I'm now on my 5th Hanoi hotel
02.18.2009 - 03.18.2009 78 °F
The Especen - my $25. bargain
and the balcony
I got up this morning, had a great breakfast of muesli, fruit and yogurt + a great Spanish omelette + Viet coffee, returned to Hanoi Lucky to check out, and then into the Hoan Kiem Lake Hotel, but then the trouble started. The new hotel's door lock broke, and the handle came off in my hand. It was fairly obvious that they were not about to invest in a good locksmith, so I demanded my 100,000VND deposit back and toured the area for another hotel - not much luck because I was too near the lake for a good price, so I went back to Ly Quoc Su, and found the Especen Hotel at 28 Tho Xuong, and a fantastic $25. room with balcony and a view (the Catholic Cathedral and the neighborhood). Then I was famished, and settled for an inferior Pepperoni's pepperoni pizza and a mango smoothie (Pepperoni's is a Hong Kong pizza chain). Off to buy a few leaf paintings, and then the highlight of the day for a foot massage at Daisy Massage Chan - a real bargain for 1 hour @ 100,000VND (Vietnamese foot massage is better than Thai).
Tonight I might go back to Old Hanoi near the Gia for dinner, and then it's TV and bed for me. I'll upload pics as soon as I find a better computer. Just 1 1/2 days left, and I'm off for Korea and home. Spud, I'm coming soon - can't wait either!!!