The theatrical decor is inspired by the nearby French colonial opera house
La Fée Verte bar is an opulent drinking den with a similarly lavish cocktail collection
The mezzanine-level pool area provides a serene escape from the city's bustling streets
What To Know
The hotel has a great location, but it can be difficult to find. Avoid stress by booking the hotel's limo service
Aim high! Lower-level rooms can be noisy (if they face the street) or dark (if they overlook the inner courtyard)
If space matters, the bijoux Deluxe rooms may feel a little tight
Parking on site
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Hip hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, with theatrical interiors inspired by the nearby French colonial opera house
Amid the leafy boulevards of Hanoi's Old Quarter, the elegant Hotel de l’Opera takes its design cues from the nearby French colonial opera house. The opulent marble lobby is strewn with jewel-colored sofas and dramatic artwork. The overall look fuses Old World glamour with contemporary flamboyance, most noticeably in the Fée Verte bar, a sleek drinking den with velvet couches and a marble bar that takes its name from the "green fairy," a nod to the hallucinatory effects of absinthe. Up on the third floor, the glass-encased pool leads out to a Miami-style sun deck with comfy daybeds. The guestrooms are intimately lit and have tactile furnishings, cool wooden floors and marshmallow-soft beds (Kristin Scott Thomas famously ordered one for her Paris home after staying here). Giant swirly wall paintings add a splash of color. Stepping into the palatial bathrooms feels like walking into a theater dressing room.
In the Area
The immediate area is a hot shopping destination, and it seems that every design giant has opened a shop in the vicinity. But once you head beyond the boutique-lined streets, the labyrintine alleyways of the Old Quarter trace a path through a thousand years of history. Street food buffs should head to Tong Duy Tan Street. For dining in line with l’Opera’s theatrical theme, make a reservation at the famous Bobby Chin’s restaurant, and slip into the sexy silk-lined lounge for some of the finest food in town; go for drinks afterward at the Ly Club.