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Built in 1901, the hotel has a rich history, having witnessed the turbulent 20th century history of Vietnam, and occupies a landmark French colonial building next to the Opera House in the heart of Hanoi.
The rooms in the new wing are more spacious, but the old wing - with its wooden ceiling fans, shuttered windows and a vintage Citroën parked near the entrance - has more character.
A peaceful interior courtyard shelters an outdoor pool and bar, and there are two good restaurants: one serving classic French cuisine, the other serving local Vietnamese specialities.
There is also a Parisian-style café, a cocktail bar and a pub. Other facilities include a gym, sauna, massage service, concierge, and gift shop.
The hotel was the location for the first ever film screening in Indochina, and also the place where Charlie Chaplin spent his honeymoon.
Holly, Original Traveller