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Sea­soned vis­i­tors to Hanoi know that there are hid­den gems aplenty among the local ho­tel brands. Find the right one, and you’ll be re­warded with great, friendly, lux­ury stays at amaz­ingly good value. La Si­esta, a local bou­tique ho­tel brand, is one such, with a to­tal of eight prop­er­ties across the city. Its latest ad­di­tion is The Hanoi La Si­esta Cen­tral & Spa, a taste­fully ap­pointed 27-room bou­tique ho­tel with the en­vi­able lo­ca­tion be­side Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quar­ter.

In fact, 19 of its rooms boast views of the lake—a rare com­mod­ity there. “Ev­ery visi­tor who comes to Hanoi vis­its Hoan Kiem lake,” says gen­eral man­ager Chu Van Binh. “But it’s a rar­ity for them to ac­tu­ally see it from their ho­tel room.” The Ju­nior Suite Lake View and the Pre­mium La Si­esta Suite Bal­cony suites of­fer the most beau­ti­ful views.

Inside, the ho­tel’s dark wood pan­elling, taste­ful fur­nish­ings, and black and white art­works give a clas­sic feel. Guests in­dulge in in­ter­na­tional stan­dard ameni­ties like walk-in rain­for­est shower, its own in-house La Si­esta Spa, which of­fer treat­ments mostly based on tra­di­tional Viet­namese healing meth­ods, the rooftop Red Bean restau­rant serv­ing in­ter­na­tional and Viet­namese cui­sine, and its most en­tic­ing Twi­light Sky bar where you can sip on cock­tails and spir­its and watch the sun set over the lake and the

Old Quar­ter rooftops. Prices are in­cred­i­bly af­ford­able from US$85. el­e­gance­hos­pi­tal­ity.com

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