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Inside the hotel made of gold where the rooms only cost $250 a night

Inside the hotel made of gold where the rooms only cost $250 a night
  • From its sparkly rooftop infinity pool down to its food, the 25-story Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel is fully made up of gold.
  • The hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam opened its doors to visitors this week after 11 years of construction that cost around $200 million.
  • Room prices start at $250 per night as the hotel's owners are hoping to bring in "ordinary people to the super-rich."
  • Guests who have already stayed at the hotel have said the experience has made them feel like royalty.
  • Scroll down to see what the golden hotel looks like.

From the shower heads to the rooftop infinity pool, everything at the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel in Vietnam is gold.

The five-star luxury hotel in Vietnam's capital — which calls itself the world's first fully gold-plated hotel — opened its golden gates to visitors this week, after 11 years of construction that cost around $200 million.

And it's an eyeful: everything from the lobby ceiling to the toilet seat is golden. But while the shiny hotel might look like it can only be afforded by the world's wealthiest, its owners say that with rooms starting at $250 a night, they hope to attract ordinary people, as well as the super-rich.

Scroll down to see photos of what the golden luxury hotel looks like.

From its sparkling rooftop infinity pool down to its toilet seats, the 25-story Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel is, quite literally, dripping in gold.

From its sparkling rooftop infinity pool down to its toilet seats, the 25-story Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel is, quite literally, dripping in gold.
A front view of the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 2, 2020. Kham/Reuters

The 400-room property, developed by Hoa Bing Group, will operate under the American Wyndham Hotels brand.

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The five-star hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam opened its golden gates to visitors this week after 11 years of construction, costing $200 million.

The five-star hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam opened its golden gates to visitors this week after 11 years of construction, costing $200 million.
Staff members open the doors of the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 2, 2020. Kham/Reuters
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Most features inside the five-star hotel have been given the golden treatment, whether it's the shiny gold-plated ceiling in the majestic lobby...

Most features inside the five-star hotel have been given the golden treatment, whether it's the shiny gold-plated ceiling in the majestic lobby...
Staff wait to welcome guests in the lobby of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 2, 2020. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty Images
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...or the golden elevators bringing guests up to their rooms.

...or the golden elevators bringing guests up to their rooms.
A staff member stands near the lifts in the lobby of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 2, 2020. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty Images
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Even the rooftop infinity pool, with sprawling views over the city, was not spared.

Even the rooftop infinity pool, with sprawling views over the city, was not spared.
A boy jumps into the water at the gold-plated infinity pool of the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 2, 2020. Kham/Reuters
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Almost 54,000 square feet of gilded ceramic was used on the hotel's exterior walls to make it shine from the outside.

Almost 54,000 square feet of gilded ceramic was used on the hotel's exterior walls to make it shine from the outside.
Guests pose for selfies at the infinity pool of the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 2, 2020. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty Images
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But that's not all. All the interior have been gilded, with some rooms containing gold-plated appliances, a regal golden bathtub...

But that's not all. All the interior have been gilded, with some rooms containing gold-plated appliances, a regal golden bathtub...
A gold-plated bathtub is seen in the newly-inaugurated Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 2, 2020. Kham/Reuters
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...and even golden toilets.

...and even golden toilets.
Gold-plated toilets are seen at the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 2, 2020. Kham/Reuters
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The hotel took its commitment to gold one step further, stating on its website that every meal is served with a "mysterious golden substance."

The hotel took its commitment to gold one step further, stating on its website that every meal is served with a "mysterious golden substance."
Food served at the Dolce Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dolce Hotel

According to the hotel's website, even the coffee cups are made up of 24-karat gold.

Source: Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake

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Room prices start at $250 per night as the hotel is hoping to attract people of all backgrounds. According to the chairman of the Hoa Binh group, which owns the hotel, the Dolce wants "ordinary people to the super-rich...to check-in."

Room prices start at $250 per night as the hotel is hoping to attract people of all backgrounds. According to the chairman of the Hoa Binh group, which owns the hotel,  the Dolce wants "ordinary people to the super-rich...to check-in."
A placard hangs on a room's doorknob at the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 2, 2020. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty Images

Source: Daily Mail

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Guests who have already had a chance to stay at the hotel have compared the experience to being treated like royalty.

Guests who have already had a chance to stay at the hotel have compared the experience to being treated like royalty.
A woman poses for a photo at the gold plated infinity pool of the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 2, 2020. Kham/Reuters

"When I arrive here…I felt like a king, you know, the Pharao…the king of Egypt," Phillip Park, a guest from South Korea said, according to Conde Nast Traveller.

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"I really enjoyed the luxury atmosphere. It has changed my mind about what luxury can be. Other luxury hotels usually use marbles as tiles, but here everything is gold-plated down to the washing basin," one guest said.

"I really enjoyed the luxury atmosphere. It has changed my mind about what luxury can be. Other luxury hotels usually use marbles as tiles, but here everything is gold-plated down to the washing basin," one guest said.
A gold-plated bathroom sink is seen in the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 2, 2020. Kham/Reuters

Source: Daily Mail

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According to the hotel, some of the rooms are affordable because all of the gold was sourced locally, which helped keep construction costs down.

According to the hotel, some of the rooms are affordable because all of the gold was sourced locally, which helped keep construction costs down.
An employee in traditional dress is seen in the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake luxury hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 2, 2020. Kham/Reuters

"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, according to the Daily Mail.

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While the hotel hasn't had that many visitors yet due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, its owners are hopeful that they will make more money in the next year.

While the hotel hasn't had that many visitors yet due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, its owners are hopeful that they will make more money in the next year.
A guest poses for photographs at the infinity pool at the Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel, in Vietnam on July 2, 2020. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty Images

Source: Daily Mail

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