Hilton Worldwide - Ranked Among Best Companies To Work For In 2016

By: City Pass Guide

Hilton Worldwide announced today that it was selected as one of the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune Magazine. This list recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.

The selection process includes an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about company practices and programs. Great Place to Work® then evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

“Our Team Members are the heart and soul of our business,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president & CEO of Hilton Worldwide. “We succeed when they succeed. Respecting, recognizing and rewarding them creates an environment where – together – we have created the world’s best hospitality company.”

Creators of the methodology behind the list, Great Place to Work®, have found that employees believe they work for great organizations when they consistently trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do and enjoy the people they work with.

Hilton Worldwide listens closely to its Team Members to help create the benefits and programs that matter most to them. Examples include industry-leading parental leave policies that provide ten weeks of fully paid leave for mothers, as well as paid time off for fathers and adoptive parents. In 2015, the company introduced a new GED Assistance program to help employees in the U.S. earn their high school equivalency diploma. In addition, the company provides 10-day advanced scheduling for hourly Team Members and continues to expand remote workforce opportunities. Read more about how Hilton Worldwide is creating exceptional careers for its Team Members.

“Now more than ever, it is important for companies to prove they are great workplaces,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work®. “Top talent expects as much as they seek new opportunities, and customers are demanding it as well as they decide where to spend their dollars. The 100 best workplaces are at the top of the heap in demonstrating they have a high-trust, high-performing culture.”

To see the complete 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, to learn more about applying to be certified and recognized as a great workplace, and to learn more about how to build a high-trust culture, click here.


Pan Pacific Hotels Group Moves into Vietnam’s capital

By: City Pass Guide

Singapore based Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG) is expanding its brand into Vietnam’s capital city with the acquisition of of the former Sofitel Plaza Hanoi. The iconic Hotel was purchased as long ago as 2001, in a joint venture with Hanoi Construction Corporation, but has still been operating under the Sofitel brand. However, as of 1 October 2016, it will be rebranded as the Pan Pacific Hanoi. The lobby, lobby bar, all-day dining restaurant and meeting space will be completely refurbished.

Seeking to deliver their brand promise of “Your refreshing Pacific experience” PPHG hope to create a feeling of sense and calm within the chaos of Vietnam’s capital city. Their style is that of blending the cultures and heritage from around the Pacific Rim.

The hotel has 56 serviced suites and 273 guest rooms. Located on the edge of The Old Quarter, the beautiful structure overlooks the West Lake and the Red River. This is a desirable location that is conveniently close to the main business district.

This is a bold and exciting step for PPHG, entering into the Vietnamese market and with such an iconic and important hotel as this. They are keen to establish a presence in gateway cities within the Asia-Pacific region. Bernold Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer, Pan Pacific Hotels Group said, “We are committed to Vietnam as a strategic growth market as it ushers in a new phase of exciting developments in travel and tourism.”


Top 5 Best 4-Star Hotels in Hanoi Outside the Old Quarter

By: Tran Thi Minh Hieu

What’s so good about the Old Quarter, anyway? It’s a place where most locals and tourists gather and hang out during the weekends, probably because it’s the only place in Hanoi without a midnight curfew. Coffee shops, bars, clubs and a wide array of dining options, from street food to high-end restaurants, all make up the crowded little area in the heart of Hanoi.

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This also means that you will barely be able to find a spacious and quiet room in this part of the city. Boutique hotels in the Old Quarter are aplenty, nestled in the small alleys, with small staircases and bedrooms, making you feel a bit like Gulliver exploring the land of Lilliput. It may be great the first time you’re in town but if you really love the city and need to return, venture outside the Old Quarter.

Listed here are the top five tried-and-tested 4-star hotels that will guarantee a restful stay, while still within reasonable reach of the best destinations in Hanoi.

1. Mercure Hanoi La Gare

- Location: 1.6 km to Hoan Kiem Lake

- What’s nearby: Hanoi Railway Station, Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison

As the hotel’s name suggests, Mercure Hanoi is located near the Hanoi Railway Station (Gare de Hanoi). The century-old building was a venue for train passengers to stay as they travelled from Hanoi and nearby provinces. Today, it has become a modern 4-star hotel under the French Mercure brand, with vibrant interior design and high-quality services.

The hotel has 102 rooms, including Standard, Superior, and Deluxe styles. Room sizes range from 20 to 35 m², with large windows displaying gorgeous views of Hanoi streets. Worried about noise? The hotel is located on a quiet corner, and you can even opt for a soundproofed room.

A garden courtyard restaurant, the Brasserie Le Pavillon, offers a range of Vietnamese and Western specialties. Here you can find local favourites such as bun cha and cha ca la vong, served in a refined and stylish setting.

