Where to stay: Hanoi

As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered to be the cultural centre of Vietnam, where every dynasty has left behind their imprint. The city has many interesting cultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents alike. Hanoi hosts more cultural sites than any city in Vietnam, including over 600 pagodas and temples.

Splendid Location: InterContinental Westlake Hanoi

Location By the waters of historic Westlake and adjacent to the 800-year-old Golden Lotus Pagoda, within a 10-minute ride of the historic city centre and the main sights.

Character Built on an artificial island, InterContinental Westlake Hanoi overlooks the 800-year-old Golden Lotus Pagoda on Hanoi’s largest lake. Discover gracious Vietnamese culture and hospitality at the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, in a bustling city filled with historical charm and excitement.

Rooms 359 rooms in seven categories. All blend contemporary Vietnamese design with generous interiors and modern conveniences – cream walls and dark woords are complemented by rich textures and vibrant colours.

Food InterContinental Westlake Hanoi offers five restaurants and bars. The atmospheric Sunset Bar offers tropical Asian ambiance and stunning sunset views over the lake. With the breeze in your hair and a cocktail in hand, you’ll feel as if you’ve been whisked away to an exotic, tropical resort far from the city.

I like Hanoi’s buzz can be as exhausting as it is intoxicating, but for once InterContinental Westlake Hanoi well deserves the cliché “an oasis of tranquillity”.

Could be better The opening hours of the swimming pool. It closes at 6pm, just when the tired guests would like to enjoy it… how odd!

Historical Treasure: Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Location In the heart of Hanoi, close to the Old Quarter, within a 10-minute walk of the historic city centre and the main sights.

Character Since its construction in 1901, the Metropole has had a rich history and a century long tradition of welcoming embassy officials, writers, heads of state and entrepreneurs, such as Charlie Chaplin, Graham Greene, Jane Fonda and Sir Michael Caine. Resplendent with Old World charm, this landmark hotel boasts a classical white façade with green shutters and features wooden ceiling fans, teak shutters and marble floors.

Rooms Sofitel Metropole Hanoi offers 364 rooms and suites. The historical Metropole Wing reflects the original grandeur; the Opera Wing features neo-classic elegance.

Food Le Beaulieu serves exquisite French cuisine in a refined atmosphere. The kitchen crew, schooled under Chef Didier Corlou’s watch, delivers an expertly prepared coq au vin, and competent servers quietly ensure a smooth and romantic dining experience. Le Beaulieu is also particularly famous for Sunday brunches.

I like The lush courtyard garden is the ideal places to relax with a refreshing drink in the midst of a romantic ambiance. Opened in July 2009, Le Spa du Metropole is a sanctuary disconnected from the outside world.

Could be better Added in 1996, the Opera Wing has more spacious rooms but lacks the historic charm of the Metropole side.

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~ by Jolis Prénoms on November 24, 2009.

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