Capella Hanoi has officially opened in the city’s French-influenced Old Quarter, ushering in a new era of art and elegance in the heart of Vietnam’s vibrant capital. Just steps away from the iconic Hanoi Opera House, this boutique hotel has been dreamt up as a “petite auberge” – a rendezvous spot for the greatest opera singers, composers and artists of a glamorous bygone age.
Close to Hoan Kiem Lake and surrounded by eclectic restaurants, bars, shops and markets, Capella Hanoi was designed by Bill Bensley, the highly acclaimed architect behind Capella Ubud, Bali, the “No.1 Hotel in the World” in Travel + Leisure 2020 World’s Best Awards.
The 47 themed rooms and suites at Capella Hanoi (ranging from 35 square metres to an expansive 194 square metres) are individually styled with original operatic artefacts and custom portraiture art by prolific artist Kate Spencer and equipped with bespoke services and state-of-the-art amenities. Crowning the hotel, four Opera Suites open out onto spacious alfresco terraces with views of the tree-lined avenues below.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, Backstage, presents a dramatic backdrop of theatrical costumes and vintage tableware, as talented chefs craft exceptional cuisine, including vegan dishes and northern Vietnamese-inspired specialties that fuse locally sourced produce and contemporary cooking techniques. Diva’s Lounge pays tribute to the leading ladies of the 1920s with bohemian cocktails and Opera Punches, accompanied by Diva’s Bar bites.
Serving as the social heart of the hotel, The Living Room offers a collection of Comoedia Illustré and a program of Capella Moments. Every day of the week, guests can discover the essence of northern Vietnam with expert-led classes in dó bamboo paper fan making, Vietnamese coffee cupping, Sarah Bernhardt’s cookie making and the chance to sample Vietnamese rum. A local team of Capella Culturists will be on hand to help guests uncover the city’s heritage through a series of Capella Curates experiences, such as Lacquer Your Life, which offers the opportunity to learn Vietnamese lacquer painting from a master artist, and Hanoi Spirit, which invites guests to infuse their own gin using native botanicals at Vietnam’s only gin distillery.
Weary travellers can soothe their senses at Auriga Spa, the exquisite spa that features couples’ treatment suites, saunas, steam baths, a fitness centre and La Grotta, an indoor pool that resembles a haven for opera singers to rest their voices.
Capella Hanoi becomes the sixth addition to the Capella Hotels & Resorts collection, the first in Vietnam and the fourth in Southeast Asia, joining Capella Bangkok, Capella Singapore, and Capella Ubud, Bali.