17 June 2015

Immerse yourself in history and art at Apricot Hotel, Hanoi

Source: Apricot Hotel website.

With plans for a grand opening at the end of summer*, Hano’s newest luxury hotel, Apricot Hotel, has opened for business in the heart of Vietnam’s cultural and political capital. The 10-story Apricot Hotel building has enormous historical significance as it was formerly the Phú Gia Hotel, where the city’s movers and shakers have gathered since the 1920s.

With views of Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi’s Old Quarter at its doorstep, the luxury five-star hotel features 123 neo-classical rooms, two restaurants, a lobby lounge and cafe, rooftop bar, heated rooftop swimming pool, meeting facilities, spa and fitness centre.

“If we liken Hoan Kiem Lake to a stunning ring, our hotel aspires to be the gemstone atop that ring; Apricot Hotel is luxurious yet homely, intimate and cosy with personal butlers and bespoke services including dining in a private garden for certain room categories,” said Steve Tan, the hotel’s GM.

Apricot Hotel pays homage to art created by the nation’s master painters and contemporary up-and-comers. It showcases more than 600 original artworks in the lobby, corridors and rooms. Those by master painters include Nguyễn Dung’s Hát Ả Đào (Traditional Folk Singers) with its earthy colours, Mai Thứ’s Thiếu Nữ (Young Girl), and Phan Kế An’s Nhớ Một Chiều Tây Băc (Recalling One Late Afternoon in Tay Bac) that hints at the heroism of Vietnamese troops during the French-Vietnamese war.

Artists Bùi Hữu Hùng and Hồng Việt Dũng lead the charge on the contemporary front with golden-hued Nhã Nhạc (Royal Elegant Music) and Rừng Cọ (Palm Forest) respectively. The latter work’s muted tones bringing depth to a scene that seems devoid of human influence until the eye is drawn to a tiny boat in the foreground.

“Art is a gateway to the deepest, most profound depths of any culture,” said Steve Tan, the hotel’s GM. “At the same time we’re providing a stationary experience of accommodation, we’re going to take guests on an incredible journey through the history of Vietnamese art and culture.”

In addition to five categories of rooms and suites named Sketch, Canvas, Gallery, Masterpiece and Studio, the hotel’s L’Artiste restaurant boasts an open-style kitchen and menus reminiscent of an artist’s sketchbook while A’telier, located in the hotel lobby, serves a selection of teas from across the globe.

Opening promotional room rates start at VND2,399,128 ++ (USD 110++). A’telier’s Afternoon Tea for Two selection of freshly prepared mini-finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, homemade cakes. pastries and tea is priced at VND520,000++ (USD 23.90++).

*See this blog's definition for summer