Ha Long Plaza Hotel****

Our brief comments:
Deluxe room The twelve-storey Halong Plaza Hotel is about a ten minute walk from Bai Chay Beach, the main tourist area of Ha Long City. When first built, it was something of an eyesore dominating the Bai Chay landscape, but the subsequent proliferation of architectural misadventures along the coast has left it among good company, softening its image.

The hotel was substantially renovated in 2002 when 80 rooms were added.

The bedroom of a Plaza SuiteMost of the 185 rooms have angled windows allowing a view of half the bay - the exceptions are the suites, which have panoramic views. Superior rooms are located on the lower floors. The upper floors of Halong Plaza offer some of the finest mainland views of the World Heritage Area, together with the top of Poem Mountain in the commercial area of Ha Long City and the Saigon-Halong tower.

The rooms are markedly above average floor area, well furnished and generally well-maintained - the decor looks as good as new. Corridors are exceptionally wide, giving a feeling of space and airiness.

The Plaza Suite's sitting roomThe ground floor Four Seasons Restaurant serves Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and international cuisine, and puts on a buffet breakfast, set menu or a la carte lunch, and dinner in buffet, set menu or a la carte format. It's attractive, and has a good wine list. Bay View Restaurant on the third floor offers a similar menu, and caters to special events. There is also the Bamboo Bar on the second floor, and the ground floor French Bakery.

The Plaza has long been one the best hotels in Halong. While the décor does date the hotel, maintenance and service levels are above average.

Room facilities:

Room Categories
Superior
Deluxe
Suite
Number of rooms
112
60
13
Room position (floors)
4th-9th
10th-12th
8th-12th
Room size (m2)
28
40
78, 80, 102
Bed arrangement
21 double /
91 twin
22 double /
38 twin
Double
Window
Balcony
View
Partial bay view
Partial bay view
Partial bay view
Extra bed
Baby cot
Air conditioner
Satellite television
Personal safety box
Wifi (free)
Cable Internet connection
Laptop/Internet TV
Bathtub/shower
Bath + shower
Bath + shower
Bath + shower
Floor
Carpet
Carpet
Carpet
Extra Services
Fruit on arrival
Daily flowers & fruit, complimentary voucher for Bamboo Bar
Daily flowers & fruit, complimentary voucher for Bamboo Bar

Additional room facilities: IDD telephone, minibar, coffee/tea facilities, connecting rooms (at Superior and Deluxe standard).

Hotel facilities:

Outdoor pool
Non-smoking floor(s)
Pool bar
Non-smoking rooms only
n/a
Children’s pool
Vietnamese/Asian restaurant
Fitness/health centre
International restaurant
Sauna
Patisserie/coffee shop/cafe
Massage
Business centre
Jacuzzi
Accessible for the disabled

Additional hotel facilities: Vietnamese traditional music performance in lobby (3-10pm), transfers arranged to Hanoi.

Other local options worth considering:
Au Lac Resort Hotel***** (provisional)
 
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