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The best hotels in Hanoi

This topic will help tourists choose the best senior hotels in Hanoi center , which are beautiful, luxury, great service and swimming pool

Vietnam's capital offers hotels with pockets of peace - lakeside tai chi sessions and ancient pagodas - amid the city's motorbikes and hawker stalls. For a classic stay, book a room at the Sofitel Legend Metropole, a landmark in Hanoi's French Quarter. Culture junkies should base themselves at the Hotel de L' Opera Hanoi or the Hilton Hanoi Opera. InterContinental Hanoi Westlake is just north of the bustling Old Quarter.

ESSENCE HANOI HOTEL & SPA

  ESSENCE HANOI HOTEL & SPA

ESSENCE HANOI HOTEL & SPA

A lilliputian property on a busy Old Quarter street, Essence has an unassuming entrance that gives it the appearance of a breezy clothing boutique, making it fit right into the surroundings. Neighbors are jewelry stores, cafés, bars, clothing shops, and minimarts. Opened in late 2011, the eight-story hotel has a small lobby with a simple front desk and a set of photo-worthy spiral stairs to the side (for the less athletic, there’s an elevator). Rooms come mostly in white, enlivened by splashes of color in the bed throws and upholstery and feature a free laptop for guest use; Wi-Fi is also complimentary. The setup of the rooms is refreshingly straightforward-a down bed; an armchair or chaise longue; a handful of small framed photos; and a desk with a lamp in the living space. It’s a relaxed, informal, playful property, where turndown service includes flower petals sprinkled on the bed, and towels are folded into the shapes of animals (swans are a favorite). Welcome amenities in the room include fresh seasonal fruit such as mango, papaya, and pineapple.

Need to Know

Rooms: 30 rooms. From $60.

Check-in: 2 p.m.;

check-out: noon.

Dining options: Unsurprisingly, given the size of the property, there is only one place to eat on-site. The unpretentious ground-floor Essence Restaurant serves Vietnamese and Western dishes (French toast, sandwiches, poached eggs) in the daily buffet breakfast, then lunch and dinner menus of local dishes such as pho and Vietnamese rice-paper spring rolls.Spa and gym details: The four treatment rooms in the second-floor Essencia Spa offer facials, Vietnamese fruit or rice scrubs, and Himalayan salt stone treatments. There is no gym.

SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE

SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE
SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE

A landmark in Hanoi’s French Quarter since opening in 1901, this colonial building with distinctive green shutters and gleaming vintage Citroën Traction cars out front has welcomed presidents, ambassadors, and literary and cinematic royalty to its marble lobby. Graham Greene wrote The Quiet American while staying here, and Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard celebrated their honeymoon at the property. Rooms are divided between two wings. The historic Metropole section has decor shaped by French architecture and accented with touches of Vietnam: wood floors, louver windows, languid ceiling fans, bird-cage lampshades, and porcelain light fixtures. The newer Opera wing, opened in 1996 just across the traffic circle from the Opera House, has a strong neoclassical edge, with rooms in red, black, and white. All accommodations have supremely comfortable down-and-feather mattresses to lull guests. The bar La Terrasse, with a green awning, filigree ironwork, and tables and chairs on an outdoor wood deck, places a Parisian café in the tropics.

Need to Know

Rooms: 342 room, 22 suites. From $250.

Check-in: 2 p.m

check-out: 11 a.m

Dining options: Marble and parquet floors, large windows with views of Ngo Quyen street, and Vietnamese-inflected French fare are the norm at Le Beaulieu - think foie gras with smoked duck, coq au vin, and Nha Trang lobster thermidor. Bright with candy-colored light fixtures, Spices Gardensfocuses on Vietnamese cuisine from the country’s various regions, with staples like the meat-noodle soup pho, spring rolls, and the lemongrass-scented dishes of the imperial capital Hue. Amid interiors that are decidedly nightclubby, Angelinadoles out Ligurian minestrone and pancetta-wrapped lamb loin with sautéed fava and cannellini beans. The afternoon chocolate buffet at the Club Bar, with pralines, ganache, éclairs, and a chocolate fountain, pulls in the city’s cocoa junkies. Located next to the pool, and populated with wicker chairs, Bamboo Baris a relaxing spot for cocktails or a scoop of ice cream.Spa and gym details: Set near the pool, the gym is open 5 a.m.–10 p.m. and has Life Fitness bikes and cardio equipment, plus the usual roster of other gear. The 4,000-square-foot, two-story Le Spa has seven treatment rooms and uses Clarins and Ytsara products, oil blends, and essences from French perfumer Laurent Severac. The spa has a steam bath and sauna, and it offers treatments like "Dawn on Halong Bay," an organic facial with a blend of green-tea and bamboo-shoot extract that incorporates Vietnamese Dien Cham (face reflexology).

