Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Ordered via room service at the Sheraton Hotel Hanoi, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Overall Score 84.7/100
Presentation 8.7/10 Meat Quality 8.4/10
Fruit / Vegetable Quality 7.9/10 Bread Quality 8.1/10
Mayo / Sauce Usage 8.8/10 Value 9.2/10
Ingredients Ratio 9/10 Sides 7.8/10
Ambiance 8.6/10 Overall Taste 8.2/10

Vietnam for 3 days and 4 nights… A long distance to go for such a short Thanksgiving trip, but Rachel and I knew it would be worth it.

Our first vacation together in Asia since Myanmar, I was excited to spend time exploring a country I last visited over 10 years ago. Had it changed a lot? Would it be the same Vietnam I fell in love with before?

And would it be hard to tell while staying at the Sheraton Hanoi?

I would normally choose a less expensive but still “just as nice” Vietnamese hotel rather than a “Western” chain, however the Sheraton was conveniently located, and at 3000 SPG points/night, fit the bill.

When they upgraded us to a larger room with access to the concierge floor upon checkin, even though we arrived at 11am and even though the hotel was sold out, I knew we made the right choice. The perks of SPG Gold; a status I achieve solely through credit card spending, not through accumulated room nights.

First on the food agenda was pho. Second was snake ten ways. Third was a home cooked hot pot and spring roll meal. I needed a comfort base after 20 hours of travel and airplane food, and before 4 nights of Vietnamese specialties… The Sheraton’s Club Sandwich fit the bill perfectly, and as we unwound in our room, taking in the excellent view, I ordered the club sandwich.

Traditional European, the Sheraton Hotel’s Club Sandwich was a classic American club sandwich with an egg, not deviating from the dictionary definition. Three slices of under-toasted bread held together a club hearty with proteins. Chunks of chicken made up most of the mass, with a bit too dry fried egg coming in second. The tasty and salty bacon pieces came in a strong third. The tomato added that moistness you were looking for, although that and the lettuce weren’t imported.

While it wasn’t as good as Rachel’s pho, I was happy I got the base in. Ideally they would have put a Vietnamese twist on this club, but keeping in the hotel’s theme the Sheraton provided their best effort at Western comfort.

And soon after we were off to dinner and drinks, including the incredible pho cocktail.


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