A Hotel Plated in 24-karat Gold Has Opened in Vietnam

Hanoi’s Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel makes for an eye-catching addition to the local hospitality scene.

The ornate lobby at Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake. (Photo: Wyndham Worldwide)

If you happen to have a soft spot for all that glitters, a brand-new five-star property in the Vietnamese capital may be the one to book once the country’s borders reopen to international tourists. The 25-story Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel has billed itself as the world’s first gold-plated hotel, and the decadent 400-room property in the downtown Ba Dinh district seems to deliver on its promise.

Although Dubai’s iconic Burj Al-Arab hotel has a 22-karat gold–plated elevator and lobby, the Dolce hotel in Hanoi may be even more extravagant given the extensive use of the precious metal both inside and out. Reuters reported that around a ton of gold went into the entire project; the facade was clad in 5,000 square meters of gilded ceramic tiles, while the rooftop infinity pool has been given the same treatment. Sinks, bathtubs, and toilets in the marbled bathrooms throughout the hotel are all sheathed in gold, along with door handles in each guest room, and plates and cutlery at the in-house restaurants.

Owned by the Hoa Binh Group and managed by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the property is the very first Asian outpost of the Dolce brand, which targets higher-end business travelers who seek out unique experiences on their trips. Rates start from US$250 a night for a 45-square-meter Golden Classic room. The hotel finally opened last Thursday after a long construction process that first began in 2009. According to Reuters, the Hoa Binh Group is planning similar gold-plated properties in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as a resort in central Vietnam.

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Inside a Golden Classic King room at the hotel. (Photo: Wyndham Worldwide)

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