La Siesta Hotel

Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi & North, Vietnam Book from

Recommended awaiting i-escape review
A calm, polished and hospitable hotel with a restaurant and spa, set in Hanoi’s charmingly chaotic Old Quarter
Don’t be fooled by the term ‘Old Quarter’ - it thrums with life whatever the weather. In the heart of the hubbub is Ma May Street (pedestrianised at weekends, when musicians and entertainers take over), and La Siesta, an oasis from the moment you step through the door. We have yet to visit but, in the words of one guest, it’s “a little pearl of a hotel”.

Inside, the décor is traditional western with Asian touches. Stagger into the spa on arrival and glide out feeling revived (the massages are sublime). There’s also a lounge, a bar, a cinema room, and a ‘fine dining’ Vietnamese restaurant of which we hear good things. The 50 rooms and suites, in varying sizes and spread across 6 floors, have super-comfortable beds and tip-top showers, plus sound-proofing to buffer noise; some have terraces, too. As for breakfast, it’s an extensive affair that sets you up for the day. But what really sets this hotel apart are the staff. Attentive and charming, they’re there the minute you need them, with tickets for tours, vouchers for trains, cots or cocktails, umbrellas, and restorative cups of ginger tea.

Highs

  • Right in the heart of the Old Quarter, which is exactly where you want to be, and only 5 minutes' walk from Hoan Kiem Lake with its island temple
  • The service - professional yet personal - is outstanding
  • Family-friendly, with connecting bedrooms, extra beds, cots and babysitters
  • A serene spa with a sauna and an excellent range of treatments
  • The breakfast buffet is lavish and included in the price

Lows

  • The street-facing rooms can be slightly noisy at weekends
  • Standard traditional décor - though the suites are luxurious
  • No views to speak of, apart from the top suites
  • Duplex Suites have tight spiral stairs
  • No pool

Best time to go

Hanoi is a 365-day city. Weather wise, spring (February-April) and autumn (October-November) are the best times to visit. The rainy season runs from May to September, and the driest months are November to May.

Our top tips

From May to July the city’s flame trees are on fire. Many of the streets are lined with them, but they’re at their most stunning reflected in the waters of Hoan Kiem Lake.

Great for...

Family
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 50
  • Restaurant & bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Rooms are pleasantly furnished in creams and beiges, with polished dark-wood floors, dark repro furniture, high padded headboards and perhaps an armchair or two. There are touches of Asia in the light fittings and fabrics.

Most are standard doubles or twins, and there are also a few triples. The suites are larger and feel pretty luxurious; those on the top floor get the best views. They range from Junior Suites and split-level Duplex Suites (with a steepish spiral stair linking the lounge and bedroom) to the La Siesta Suite, which has a wraparound terrace overlooking the rooftops. At the top of the tree is the Club Duplex Premier Suite, with a kitchenette and dining table. Families will appreciate the 2-bedroom Family and Club Duplex Suites, and the connecting rooms.

Black-out drapes and excellent mattresses ensure a great night’s sleep. The ensuites (most with walk-in showers; some with tubs) are spotless, and staff provide a turn-down service. Splash out on a suite for free laundry and a complimentary minibar, plus chocolates and snacks.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The Red Bean Restaurant, all dark wood furniture, shining bar and decorative tiled floor, buzzes with diners most lunchtimes and evenings; don’t miss Happy Hour, when cocktails are half price (they do good margaritas). Here, too, the buffet breakfast is laid out - an impressive array of European and Vietnamese staples that’s all included in the rates. Imagine pancakes, cheeses, cold cuts, salads, croissants, spring rolls, sushi, eggs every way, and numerous fresh sliced fruits.

At dinner the kitchen serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine. On the menu you may find Pho, Bun bo Nam Bo (noodles with shredded beef, crushed peanuts, shallots and Vietnamese basil), Gioi thieu salmon, and spring rolls with a basket of fresh herbs. There are western dishes, too: stuffed chicken legs, hamburgers, smoked salmon with dill, and a delectable passion-fruit cake with ice cream.

Hanoi is fast becoming Vietnam’s gastronomic centre, and in the Old Quarter you’ll find hundreds of restaurants and street stalls. Within walking distance, in the arty Hai Ba Trung area, is the family-run Chim Sao, popular with those in the know. For a modern, sophisticated take on Vietnamese cuisine you can’t do better than HOME, a vintage-chic restaurant in a 1930s French villa, a brisk walk (or short taxi ride) north of La Siesta.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
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Activity:

Activities

  • Weave your way through the vibrant, scooter-congested streets of the Old Quarter. Each street specialises in a different type of shop: for Vietnamese coffee try Hang Giay Street; for silk scarves, Hang Gai Street; for traditional handicrafts and art galleries, Hang Be Street
  • Take a morning stroll around picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake, then visit Ngoc Son Temple on its island, reached via the elegant red bridge. Spot the joggers and the locals doing T’ai Chi
  • Hanoi’s French Quarter is distinguished by grand boulevards and wide pavements. Its main artery, Trang Tien, is a busy shopping street. Must-sees are the beaux-arts Opera House complete with grey-slate tiles imported from France, and the extravagant Indochinese History Museum
  • Drop into the 11th-century Temple of Literature, once the site of Vietnam’s first university. Its gardens are serene at off-peak moments
  • Hotel staff can book excellent street food tours, cookery classes, city tours, Halong Bay cruises, water puppetry performances on Hoan Kiem Lake, and much more
  • The hotel also has a 20-seat cinema that you can book time in. Choose from a library of 300 new and classic films

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being

Kids

La Siesta is a family-friendly hotel and accepts children of all ages. Babysitters are bookable, the staff are extremely helpful, and the cinema room with its 300-strong library of films is a great way to entertain kids on rainy days.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The Family Suites, Club Duplex Suites and Club Duplex Premier Suite all have 2 bedrooms (a double and a twin, or 2 doubles), though it’s worth noting that the duplexes have steepish spiral staircases that aren’t ideal for little ones. There are also some triple rooms and some interconnecting doubles and twins, and most rooms can accommodate a baby cot.

Babysitting:

Babysitting can be arranged on request.

Children's meals:

The restaurant has a range of western dishes, including spaghetti Bolognese, hamburgers and ice cream. The buffet breakfast is vast and contains something for even the fussiest of eaters.

Distances:

  • Airport: 30-minute drive
  • Shop: 2-minute walk
  • Hospital: 15-minute drive
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