When I first arrived, late in the evening and hot, tired and a little jet lagged, I worried that I was not going to enjoy this rather up market hotel. I sometimes find luxurious hotels unfriendly, rather anonymous and a bit alienating. The height of the bed and the rather inadequate bedside table - too low and not enough room to put much on it - didn't help my mood. However, I needn't have worried! I soon found this boutique hotel to be full of character, the staff very friendly and helpful and the amenities extensive and imaginatively and tastefully designed.
Breakfast in the extraordinary inner courtyard really is a unique experience, and the staff are attentive and always smiling, in a sincere way. The pool area is small, but extends out into the hotel balcony, and there are delicately designed loungers and chairs available on the balcony if you want to dry off in the sun. I was pleasantly surprised by freshly squeezed lemon drinks and skewers of fresh fruits which were offered to me unsolicited, and free.
I spent four very happy nights at the hotel, and found the staff very helpful when I needed something for work (directions and sorting out taxis) or wanted to buy tickets (for the Water puppets) or book a table (at the Ly Club), and didn't have time to attend to them myself. Nothing was too much trouble, and by the end of my stay I felt I knew many of the young staff to smile at and joke with.
The Hotel is also superbly located, right in the centre of Hanoi and a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. For such a hotel, the price isn't exorbitant by the standards of most country's capital city. So, if you can afford it, I would recommend staying at the Hotel de L'Opera without any reservation whatsoever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Operatic Glamour in the Heart of Hanoi: Hotel de l'Opera offers travellers a sophisticated break near the iconic Hanoi Opera House. As soon as you arrive you can't fail to be won over by the magic of the setting and the theatrical interior, filled with rich shades, silk drapes and flamboyantly coloured furniture. The same decadence runs through the 107 rooms and suites that combine 21st Century comfort with French sophistication and grand decor. Just as impressive are La Fee Verte Bar renown for its signature Absinthe, and the hotel's restaurants Cafe Lautrec for Mediterranean inspired cuisine and Satine for Vietnamese cuisine. ... more less
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