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For more options, walk down Nam Ngu Street to find superb restaurants such as La Badiane and Luna d’Autunno, sample the diversity of Vietnamese cuisine at Quan An Ngon, and enjoy the view over the city centre at The Rooftop Bar nearby.

Guests of Mercure Hanoi La Gare are most satisfied with the convenient location, professional staff and attentive services.

2. Hilton Garden Inn

- Location: 1.7 km to Hoan Kiem Lake

- What’s nearby: Hanoi Opera House, Bun Cha Huong Lien

A younger and less prominent cousin of the Hilton Hanoi Opera, and just a few blocks down Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hilton Garden Inn boasts the same standards for its room quality and staff efficiency.

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There are 87 rooms, including 9 bedroom suites, each with a living room. The decor is luxurious and cozy, capturing an old capital vibe while maintaining the Hilton brand’s attention to detail. Free self-service laundry is a nice, thoughtful touch that guests find really useful.

The Grille restaurant, with a capacity of 120 and two private dining rooms, provides all-day dining options for individuals, families, couples and corporate guests. The 24-hour Pavilion Pantry offers snacks and cold beverages. There is also an evening room service menu available.

Guests can also hang out at the hotel’s bar, enjoy a workout at the 24-hour fitness centre, or just relax at the spa on the top floor.

Hilton Garden Inn is favoured for its convenient location as well as the friendly and helpful staff.

3. The Ann Hanoi

- Location: 2.0 km to Hoan Kiem Lake

- What’s nearby: Vincom Center Ba Trieu

What’s most impressive about The Ann is the abundance of light and greenery in and around the hotel. From the moment you walk into the hotel lobby, you are welcomed by warm sunshine, just like the smiles of the staff.

The hotel offers 101 guest rooms and seven suite apartments, each at least 30 m². Classy furniture with harmonious colours will soothe your eyes after a day out in the vibrant city, while the extremely comfortable mattress and pillows will help you relax your body and mind, ensuring a restful stay.

On the top floor of the hotel is a sunlit gym with a full-time trainer, a rooftop area where you can chill and even have a small party with your friends and an outdoor pool. There is also a sauna, a jacuzzi and shower room with secure lockers.

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Be sure not to miss out on the breakfast buffet at The Onyx House downstairs, and have a coffee or a cocktail at the A Lounge overlooking the lobby.

4. Fortuna Hotel Hanoi

- Location: 5.0 km to Hoan Kiem Lake

- What’s nearby: Indira-Gandhi Park, Vietnam Cheo Theatre

At Fortuna Hotel you will enjoy traditional Asian hospitality at its best. You can choose from 350 rooms in four classes, Deluxe, Grande, Premier and Suite, with room sizes ranging from 28 to 60 m².

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The hotel’s basement is comprised of convenient entertainment venues, such as the Boss NiteClub.KTV, open from 6 p.m. until midnight for drinks and dance, and the Millionaire Club, open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. for those of you into slot machines and table games.

Those who prefer quiet relaxation can head to the fifth floor for the Fitness One gym or the outdoor swimming pool. The Sen Spa and Beauty Salon, also on the fifth floor, provides massage, skin care and hairstyling services, and the bigger Spa de Palace on the top floor has a jacuzzi, chilled pools, more massage and sauna services and a coffee lounge with complimentary coffee or tea.

Fortuna Hotel has three large restaurants that feature Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian and Western cuisines. There is also the Coffee Lounge in the hotel lobby for more casual meetings.

5. The Hanoi Club Hotel & Lake Palais Residences

- Location: 6.0 km to Hoan Kiem Lake

- What’s nearby: West Lake, Truc Bach Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda

The Hanoi Club Hotel is an ideal place for tourists wishing to discover the elegance and poetic beauty of Hanoi. Without a doubt, this is one of the most tranquil locations in the city.

Rooms are among the most spacious you can find in Hanoi. Superior and Deluxe rooms are sized 35 to 40 m² each, overlooking the city streets or the West Lake. Signature rooms, beautifully designed and especially suitable for couples, are slightly larger to make room for a sofa. Studio rooms are similar to a mini apartment, where you can have a private kitchenette and a comfortable desk for working.

A magnificent view of the West Lake can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room. You can also relax at the Terrace Bar in the courtyard by the pool, go for a swim on sunny days or even play golf while surrounded by fresh air and calming water.

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The Hanoi Club provides international standard tennis, squash and golf facilities, as well as a fitness centre with professional trainers on hand, which all guests have free access to. After exercising, guests can relax in the steam room or relieve stress at the sauna and jacuzzi.

In the evening, the Arena Lounge offers a relaxing ambience for social activities. Café Tivoli features East Asian and Western cuisines, and Deli Crumbs Bakery is favored for homemade pastries, bread and delicious dumplings.

