HotelsThe 47-room, Bill Bensley-designed hotel swings to life with a nostalgic vibe.

It's the roaring 20s again at Capella Hanoi

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Capella Hanoi's Diva Lounge pays tribute to the leading ladies of the 1920s.
Capella Hanoi's Diva Lounge pays tribute to the leading ladies of the 1920s.

After a delayed launch originally slated for December last year, Capella Hanoi has officially opened its doors on 19 May.

It is a brand first in Vietnam, and the fourth in Southeast Asia, after sister properties in Bangkok, Singapore and Bali.

Capella Hotels & Resorts' latest property was moulded under Bill Bensley — the same design force behind Capella Ubud, Bali — who took inspiration from Hanoi's iconic Opera House, located just steps away.

Capella Hanoi's Grand Opera Suite.
Capella Hanoi's Grand Opera Suite.

Each of the 47 rooms exhibits the exuberant opera scene of the 1920s, complete with original operatic memorabilia and custom portraiture art, with set designs and opera costumes dotted across the hotel.

The brand's iconic Auriga Spa offers couples’ treatment suites, saunas, steam baths, a fitness centre and La Grotta, an indoor pool with design inspired yet again by operatic elements.

Of the themed rooms ranging from 35sqm to 194sqm, four Opera Suites open out to alfresco terraces with views of Hanoi's French-influenced Old Quarter neighbourhood below, flanked by eclectic restaurants, bars, shops and markets.

There are two F&B outlets. Vietnamese specialities are served in a backdrop of theatrical costumes and vintage tableware at signature restaurant Backstage, or gather at Diva's Lounge which pays tribute to the leading ladies of the 1920s.

The brand's signature Capella Moments programme is offered at The Living Room, in the form of expert-led classes in dó bamboo paper fan making, Vietnamese coffee cupping, and the chance to sample Vietnamese rum.

Capella Culturists at Capella Hanoi will guide guests in understanding the city's heritage, such as learning Vietnamese lacquer painting from a master artist, or getting creative at Vietnam’s only gin distillery.

The indoor swimming pool.
The indoor swimming pool.

“Vietnam is one of the world’s most dynamic destinations, where the spirit and energy is reminiscent of the roaring 1920s, when anything seemed possible. At Capella, we strive to create guest experiences that go beyond bespoke hospitality and let travellers touch the heart and soul of their destination, through cultural exposures, epicurean adventures and original art," said Christoph Strahm, general manager, Capella Hanoi.

"With Bill Bensley’s inimitable design, a sense of opulence and a deep respect for our surroundings, we will let our guests feel the pulse of Hanoi."

The hotel is currently offering the 'Dream Now, Travel Later' package, which allows guests to book future stays of up to 14 nights, with 30% off the best available rate.

Rates start from US$315++ per room per night, where bookings for three nights or more will in addition receive a customised in-room dining experience as well as 30% discounts at Auriga Spa and all restaurants and bars.

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