One of Accor’s MGallery Collection of hotels that, as per the company’s marketing blurb, are “inspired by a story,” this property has a striking colonial exterior and uninterrupted views of the Hanoi Opera House down Trang Tien Street. Opened in 2011, the hotel makes the most of its location, not least from the third-floor pool terrace that looks straight down to the iconic landmark. 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. Rooms meld French and Asian influences with varnished wood floors and oodles of silk.
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Across the road from the Sofitel Legend Metropole, the Hotel d’Opera sits on Trang Tien Street, the city’s main shopping thoroughfare, with bookshops, galleries, and the designer boutiques of Trang Tien Plaza. Just a five-minute walk from the property, Nha Hang Ngon Restaurant, at 26 Trang Hung Dao Street, serves Vietnamese dishes from the country’s three regions in a restored French villa, or on tables out in a pretty courtyard. Kem Trang Tien (at 35 Trang Tien) is also just steps from the hotel; the local ice-cream shop is as populated with scooter-riding Hanoians as TripAdvisor-posting tourists.
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Rooms: 85 rooms, 22 suites. From $150. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Café Lautrec, named for the French post-Impressionist painter, duplicates a Parisian brasserie. Reproductions of his work appear throughout the restaurant, and his signature inspired its logo, though the menu, broken up into seven “acts,” veers toward Italian. La Fée Verte Bar (it means Green Fairy, an allusion to the hallucinatory effects of absinthe, the bar’s specialty drink) has chairs upholstered in deep-green velvet and a happy hour one-for-one drink special that attracts a sizeable slice of Hanoians and resident expats. Satine’s Vietnamese dishes include roast duck, grilled baby lobster, and fried black-pepper beef. Spa and gym details: The third-floor swimming pool is half-indoors, half-outdoors (this section has an open-air terrace with fine Opera House views). Next to the pool, the 24-hour gym includes two saunas and Life Fitness cardio and strength-training equipment. There is no spa.
Who's it for: Couples who want to soak in the ambience of the location; business travelers who don’t want to stay in a corporate hotel. Our favorite rooms: The four L’Opera Grand Suites have unforgettable vistas of the opera house. One of them, the Trang Tien Suite (the equivalent of a presidential suite), has a separate lounge/dining area, and a private balcony. It's often used by local media for fashion shoots, most recently for high-end local collection Phuong My. Good to know: Lovers of sunlight and the bustling street life should choose a room on the Trang Tien Street side. If the quiet is more important, guests should request a room on a high floor with a view to the hotel’s inner atrium.