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Embrace an exquisite urban oasis at Pan Pacific Hanoi

By: Tran Thi Minh Hieu

Strategically located at the edge of the city centre, Pan Pacific Hanoi offers 329 elegantly furnished rooms and suites with breathtaking views of West Lake, Truc Bach Lake and the Red River. The stylish interiors and modern amenities incorporate the local essence to bring you a refreshing experience.

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Lying next to Hanoi’s famous West Lake, this centrally located hotel is a 25 minute drive from Noi Bai International Airport and a quick stroll from attractions such as Tran Quoc Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The hotel provides modern guest rooms, extensive meeting spaces and a range of dining options and recreational facilities perfect for both business and leisure travellers.

Each of the 329 rooms, suites and serviced suites is stylishly furnished and accompanied with modern amenities, complete with impressive views of the West Lake and the Red River. The 56 serviced suites offer fully equipped kitchens and separate living spaces, ideal for extended-stay traveller. The tastefully furnished facilities are complemented by Pan Pacific’s personalised services.

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You can enjoy a variety of gourmet options at Pan Pacific Hanoi’s restaurants and bars. Pacifica restaurant offers an international spread of scrumptious delights, including breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets as well as a la carte options.

The renowned Ming restaurant provides authentic and exquisite Cantonese cuisine and excellent dim sum, with private dining rooms available for business or family lunches and dinners.

Song Hong Bar on the lobby level is an ideal venue to meet business partners and friends during the day, while the The Summit Bar on level 20 is one of the best rooftop bars in Hanoi, commanding breathtaking views of the West Lake.

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The hotel also provides a range of recreational facilities for a rejuvenating stay. You can enjoy an energising workout at the 24-hour fitness centre or go for a refreshing dip in the indoor swimming pool, complete with a retractable roof for natural daylight. Alternatively, indulge in a soothing massage treatment at the spa and feel your fatigue and stress melt away.

If you are looking for versatile space for a company conference or a grand ballroom for a dream wedding, Pan Pacific Hanoi will be an ideal choice. Their experienced team will tailor unique solutions to meet your requirements. The hotel boasts twelve meeting rooms, including a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 450 guests. All meeting rooms are equipped with the latest audiovisual technology for a seamless meeting experience.

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Make your events blossom at Pan Pacific Hanoi with this spring meeting offer.

Pan Pacific Hanoi’s full-day meeting package starts from VND850,000 per guest including:
• Use of meeting room from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Morning and afternoon tea break
• Buffet lunch or set lunch
• Wi-Fi access
• Complimentary flipchart, whiteboard, markers and bottled drinking water for executive meetings
• Complimentary event concierge service
• One projector with screen per room per day
• One complimentary podium microphone and two complimentary wireless microphones

Better yet, book from now until 30 April 2018 for events held by 31 August 2018, and the larger your group size, the more privileges you can enjoy:
• Lucky envelope with attractive prizes
• Unlimited soft drinks during lunch
• With every 20 paying guests for the full-day meeting package, one guest enjoys a complimentary package (up to three complimentary packages per group)
• One upgraded coffee break per day
• One complimentary customised event backdrop
• One extra projector with screen

Terms and conditions apply.
Please contact Pan Pacific Hanoi for more information.
Address: 1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Telephone: (0)24 3823 8888 – Ext: 5303 (Ms. Camellia Dinh)
Email: camellia.dinh@panpacific.com

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More Than Just a Hotel: Fortuna Hanoi’s MICE Capabilities

By: Sivaraj Pragasm

One of the key requirements for any business traveller is the ability to work away from home with ease and efficiency. To achieve this, Fortuna Hotel Hanoi has taken great effort to ensure its MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions) capabilities are not only top notch, but also one of the most accommodating in the city. 

As one of the pioneer international hotels in Hanoi since 1998, Fortuna offers the consistent commitment of Asian hospitality within a modern Western setting. The hotel, both in its design and service, reflects the culture and tradition of subtleness, delicate service, and attention to detail. 

Fortuna Hotel Hanoi

Located in Ba Dinh District, the strategic business and financial centre of Hanoi, the 350-room, 4-star award-winning hotel is located within close proximity to embassies, banks and shopping malls - essentially reducing a business traveller’s time spent in traffic.

Reliability Through Experience

With over twenty years of operational experience in meetings and events, Fortuna Hanoi’s dedicated banquet team is renowned for their professionalism and fine attention to detail, as well as their versatility and flexibility. 

From business conferences to social gatherings or something more intimate, like a company meeting, you can expect quality service, guidance and assistance at every step of the way.

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Create An Event The Way You Want It

Fortuna Hanoi’s reputation as one of the city’s premiere MICE destinations is evident in the amount of resources available to guests. There are 2 multi-functional ballrooms and 6 meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art facilities suitable for any event. From conferences, launches, conventions, seminars or meetings, guests can expect unique themes with creative menus as part of their experience. Events are tailored to all and any of your specific requirements, with the help of Fortuna Hanoi’s banquet team.

