Guidebook French Quarter

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French Quarter

Somerset Grand Hanoi: “One of the tallest structures in Hanoi, rising from a parcel of land that used to be part of the infamous Hoa Lo Prison … the present establishment is far more welcoming (but of course), offering executive-class comforts to both short-term and extended-stay guest. The Somerset Grand's 185 serviced residences are fully furnished, all spacious units offering fully-equipped kitchens, IDD telephone, plus amenities like the in-house Jaspa restaurant, Papa Joes & Highland Coffee, large swimming pool, tennis court, gymnasium, sauna …” (Tripsavvy)  

Mercure Hanoi La Gare: “‘La gare’ means ‘station’ in French -- the Mercure Hanoi La Gare is so named because of its proximity to the Hanoi central train station, from which travelers can head on to Hue, Saigon, and other points along the extensive Vietnamese rail network … the Mercure offers guests a choice of 102 guestrooms and access to an in-house French brasserie, an internal courtyard, and modern gym.” (Tripsavvy)  

Conifer Hotel: “This is a fantastic little hotel tucked away on a pleasant side street in the French Quarter, opposite a wonderfully dilapidated French-colonial mansion … rooms are on the smaller side, but functional and well thought out. Be sure to pay the extra for a street-facing room with a generous, enclosed balcony: perfect for watching afternoon storms.” (Lonely Planet)  

Hoa Binh Hotel: “Known in French times as the Splendid Hotel was once one of Hanoi’s grand colonial buildings … successive poor renovations have left little by way of original splendour in the modern building apart from a wonderful staircase … these days, it’s a good choice for those desperate for a colonial hotel experience but not desperate enough to part with the cash required for a stay at the Metropole.”(Rusty Compass)

Hilton Hanoi Opera: “Built in an architectural style that mimics the Opera House directly opposite … the two-story lobby has floor-to-ceiling marble columns and a French crystal chandelier shaped like an inverted wedding cake … rooms feature locally made furniture, double-glazed windows that promise quiet, wool carpets, and bathrooms that have separate tubs and walk-in showers, but their overall middle-of-the-road corporate look is a little underwhelming … outdoor pool, which is heated in the winter.” (AFAR)  

Hotel de l’Opera: “The hotel’s cynosure is the eight-floor atrium, known at the Courtyard, with velvet sofas, tassel curtains, and an emerald silk concierge counter … the grand space aims to evoke that of a theater foyer, where people meet up and mingle … the proximity of the Opera House influences the materials and look in the rooms and public spaces, with textiles in theatrical colors, heavy curtains, and bathroom light fittings around mirrors that are a nod to theater dressing rooms.” (AFAR)    

Hotel Metropole: “This hotel puts a genuine smile on your face -- a dollop of pure luxury and welcome in a not-very-luxurious city … the original Hanoi ‘Grand Dame’ with French Colonial style throughout … various dining options and pampering spa.” (The Hotel Guru)  

Melia Hanoi “is a member of the Great Hotels of the World and occupies a central location right in the heart of Hanoi's business, government and diplomatic district … heads of states such as Spain's Queen Sofia, HR Princess Anne of the UK and members of the Brunei Royal family have stayed here … the hotel has a heliport on its roof, so guests can arrive in style.” (Conde Nast Traveler)

Y Lan Guesthouse: “Behind a thick door off a busy boulevard in the French Quarter, the quiet, modest guesthouse faces an incredibly beautiful 150-year-old temple … the tiled temple, fronted by wooden columns and dangling orange lanterns, houses the ancestor altars of the family of Mrs Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh, the guesthouse owner.” (The Guardian)

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