This Hanoi Hotel Is Coated in 24-karat Gold — Yes, Even the Toilets
CREDIT: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
When Bruno Mars sang “24K Magic,” he must have been dreaming about this Vietnamese hotel. Billed as the world’s first gold-plated hotel, the Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake opened its luxurious doors in Vietnam’s capital city on July 2.
A staff member stands near the lifts in the lobby of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, the world's first gold-plated hotel, in Hanoi on July 2, 2020. CREDIT: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
The five-star hotel is filled with golden touches, including gold-plated tubs, sinks, and yes, even toilets, according to Reuters. Plus, there’s a 24-karat gold tiled infinity pool on the rooftop. Bathrooms are decked out with yellow metal.
|A staff member poses for a photograph inside the 1,000 USD per night executive two bedroom suite of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel. CREDIT: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES|
Located near Giang Vo Lake, the 441-room hotel is 10 minutes away from Hanoi’s city center and quite a juxtaposition compared to the other buildings in the area, which are mostly stark Soviet-era structures. “At the moment, there is no other hotel like this in the world,” Nguyen Huu Duong, chairman of Hoa Binh Group, which owns the property, told Reuters in July.
Duong also said that about a ton (or 2,000 pounds) of gold was used to decorate the hotel.
|Guests pose for selfies at the infinity pool of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, the world's first gold-plated hotel, in Hanoi on July 2, 2020. | CREDIT: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES|
Rooms start at about $250 a night, relatively similar to the area’s other luxury hotels without any gold adornments.
The hotel even serves dishes topped with edible gold flakes, and rooms have golden cups next to the coffee maker with gold-colored details. For an event at the hotel, models were even painted in gold.
|Staff wait to welcome guests in the lobby of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, the world's first gold-plated hotel, in Hanoi on July 2, 2020. | CREDIT: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES|
|CREDIT: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES|
Duong, a Vietnam War veteran who once was a cycling taxi driver and made his fortune in construction and property investments, also told the news outlet that he’s planning two more gold-themed properties in the country: one in Ho Chi Minh City and another in central Vietnam.
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