With the Capella Bangkok welcoming its first guests earlier this month, all eyes are on the luxury brand’s next hotel opening in Vietnam with the Capella Hanoi, set to open later this year and offering a few new interesting facets for the luxury traveler to Hanoi.
The hotel, featuring 47 opulent appointed rooms, is located near impressive landmarks such as Hoan Kiem Lake, the Temple of the Jade Mound and Thap Rua (Tortoise Tower).
Capella Hanoi was designed by starchitect Bill Bensley, who has designed some of Remote Lands’ favorite properties, including Shinta Mani Wild, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Capella Ubud, and the coming InterContinental Khao Yai Swan Lake.
According to press materials from Capella, Capella Hanoi’s inner courtyard features a mural, which spans the entire height of the hotel and can be admired from the lift lobby and corridors of every guest room floor, inspired by the sculptures which adorn the Palais de la Porte Doree in Paris.
A first for the luxury brand in Vietnam and found in the city center in Hoan Kiem District, Capella Hanoi incorporates a historic aesthetic in this urban retreat.
The hotel takes its history of fine art very seriously. The VIP Madame Butterfly inspired Grand Opera Suite has a unique set of artwork, beginning with an antique Kimono and objets d’art which tell the tragic tale of Madama Butterfly: antique silk Japanese slippers, a theatre lovers binoculars, gloves worn by the Madame herself in one of the first renditions of the opera, and even silver cutlery used on the set, according to Capella press materials.
Other rooms are dedicated to Jenny Lind, Ellen Terry, Greta Garbo, and the inimitable Sara Bernhardt. The legend made several world theatre tours, stopping off in Hanoi, and today visitors will find a trunk of belongings, Capella Hanoi.
“Hanoi is very much an up-and-coming destination for the luxury travel market, offering fascinating insights into the history and culture of Vietnam, world-class architecture, and of course, the distinctive flavours of North Vietnamese cuisine,” said Nicholas Clayton, CEO of Capella Hotel Group, earlier this year on the announcement of the hotel project with Sun Group. The Hanoi Opera House aesthetic can be found from the indoor pool to the Dining.
Renowned Vietnamese developer Sun Group and the celebrated Capella Hotel Group (CHG) from Singapore have signed an MoU prior to the worst effects of the Covid-19 pandemic to open the hotel in Hanoi by the end of the year.
“When implementing the Capella Hanoi project, our goal was to build a high-class project that was worthy of the rich and ancient culture of Hanoi, a city that is over a thousand years old,” said Bui Thi Thanh Huong, vice chairwoman and CEO of Sun Group.
Capella Bangkok officially opened its doors on October 1, welcoming its first guest from Bangkok, Ms. Lina Liu, as Thailand slowly looks to open to international tourism. Standing by to greet them were the General Manager John Blanco and his team, as the guests checked in to take advantage of the hotel’s opening staycation program and the crafted authentic experiences and personalized service for which the Capella brand is known.