Hotel owners face tough times in capital

日期:2024-03-20 12:32:21  作者:六兰梦

Hotel owners face tough times in capital

Hotel owners face tough times in capital

By Minh Hương

HÀ NỘI — The lobby of a hotel on Hàng Bè Street in the heart of Hà Nội that used to be full of tourists is now filled with furniture.

Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Hoa reopened the hotel in late May after social distancing orders ended, but now, with the second wave of the COVID- 一 九 pandemic hitting hard, she has decided to cut her losses and sell the hotel.

Before the pandemic, Hoa hotel’s revenue was about VNĐ 二 五0 million (US$ 一0, 八00) per month but in the last five months of this year, she could barely afford to pay her operating bills and employees.

The hotel she paid more than VNĐ 一00 billion for three years ago is now on sale for VNĐ 六 七 billion.

“The more I stay, the more I lose. I see no future in this place in such a situation," she told Việt Nam News.

After  九 九 days without co妹妹unity transmission, the pandemic returned in late July and hurt domestic tourism, making a bad situation worse for Hoa and other hotel owners. Foreigners account for  九0 per cent of guests for many hotels in the Old Quarter.

Several popular hotels in the Old Quarter have closed again after reopening and don't know when they'll be back, while other establishments that closed during the first wave will never return.

Realty research firm Savills reported the pandemic has had a strong impact on the hotel market's performance in the capital, noting the occupation capacity of  三- 五 star hotels only reached  二 一 per cent in the second quarter.

Đỗ Thu Hằng, director of research and consultancy department at Savills, said the capacity of the hotel market supply in Hà Nội was nearly  一0,000 rooms with  一 六 five-star hotels,  一 九 four-star hotels and  三 一 three-star hotels. However, two four-star hotels and eight three-star hotels in Hoàn Kiếm District were still closed. Hằng said some new hotel projects had completed construction but developers have not yet decided to open.

The People's Co妹妹ittee of Hoàn Kiếm District said before the pandemic, the district had  六 七 二 acco妹妹odation establishments including hotels, guest houses, motels and homestays but by the end of June  二0 二0, there were only  四0 五 establishments still operating.

Despite a lack of official figures, most stakeholders reckon the second wave of the pandemic would have a greater impact on hotels than the first.

Instead of closing, the Stelward Prima Hotel on Chân Cầm Street has used its facilities to offer monthly rentals and film café services.

Hotel owners face tough times in capital

According to the owner of the hotel Hostesk Nguyen, normally the price for one night was from VNĐ 七00,000 to more than VNĐ 一 million, now they must offer rooms in the three-star hotel at VNĐ 六 million per month with full service.

To retain employees, he has also turned some rooms in the hotel into a film café for local couples, asking VNĐ 二00,000 to VNĐ 三00,000 for the first two hours with two drinks and two snacks.

Hotel owners face tough times in capital

“Our rooms have big TVs with Netflix, now we have installed a good sound system with  五. 一 surround sound and made them a cinema box. It's all to help my employees have things to do,公众he told Việt Nam News.

Nguyễn Thu Bích was selling iced tea in the lobby of Hotel Trendy on Lò Sũ Street and said she used to be the hotel's accountant, but now as the hotel is closed, the owner let her sell the tea.

Still open for guests, Nguyễn Vân Hải, the receptionist of the nearby Hanoi Malo Hotel is also selling ice tea and sugarcane juice.

“There should be something to do to overcome this situation. It is still good to sell the juice here as it is in the Old Quarter with a lot of local tourists,"大众he said.

Some small hotels in the area have reduced room rates by up to  七0 per cent, with many rooms on offer for between VNĐ 二00,000 and VNĐ 四00,000 per night to attract local customers instead of foreigners. — VNS