Capella Hanoi Brings Back the Opulence and Spirit of the Roaring 1920s

Capella Hanoi Brings Back the Opulence and Spirit of the Roaring 1920s

The Bill Bensley-designed Capella Hanoi has officially opened its doors, ushering in a new era of luxury and elegance to the capital’s Old Quarter.

The Capella Hanoi has officially opened in the heart of Vietnam’s capital city. The beautiful boutique hotel is just a short distance from the iconic Hanoi Opera house and ushers in a new era of elegance and opulence to the area.

The hotel sits in the Old Quarter of the city, within easy reach of a wide variety of restaurants, eclectic shops, bars and the Hoan Kiem Lake. The person behind its design is the renowned architect Bill Bensley, whom we’ve featured recently. Bill Bensley was also behind the Capella Ubud, Bali, which was chosen as the “No.1 Hotel in the World” in 2020[1].

Inside one of the luxury suites at the Capella Hanoi

The Capella Hanoi boasts 47 themed rooms and suites, ranging from 35 sqm up to 194 sqm. Each one has been individually styled and has custom portraiture art by Kate Spencer and original operatic artefacts. The grandest of the rooms are the four Opera Suites. Each of these suites opens out onto alfresco terraces and offer views of the tree-lined avenues below.

Fans of fine food will be in for a treat as the restaurant’s team of talented chefs can provide a wide range of high-quality dishes, including northern Vietnamese-inspired specialities, which combine locally-sourced produce with contemporary cooking techniques.

For those who enjoy a drink before or after a meal, there is no better place to do this than the Diva’s Lounge. The lounge is a homage to the leading ladies of the 1920s and offers Opera-themed punches, Bohemian cocktails and a selection of bar snacks.

The social heart of Capella Hanoi is its Living Room. Here, guests will be able to learn the true essence of Vietnam via daily expert-led courses. These take the form of Vietnamese coffee cupping, dó bamboo paper fan making, the opportunity to sample Vietnamese rum and cookie making with Sarah Bernhardt; just make sure you don’t eat the ingredients before you get a chance to cook them!

A bustling market in Hanoi Vietnam

Many of our regular readers will have read our in-depth articles on how much luxury travel is continuing to evolve. No more is lounging on a beach or relaxing by a swimming pool essential. Today, the modern luxury traveller craves knowledge and culture, and at the Capella Hanoi, they will get this by the bucket-load thanks to a local team of Capella Culturists.

These highly-trained experts are on hand to help guests uncover the city’s heritage. This is via a series of experiences, which includes the opportunity to learn traditional lacquer painting with a local master artist. Another highlight of the Capella Curates experiences is the opportunity to try one’s hand at making gin using native botanicals at the country’s only gin distillery.

People trying their hands at making gin using local botanicals

No luxury break would be complete without somewhere to rid oneself of aches and pain and somewhere to soothe the senses. The place for this is the exquisite Auriga Spa which features a variety of treatments, steam baths, saunas, a fitness centre and a beautiful indoor swimming pool.

The award-winning treatments on offer expertly blend natural products with modern spa science and embrace the changing of moon phases which is said to elevate the whole experience.

Christoph Strahm, Capella Hanoi’s general manager, said, “Vietnam is one of the world’s most dynamic destinations, where the spirit and energy are 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.

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

To celebrate its opening, Capella Hanoi has introduced a package called “Dream Now, Travel Later.” This package allows traveller pre-book stays of up to 14 nights with a 30% discount on the best available rate.

In addition to this, guests staying for more than three nights get a customised in-room dining experience and 30% discounts at the restaurants and bars along with the Auriga Spa.

Although restrictions are beginning to ease in certain parts of the world, things can still subject to short-notice changes. Fortunately, the “Dream Now, Travel Later” package can be ordered now, and the exact dates-of-stay can be confirmed later when the international travel landscape becomes clearer. The rates start from just USD 315++ per room per night.

Capella Hanoi – Where and how?

The Capella Hanoi is the sixth addition to the Capella Hotels & Resorts collection. It is the groups first in Vietnam and the fourth in Southeast Asia.

Every guest at the hotel will be treated to a slice of Opera Cake, and each morning begins in style with the signature Capella Champagne Breakfast at Backstage.

For more information about Capella Hanoi, please visit For instantly updated information and the latest news, you can follow Capella Hanoi on Instagram and Facebook.

[1] Capella Ubud, Bali was Voted No.1 Hotel in the World in Travel + Leisure 2020 World’s Best Awards.

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