change of location
17.05.2012 35 °C
had a nice easy morning as we had a 1.50pm flight from hue to hanoi. just some breakfeast, repack our stuff and off to airport. said goodbye to orchid hotel staff who were lovely during our stay. great hotel.
flight from hue was quick and painless. 50 minute flight and a 35 minute car ride and we were back in the elite hotel in hanoi.
the staff gave us a nice warm welcome and we settled into our new room. this time we are on the 4th floor. the one setback for this hotel is that there is no lift. our first time we were here we were on the 2nd floor the next time the 3rd now the 4th. it is a tight steep staircase and jen was feeling the pinch as we hit the 4th floor. however, we both made it unscathed if a little out of breath. we were both feeling a little hungry as we had not eaten since breakfeast. checked out tripadvisor for some guidance and as we wanted something different and we went for indian. the restaurant is the top rated one for hanoi, go figure, we checked the map and worked out where to go and headed off. we found it ok, however, it wasn't going to be open for another 45 minutes so we did what comes naturally and went for beers. found a nice little bar on the street and settled in for some beer and people watching.
time to head for the food. the place we chose was called namaste. the menu was huge and very traditional indian. we picked butter chicken as it is our favourite and a couple of other dishes hoping they would be ok. all turned out excellent and i must admit it was one of if not the best indian meals we have had. awesome food!! just as we finished in walked a dutch couple we had met in hue and after chatting found out they were staying in the room next door to us in the elite hotel. what are the chances!! so after a brief chat we waddled out of the restaurant and made our way back to our hotel. the walk back and up the steep staircase helped us digest our food.
time for a good nights sleep as we hit the streets of hanoi tomorrow.