For a capital city, there are surprisingly few truly upmarket hotels in Hanoi, so the arrival of roaring 1920s themed Capella in mid-2021 was an exciting addition. Designer Bill Bensley is well-known for the architecture and interior design of some of Southeast Asia’s finest and more unusual hotels (such as Shinta Mani Wild in Cambodia and The Siam in Bangkok). Don’t be put off by the flamboyant theme, even if it’s not your go-to style. Bensley hotels always ooze quality, from the food to the staff to the accommodation.
The 47-room hotel is in a great location right in the Old Quarter on a boulevard near Hoan Kiem Lake and the Hanoi Opera House. Opera and the jazz age are the inspiration here, and rooms are elegant and unique, styled with antique operatic artefacts and equipped with state-of-the-art amenities. They range in size from 35sqm premier rooms to expansive suites. The 15 premier rooms and many suites have a wrought iron French balcony overlooking the boulevard. Suites are around 60sqm, offering living areas that could double as an extra sleeping area if you’re travelling as a family. The 4 Opera Suites (take your pick from Turandot and Madam Butterfly themes!) are the top pick, with living and dining areas and alfresco terraces overlooking the leafy locale.
In the ‘Living Room’, guests can take interesting expert-led classes that celebrate local heritage. And Capella Hanoi, of course, also has all the facilities you would expect at a hotel of this calibre, with the opulent style continuing at the spa, indoor pool and through the signature restaurant.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
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