Hanoi is located in the North East of Vietnam and for most visitors, this is the gateway to the UNESCO world heritage Ha Long Bay. Typically for us, we are in the city for just a few days to deal with jet lag and explore the city before heading off on our boat cruise.
Located in the heart of Hanoi is our hotel of choice, Hotel de l’Opera, which is within walking distance of several city attractions, including the Hanoi Opera House, the city’s Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre.
The hotel consists of 107 guest rooms and suites, all beautifully designed with lavish decor and amenities. There are three room types, L’Opera Deluxe, L’Opera Grand Deluxe and L’Opera Suite.
If you are a member of Le Club AccorHotels you can gain reward points for your stay and purchases at Hotel De l’Opera, MGallery by Sofitel.
Arriving at the hotel and checking in
After flying in from Australia, we decided we wanted to spend a few nights exploring Hanoi before heading off to our Ha Long Bay cruise. We were looking for a hotel that was centrally located and stumbled across an MGallery hotel in the heart of the city. We have stayed in the Sydney MGallery and absolutely loved our time there, so decided to try them out again – this time in Vietnam.
We landed at Noi Bai International Airport just after lunchtime and took a Grab (South East Asia’s version of Uber) straight into the city. It took around 45 minutes, driving through the busy streets until we pulled up at a beautiful heritage building where the hotel was located.
Walking into the lobby we were greeted by a friendly staff member who took our bags for us and ushered us to the counter to check in. Once we were given a rundown of our room and the extra benefits we would receive for booking a Suite, we were taken up to the top floor where our room was located. The room was clean and spacious, with a fresh fruit platter, some Vietnamese snacks and sparkling water ready to greet us after a long morning of flying.
The room details: L’Opera Suite
Our L’Opera Suite (40-46 sqm) overlooked the city (you can also get a suite that overlooks the famous Opera House), and the room features include:
- 36-inch LCD TV
- King-size bed
- Separate living and bedroom area
- Large bathroom with bathtub and separate shower
- Safety deposit box
- Air conditioning
- Signature mini-bar
- L’Occitane bath amenities
- Iron and ironing board
- Free Wi-Fi internet access
As we were staying in a Suite we also received Suite benefits, including:
- Complimentary drink at La Fée Verte from 5pm to 7:30pm
- In room check-in and express check-out upon request
- Complimentary local calls (mobile phone numbers excluded)
- Complimentary use of meeting room for a maximum of six persons for one hour per stay, subject to availability
- Complimentary late check-out till 4pm, subject to availability
- Complimentary morning newspaper
Located on the 8th floor, our lavish suite room with separate bedroom and living room provided us with a very comfortable stay along with views of Hanoi city. The room was filled with theatrical decor, which was inspired by the nearby French colonial opera house. It was intimately lit, with deep coloured furnishings, wooden floors and the most comfortable bed.
Our favourite feature about the suite was the bathroom! The free-standing bathtub was huge and placed by the window, the bathroom mirror was lined with lights like a theatre dressing room, the shower was spacious with a waterfall showerhead, and to top it all off we were provided with L’Occitane bath amenities.
When you first enter the room you are greeted by a lounge area, with a sofa, TV and a large desk. As you walk through the apartment you make your way through the walk-in wardrobe to the bedroom. The king-size bed fills the room, with a second TV located on a mirror cabinet at the end of the bed. The room also had a well-stocked minibar and universal power points throughout.
Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi offers a bunch of different dining venues. Café Lautrec offers both à la carte and buffet dining throughout the day, Satine is the place to go if you are after Vietnamese cuisine with many local favourites, and La Fée Verte is the hotel bar offering an array of beverages, cocktails, and imported wines and spirits.
As we were staying in a suite, we were entitled to complimentary coffee and tea in the bar whenever we pleased, as well as complimentary cocktails, spirits and wine between 5pm and 7.30pm. If you are not staying in a Suite room, the hotel also offers Happy Hour (buy one, get one free) on their drinks, between 5pm and 8pm.
We highly recommend adding breakfast to your stay. For 300,000 Vietnamese Dong (around $AU18), you can have an amazing buffet and à la carte breakfast at Café Lautrec. The food displayed in the buffet included pastries, fresh omelettes, fruits, cheese and yogurts. You also receive an à la carte menu, from which you can order made-to-order meals, including full breakfasts, pancakes and French crepes.
The pool and gym
Hotel de l’Opera also offers a swimming pool, fitness centre and spa facilities.
The pool is located on the 3rd floor, and is heated and semi-outdoor, looking over the vibrant Trang Tien street and historic Opera House. The fitness centre next door is well equipped, with TechnoGym cardio and strength-training equipment.
If you are looking to be pampered during your stay, also on the 3rd floor is the Santé Spa, offering spa and massage treatments. All the treatments offered are listed on a menu in your room.
We found the service fantastic during our stay. From the concierge helping us with our bags, to the smiling staff serving us our delicious breakfast, the Vietnamese truly are friendly people.
All MGallery by Sofitel hotels belong to the Le Club AccorHotels rewards program, so if you book directly (not using any external sites like booking.com) you can gain rewards throughout your stay. If you have enough points you can also redeem your Le Club AccorHotels rewards points for a complimentary or discounted stay.
If you are looking for a comfortable stay during your time in Hanoi, we highly recommend Hotel de l’Opera. For the level of luxury the hotel provides, the price is very reasonable. The customer service was amazing, the bed was one of the most comfortable we have slept in, the benefits the Suite rooms provide were a real treat, and you just cannot beat the location.