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Which Hotel Has the Most “Bling”?

The Burj Al Arab in Dubai stands as the epitome of luxury, its sail-shaped silhouette glinting with opulence. Adorned with 24-carat gold leaf, lavish suites, and a fleet of Rolls-Royces, it's a beacon of extravagance. Imagine the splendor of staying in the world's only 'seven-star' hotel. What opulent secrets do you think lie within its golden walls? Continue reading to uncover the grandeur.
Margaret Lipman
Margaret Lipman
Margaret Lipman
Margaret Lipman

2020 wasn't exactly a banner year for travel and tourism, but that didn't stop the world's first "gold-plated hotel" from opening its doors. You won't find it in Las Vegas or Monte Carlo – the luxury property is in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake began welcoming guests in July 2020. The 25-story, 342-room hotel overlooks Giang Vo Lake in the center of the Vietnamese capital. It reportedly cost $200 million USD to build, and used approximately one ton of gold in the construction. In addition to the gold-tiled rooftop infinity pool and gilded lobby and elevators, guests can expect gold flakes in their food, coffee served in 24-karat mugs, and gold-plated bathtubs, sinks, and – you guessed it – toilets.

All that glitters:

  • Considering its "blingy" decor and five-star rating, a stay at the hotel is relatively affordable. Basic rooms are available for around $120 USD per night, though that's significantly more expensive than the cost of a typical hotel room in Hanoi.

  • One of Dolce's most popular attractions is its Golden Beef Restaurant, which boasts Wagyu steaks covered in gold leaf.

  • Nguyen Huu Duong, the chairman of the Hoa Binh Group that owns the hotel, plans to open other gold-themed properties in south and central Vietnam.
Margaret Lipman
Margaret Lipman
Margaret Lipman is a teacher and blogger who frequently writes for WiseGEEK about topics related to personal finance, parenting, health, nutrition, and education. Learn more...
Margaret Lipman
Margaret Lipman
Margaret Lipman is a teacher and blogger who frequently writes for WiseGEEK about topics related to personal finance, parenting, health, nutrition, and education. Learn more...

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    • Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake, which opened in 2020 in Vietnam, describes itself as the first entirely gold-plated hotel.
      Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake, which opened in 2020 in Vietnam, describes itself as the first entirely gold-plated hotel.