The Luxe List 2011, Vietnam: Hotel de l’Opera, Hanoi

Set near the scenic shores of Hoan Kiem Lake and a short stroll from the streets of the Old Quarter, this MGallery-branded hotel is Hanoi’s most ostentatious contemporary accommodation. The design of the 107 rooms borders on the theatrical: rich purple mottled walls, heavy silk drapes, and rich wooden parquet flooring provide a counterpoint to golden gilded mirrors and flamboyant crushed-pink velvet furnishings.

Elegantly sensual, Satine is the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, serving Mediterranean- inspired haute cuisine complemented by a well-edited wine list. The drinking rituals at the Fée Verte bar revolve around imported absinthe

29 Trang Tien St.; 84-4/6282-5555;; doubles from US$128.

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