The World's First Gold-Plated Hotel Opens In Vietnam

The world's first gold-plated hotel — which features golden cutlery, cups, toilet seat and an infinity pool — has given the word “extravagant" new meaning. The five-star Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel in Hanoi cost $200 million to build and offers guests the chance to take a bath in a gold tub, relax in a golden infinity pool and marvel at the gold-plated lobby. Even the exterior of the building has been covered in around a ton of gold. At a price of $250 per night the hotel owners are hoping to attract people of all backgrounds — from the ordinary to the super-rich. The price of a room has been kept relatively low because all the hotel’s gold was sourced locally, which helped to keep construction costs low. It's not just the furnishings that are gold-plated, every meal served in the hotel will be mixed with a mystery "gold substance.” Despite the coronavirus lockdown limiting the tourism trade in Vietnam, the Hoa Binh Group, which owns the hotel, is pleased to be able to open the hotel this year and believes the establishment will make money next year.