Do Van Dan founded Vietnam’s Elegance Hotels Group, starting with a small property in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and reaching seven boutique hotels and a luxury Hoi An resort today. And there’s more to come.
How was Elegance Hospitality Group born?
I guess you could say that my journey has been a classic tale of rags to riches. I was born into a poor farming family just outside Hanoi. Although my father worked very hard to support my mother and my siblings, there was not a lot of spare money around to fund our studies.
As such, I had to work long hours in a series of part time jobs to save money. I even gave up my dream of becoming an architect because I could not afford the university fees. As I was working in hotels, I could see the huge potential for growth of a quality product in Hanoi and that became my focus.
Eventually, I managed to save enough money to invest in a small property in the Old Quarter and the business blossomed from there.
I am pleased to say that we are now one the most successful hotel chains in Vietnam with seven boutique hotels in Hanoi and one luxury resort in Hoi An.