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From tubs to toilets, Vietnam hotel opens with gold-plated pizzazz

HANOI: A five-star hotel in Vietnamese capital Hanoi has opened with a twist that it hopes will attract guests with intimately expensive tastes: Gold-plated bath tubs, basins and even toilets, all housed behind a massive golden exterior.

The Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel has made the extra effort to bring visitors back to Vietnam where the tourism sector is slowly reopening after a three-month COVID-19 lockdown.

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The hotel, owned by Hoa Binh Group and managed by US-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, stands in stark contrast to its surrounding weather-worn Soviet-era buildings.

Gold-plated toilets are seen at the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel in Vietnam, Jul 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)

A gold plated bathtub and a gold plated bathroom sink are seen in the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel in Vietnam, Jul 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)

"At the moment, there is no other hotel like this in the world," said Nguyen Huu Duong, majority owner and chairman of Hoa Binh Group.

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Hotel facilities include a 24 karat gold-tiled infinity pool on the rooftop, while inside guest rooms, bathrooms are laced with yellow metal. From US$250 a night, the hotel is in the same price bracket as rival luxury accommodation in the city.

A gold-plated bathroom sink is seen in the newly inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel in Vietnam, Jul 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)

A woman poses for a photo at the gold plated infinity pool of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel, in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jul 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Kham)

"It has changed my mind about what luxury can be. Other luxury hotels usually use marble as tiles, but here everything is gold-plated down to the washing basin," said 62-year-old guest Luong Van Thuan, himself a hotel owner.

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