MELIÁ HANOI

  MELIÁ HANOI

MELIÁ HANOI

 The Spanish chain’s sole property in Hanoi forms part of a green-glass, two-tower complex comprising an office block and the part-cylindrical hotel. Opened in 1999 in the Hoan Kiem district, its location puts it within a five-kilometer radius of the city’s government offices, embassies, and the business district, and a short walk around Hoan Kiem Lake to the Old Quarter. European-style interiors are tempered with some local influences, such as the depiction of pagodas and traditional gateways on the central column and on giant murals in the salmon-colored lobby. Flashes of art deco appear, from the pillars at El Patio restaurant to the wall sconces at Cava Lounge. Rooms are generally calming, in soothing shades of gray and cream, with the occasional brighter hue in a bedcover design. Marquee Club, on the third floor, is a nighttime haunt that attracts young Hanoians intent on drinking and dancing.

Need to Know

Rooms: 238 rooms, 68 suites. From $300.

Check-in: 2 p.m.

Check-out: noon.

Dining options: On the ground floor, El Patiotreads the themed-buffet path, including Mediterranean (Tuesdays), Latino (Thursday), and seafood (Fridays and Saturdays). El Oriental specializes in Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, while Cava Lounge, next to the lobby, courts the cocktail crowd.Spa and gym details: The third-floor fitness center offers all the standard equipment and is open 6 a.m.–10 p.m. The spa has three treatment rooms; its compact, diverse menu includes oxygen facials and a body scrub with Dead Sea salts.

INTERCONTINENTAL HANOI WESTLAKE

InterContintal Hanoi Hotel
InterContintal Hanoi Hotel

 The city’s largest lake, known locally as Ho Tay and situated north of the Old Quarter, plays home to this whitewashed hotel whose layout mimics the form of an open lotus flower. The main building houses about half the rooms, most of the lounges and restaurants, and a bright atrium lobby whose focal point is a seven-meter crystal chandelier. A walkway, lit at night by torches, leads out to a small island that’s home to the Sunset Bar (no surprises on the name), and three pavilions with additional rooms built on the lake. Accommodations start at a generous 460 square feet and feature contemporary furnishings, marble and wood floors, stone wall accents, Vietnamese timber shutters, roomy soaking tubs, padded leather headboards, and private balconies with views of the lake or Hanoi’s skyline.

Need to Know

Rooms: 259 rooms, 34 suites. From $140.

Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon.

Dining options: The dinner-only Milan specializes in Italian cuisine, from osso buco with saffron risotto to salmon spaghetti or pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. The glass-fronted kitchen at Saigon adds a theatrical element to the Vietnamese dinners. Brasserie-style Café du Lac, with views of the lake (naturally), is open all day. Spa and gym details: The 24-hour health club next to the main building has the usual cardio equipment as well as a sauna and steam room. The spa, currently being built, will be completed in late 2015.

HOTEL DE L’OPERA HANOI

Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi
Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi

One of Accor’s MGallery Collection of hotels that, as per the company’s marketing blurb, are “inspired by a story,” this property has a striking colonial exterior and uninterrupted views of the Hanoi Opera House down Trang Tien Street. Opened in 2011, the hotel makes the most of its location, not least from the third-floor pool terrace that looks straight down to the iconic landmark. The hotel’s cynosure is the eight-floor atrium, known at the Courtyard, with velvet sofas, tassel curtains, and an emerald silk concierge counter. The grand space aims to evoke that of a theater foyer, where people meet up and mingle. The proximity of the Opera House influences the materials and look in the rooms and public spaces, with textiles in theatrical colors, heavy curtains, and bathroom light fittings around mirrors that are a nod to theater dressing rooms. Rooms meld French and Asian influences with varnished wood floors and oodles of silk.

