Situated on the edge of West Lake in the centre of Hanoi, the InterContinental feels a world away from the bustle of the city in which it resides. The surrounding gardens and ancient pagoda make for a fascinating setting and the rest of the Vietnamese capital is still yours to explore just moments from the hotel. Being in the north means you’re also positioned close to the international airport.
Located in its own building, the fitness centre at the hotel has an extensive range of equipment, and also offers classes in tai chi, yoga, aerobics and pilates. Design the workout that best suits your needs, then head for a dip in the outdoor pool. You can also take a break in the spa, which features a cleansing steam bath – and be sure to ask staff to book in for a spa treatment such as a massage or beautifying facial.
Spacious rooms are decorated in a contemporary Eastern style, with a warm palette of cream walls and natural materials such as dark timber. Bathrooms come equipped with a separate bath and rainforest shower. Wooden doors slide back to reveal private balconies, so you can step outside to admire the views across the water. A range of executive rooms and suites offers plenty more luxury touches for an unforgettable stay.
The concierge team here is really in the know, giving advice on the best restaurants and helping to book tickets and trips. Near the hotel, you’ll want to see explore Buddhist traditions at the country’s oldest pagoda, Tr?n Qu?c, along with other temples in the area. You may also want to see the country’s first university, the Temple of Literature, the Presidential Palace and have a wander around the colourful fabric markets of Hom Market and Dong Xuan where tailors and merchants ply their trade.
Three superb restaurants mean you won’t have to go far to have a delicious meal during your stay here. Milan Restaurant does Italian that’s straight from the Med – a wood-fired pizza oven, fine wines and pasta dishes all paying testament to this. Saigon Restaurant serves excellent Vietnamese and features an eye-catching Asian design, with glass-fronted kitchens and calming views across the skyline. At Café du Lac, you can rely on trusted French fare, with interiors inspired by Parisian café culture and a setting over the gorgeous West Lake.
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