From tubs to toilets, Vietnam hotel opens with gold-plated pizzazz

From tubs to toilets, Vietnam hotel opens with gold-plated pizzazz

FILE PHOTO: A gold-plated bathtub is seen in the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury h
A gold-plated bathtub is seen in the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel in Vietnam, Jul 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)

HANOI: A five-star hotel in Vietnamese capital Hanoi has opened with a twist that it hopes will attract guests with intimately expensive tastes: Gold-plated bath tubs, basins and even toilets, all housed behind a massive golden exterior.

The Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel has made the extra effort to bring visitors back to Vietnam where the tourism sector is slowly reopening after a three-month COVID-19 lockdown.

The hotel, owned by Hoa Binh Group and managed by US-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, stands in stark contrast to its surrounding weather-worn Soviet-era buildings.

FILE PHOTO: Gold-plated toilets are seen at the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, af
Gold-plated toilets are seen at the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel in Vietnam, Jul 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)

A gold plated bathtub and a gold plated bathroom sink are seen in the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi
A gold plated bathtub and a gold plated bathroom sink are seen in the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel in Vietnam, Jul 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)

"At the moment, there is no other hotel like this in the world," said Nguyen Huu Duong, majority owner and chairman of Hoa Binh Group.

Hotel facilities include a 24 karat gold-tiled infinity pool on the rooftop, while inside guest rooms, bathrooms are laced with yellow metal. From US$250 a night, the hotel is in the same price bracket as rival luxury accommodation in the city.

FILE PHOTO: A gold-plated bathroom sink is seen in the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake lu
A gold-plated bathroom sink is seen in the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel in Vietnam, Jul 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)

A woman poses for a photo at the gold plated infinity pool of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Gol
A woman poses for a photo at the gold plated infinity pool of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel, in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jul 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)

"It has changed my mind about what luxury can be. Other luxury hotels usually use marble as tiles, but here everything is gold-plated down to the washing basin," said 62-year-old guest Luong Van Thuan, himself a hotel owner.

Vietnam has been relatively successful in containing the coronavirus outbreak with only 350 or so cases and no reported deaths. Duong said if not for the pandemic, the hotel would likely be fully booked with international guests.

A view of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, which features gold plated exteriors
A view of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel in Vietnam, Jul 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)

FILE PHOTO: Staff members open the doors of the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury ho
Staff members open the doors of the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel, in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jul 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)

Around a tonne 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 property.

He is planning gold-plated projects in Ho Chi Minh City and a resort in central Vietnam.

Source: Reuters/zl

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