Panoramic views of Hoan Kiem Lake, a prime Old Quarter setting and an exclusive spa are three of the many selling points at the new La Siesta Central, a 27-room boutique hotel that marks its grand opening in Hanoi on August 15th.
With its tapestry of colorful neighborhoods, colonial architecture and emerald lakes, Vietnam’s capital lacks nothing in charismatic locations.
Few are quite as evocative as its central lake – for many the defining feature in the ancient city.
Although bijou, the new property – owned and operated by leading Vietnamese boutique hotel brand Elegance Hospitality Group (EHG) – makes full use of its proximity to the legendary body of water.
A total of 19 rooms have views of the lake, highly uncommon in Hanoi where high real estate prices and stiff competition in the hotel sector put a hefty premium on such a prime spot.
“Every visitor who comes to Hanoi visits Hoan Kiem lake of course,” says Chu Van Binh, General Manager of La Siesta Central. “But it’s a rarity for them to actually see it from their hotel room. Even the rooms that don’t have lake views, look over the rooftops of the Old Quarter, which is just as fascinating in its own way.”
Indeed, the property’s incredible situation makes it an ideal base from which to strike out within the Old Quarter – Hanoi’s centuries-old hub of commerce – and to nearby highlights such as the French Quarter, a charming enclave of broad avenues and majestic buildings, which is laid out just south of the central lake.