Israel-American chef from Philly. Living the dream in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.
Restaurant owner around the beautiful West Lake, always seen around the local markets scouting for inspiration and ideas for new dishes.
This stylish bolthole made my family's trip to Hanoi a real pleasure. Not only is the apartment above the most amazing restaurant (Shay's burger will blow your mind, fact), it's also stocked with zillions of movies so you can cozy down after a day walking the bustling streets. Shay lent us a mobile phone for the duration of our stay in case we got stuck/needed advice/a translator, and although we didn't need to use it, it was v reassuring to have. Shay also sourced us a cot for our 21 month son, which made the stay possible for us. The breakfast part of this package is served in the restaurant downstairs and is just as good as the lunch and evening options; the homemade granola with cashews is delish.
In terms of location, it might seem a bit daft to not stay smack-bang in the middle of the city, but we found the ten minute taxi ride gave us a bit of peace and quiet from all the scooter horns, and also a peek into lives of the locals and expats who live on west lake.
Great location. Wonderful time of year to visit Hanoi, on the lead up to Tet (late jan). Vibrant, loads of colour. The mandarin tree scooter procession was something to behold!
Shar was a fantastic host. Enjoyed the food tour and the cocktails. Flat was perfect. Can't wait to get back. Highly recommended, awesome city.
We loved it so much we booked Daluva twice on the same trip. Great everything!!!!!
We loved Daluva. It will be the first place we look to stay every time we come to Hanoi. If you want to stay in the middle of the commotion, this isn't the place for you... But if you love great food, an awesome staff, stellar cocktails, great walking routes in every direction, multiple delectable bakeries closeby, and a knowledgable, quirky, and friendly host (Shay)... Then book Daluva now.
You can get a hotel room anywhere, but a cute apartment with all the comforts of home, above a restaurant and bar where everything on the menu is great, is harder to find.
Shay knows his way around a martini, is a foodie/chef at heart, and his burger is famous for a reason!
Get "The Bronx" martini, walk around Tay Ho lake, visit the Urban Flea Market, and get Bun Cha down the road.
All in all, Daluva gets a 5 star rating from us. Again, if you want to smell backpackers this isn't for you, but if you want something comfortable, relaxed, and a 10 min taxi ride to Old Quarter ... Book now.
(Shay - you rock man. We certainly hope to see you again!)
We spent three nights at Daluva after returning from Laos - had already stayed in the Old Quarter previously so wanted to check out a different part of the City. This was a great choice. It's only about 10-15 minutes and about a $5-6 USD taxi ride from the Old Quarter anyway but this area of Hanoi has some great restaurants and shopping and West Lake is wonderful for walking. Shay and the staff at Daluva are wonderful hosts - great breakfast each morning and you have to have dinner at least once at Daluva - the tapas are wonderful and the cocktails and the locally brewed beer are great ! Also went out to a great dinner with Shay and his restaurant manager - really had a great time! Definitely recommend!! We will be staying her again when we return to Hanoi.
The apartment was comfortable and spacious. I lived in Hanoi before and knew the location, and this was where we wanted to be. Shahar and the Daluva Restaurant staff did everything possible to make our stay pleasant and easy. Laundry was done quickly and well. The apartment was cleaned every day, and was always well done. We were really happy with our stay. The following are potential problems. These were not problems for us, but some traveler's might want to know about these. The apartment is on a street that is noisy in the daytime, but at night it is very quiet. The bathroom is very small, but everything works well. The apartment is up four flights of stairs. You are not in "downtown," but taxis are easy to get and not expensive. There are good restaurants and grocery stores around the area and some nice walking along the lake nearby. All in all, a great place to stay! Oh, yes, I forgot to mention great wifi, which you can use in the apartment or while having a cup of coffee (or breakfast, lunch or dinner) downstairs!
Staying at Daluva was a great choice. It is in expat area of Hanoi (west lake) which means it feels more like a home to escape back to after a busy day trip or day in the old quarter. The apartment is very clean and spacious, balcony excellent to chill out on. Shay was an exceptional host with a wide and varied knowledge of vietnamese cuisine and the night we went to dinner was one of the best meals i had! The staff are amazing and always very helpful - we ad no trouble ordering cabs early in the morning and there id always someone around to translate. For the value of the place, its in a great location with a very helpful and knowledgeable host. Daluva comes well reccommended
We really enjoyed our stay in Daluva. The apartment is great. Large, comfortable and decorated with a great taste.
In addition Shahar was an exceptional host. He took us out for diner to a great local Vietnamese restaurant... the best food experience in our whole stay in Vietnam. Shahar is extremely cultivated and funny person, it is a pleasure to have a good discussion with him, drinking some of the extraordinary cocktails he prepares in his restaurant.
Daluva Home is a great base to have in Hanoi. Hotel quality servicing (fit out, daily housekeeping, fresh flowers etc) but with a local feel that you don't get in a hotel and some genuinely warm and welcoming staff.
Deciding to stay in the Tay Ho district was a good choice; this expat area has a more relaxed feel than the Old Quarter, is much quieter and (as a female travelling solo), felt extremely safe at all hours.
It is only a short taxi ride to the Old Quarter (around (phone number hidden) VND depending on traffic, taxis are easy to get in either direction) then you can return "home" after a hard day's sightseeing and chill on the couch or balcony before/after dinner. There are shops, cafes and restaurants all in walking distance, but make sure you also try Daluva Restaurant downstairs, which has a really unique fusion menu and some of the best food I had on my trip.
My Daluva Home experience was made all the more memorable by some standout hosting. Whether it was restaurant recommendations, a temporary local cell phone, contact details for a trekking guide in Sapa, advice on what taxis should really cost to/from the airport, Vietnamese pronunciation advice or organising a "food posse" to take me out for lunch to experience a bia hoi den local-style, Shahar went above and beyond to make sure my stay in Hanoi was welcoming filled with truly great food and good memories.
We chose Daluva Home after considering hotels in much higher price ranges and definitely made the right choice. Daluva Home was excellent. The apartment is very nicely done with a much more cozy atmosphere than we expected. It was great to relax on the balcony on this quiet street at night and escape the hustle and bustle of the old quarter.
Shahar was the perfect host. He also is a food lover and chef, so has great advice for discoving delicious local cuisine off the beaten path. We felt very well taken care of. Essentially he and the friendly staff of the resturant downstairs are always there if needed.
We loved this place and will definitely stay again when we return to Hanoi.