This is the capital of Vietnam, although not its largest metropolis. Found in the country’s north, on the banks of the Red River, Its ancient structures have been well preserved, including the bustling Old Quarter. A cultural melting pot, visitors can soak in the many international influences, chiefly from France, China and Southeast Asia. Do tour the city’s temples and pay a visit to Đồng Xuân Market, where the street food is sublime. Indeed, Hanoi is a superb place to shop for authentic items among the many colourful stalls. While Hanoi attracts many backpackers if you’re seeking enhanced comfort, here’s where to stay.
Grand Mercure Hanoi
Want to swim in a stunning glass-walled rooftop pool? Book a stay at the Grand Mercure in Hanoi. Guests can also enjoy the top-floor views of city landmarks from a rooftop bar. Here, contemporary design blends with Vietnamese culture. Dine on soul food and Asian fusion dishes at the Signature restaurant, or load up your plate at the international buffet of LỘC-Ally, open all day. And take some time out at the spa, with traditional massages and a full range of treatments such as reflexology, a steam room and an ofuro bath.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
A Neo-Classical exterior houses this former railway hotel that’s been a longtime favourite with iconic celebrities — Charlie Chaplin honeymooned here. Part of the city’s French Quarter, it’s filled with ceiling fans, attentive staff wearing traditional silk garb, hardwood floors and striking furnishings. Several restaurants serve French, Italian and local fine fare. Bedrooms are located in two wings, one offering a more modernised style, the other with a vintage leaning. Outside, there’s a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and terrace with a tropical feel. Upgrade to Club Level for a private lounge and butler service.
Lotte Hotel Hanoi
Where the Old Town meets the New, the Lotte Hotel and Evian Spa is found at the top section of a 65 storey complex. Its height affords excellent views to the 318 bedrooms and suites, with interiors by HBA and Wilson Associates. Tim Ho Wan is the hotel’s lauded restaurant, the first Michelin starred Dimsum house in Vietnam, plus there’s Grill 63 and Pharaoh`s Bar & Upper. Those of all ages can stay active in the swimming pool, in the yoga room, at the indoor golf range, on the basketball court, on the jogging track, at the kids play centre and via a 24-hour gym.
The Oriental Jade Hotel
Boasting views across Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Cathedral and Hanoi Old Quarter, The Oriental Jade Hotel is well placed to explore the historic centre. Part of the Oriental Hospitality Group, it has an East meets West design and approach. The property features the O’Spa Lotus, with Vietnamese style treatments, a 12th-floor outdoor pool and the impressive Sixteen Sky Bar with epic panoramas. The hotel’s 120 guest rooms have a timeless elegance and come with a 24-hour contactless concierge. A sophisticated coffee lounge and the Thang Long Signature Restaurant, serving delicious authentic cuisine, complete its amenities.