The Spanish chain’s sole property in Hanoi
forms part of a green-glass, two-tower complex comprising an office block and the part-cylindrical hotel. Opened in 1999 in the Hoan Kiem district, its location puts it within a five-kilometer radius of the city’s government offices, embassies, and the business district, and a short walk around Hoan Kiem Lake
to the Old Quarter
. European-style interiors are tempered with some local influences, such as the depiction of pagodas and traditional gateways on the central column and on giant murals in the salmon-colored lobby. Flashes of art deco appear, from the pillars at El Patio restaurant to the wall sconces at Cava Lounge. Rooms are generally calming, in soothing shades of gray and cream, with the occasional brighter hue in a bedcover design. Marquee Club, on the third floor, is a nighttime haunt that attracts young Hanoians intent on drinking and dancing.