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Though Hanoi doesn’t (yet) have as many upscale accommodation options as Ho Chi Minh City, there are still a number of excellent hotels worth the splurge. Here are the Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best places to stay in Vietnam’s capital city:
1. Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. Beautifully decorated in elegant French-colonial style and regularly rated one of the top luxury hotels not only in Vietnam, but in all of Southeast Asia, the Sofitel Legend Metropole is routinely the choice of visiting dignitaries and celebrities. All of the 364 guest rooms and suites here are immaculate — some decked out with antique furnishings and polished timber floors — and all feature a flat-screen television, DVD player, Sofitel’s signature MyBed and more. Unwind in the award-winning Le Spa du Metropole, and indulge fantastic French cuisine at Le Beaulieu Restaurant.
2. InterContinental Hanoi West Lake. The InterContinental’s picturesque location on West Lake is one reason to book a room at this luxury Hanoi hotel. Take full advantage of your serene surroundings by opting for one of the 359 spacious guest rooms or suites in the hotel’s island pavilion, though regardless of where you stay you’ll be treated to views of either the lake or city skyline from a private balcony. Facilities include an outdoor pool, fitness center, and six bars and restaurants — our favorite, The Sunset Bar, is on its own island.
3. Hotel Sofitel Plaza Hanoi. Sofitel’s “other” Hanoi hotel is every bit as stylish as its sister resort. Located minutes away from the romantic Old Quarter, just off West Lake, Sofitel Plaza features 317 lavishly decorated guest rooms and suites with amenities that include free Wi-Fi, daily newspaper, luxury bath products from Hermes or L’Occitane and evening turndown service — splurge on one of the Junior Suites and you’ll also get laundry service, late check out and access to the club lounge. The hotel’s all-weather pool is the only one in Hanoi covered by a retractable roof.
4. Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi. An attractive boutique hotel situated near Hanoi’s Opera House, trendy Hotel de l’Opera gets high marks for its swanky guest rooms and suites that feature 32- to 40-inch flat-screen television, complimentary Wi-Fi access and mod Asian-inspired décor. The hotel’s chic signature bar, La Fée Verte, is a cozy spot to linger over cocktails whether you’re staying here or not.
5. Golden Legend Hotel. If you’re budgeting for a longer trip through Vietnam and hesitant to book one of Hanoi’s pricier accommodations, this delightful little hotel in the Old Quarter is sparkling clean and offers everything you need. The location is ideal — close to many restaurants and attractions, yet situated on a quiet street — and the staff is outstanding. Guest rooms are modest in size and bathrooms aren’t particularly modern by Western standards, but this is a common characteristic of many mid-range hotels in Vietnam.