Hanoi’s Most Artistic Hotel

  • Set on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, the hotel is conveniently near Hanoi's historic Old Quarter.

    Set on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, the hotel is conveniently near Hanoi's historic Old Quarter.

  • The hotel's Masterpiece Suite with a separate living room and floor-to-ceiling windows.

    The hotel's Masterpiece Suite with a separate living room and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Although it’s undoubtedly one of Hanoi’s most stylish new abodes, the Apricot Hotel could well be the city’s best new art gallery too. Set on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Apricot showcases more than 600 works from local artists, including Mai Thu, a French-Vietnamese master of silk painting, and Phan Ke An, whose political paintings caused a stir during the Vietnam War. The collection is displayed throughout the 10-story French-colonial building, including its 123 rooms, three restaurants, A’telier tea lounge, and Spa L’Art. The only place art isn’t hung is at the rooftop pool and bar, which afford views of the lake and Hanoi’s Old Quarter instead (doubles from US$85). —Gabrielle Lipton

This article originally appeared in the August/September print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Hung Up in Hanoi”)

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