Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, beckons travellers with its irresistible blend of old-world charm and contemporary allure. Whether you're planning a quick weekend escape or an extended stay, Hanoi offers a captivating journey through time, where the echoes of yesteryears seamlessly blend with the vibrancy of modern life.
Nestled in historic streets and picturesque lakes straight out of a stock photo; you'll discover not only a treasure trove of cultural heritage (and plenty of decent cafés!) but also a food heaven, where every meal is as exciting as the bike-filled streets of Vietnam.
Looking for a place to stay in this charismatic city? We know just the right places for you to indulge yourself.
Perfect for: Luxury seekers
Seeking history and luxury in Hanoi? The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is the place for you. This iconic 1901 hotel, known as la Grande Dame of Hanoi, oozes French colonial heritage, exuding vintage charm. While other Asian capitals embrace modernity, the Metropole is a captivating blend of the fascinating past and the exciting present days, focusing on timeless elegance and impeccable service over gadgets, appealing to executives and dignitaries.
Inside, two restaurants await: Spices Garden elevates Vietnamese cuisine, while Le Beaulieu is known for its French dishes and a vast wine selection. With three bars, a pool, conference facilities, and a fitness centre, it excels as a top-tier city hotel. Yet, it's the immersive history and French culture that set it apart, offering a unique trip back in time amidst the gleaming mega-hotels of the East. On the whole, an utterly fascinating experience — we dare you to stay here without conjuring memories of "The Quiet American."
Location: 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Reserve: +84 24 3826 6919, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
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Perfect for: Scenic and nature lovers
West Lake, Hanoi's largest water body, boasts a prized ten-mile shoreline. As night falls, Hanoi's swift modernisation shimmers with the lights of residential palaces, while the ancient 800-year-old Golden Lotus Pagoda leaves its enduring mark. The InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, connected to the Golden Lotus via graceful bridges, offers waterfront bungalows with resort-style charm. Inside, guest rooms seamlessly blend French Colonial and contemporary design, adorned with Southeast Asian accents like wooden sliding door slats and bedside lanterns. Expansive balconies offer captivating lakefront vistas. Cream-tiled bathrooms feature his-and-hers sinks and Elemis bath products for serene pampering.
Relax with poolside Tai Chi or visit the well-equipped fitness centre and spa. Just ten minutes from the city centre and close to historic landmarks, it's an ideal base. Dining choices range from a French brasserie and modern Vietnamese bistro to an Italian wood-fired pizza spot, plus a cocktail lounge on the bungalow bridge.
Location: 1A Nghi Tam, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam
Reserve: +84 24 6270 8888, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
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Perfect for: Luxury seekers, food lovers
Welcome to Hanoi's first ultra-luxury hotel, conceived by the visionary hospitality designer Bill Bensley. Capella Hanoi pays homage to the nearby opera house, a beloved retreat for the stars who once graced this site's previous incarnation. The idea was to establish a Petite Auberge reminiscent of the golden age of opera. Drawing inspiration from the potential meeting place for opera's most celebrated artists, including singers, composers, stage and costume designers, after the final curtain call in the vibrant Roaring 20s. The renovation project was exceptionally comprehensive, resulting in a hotel that radiates boutique exclusivity and opulent luxury. Opera tributes adorn the rooms, the Backstage restaurant, and the Diva's Lounge bar, infusing the entire experience with playful artistry and sophistication in the heart of the charming Old French Quarter. It's truly remarkable to witness the level of meticulous care invested in a hotel with only 47 rooms, all as envisioned by the renowned designer.
Capella Hanoi not only caters to travellers who savour luxury but also gourmet dining, as evidenced by their teppanyaki restaurant, Hibana by Koki, recently receiving a one MICHELIN Star. Additionally, their sister Japanese establishment, Izakaya by Koki, as well as Backstage are also featured in the first MICHELIN Guide Vietnam.
Location: 11 Lê Phụng Hiểu, Hanoi, Vietnam
Reserve: +84 24 3987 8888, Capella Hanoi
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Perfect for: Business travellers, cultural enthusiasts
Accor's "MGallery" collection, featuring remarkable gems like Hanoi's Hotel de l’Opera, embodies "memorable" through unique and chic boutique-style experiences, a distinct departure from ordinary budget and corporate lodging. The moment you step into this haven, you're enveloped in Hanoi's vivacious spirit, brilliantly manifested through a daring colour palette. The corridors weave tales of smoke-like silver patterns on a moonless night canvas, while walls burst into life with bold teal and purple, and bathroom mirrors shimmer with rainbow mosaic charm. The decor is unapologetically flamboyant, featuring opulent deep pink furnishings and luxuriously oversized mattresses that beckon indulgence.
Embracing Vietnam's rich colonial heritage, the hotel's dining and lounging venues, such as the artistic Café Lautrec and the enchanting La Fée Verte, whisk you back to the enchanting Belle Époque era of 1903 Paris. Here, you can enjoy a memorable experience, especially when ordering a classic absinthe, complete with a delightful ritual that pays homage to the elegance of the past.
This very hotel also caters to business travellers with modern amenities like conference facilities, high-speed internet, and a business centre. Its prime location in Hanoi's French Quarter also makes it ideal for exploring cultural attractions like the Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake.
Location: 29 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Reserve: +84 24 6282 5555, Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi
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Perfect for: Couples, business travellers
The JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi goes beyond the conventional hotel experience; it serves as a testament to the city's modernity. The property exudes a contemporary and futuristic ambiance, offering views of the National Convention Center rather than the Old Quarter. While retaining a touch of colonial charm, it mirrors the chic establishments found in cities like Singapore and Shanghai.
The hotel's spa and fitness centre are exceptionally well-appointed, featuring a breathtaking indoor pool. Dining options range from Japanese and Cantonese cuisine to the vibrant Cool Cats Jazz Club. With its luxurious atmosphere, comfortable accommodations, and romantic dining venues, it's an excellent choice for couples and honeymooners seeking a romantic getaway.
Furthermore, the hotel caters to business travellers due to its strategic location within business districts, high-speed internet access, comprehensive business facilities, and a range of luxury amenities that cater to relaxation and productivity.
Location: 8 Do Duc Duc, Hanoi, Vietnam
Reserve: +84 24 3833 5588, JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
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Illustration image: © Capella Hanoi