The Apricot

Hanoi, Vietnam

At a Glance

  • The Apricot is in a fantastic location in Hanoi's Old Quarter, beside Hoan Kiem Lake

  • This is a good option for those looking for something more local and bit quirky

  • The walls are adorned with Vietnamese art from the owner's own collection

  • The Apricot has a lovely rooftop pool, with panoramic views of the city and lake

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Best time to Visit

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The best time to visit Hanoi is from February to April and September to November avoiding the heat and the rain. The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April as these months see the least rain. December to February are the cooler months. May to September is the rainy season with the most rain failing in July and August and typhoons are possible.

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Insider's View

The entry level 'Sketch' rooms are on the small side, so it is definitely worth going for one of the more spacious categories, and opting for a lake view

Go for one of the room options with a garden for a sweet little outdoor seating area - perfect for a cup of coffee and watching the city life below

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Description

The Apricot is a privately owned boutique hotel in a fantastic location in central Hanoi, Vietnam. The owner's art collection adorns the walls and furnishings, giving it a local feel, and there is a delightful rooftop pool, offering wonderful views.

For those who enjoy being close to the action in a city, The Apricot's location could not be better. The hotel is on the doorstep of Hanoi's Old Quarter, a vibrant labyrinth of winding streets filled with restaurants, bars and local shops. Directly in front of the hotel, you will find Hoan Kiem Lake, an excellent spot for people watching, and popular with the locals. Cars are not allowed in the city center at weekends, but The Apricot's location makes it very easy indeed to explore the local area on foot.

There is also plenty to enjoy at the hotel. On the rooftop, visitors will find a large pool and simple bar, providing the perfect place to sit back and take in the panoramic views of the city and lake. Should you wish to dine at the hotel, there are two restaurants. L'Artiste is The Apricot's fine dining restaurant, with an open-style kitchen, serving classic dishes. Should you prefer something more local, Palette offers inviting Southeast Asian cuisine. Guests can indulge in afternoon tea at A'telier, which is in the hotel's grand lobby. The Apricot also has a small spa and fitness center.

The rooms at The Apricot vary quite considerably in size, with the entry level 'Sketch' rooms measuring a fairly compact 25-30 sqm, working up to the 'Masterpiece' Suite, measuring a spacious 80 sqm. However, each room features local artwork and modern amenities such as TVs, air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The decor is both French and Vietnamese-inspired, using a palette of white and lively colors such as red and gold. Whilst perhaps slightly ostentatious, it does provide a vibrant local feel.

The service at The Apricot aims to be warm and welcoming, although it is worth being aware that this is a privately owned, local hotel, and therefore the staff will not necessarily have had the same training as they might receive at an international property. This local feel, combined with the unique decor, is why we at Scott Dunn like The Apricot, however it is not going to be the right hotel for everyone. Those looking for something more unusual, and for an unbeatable location in Hanoi, are sure to enjoy their stay here.

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Accommodation

The Apricot has 123 rooms and suites. We tend not to recommend the entry level 'Sketch' rooms, as these are on the small side. Some of the rooms have terraces with small gardens. Not many hotels in Hanoi have rooms with outside space, and these little gardens are charming, therefore this is a very unique aspect to the hotel.

Childcare

Children are welcome to stay at The Apricot, but there are no specific facilities for them.

Facilities

The Apricot has a lovely rooftop pool, and simple rooftop bar. There are two restaurants. L'Artiste is fine dining, and Palette offers Southeast Asian cuisine. A'telier is located in the lobby area and serves afternoon tea. The hotel also has a small spa and fitness center.

Activities

The Apricot is in the perfect location to head out and explore the Old Quarter on foot. Scott Dunn are also able to organize guided tours with a number of focuses, be it food, history or art. It is also possible to head out of Hanoi to visit a water puppet workshop and enjoy a private show.

