Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi, MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
Hotel was quite nice they could have warned us that the pool was closed for maintenance before we arrived would have stayed somewhere else in 38 degree heat.They said we had been upgraded to an excecutive suite which was a lie we saw one and our room was not it .Room was quite small 3 nights enough.Had quite a bit of trouble communicating with the staff very little English spoken.
I spent a week in this hotel, part for work and part for holiday.
The rooms are fairly small but new, a bit dark and oddly decorated but that's the style I guess. The bed is comfortable.
The gym is functional, the pool a bit disappointing but ok.
The front staff is great.
What I found frustrating was the restaurant. I had several business meals there, and although the staff are friendly and try to be helpful, they are clearly badly organized. First day I had to wait one hour for my meal, because they brought it with the other mains although I had asked to bring it with the starters. The staff looked confused and scrambling. The second day I waited half an hour for a cooked vegetable pot - and there were only 3 tables eating at the time.
15 minutes to get a tea at breakfast after asking twice.
Food itself is good and other times the wait was ok, but it looks 50/50 chance to have a bad experience.
For a Sofitel that's quite poor.
We enjoyed our stay in Hanoi. Staff werevery friendly and helpful. Spa treatment good. On arrival we were told the pool was closed which was disappointing as we had chosen this hotel because it had a pool. We were given the option of using the pool at another hotel but not ideal. Rooms were good but lacked natural light but this was fine for the short time we were there.
this review is a little different than my others. I say that because most of them i talk about the hotel and the look and feel of it, this time it was the service and the people that stood out above all else. First off, we arrived to the hotel with two of the four of us not feeling well. we were supposed to stay one night and head out early the next morning to Ha Long Bay for two nights and then return for one last night before we would fly home. That all changed. we had two rooms for a family of 4- and when the two that were sick worsened we knew we had to stay put. The hotel went out of their way to to help us. They arranged a doctor appt, we had the option to go to an international hospital or have a doctor came to us. they checked on us constantly- they brought us teas made especially to help us, the arranged for us to have the rooms for two more nights when they were booked- they went out there way to make sure we got the care we needed when they knew we were far from home. the front desk helped call, copy docs and just made sure we had no issues when navigating in an unfamiliar place.
As for the rooms- they were excellent, very well kept and the most comfortable beds I have had at a hotel. they were oddly very high from the floor so you had to climb in- but they were unbelievably comfy. once we recovered a bit from being sick we saw they had a pillow menu!!! we didnt take advantage but that was a first!
we had a standard two twin room for our teens that again had really comfortable beds and my husband and i had a large suite nextdoor- it was huge. separate bedroom that had enormous couch and desk- huge bathroom and sitting area. then it had a dining table and couch and chairs and another bathroom! small microwave and kitchen like area- very large and for having to stay put for 4 days sick- it became a real luxury to have space and comfort. Our travel agent had booked this hotel for us and I believe had a better rate then if we were to have booked it- the hotel worked it out so the additional nights were charged at the better rate and that was so appreciated.
The hotel has a central location, its walkable to shopping mall, hoan kiem lake and opera house. The rooms has an unique decoration especially the bathroom. It surrounded by many restaurants, pharmacy, minimarket and also walkable to st joseph catedral.