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InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Hanoi

$300-$399
Halong Bay, Vietnam, Asia: A view of the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake in Hanoi, Vietnam
1A Nghi Tam
Tay Ho
Hanoi
Vietnam
Tel: 84 4 270 8888
www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ic/1/en/hotel/hanhb
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

Sublime settings among city hotels are rare, and none outdoes this site: Overlooking the 800-year-old Golden Lotus Pagoda on Hanoi's largest lake, it is ten minutes by car from the city's newly hip historic center (an excellent city map is presented along with your room key). The 359 stylish guest rooms feature headboards crafted from intricate hill tribe textiles, funky birdcage-inspired bedside lamps, and bathrooms equipped with powerful showers and double sinks. Most standard rooms offer lake views; on the downside, they suffer from thin walls that fail to block out occasional hallway noise. The five on-site restaurants and bars will more than satisfy anyone too rushed to explore Hanoi's rich and diverse dining scene. Café du Lac stands out here for authentic French brasserie fare, as does the Sunset Bar, poised on its own island in the lake and accessible by a romantic torch-lit bridge.

—2008 Hot List

When to go: Avoid the rains that fall daily in July and August.

Which room to book: Request a standard room overlooking the lake.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.