One of the most charming aspects of Hanoi is the plethora of restored neoclassical and Gothic architecture — a holdover from the city’s stint as a French colony from 1883 to 1954. Despite the turbulent history, the resulting architecture is worth admiring. One way to experience it is with a stay at one of the city’s many boutique hotels.
1. Hotel de l’Opera
As its name suggests, Hotel de l’Opera is just a few steps from the beautiful Hanoi Opera House, which regularly hosts ballet, music and folk performances.
Inside the stately doors, guests will find high ceilings, silk drapes, classic furniture, theatrical pops of color and big-name designer boutiques downstairs — think Max Mara, Prada and Louis Vuitton.
Each room has a slightly different layout and design. Rest assured, however, that all four l’Opera Grand Suites offer views of the Opera House. Within minutes of leaving the hotel, guests will discover the city’s central lake, bustling Old Quarter and countless bars and restaurants.
Address: Hotel de l’Opera, 29 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District.
2. La Siesta Central Hotel & Spa
A new address in Hanoi, La Siesta Central Hotel & Spa opened earlier in the historic Old Quarter, near photogenic Hoan Kiem Lake.
The 27-bedroom property showcases lake views from 19 of its rooms, and also features a fine-dining restaurant, a sunset rooftop bar and a spa that emphasizes Vietnamese therapies.
The building itself is newly constructed in the colonial style. Inside, the hotel pays tribute to the city’s French heritage — picture dark-wood paneling, black-and-white patterned tiles, wrought-iron furniture, romantic balconies and classic monochrome artwork peppering the hallways. With the Old Quarter just steps away and the peaceful lake at your doorstep, this is one of the best locations in Hanoi.
Address: La Siesta Central Hotel & Spa, 94 Ma May St, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.
3. O’Gallery Premier Hotel
Conveniently located inside Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the O’Gallery Premier Hotel can be spotted by its narrow, colonial-style facade awash in green paint.
The green accents continue inside where pops of emerald bring classically furnished rooms to life. Each of the 55 rooms and suites include sophisticated touches, such as wood-paneled walls, velvet furniture, leather stools and generous amenities — such as complimentary early check-in. The suites also offer private balconies, accessed via arched French doors.
Elsewhere in the hotel, travelers will find Thang Long Deli Vietnamese restaurant and a Vietnamese-style spa facility.
Address: O’Gallery Premier Hotel, 122 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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