in a backlane.
We had a good stay with Especen hotel. Room was clean. Staff was nice and we enjoyed the tv which had many good channel. We were provided with a very good map too. Thank you for the warm hospitality.
The listing is not up to standard, the room is run down and do not match the photo posted. There is no lift and fridge in the room is not working, the view from the room suck and the main door not very secure as well.
Arrange for a private car but in the end was given a public taxi with the private car price, very disappointed
Will not stay there again .
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About the Host, Thanh
Hello ! My name is Tran Hoai Thanh!
I was born in Ha Long city & now I live in Hanoi, Vietnam. I work for Government in day time. Hotel & travel is my home business. Since 1990s, my father open the first mini hotel in Hanoi named Especen hotel in order to have place to relax with his friends in gamble :). My daddy die in 2003 and I continue to run Especen hotel then.
My Especen hotel located in the central of Hanoi old street quarter, It is just a stone’s throw from St. Joseph's Church (Cathedral) on quiet Tho Xuong street. This convenient location allows you to be just a 5 minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, Vietnam Airlines booking office & Quang Trung bus stop (for service to Noi Bai International airport). You can get to all the famous travel points, restaurants (all European, Asia and famous traditional Vietnamese restaurants), craft shops, pubs and art galleries,... as soon as you step on to the main road.
Especen hotel was listed on almost famous travel guide books: Lonely Planet, Petit Futé, Rough guide, Michellin, Insight guide, John Benjamin,... as the best budget hotel in Hanoi for over 20 years.
The Petit Futé guidebook describes my Especen hotel as: "A small hotel nestled in the maze of streets that surround the Cathedral. Wake to the sound of bells and a panoramic view of Hanoi rooftops ocher" (Petit hôtel niché dans le lacis des ruelles qui enserrent la cathédrale. Réveil au son des cloches et vue panoramique sur les toits ocre de Hanoi).
In an adventure book name "The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam" the writer said that: "... I caught the familiar sounds of "Green Bamboo;" "Especen," and "Darling Café;" Hanoi's most well known hubs for low-budget travelers.
Especen hotel also is a favor hotel of many photographers, Vietnamese singers & artist.
Doing business in hotel & travel is my hobbies, I will make my hotel to be a great hotel as a present to my dad.