We have recently returned from a great 4 day break in Hanoi where we stayed at the Apricot Hotel.
First impression was simply WOW as I walked into the gorgeous marble foyer that was filled with fresh flowers plus ornate celings and chandiliers. The ambiance was grand and amazing. The service sensational. From the moment we arrived the staff were polite and attentive. The hotel is beautifully decorated with art everywhere. For our arrival there was a piano player playing on a grand piano, well not sure it was for our benefit but he did stop just after our arrival…might have something to do with it being 10pm !
The rooms are spacious, welcoming, bright and very quiet – which in Hanoi is unusual. They have the usual amenities but completed with beautiful French furniture and more art. The bathroom had a gorgeous view of the Hoan Kiem lake and its pagoda. The bathrooms were so big that you could dance in the shower – they even have a little chair in the shower for a rest if you exhaust yourself.
We enjoyed the rooftop pool and bar in the afternoon despite Typhoon Dianmu approaching.
Located in the centre of Hanoi and walking distance to the Lotus Water Puppets and the Old Quarter and you get to enjoy relaxing in luxury while taking in the lively neighbourhood – it is in the perfect location.
We found the breakfast exensive at $23 USD but we were happy to visit local cafes for breakfast and great coffee. there are plenty within walking distance.
This hotel is gorgeous, not our usual choice for a hotel as we vary rarely stay 5 star but for a little bit of luxury I can only recommend.
Some Big Girl suggestions on where to Eat Stay and Play while in Hanoi, Vietnam :
Hanoi Social Club (Facebook page) Great little 2 story cafe with a huge menu and quaint little nooks to enjoy good food. The best flourless chocolate cake and tofu chips !
Cong Caphe (Facebook page) is a bunch of wonderful Vietnamese cafes. I can recommend the coconut coffee but a friend also recommends the yoghurt coffee too.
Note Cafe (Facebook page) – lovely cafe in the city, the whole place is full with post-it notes.So many interesting messages from all over the world. Great coffee served by friendly staff. We were stuck here for 2 hours due to the tropical storm and it was easy to pass the time watching the local activity on the streets.
Hanoi Old Centre Hotel – a cheaper option. Perfect location very economical and great service
Hanoi Street Food Tour a must. This tour set us up for the 4 days we were in Hanoi. Yes, it is food based but also gives you a great understanding of the old quarter and an insight into the local culture.
Water Puppet theatre This show is only about 50 minutes – if it was any more, I wouldn’t recommend. However, it was interesting to see how they work the puppets. Also the music was very good. It’s an interesting insight into Vietnamese culture and history with a show every day at 17:00 and 18:30
Womens museum An air-conditioned museum in central Hanoi. The museum explores women’s role in Vietnamese society covering traditional customs and beliefs. Considerable information on the role that women played in numerous Vietnam conflicts which was amazing.
Ho Chi Minh Palace
Hao Lo Prison