From Tubs to Toilets, Vietnam Hotel Opens With Gold-plated Pizzazz as Country Recovers from Covid-19

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A gold-plated bathtub is seen in the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxurious resort, after the govt eased a nationwide lockdown following the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Hanoi, Vietnam July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo

A five-star resort in Vietnamese capital Hanoi has opened with a twist that it hopes will appeal to visitors with intimately costly tastes: gold-plated tub tubs, basins and even bathrooms, all housed behind an enormous golden exterior.

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The Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel has made the additional effort to convey guests back to Vietnam where the tourism sector is slowly reopening after a three-month coronavirus lockdown.

The resort, owned by Hoa Binh Group and managed by U.S.-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc, stands in stark distinction to its surrounding weather-worn Soviet-era buildings.

“At the moment, there isn’t any different resort like this on the planet,” mentioned Nguyen Huu Duong, majority proprietor and chairman of Hoa Binh Group.

Hotel services include a 24 karat gold-tiled infinity pool on the rooftop, whereas inside visitor rooms, bogs are laced with yellow steel. From $250 an evening, the resort is in the similar worth bracket as rival luxurious lodging in the town.

“It has modified my thoughts about what luxurious will be. Other luxurious lodges often use marble as tiles, however at this moment all the pieces is gold-plated all the way down to the washing basin,” mentioned 62-year-old visitor Luong Van Thuan, himself a resort proprietor.

FILE PHOTO: A woman poses for a photo at the gold-plated infinity pool of the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel, after the government eased a nationwide lockdown following the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hanoi, Vietnam July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo

Vietnam has been comparatively successful in containing the coronavirus outbreak with only 350 or so cases and no reported deaths. Duong mentioned if not for the pandemic, the resort would possibly be totally booked with international visitors.

Around a tonne of gold was used to cowl the resort, mentioned Duong, a Vietnam War veteran and former cyclo taxi driver who made his fortune in development and property.

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


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