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Apricot Hotel 4.0

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Pros

  • Central location, within a 10-minute walk of shopping and attractions
  • Just two minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake on foot
  • Rooms and suites with elegant decor, many offering views over the lake
  • All units include flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and marble bathrooms
  • Three eateries and a rooftop bar
  • Spa, small gym with sauna and steam room, and a heated rooftop pool
  • Library room with a terrace and internet access
  • Basement music venue and ballroom plus top-floor meeting room
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Some rooms have only a view of narrow interior courtyard
  • Gym is small, with just a few cardio machines
  • Spa has a clinical appearance

Bottom Line

One of the few true upscale properties in central Hanoi, Apricot Hotel stands out among its competitors. That's not only for its superb location -- within a 10-minute walk of shopping and close to Hoan Kiem Lake -- but also for its beautiful, classic style. The attention to detail is excellent, with classic artistic touches throughout the building. The 123 rooms feature large flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, with some top-end rooms offering private terraces. Many have fantastic views over the lake and city, but it's worth noting that Sketch Rooms look only onto the interior courtyard. A rooftop pool is a nice addition and there's a spa, plus a rather small gym. A look at the Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi would be a worthwhile comparison, which is close to high-end shopping. 

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Scene

Sophisticated hotel with upscale details and an artistic touch throughout

Apricot Hotel is a beautiful upscale property that makes a striking first impression. Its white facade is adorned with grand pillars and wrought-iron balconies, while inside, decor is elegant and refined, with white marble floors and more ornate balconies around the mezzanine level. Vast chandeliers are suspended over antique chairs and sofas, a soothing water feature runs through the center, and neat stools line the lobby bar, with large flower displays and plants adding a touch of distinguished color. The owners are art dealers which is apparent from the original artwork and sculptures placed throughout the building. Upstairs, overlooking the lobby, L'Artiste restaurant continues the sophisticated style, with an airy open plan layout while Palette has a more intimate, cozy feel, with small carpeted rooms and views over the lake. The rooftop pool is attractively lit up at night, with bar seating overlooking the city. The hotel is favored by couples on the whole, though it's also popular with business travelers.

Location

Good central location, within a 10-minute walk of shopping and attractions like Hoan Kiem Lake

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Apricot Hotel is located in Hanoi's Old Town, just a two-minute walk from the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake. It's a good spot for both sightseeing and shopping. Popular attractions like the Water Puppet Theater and Ngoc Son Temple are a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Popular spots like Silk Street are a five-minute walk away and designer shopping in the Trang Tien mall can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot. Attractions farther afield, like the Citadel and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, are around 12-minute drive (depending on traffic), while outside of the city center, scenic treks in Ba Vi National Park are a 90-minute drive away. Transit to the airport is easiest by car, or with the hotel's airport shuttle, and takes around 45 minutes.

Rooms

Elegant rooms and suites with nice artistic touches, some featuring private terraces

The 123 rooms at the Apricot Hotel echo the elegant style of the common areas, with warm gold and red tones plus antique-inspired furniture. The entry level Sketch Rooms look onto an interior courtyard, but all other rooms and suites offer either city or lake views. There are some great artistic touches, like old-fashioned cradle telephones and velvet lounge chairs, and rooms all include free Wi-Fi, minibars, safes, electric kettles, air-conditioning, robes and slippers, irons, and 40-inch flat-screen TVs. The Masterpiece and Gallery Rooms add comfortable living spaces, some with private terraces, plus larger 48-inch TVs, and the Studios include kitchenettes and dining spaces. Bathrooms are modern and refined, with white marble walls and antique vanities -- blinds can be drawn across the glass walls that separate them from the sleeping area. All feature rainfall showers, with top-end Masterpiece, Gallery, and Studio Rooms adding separate bathtubs.

Features

Rooftop pool with spa and gym, plus three eateries and a music venue

Features are fairly numerous for a hotel in this part of town, but on par with upscale expectations. The Apricot Hotel has three dining areas. A'telier, in the lobby, serves drinks and light snacks including afternoon tea. L'Artiste is where a buffet breakfast is served, and Palette has a refined evening menu. Both offer an excellent mix of Vietnamese delicacies and Western influenced dishes. There's a large music stage and a separate ballroom in the basement, plus a meeting room on the top floor, and Palette Restaurant is also available for private functions. Leisure facilities include a rooftop heated pool with loungers and a bar serving a selection of drinks and cocktails. There's also a small gym with a handful of cardio machines plus a sauna and steam room, and a spa offering a range of treatments. The spa is a bit clinical looking, which is disappointing given how sharp the rest of the hotel is. There's a charming library room with internet access and an outside terrace. Wi-Fi is free throughout. The hotel has a limited amount of parking and offers an airport shuttle service (for a fee). 

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Address

136 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam

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