Sometimes proverbs may be contradicted by the human dedication and hard work. A five star hotel at Vietnam – Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake is coated with 24 karat gold on the interiors and exteriors. This tremendous hotel was open in the last month after 11 years of construction.
There are reportedly 5,000 square metres of gilded ceramic on the outside of the building. But it’s not just the walls that glitter, as guests are also greeted by an entirely gold lobby, as well as a fully gold-plated infinity pool, furniture and room appliances. The theme even extends to the sinks, bathtubs and toilet bowls.
The hotel sits by Giang Vo Lake, in the Ba Dinh District of the Vietnamese capital. The 400-room property, developed by Hoa Bing Group, will operate under the American Wyndham Hotels brand.
The price per night will start from $250 (Dh918), according to Vietnam Insider. There are also a number of apartments to rent in the hotel, with costs starting from $6,500 per square metre.
The project cost around £160-million (about R3.4-billion) to build, Daily Mail reported. Dubbed as “The most luxurious hotel in Southeast Asia” the 5-star property looks as good on the outside as it does on the inside, starting from its gold exterior.
As you walk inside, you will find a gold-plated lobby, a golden infinity pool with incredible views, and an imperial classic style bathroom with 24K gold-plated appliances.
It teases on its website: “As the very first Dolce hotel in Asia, we aim to transform every moment with our guests into extraordinary opportunity to inspire them. Whatever you need to enhance your stay – to create, to innovate, to learn, or to grow – let us be your muse.”
And, judging by the lavish fixtures, it’s not long before travellers start to flock to the hotel post-pandemic. ‘With its gold inspired look, one may think that they would pay a fortune to book a room, but the price compares to a 5-star stay in South Africa, if not cheaper. The rate starts from $250 per night. Chairman of the Hoa Binh group told the Daily Mail he wanted everyone from “ordinary people to the super rich… to check-in”.
He believes “there is no other hotel like this in the world” The Hoa Binh group hopes to add more gold inspired projects in Vietnam, including one in Ho Chi Minh City and a resort in central Vietnam.
62-year-old guest Luong Van Thuan told Reuters that the hotel “changed my mind about what luxury can be”. Van Thuan, a hotel owner, said: “Other luxury hotels usually use marble as tiles, but here everything is gold-plated down to the washing basin.”