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Revived Sofitel Plaza Hanoi Debuts on West Lake


Five-star hotel finishes landmark renovation of spaces, concepts, service


HANOI, Vietnam (05 Apr. 2012) – A new chapter begins at the Sofitel Plaza Hanoi on West Lake next week as the five-star hotel officially opens the doors on its refreshed rooms and spaces in a glamorous re-launch party April 12.


The culmination of three stages of renovations, the unveiling marks the hotel’s most significant overhaul since its grand opening in 2001. A who’s who of Hanoi’s notables, celebrities and media will gather for the re-opening, featuring a groundbreaking fashion show by luxury French brand, Kenzo.


Extensive upgrades throughout the 317-room property include a full renewal of the hotel’s Plaza Ballroom, luxury accommodation, and business facilities, as well as inside-out makeovers of its flagship Chinese restaurant and rooftop bar.


With a prime address on tree-lined Thanh Nien Boulevard overlooking two legendary lakes and the meandering curves of the Red River, the hotel’s new design fuses Hanoi’s two cultural traditions in a mix of contemporary French elegance and Vietnamese charm.


Polished marble floors, dark wood furniture, Oriental décor and exquisite lighting set the tone for a new oasis of luxury in the centre of a capital that is rapidly reinventing itself as the next regional hub.


Hanoi’s two Sofitel properties are the only five-star hotels in the city that have undergone a thorough refitting of their facilities within the past three years. The Sofitel Plaza Hanoi called on architect Victor Loh of renowned Singaporean firm DP Design to mastermind its redesign.


“This renovation is about fulfilling the potential of this magnificent lakeside property, in a way that we always knew was possible,” said Lhuguenot. “There is a new outlook, a new energy within the hotel that was brought on by this renovation, and so far guests are responding enthusiastically to the changes.”



The hotel’s most sought-after room category, the Luxury Club Rooms, were completely remodeled to evoke a more open, spacious setting with transparent bathroom doors, a lattice wood divider, and built-in cabinet; while all-glass windows deliver spectacular views of the sprawling capital below.


A single Vietnamese artifact now serves as a point of interest in the doorway entrance, and the bathroom is virtually aglow in new lighting and polished marble. Sofitel’s MyBed setting anchors the room’s soothing palette of earth tones, pale yellow and vibrant purple accents.


Larger minibars, a built-in connectivity hub, a 37-inch LCD flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access make up the room’s technological upgrades.


Those staying in the hotel’s Luxury Club Rooms on the 15th to 18th floors have access to the privileges of the Club Sofitel. The hotel transformed its 17th floor business and social venue with fresh furnishings and tropical touches, and installed two new iMacs for guest use.



Closer to the ground, a sleek reinterpretation of Oriental décor has taken over the hotel’s popular Chinese fine-dining venue Ming Restaurant.


Silver detailing on the backs of the restaurant’s ivory-toned seats, a line of potted bonsai and a charming tea lounge evidence the restaurant’s Cantonese roots.

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