All rooms feature teleconferencing and audio-visual equipment; high-speed broadband internet access, as well as strategically positioned LCD projectors and screens. There are over 2,500 square metres of floor space in total, both indoors and outdoors. 

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Service You Can Trust

With an array of packages available for meetings and events, feel free to speak to Fortuna Hanoi’s professional and helpful staff on getting your event up and running - with the full confidence that the team will be by your side from start to finish. 

With the flexibility to personalise your event, from selecting the type of cuisine to be offered, to the genres of music being played, to even the aesthetics of the decor, Fortuna Hanoi’s MICE resources are suitable for any event you can think of, from product launches to unique cocktail parties or elegant private dining events. And with their new executive capital floors, providing a comfortable lounge, dedicated staff and personalised services, the possibilities are endless.

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Beyond The Rooms: Fortuna Hanoi’s Real Attractions

By: Sivaraj Pragasm

Comfort, safety, well-maintained facilities and proximity to important locations are some of the key requirements for any business traveller. In Vietnam’s bustling capital city of Hanoi, these requirements are easily met by Fortuna Hotel Hanoi, which blends comfort, elegance and personalised services.

Located in Ba Dinh District, the strategic business and financial centre of Hanoi, the 350-room, 4-star award-winning hotel has been going strong for the past two decades. In fact, it is showing no signs of slowing down, having won the Best 4-Star Hotel award twice in 2017 and 2018.

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Fortuna Hotel Hanoi’s Multilingual Service

One of the biggest problems travellers to Vietnam face is the potential language barrier, but this is almost non-existent in Fortuna Hotel Hanoi. Other than being fluent in Vietnamese and English, the hotel’s service team also consists of Korean and Japanese speakers who are able to aid visitors from these countries who make up a large proportion of their clientele. Thanks to this example of Fortuna’s attention to detail, the hotel consistently receives a large number of guests from Korea and Japan, as well as other countries.

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The Fortuna Hotel Hanoi Combines Comfort With Elegance

Bathed in a luxurious mix of gold, brown and black, the distinctive colour palette of Fortuna’s interior oozes class and elegance. With four types of rooms available, guests can choose between the Deluxe, Grande, Premier and Suite. Each room is well-furnished and fully-equipped with everything you’ll need to have a pleasant and relaxing stay.

There is also the option to book your room with access to the Capital Lounge on the fifth floor. Enjoy exclusive and personalised services catered to each guest. From sitting back to enjoy a panoramic view of the outdoor swimming pool, to experiencing preferential privileges such as personalised check-in and out services, evening cocktails and complimentary services including suit pressing and usage of the meeting room, guests can expect memorable experiences throughout the duration of their stay.

Reimagining Asian Cuisine at Fortuna Hotel Hanoi

May Man Restaurant, located on the second floor, is one of Hanoi’s best Chinese restaurants - specialising in dim sum served in a contemporary setting. Besides the standard tables, guests also have the option to reserve one of its six private dining rooms for a more private and exclusive setting.

Fortuna’s Tiffin Restaurant, located on the hotel’s lobby level, features an all-day dining experience with an offering of local and international cuisine. Some of its international selections include signature dishes from Japan and Singapore, as well as savoury European dishes - all made with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

For working business luncheons or celebratory dinners, Emperor Restaurant features five private dining rooms for exclusive dining. Serving traditional Japanese dishes with a modern and sophisticated twist, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner only.

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Fortuna Hotel Hanoi Offers Activities for All Tastes

For guests who would like to sneak in a workout or two, the hotel’s fitness center is well equipped to meticulous detail with state-of-the-art facilities that ensure exercise enthusiasts can challenge their limits, all in a comfortable and safe environment.

On the other end of the spectrum, for those who like to challenge themselves in a different way, the Millionaire Club on the hotel’s first floor boasts an incredible selection of slot machines and popular table games. Do take note that entry to this club is only open to those aged 21 and over.

The Boss NiteClub.KTV located at the basement can be considered a viable alternative to night clubs across Hanoi. You can enjoy a wide variety of drinks with pulsating music as you bust a move or two, or just simply kick back and relax with a refreshing glass in hand.

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Convenience On Your Doorstep in Hanoi’s Business and Financial Centre

From airport transfers to tour services and a 24-hour business centre, Fortuna Hotel Hanoi offers comprehensive packages that guests can enjoy during their stay. With its prime location, guests also have quick and easy access to a variety of destinations within Hanoi’s business and financial district, as well as popular tourist spots that are within reach. Guests can expect a combination of comfort, elegance and personalised services at the Fortuna Hotel Hanoi.

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