There’s no shortage of knee-weakening historic architecture in Hanoi and, a lovely hotel since the turn of the last century located in the former French Quarter, the lovely Hotel de L’Opera is no exception…
This dramatic doll’s original colonial façade has been maintained to a tee, but a decade ago the interior was gutted and replaced with all the 5-star trimmings and a set of theatrical interiors that well and truly live up to her name.
Haute Vietnamese fare can be found at the swank Satine, Med bites at colourful brasserie Café Lautrec, and La Fée Verte Bar is a naughty nod to the classic French tipple, with a sultry terrace for postprandials. There’s also a semi glass-roofed indoor swimming pool with an open-air terrace facing the Opera House, plus a sauna, gym and in-room massage available.
And with four room categories, from Deluxe to Grand Suite, all tricked out with a striking, unabashed palette of dark tones and colourful accents, plus beautifully tactile soft furnishings (think velvet, leather and silk), this drama queen is certainly not for the Fanny Fainthearts!
Hotel de L’Opera, 29 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. +84 4 6282 5555, hoteldelopera.com