Last update: 15:12 | 14/11/2017
CNN Travel has recently run an article by Kate Springer Travel suggesting the best boutique hotels in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Here are eight of the best:
Hotel de l'Opera is just a few steps from the beautiful Hanoi Opera House, which regularly hosts ballet, music and folk performances. On the same leafy boulevard, the 107-room Hotel de l'Opera is set in its own white colonial-era building. Rest assured, however, that all four l'Opera Grand Suites offer views of the Opera House.
A new address in Hanoi, La Siesta Central Hotel & Spa opened earlier this August in the historic Old Quarter, near photogenic Hoan Kiem Lake. The 27-bedroom property showcases lake views from 19 of its rooms, and also features a fine-dining restaurant, a sunset rooftop bar and a spa that emphasizes Vietnamese therapies.
Conveniently located inside Hanoi's Old Quarter, the O'Gallery Premier Hotel can be spotted by its narrow, colonial-style facade awash in green paint. The green accents continue inside where pops of emerald bring classically furnished rooms to life.
Just south of Hanoi's central Hoan Kiem Lake, Zephyr Hotel is set inside a colonial white and gray building with stately pillars and high ceilings. The 40 rooms and suites are comfortable -- most include a wooden headboard, French-style antique desks and some also have private balconies.
Maison d'Orient: Hidden down a quiet alleyway in the heart of the Old Quarter, this design-forward gem is home to eclectic furniture, funky mosaic tiles, vintage prints and local artwork. From the hotel, main attractions like St Joseph's Cathedral and Hoan Kiem Lake are just minutes away by foot.
Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa is located right next to the city's famous Beer Corner -- where travelers and locals like sit on tiny stools and enjoy drafts of light bia hoi late into the night. It's also a stone' throw from Dong Xuan market, which is frequented for its snacks, souvenirs and silk crafts.
Though hardly a boutique hotel with 364 rooms, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is packed with French colonial charm. Formerly the residence of the French Governor of Tonkin (the historic name of northern Vietnam), the hotel is conveniently located right around the corner from the Hanoi Opera house and the neo-Gothic St. Joseph's Cathedral.
The first thing you'll notice at the sleek new Chi Boutique Hotel is a wall full of fresh flowers and leaves. The contemporary style and atmosphere continues in the 42 guestrooms, where travelers will find spacious bathrooms, lotus-inspired artwork and leafy street views.