A touch of luxury
Opened in early 2015, the Old Quarter’s La Siesta Hotel offers very smart rooms with a personal vibe, making it a good choice for those who want a central location with a touch of luxury — and it’s particularly good for those travelling with kids.
With 60 rooms, La Siesta is one of the larger hotels in Old Quarter, but with a focus on small parties rather than tour groups, and highly professional and helpful staff, it still has a cosy and personal feel to it.
The positive vibe starts in reception. The reception and restaurant area is open plan and it’s also classy; often we’d rather eat anywhere else than in our hotel restaurant, but Red Bean Restaurant is set up as a bar and restaurant in its own right, not just somewhere for a hotel brekkie.
The list of room types is extensive, with two standard types (superior and deluxe) and the rest being classified as “suites”. Price-wise it’s at the higher end for the area — we were quoted $70 plus service and tax for double occupancy in a deluxe — but rooms are spacious, attention has been paid to the design detail and the place is spotless. Think velvet headboards, soft beds, wooden floors, robes and modern bathrooms — so for what you get, the price is very fair.
Rooms do vary in furnishings — for example, some have a bath, some have a shower, some have armchairs, others have desks — so specify any requests when booking and ask to look around if you’re not satisfied with your allocation. Connecting rooms are available.
La Siesta Spa is one of the places we suggest to head for a spa treatment in Hanoi. It’s located on the third floor of the hotel — look out for the church candles in the corridor and the whiff of aromatherapy. Treatments are at the pricey end for Hanoi but the place gets good feedback and the environment ticks the boxes.
If your idea of relaxation is a stint on the cross trainer rather than a massage, you’ll find a well-equipped gym next to the spa. It’s spacious — and rarely used.
Unusual for Hanoi, the hotel also has a 20-seat theatre with cinema-style seats, a large screen and a library of 300 movies. It’s available free to guests (book in advance) and will keep the kids entertained.
As well as the included breakfast, the Red Bean Restaurant serves lunch and dinner, offering a menu of Vietnamese and Western standards. A full bar is available and it’s the kind of place where you’d feel comfortable stopping for a beer or cocktail before a night out.
Address: 94 Ma May Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3926 3641-4; F: (04) 3926 3645
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º51'12.02" E, 21º2'3.11" N
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Room rates: US$50 to 100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room|
Plus tax and service
|Deluxe double room|
Plus tax and service
Plus tax and service. Suite. Premier $190++.
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