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Name: Ice Skating Rink, Royal City
Address: 72A Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuân, Hanoi
Phone: unknown
21.00194586411856 105.81754644117609
Rating: 4 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 4 reviews.

ILA Vietnam

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299 Cau Giay, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi

(+84) (0)24 32201666

4 Reviews (Followed by 2 users)
 
gatsby
gatsby on Ice Skating Rink, Royal City
August 26th, 2013 at 11:42 am

Ice skating here is in one hour sessions. The cost and rentals are for a one hour session. First session begins at 10am. On the weekend the cost is 220,000VND/adult or anyone over 130 cm. For those under 130cm, it is 150,000VND. Skate rental is 50,000VND. They also have rentals of a penguin and a dolphin, plastic animals that you can push that service to guide you when you're skating. The dolphin has a little seat in the front if you want to sit and have someone push you (good for little kids). If you plan on watching,you can stand outside the plexiglass that surrounds the rink or sit upstairs in a restaurant that has windows that overlooks the rink.

The "line" to pay needs a little more organization. There is the usual pushing and "butting" in "line". But the ladies manning the desk were doing their best to accommodate everyone. I think it's a bit pricey for one hour of skating but I assume it's also a way for them to prevent an overcrowded ice rink and also the cost of maintenance of the ice. I am told there is a zamboni but I did not see it.

My husband skated with our daughter and they both loved it. The ice was solid and well maintained. There were employees wearing yellow jackets to help you up if you happened to face plant. There were also a considerable number of beginners, adults and children, who were braving the ice and doing pretty good for themselves. Despite the cost, I think it's worth trying at least once, especially if you have kids and need a new activity for them to do. Personally, as the wife of a Canadian hockey player, I would say it's a blessing to have this available in Vietnam.

 
hanoilee
hanoilee on Ice Skating Rink, Royal City
December 22nd, 2013 at 8:59 am

What a treat, ice skating in Hanoi. Visited Hanoi about/almost 10 times in the past year on vacation - mainly to ride a motorbike in a unique place w/o a license :-) Just found out about the rink - only 6 months old!!! Tried out yesterday.
Quick comments:
* the Ambience: perfect in a nicest mall - 10/10
* the Rink: ice good, size is bigger than expected. Service is wonderful - 9.5/10, only because, along the outer periphery, about 1m wide, of the ice was not cleaned and very rough. I guess they could not yet dare to drive the Zamboni - yes, they have one - closer to the edges at the risk of damaging the wall/fence.
* Price: cheap during the weekdays; not cheap on weekends: still reasonable, considering.
* then the rental skates: BRING YOUR OWN (or bring a portable sharpener). I am sure the sharpening skill will improve in time - 1.5/10.
In coclusion, will definitely come back… with my own skates, for now.

 
Sunnyflower
Sunnyflower on Ice Skating Rink, Royal City
October 19th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

What a unique and fun thing to do, especially in a place that doesn't TRULY experience winter. Being a Canadian where we have TONS of snow in the winter, this was a sweet reminder of home and a chance to pass on one of my favorite hobbies to my kids.

As Gatsby mentioned skating happens in one hour slots beginning at 10am. I was told this is because the ice needs a chance to keep cool. However, I was also told that once our hour session was up we could still around and do another session. We got off the ice when our 1 hour was up at 11, waited on the sidelines for the next session to begin (I believe the second session is 11:15 until 12:15) and joined the second session for the next hour. It was great to be able to skate longer than just the one hour.

As Devo mentioned, weekdays are half price off...definitely worth it!

They have penguin and seal things to push around if you are not a confident skater. I have one tip for that- they say that the penguins are for kids and that the seals should be for adults. Skip the penguin if you have kids and go for the seal instead. The seal has a seat that someone can sit on if they get tired...perfect for if you have little ones. My 4 and 7 year olds tried skating while pushing them and then every now and then sat down for a break while I pushed them. They loved it. Contrary to what you might expect it isn't really that cold on the ice. Definitely wear pants (a lot nicer to fall on ice wearing pants than falling on bare legs!), but a tee shirt or long sleeved shirt is fine. My kids ended up taking their sweaters off after about 5 minutes as they quickly became warm from the exercise. I'm adding this to my list of things to do in Hanoi!

 
Devo13 (elite user)
Devo13 on Ice Skating Rink, Royal City
October 10th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

My kids and I had a blast skating today.

It was not too crowded which was good because skating around novice skaters who aren’t familiar with skating etiquette is challenging.

The only times my kids fell were when an adult crashed into them; I’ve heard rumors of fingers being run over.

The cons were: The skates are mediocre quality, more like rollerblades, but worked ok. The ice was surprisingly bumpy considering it was the first session and they have a Zamboni. I was really shocked that they allowed hockey players to play with pucks and sticks at the same time as regular skaters - very dangerous.

Weekdays from 10am-12 are 50% discount

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