HANOI (Reuters) – Five-star hotel in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi has opened with a twist that he hopes will attract customers with intimately dear tastes: bathtubs, sinks and even gold-plated toilets, all housed behind a solid gilded exterior.
The Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel has gone the extra mile to bring visitors back to Vietnam, where the tourism sector is slowly reopening after a three-month shutdown against the coronavirus.
The hotel, owned by the Hoa Binh Group and managed by US-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc, stands in stark contrast to its weathered Soviet-era buildings.
“At the moment, there is no other hotel like this in the world,” said Nguyen Huu Duong, majority owner and chairman of the Hoa Binh group.
Hotel facilities include a 24-karat gold-tiled rooftop infinity pool, while inside the rooms, the bathrooms are laced with yellow metal. Starting at $ 250 a night, the hotel is in the same price range as competing luxury accommodations in the city.
“It made me change my mind about what luxury can be. Other luxury hotels usually use marble for tiles, but here everything is gold plated down to the sink, ”said Luong Van Thuan, a 62-year-old host and himself a hotelier.
Vietnam has been relatively successful in containing the coronavirus outbreak with only around 350 cases and no deaths reported. Duong said without the pandemic, the hotel would likely be full with international guests.
About a ton of gold was used to cover the hotel, said Duong, a Vietnam War veteran and former cyclo-taxi driver who made his fortune in construction and real estate.
He is considering gold-plated projects in Ho Chi Minh City and a resort town in central Vietnam.
Reporting by Minh Nguyen; Written by Ed Davies; Editing by Christopher Cushing