Reviews

4

Lucy Bailey (Staff)

The Apricot boasts a lovely location right on the lake, perfect for an evening stroll, and only a short walk from the bustle of the Old Quarter and some great restaurants. I was very pleasantly surprised by the rooms, both with the dcor and size of the higher categories. The little terraced gardens off some of the rooms are lovely, and quite unique for a city hotel, particularly in Hanoi. The rooftop pool is a nice bonus, and whilst the bar is quite basic, the views make up for this. I would say The Apricot somewhat lacks the finesse and fine details of an international five star hotel, particularly with the service. For example no one shows you to your room, and there is no turn down service for the lower room categories. However, I actually really enjoyed this more relaxed atmosphere, and found the hotel charming. I would definitely stay here again.

Experiences

  • Art and Cocktail Reception

    Enjoy uncovering the heart of the artistic center of Vietnam with a unique look at the blossoming art scene in the city.

  • Day in the Life of a Local Hanoian

    Spend the morning exploring Hanoi like a true local, doing as Hanoians do. Get under the skin of the city as you visit local neighborhood hotspots, markets and coffee shops providing a true flavor of life in the Hanoi.

  • Half Day City Tour of Hanoi

    Start this fascinating historical tour at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of 'Uncle Ho' resides. You will then visit Ho Chi Minh's House, where he lived and worked.

  • Half Day Tour of Dich Long Cave & Pagoda

    Dich Long is a complex of pagodas and caves, tucked away on one of the dramatic lime stone mountains in Ninh Binh province. Spend some time exploring the area, fascinating for both its history and scenery.

  • Half Day Tour of Dinh & Le Dynasty Temples

    Due to its mountainous scenery acting as a barrier against invaders, Ninh Binh was once the capital province of Vietnam. Whilst little remains of the ancient capital city of Hoa Lu, two small but intricate temples stand on the site.

  • Hanoi by Cyclo

    This fun but fascinating half day tour takes in some of the key historical sites of Hanoi, as well as the city's famous Old Quarter. Traveling by cyclo allows you to experience the hustle and bustle up close and soak up the city's wonderful atmosphere.

  • Hanoi by Jeep

    From yellow hued crumbling colonial architecture to chic cafes, and from exuberant markets to buzzing motorbikes, Hanoi really is something else. Explore one of our favorite cities by jeep, completely in keeping with Hanoi's past.

  • Hanoi Street Eats After Dark

    Discover local Hanoian street food culture on this evening food tour. Enjoy an evening stroll with a private guide through the streets of Hanoi sampling an array of local dishes.

  • Hanoi Street Food Experience

    Eating on the street is a very typical activity for Hanoians and makes up an important part of the city’s unique culture. Enjoy strolling the bustling alleys and streets and savour regional specialties in favorite local spots.

  • Hanoi Water Puppet Show

    Early this evening, visit the public theater in Hanoi to enjoy a traditional water puppet performance. This art form is uniquely northern Vietnamese giving a lovely insight into the region's culture.

  • Insight into a Veteran's Experience of American / Vietnam War

    Today take the chance to explore Hanoi's part in the American / Vietnam War with a veteran who was a soldier during the war from 1970-1975.

  • Tai Chi Class in Hanoi

    Enjoy a Tai Chi class in a lovely garden near the Opera House. Many Hanoi residents enjoy practicing Tai Chi a the start of the day to reduce stress and improve balance and flexibility.

  • Trip to Tay Phuong Pagoda

    After a 45-minute drive southwest of Hanoi, you will arrive at Tay Phuong Pagoda. Built in the 17th century, the pagoda is famous for the valuable collection of 18 jack-wood Buddha statues coated with lacquer.

  • Uncover Hidden Hanoi

    Explore Hanoi as a local through the small alleyways, local markets ending with a meal in a restaurant that transports you back to the 1970s.

  • Visit an artist's home in Hanoi

    Visit the home and studio of Mr Phuong Vu Manh, a Vietnamese artist whom graduated from the College of Culture and Art with a major in painting and drawing. Enjoy learning some basic techniques of painting with a face or body session.

  • Water Puppet Show at Dao Thuc

    Completely unique to Vietnam, water puppetry is a wonderful example of this country’s vibrant cultural heritage. During this exclusive experience, you will meet one of the country's best puppet artisans and enjoy a private 30-minute show.

