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Operatic setting

Released at: 10:30, 17/03/2015

Operatic setting

If you're looking for an exceptional upscale hotel - a property with character - then Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi is definitely the right choice for you.

by Linh San

Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi is a member of the MGallery Collection. Each MGallery hotel is unique, in which a singular story is brought to life by talented hoteliers to provide guests with memorable moments. Opened in 2011 the boutique hotel quickly became a favorite among guests seeking an individual and personalized experience in a historic location.

Located just a few steps away from the hundred-year-old Hanoi Opera House, the hotel encapsulates the best of Hanoi - outstanding colonial architecture and operatic interiors contrasted by contemporary spaces for dining and entertainment.

The 107 meticulously-designed guestrooms and suites, four of which are l'Opera Grand Suites with stunning views of the Opera House, have an ambience that blends a touch of French decor with the luscious operatic settings and plush comfort of a sumptuous hotel of the 21st century. Each guestroom has lavish amenities hand-picked for their quality, while its wooden floors complement the finest Asian textiles and silks that add sparkle to the room with their vibrant colors.

Not only do all the guestrooms and public spaces of Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi feature free wi-fi, which is rare among international five-star hotel in Hanoi, but laptops can also be connected to wide screen LED TVs in every guestroom, making working or surfing a comfortable and relaxing pleasure.

My favorite is the bathroom, which is a perfect reflection of the Opera's backstage, where talented artists put on their costumes and make up in front of a vanity mirror with gorgeous light bulbs. Imported mosaic glass tiles, Kohler bathroom equipment and luxury toiletries (Roger&Gallet for L'Opera Deluxe and L'occitaint for L'Opera Suites) complete the stunning look. And the highlight of a L'Opera guestroom - the bed with 300 thread count linen, feather topper, feather blanket, which are all made by order of Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - definitely promise a good night's sleep after a long tiring day. The pillow menu is also a nice touch.

Hotel de l'Opera is a sophisticated reflection of the city. Striking colors, reflections and lush fabrics adorn the public spaces and rooms and isolate guests from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. The service rituals in the hotel have been created to evoke all the glamour and anticipation of "A Night at the Opera" within each experience.

Operatic Glamour in the heart of Hanoi

Hotel de l'Opera delivers its cuisine through lavish gastronomic venues. Café Lautrec, designated a brasserie restaurant, features both a la carte and buffet dining throughout the day. Named after the renowned 19th century French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and marked with Mr. Lautrec's signature, Café Lautrec is an exotic venue for people to enjoy Mediterranean dishes in a theatrically operatic inspired ambience. Ask for the grilled rib-eye with risotto roll and blue cheese sauce - you won't regret it.

Satine, which offers classic Vietnamese cuisine with many local favorites, is a sleek, contemporary architectural conversion. The restaurant provides a dramatic setting, with its location at the heart of the Hotel de l'Opera's eight-storey central atrium giving a truly unique dining experience. Palates will be tantalized with signature dishes from around the country: a range of Vietnamese specialties from the north to the south, including some of the country's best kept culinary secrets passed down by generations.

La Fee Verte is the signature hotel bar with a twist of choices to satisfy discerning purveyors of beverages with aged spirits, extensive cocktails and imported wines. Named after Absinthe (or the Green Fairy), the infamous beverage of the Belle Epoque, the bar makes every evening a lavish event in the manner of turn-of-the-century Parisians. Sit back, relax and enjoy the daily Happy Hour with "Buy 1 get 1 free" from 5pm to 8pm in a modern yet comfortable setting amid live Jazz performances from Tuesday to Thursday.

Besides the lavish gastronomic venues, Hotel de l'Opera's meeting facilities of four elegant French salons with exclusive and flexible tailormade services to facilitate small to medium-sized conferences, product launches and private events. The hotel's leisure facilities include a fitness centre with advanced high-tech Lite Fitness cardio and strength-training equipment, next to Hanoi's only heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, on the third floor with an open air terrace.

"We believe our greatest competitive advantage is our positioning as Hanoi's only contemporary-style boutique hotel, supported by the marketing muscle and distribution systems of Accor and a property located in what is probably the most desirable location in town," said Mr. Bodo Klingenberg, General Manager of Hotel de l'Opera.
From now to the end of the year Hotel de l'Opera is offering a room rate starting at $150++.

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