Gilty pleasure: Vietnam opens world’s ‘first’ gold-plated hotel

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Gold plated toilets are seen at the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hote. (Reuters)
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A gold plated bathtub and a gold plated bathroom sink are seen in the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel. (Reuters)
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A gold plated bathtub at the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel. (Reuters)
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Updated 03 July 2020

Gilty pleasure: Vietnam opens world’s ‘first’ gold-plated hotel

  • Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake cost $200 million to construct
  • Vietnamese owners insist they have the Midas touch despite the cramping of global travel during the coronavirus pandemic

HANOI: For guests at the “Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake” coffee comes in a gold cup and bath time is taken in gilded splendor.
The world’s first self-proclaimed gold-plated hotel is open for business — and the Vietnamese owners insist they have the Midas touch despite the cramping of global travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
The hotel cost $200 million to construct with a 24-carat plating across lobbies, an infinity pool and rooms with even cutlery, cups, shower heads and toilet seats receiving the golden treatment.
While expensive for Vietnam, at $250 a night it is not prohibitive for wealthy locals craving a few nights living like Donald Trump, the US President renowned for his love of all things that glitter.
The hotel wants “ordinary people to the super rich... to check-in” both physically and on social media, said Nguyen Huu Duong, chairman of Hoa Binh group that owns the hotel.


A gold-plated infinity pool overlooks the city, while meals at the 25-story hotel in downtown Hanoi may be mixed with a mysterious “gold substance,” according to the owners.
So far, the smattering of customers appears to be delighted with Hanoi’s flashiest new digs.
“When I arrived here... I felt like a king, you know, the Pharaoh... the king of Egypt,” joked Phillip Park, a South Korean guest.
“I really enjoyed the luxury atmosphere,” added Vietnamese guest Luong Van Thuan, saying he felt his status had automatically been “raised.”
The relatively modest construction price tag was achieved by sourcing the gold plating locally — significantly reducing costs.
“Our group has a factory that can do gold-plated stuff, so the cost for our equipment and furniture here is quite cheap,” Duong said.
And the pandemic which has strafed global tourism has not put him off opening, with Vietnam winning praise for its swift lockdown which has contained the coronavirus spread.
“For sure next year, we will make money,” he added.

 


Dubai’s The Palm island breaks world record for largest fountain

Updated 23 October 2020

Dubai’s The Palm island breaks world record for largest fountain

  • The Palm Fountain at The Pointe covers nearly 1,300 square meters and shoots up to 105 meters
  • The launch was accompanied by live entertainment and a firework display

DUBAI: Dubai’s The Palm island broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest fountain on Thursday, state news agency WAM reported.
The Palm Fountain at The Pointe covers nearly 1,300 square meters and shoots up to 105 meters.
“This is an historic moment which further underscores our commitment to bringing new and unique experiences to the city for the benefit of all stakeholders,”, Omar Khoury, Managing Director of Nakheel Malls, which operates The Pointe said.

The launch was accompanied by live entertainment and a firework display. The attraction will be open to the public from sunset to midnight.
To ensure the safety of visitors’ authorities deployed Dubai Police and mall security to organize the flow of attendees, to ensure coronavirus safety measures were followed.