Hanoi Now Boasts the World’s First Gold-Plated Hotel

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In this new hotel, all that glitters is actually gold.

Nowadays, hotels go above and beyond to create a unique brand image that makes them stand out in the eyes of consumers. Some rely on one-of-a-kind facilities, others on unconventional interior decisions such as fully-transparent bathrooms, and then there are those properties that offer room amenities you won’t find anywhere else.

And for one new luxury hotel, it’s all about the sparkle. And we mean all.

From its gilded façade (for which 54,000 square feet of gilded ceramic was used) to the bathtubs in the rooms (and yes, even the toilets) and its rooftop infinity pool, everything in the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel has been given the gold treatment.

Earlier this month, the property, located along the Giang Vo lake in Hanoi, Vietnam, opened its doors after eleven years of construction that cost $200 million. And it’s clear that from the moment you step through the gold-plated doors of the 25-story 342-room hotel and walk inside the grand lobby that sports a shiny gilded ceiling, the owners of the hotel have quiet literally gone for the gold.

The rooms feature 24-karat gold coffee mugs as well as gold-plated furniture and appliances such as the mirror, the doorknobs, the sink, and even the showerhead. The 5-star property also boasts two bars and four restaurants where gold has also found its way as an ingredient in some of the dishes.

Head to the last floor and you’ll find the 2,000-square-foot gold-tiled infinity pool offering unobstructed city and lake views.

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Contrary to what you may think, rates at the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake are surprisingly affordable—they start at only $250 per night. There are also a number of suites available at the property including a Presidential Suite that's 1,980 square feet and has a kitchen, a living room, a private sauna, and a walk-in closet.