InterContinental Hanoi set to open mid-December
InterContinental Hanoi, the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake will officially open for business next month, and the room rates at the luxury hotel will start from US$220 per night.
The five-star building, the first by the Intercontinental Hotels Group in Vietnam, is currently in the final phase of construction and will start receiving guests in mid-December.
The hotel's 500 employees are currently taking training in preparation for the grand opening.
Located over the city's West Lake and adjacent to the 800-year-old Golden Lotus Pagoda, the hotel has 340 modern guestrooms and 19 suites. All rooms are furnished and decorated in well-appointed Vietnamese materials and handicrafts.
All the rooms offer balcony views of the lake, bathtubs with separate walk-in showers, LCD televisions, DVD players, broadband Internet access and a mini bar.
The hotel also houses a ballroom capable of accommodating up to 400 guests, plus other meeting and banquet facilities. Other amenities include the Milan Saigon Restaurant on the mezzanine floor, Cafe du Lac, Sunset Bar, a fitness center and a swimming pool.
The US$52mil hotel was developed by TPC Nghi Tam Village Ltd. with funding from Vietcombank and a number of other financial institutions and should help ease the severe shortage of luxury accommodations in the capital city.
There are more than 180 hotels in Hanoi with over 8,500 rooms, excluding low-standard rooms at guesthouses and motels. The average room occupancy rate is 90% and according to hoteliers, there was not a "low season" for the city's hotels in the past year.
By 2010, Hanoi will need to develop 8,000 hotel rooms to adequately cater to the 1.8mil international visitors and 5.7mil local guests.
From the beginning of this year through October, Hanoi has attracted more than one million international tourists, which is a 7.3% increase from the same period last year.