Hanoi isn’t necessarily the first place you’d think of when looking for luxury hotels, but the benefit of the backpacker favourite is its affordability.
Nestled alongside cool hostels are stunning high-end hotels you’d expect to pay thousands for in Europe – and they’re probably well within your budget in the Vietnamese capital. Get to know the local art scene and colonial buildings with our pick of the best high-end stays, bookable on Culture Trip.
A panoramic view of Hoan Kiem Lake, the defining feature in this ancient city, is among the benefits of this bijou hotel that has been converted from an historic Hanoi building. The black-and-white interior creates a lavish atmosphere, and the La Spa is arguably one of the best places in Hanoi for a massage, if you fancy treating yourself. Which you should.
They really love a rooftop bar in Vietnam, and Pan Pacific’s offering is up there with the very best. You’re going to want to escape the lavish surroundings at some point, though, since you’re in prime position for sightseeing – Trấn Quốc Pagoda, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex and One Pillar Pagoda are all close by and well worth escaping the luxury for.
Service is often key in Vietnam, and the staff are truly impeccable at the Lotte. However, there’s more than one reason to opt for this luxe hotel – and food is a key factor. In total, there are seven different restaurants and bars on the property, with all except one run by Michelin-star executive chef Ingo Möller. Expect perfect local cuisine, delicious Western offerings and the highest open-air sky bar and restaurant in the city.
The city’s French influence is prevalent in the stately exterior of the grand(e) building, but the inside of Hotel de L’Opera is far from colonial. An Instagram dream, expect pink velvet touches throughout, L’Occitane toiletries and plenty of mirrors for the perfect selfie. Don’t miss the nearby tourist hotspots, which include the Opera House and the Vietnam Women’s Museum.
Looking for something a little different? This eco-friendly resort is just the ticket. Located 49km (30mi) from the airport, it’s not the option for those seeking busy city lights, but it certainly has its own sightseeing benefits: Khu Du Lich Khoang Xanh Waterfall, Lang Van Hoa Dan Toc ethnic cultural village and hiking trails are all on the doorstep. Don’t forget your camera – the Ba Vi National Park surroundings make for some seriously stunning views.
Expect a bizarre-but-it-works mix of old and new at the Apricot Hotel. Along with the lavish marble interior and chandeliers, there are more than 600 works of contemporary Asian art and a rooftop pool that’s almost worth booking a room for on its own. Depending on your preference, you can opt for different styles of room, from modern apartments to traditional garden suites – but with a whole lot of marble throughout.
You’re undoubtedly already familiar with the InterContinental brand, but this stunning hotel is too incredible not to mention. Upgrade yourself to an overwater room, and it’s almost like having your own Maldives bungalow – with a much more affordable price tag. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Sunset Bar, set on its own island in the lake and accessible via a romantic torch-lit bridge.
Marco Ferrarese contributed additional reporting to this article.