Need to Know

Rooms: 85 rooms, 22 suites. From $150.

Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon.

Dining options: Café Lautrec, named for the French post-Impressionist painter, duplicates a Parisian brasserie. Reproductions of his work appear throughout the restaurant, and his signature inspired its logo, though the menu, broken up into seven “acts,” veers toward Italian. La Fée Verte Bar (it means Green Fairy, an allusion to the hallucinatory effects of absinthe, the bar’s specialty drink) has chairs upholstered in deep-green velvet and a happy hour one-for-one drink special that attracts a sizeable slice of Hanoians and resident expats. Satine’s Vietnamese dishes include roast duck, grilled baby lobster, and fried black-pepper beef.Spa and gym details: The third-floor swimming pool is half-indoors, half-outdoors (this section has an open-air terrace with fine Opera House views). Next to the pool, the 24-hour gym includes two saunas and Life Fitness cardio and strength-training equipment. There is no spa.

HILTON HANOI OPERA

Hilton Hanoi Hotel
Hilton Hanoi Hotel

Built in an architectural style that mimics the Opera House directly opposite, the crescent-shaped, beaux arts Hilton Hanoi Opera opened in 1999. Its location in Hanoi’s business district, just two blocks from Tran Quang Khai highway (from where it’s a quick 17-mile ride to Noi Bai International Airport), makes it in demand with the corporate crowd. The two-story lobby has floor-to-ceiling marble columns and a French crystal chandelier shaped like an inverted wedding cake. Rooms feature locally made furniture, double-glazed windows that promise quiet, wool carpets, and bathrooms that have separate tubs and walk-in showers, but their overall middle-of-the-road corporate look is a little underwhelming. The markedly more impressive 1,200-square-foot Presidential Suite on the seventh floor has a dining room, kitchenette, marble bathroom with whirlpool tub, and sublime views of the Opera House. Expect similar vistas from the outdoor pool, which is heated in the winter.

Need to Know

Rooms: 254 rooms, 14 suites. From $105.

Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon.

Dining options: With a skylight-esque glass roof and potted plants between tables, Ba Mienfeels connected to the outdoors. Its name means three regions (referring to the three parts of the country - north, central, south), a theme that also informs the menu. Anticipate Mediterranean dishes like salad Niçoise and prawn risotto, and killer Opera House views at Chez Manon. JJ’s Sports Barreins in the formality factor with sports broadcast on large flat-screens and a pool bar and dartboard for the marginally active patrons. The Lobby Lounge hosts a classic afternoon tea featuring TWG brews, finger sandwiches, homemade scones, and sundry pastries.Spa and gym details: The gym is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and has two saunas and a Jacuzzi. There is no spa.

MAISON D’HANOI BOUTIQUE HOTEL

  MAISON D’HANOI BOUTIQUE HOTEL

MAISON D’HANOI BOUTIQUE HOTEL

This 38-room hotel on a bustling Old Quarter street has restaurants and travel agencies as neighbors. Out front, painted iron tables and chairs enable guests to soak in the street life, watch as roadside food hawkers sell their wares, and see locals and visitors chow down at small sidewalk tables. The jazzy lobby has a parquet ceiling that resembles a giant chessboard, an eclectic mix of furniture, and a front desk with an intricately carved wooden backdrop. Rooms decorated mostly in white shy away from ornamentation, with wood floors, feather mattresses, and glass-covered dressing tables. Some accommodations are a little tight, the beds a touch too near to a window or wall.

Need to Know

Rooms: 30 rooms, 8 suites. From $50.

Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon.

Dining options: CoYen is located just off the lobby, and its bright lighting and multiple mirrors can be a little jarring first thing in the morning. The stylish black-velvet chairs with white piping recall Chanel clutch bags. The menu promises Western dishes and such Vietnamese fare as grilled chicken with salt and chili, and northern-style sour clam soup. Tipplers can also order cocktails, single malts, cognac, and champagne at the bar.Spa and gym details: None here.

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