Vacation Ideas

  • Authentic Indochina

    Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau & Siem Reap

    from $3800 pp 12 nights

    • Combine beautiful rural Laos with the quaint capital city of Hanoi, finishing at the iconic Angkor Wat.  A fantastic and varied combination of cultures.
    • This beguiling journey focuses on getting you off the beaten track, and no better place to start than in Laos, the hidden gem of Indochina’s well-trodden tourist trail. Whether you are exploring Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, or exploring temples ruins in Cambodia's jungles rest assured you’ll be one step ahead of the crowds.
    • Enjoy some of Vietnam's most beautiful and quintessential rural vistas in Mai Chau and Ninh Binh in the far north of the country.
  • Honeymoon to Indochina

    Bangkok, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Krabey Island

    from $7300 pp 14 nights

    • The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is a great place to start your honeymoon. Crammed with fabulous restaurants, shops, museums and galleries, this city truly offers something for everyone.
    • From Hanoi in northern Vietnam, you will be able to easily visit the world-famous Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its iconic limestone karsts.
    • Laos is certainly a lesser known and less traveled country in South East Asia, but we thoroughly recommend taking the time to visit the stunning hill town of Luang Prabang. Quiet, romantic and set amongst untouched natural scenery, this is perfect for honeymooners.
  • Off the Beaten Track Indochina

    Vientiane, Muang La, Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Mai Chau, Tam Coc, Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap

    from $7900 pp 21 nights

    • Visit the astonishing temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat, with our specialist guides who are able to judge the busiest times at each temple and will ensure you reach each one just after the crowds have departed.
    • Spend time in Battambang, Cambodia, a beautiful colonial town with a genteel old world feel.
    • Get to know Cambodia's arty capital city, Phnom Penh that's brimming with cafes, restaurants and boutiques.
  • Walk Vietnam

    Hanoi, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau

    from $2900 pp 10 nights

    • The most remote areas are unsuitable May – September due to heavy rain. At other times of year, the weather in Sapa can be unpredictable and much cooler than the lower altitudes. You will need to pack waterproofs, sweatshirts, sensible boots, t-shirts and sun cream as the weather can change swiftly without warning.
    • Sapa is the beautiful mountain town north of Hanoi, famous for its terraced rice paddy fields. Growing more and more popular each year, we recommend combining Sapa with the lesser known areas of Ninh Binh and Mai Chau for the best hiking trails and most authentic experience.
    • Ninh Binh is a province west of Hanoi with dramatic limestone scenery, a great alternative to going to Halong Bay.
  • Walk Vietnam

    Hanoi, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau

    from $2900 pp 10 nights

    • The most remote areas are unsuitable May – September due to heavy rain. At other times of year, the weather in Sapa can be unpredictable and much cooler than the lower altitudes. You will need to pack waterproofs, sweatshirts, sensible boots, t-shirts and sun cream as the weather can change swiftly without warning.
    • Sapa is the beautiful mountain town north of Hanoi, famous for its terraced rice paddy fields. Growing more and more popular each year, we recommend combining Sapa with the lesser known areas of Ninh Binh and Mai Chau for the best hiking trails and most authentic experience.
    • Ninh Binh is a province west of Hanoi with dramatic limestone scenery, a great alternative to going to Halong Bay.
  • Walk Vietnam

    Hanoi, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau

    from $2900 pp 10 nights

    • The most remote areas are unsuitable May – September due to heavy rain. At other times of year, the weather in Sapa can be unpredictable and much cooler than the lower altitudes. You will need to pack waterproofs, sweatshirts, sensible boots, t-shirts and sun cream as the weather can change swiftly without warning.
    • Sapa is the beautiful mountain town north of Hanoi, famous for its terraced rice paddy fields. Growing more and more popular each year, we recommend combining Sapa with the lesser known areas of Ninh Binh and Mai Chau for the best hiking trails and most authentic experience.
    • Ninh Binh is a province west of Hanoi with dramatic limestone scenery, a great alternative to going to Halong Bay.

Location & directions

Hanoi, Vietnam

The Apricot is ideally located on the corner of Hanoi's Old Quarter right beside Hoan Kiem Lake.

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