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44 Chau Long, Ba Đình, Hanoi
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Vedette is located on the ground floor and 1st floor of the Hoa Binh Hotel, the 2nd oldest hotel in Hanoi after the Metropole. For a very long time the space that Vedette now occupies housed Anam QT Spa and Van Nam Restaurant. Since taking over the space, the owner of Vedette made some significant changes to the exterior of this old hotel by adding marble cladding on the ground floor of the whole Ly Thuong Kiet wing. The marble itself is nice looking and certainly expensive but it does not seem to match well with the remaining floors of the building, which have a distinct French architecture. It is certainly nothing like the Hearst building in NYC where two different styles of architecture match so well together.
They call this place Vedette Café & Lounge but they really should add in “Night Club” as well. That is because there are 3 components to this place: an area on the sidewalk for sipping drinks and smoking, the night club on the ground floor, and a cigar lounge on the first floor. I have never sat on the sidewalk but it does look pretty nice. I have no plans to go to the ground floor night club because it is small and plays deafening bad electronic music but the cigar lounge on the first floor is actually quite nice. They did a good job decorating it and it does look pretty classy (upon close inspection it would seem the leather on the sofa is faux but I won’t hold it against them). On the weekends there is a 2-piece semi classical band (grand piano and violin) playing with a singer.
The prices here are on the more expensive side but not outrageous and you can expect to pay about 140k for a cocktail. If you are into smoking cigar I’d think this is a pretty good place to hang out on the weekend, especially when the band is playing. Service is very good, at least in Vietnamese - I don’t know if they’ll get the orders right in English given the fact that I have never seen a foreigner here, therefore non-Vietnamese speakers should keep that in mind when ordering.
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