The high-end district of Tây Hồ houses Hanoi’s largest lake – the West Lake, a huge body of water surrounded by five-star hotels, serviced apartments, dining and drinking venues, and historical attractions. This is some of the Vietnamese capital’s prime real estate, so expect accommodation to come with a hefty price tag.
Only a 15-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of the Old Quarter, the West Lake offers a peaceful atmosphere and is a great base from which to explore the rest of Vietnam’s capital. Book any one of these five high-end hotels and enjoy your stay in the pinnacle of comfort and style.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
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The InterContinental Hanoi Westlake is an impressive structure located on the banks of the West Lake, adjacent to the famous 800-year-old Kim Liên (Golden Lotus) pagoda, creating a wonderfully picturesque contrast of the old and new. It offers much-needed refuge from the chaos of the Old Quarter, and is home to 293 elegantly designed rooms and suites – of these, 132 are located on two island pavilions set above the lake waters. The InterContinental is one of the most competitive and well-known names in the field of luxurious accommodation, and the Hanoi Westlake is no different. You can expect immaculate facilities, wonderful service and an excellent stay.
Sheraton Hanoi opened its doors to guests in 2004, three years before its neighbor, the InterContinental Westlake. Featuring 299 spacious rooms, the Sheraton takes on a more vintage Asian-influenced approach to its design, with curved roofs and wooden interiors. You can also expect top-class dining experiences across three in-house restaurants that serve international buffets and seafood specialties, along with a fantastic selection of wines and expertly concocted cocktails over a lively atmosphere. As a star player in the competitive field of luxury accommodation, the Sheraton lives up to its five-star name with a quality stay throughout. Many American politicians have occupied the hotel’s luxurious presidential suite, including former US presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Opened in October 2016, the Pan Pacific is located on the banks of the neighboring lake, Hồ Trúc Bạch. This is where American Navy pilot and future US senator John McCain was shot down in October 1967 and rescued by Hanoian residents, before being interned in the notorious POW camp, Hỏa Lò (ironically named the Hanoi Hilton by other prisoners). Within walking distance of the hotel, you will come across an arty waterfront sculpture, known as the John McCain monument, that serves to commemorate this event. The Pan Pacific has over 273 elegant rooms and suites, each tastefully furnished and containing thoughtful amenities to match the InterContinental and Sheraton. Staying at one of their 56 serviced apartments will have you feeling like you’re at home, offering a fully-equipped kitchen and separate living space. Embracing a very modern design, this Singaporean hotel stays true to its Asian roots when it comes to food and beverages at their delectable restaurant.
The Hanoi Club Hotel is nestled perfectly on the luxurious end of West Lake, near the Trấn Quốc Pagoda – a 1,400-year-old Buddhist pagoda that is the oldest in the city. You can visit this pagoda by walking through a bridge, but watch out for the bats that circle as you approach. This boutique hotel offers 63 charming rooms with contemporary decor pleasing even the most discerning of guests. The 70 serviced apartments have undisturbed views of the magnificent West Lake and come fully equipped with kitchens and living spaces. Apart from your basic package of restaurant, pool, and gym, the hotel offers a spa, sport center, game club, lounge and even a shopping area, a full range of facilities which all residents have access to.
La Belle Vie Hotel welcomes you with timeless elegance and warmth, rightfully boasting one of the highest rates of recurring guests in the city. Established in 2010, the hotel has 100 guest rooms that are fully furnished, with dark interiors, comfortable bedding and fantastic views of the city. What stands out is the high quality service of the team, who go out of their way to make sure your needs are met, expectations exceeded and that your stay has been hassle-free from beginning to end. The hotel is also strategically located, with Quán Thánh Temple, one of Vietnam’s ancient Four Sacred Temples built during the reign of King Lý Thái Tổ (from 1010 to 1028 A.D) located within walking distance. A couple of other historically significant places are also in the vicinity, and all these and more can be seen in various tour packages organized by the friendly hotel reception staff.