The new five-star Apricot Hotel, a 123-room property adorned with Vietnamese artworks and offering panoramic views of Hanoi’s iconic Hoan Kiem Lake, will celebrate its grand opening December 14 in time for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

“We’re a place to stay, but we’re an incredible journey a well — through the history of Vietnamese art and culture,” said the hotel’s representative Phuong Nam Nguyen. “Our guests are bound to leave the city with a deeper appreciation of the Vietnamese art scene, from the country’s master painters to contemporary phenomenons.”

Apricot has also applied the finishing touches to its signature restaurant, Palette, serving Southeast Asian fare.

With its white French colonial facade and neo-classical interior, Apricot Hotel also boasts a heated rooftop pool, “L’Artiste” restaurant with an open-style kitchen, “A’Telier” lobby lounge and a ninth-floor “Library” lounge with artworks and a curated collection of books.

“There’s no better place to indulge the luxurious and culturally enriching than at Apricot Hotel, especially during the festive season,” said Nguyen.

Apricot Hotel’s site is steeped in history stretching back 1,000 years. It was part of a hamlet that dates to the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) as an ancient painting village. Nam Huong Temple originally stood on the land where Apricot stands today, and was succeeded by both the French Chamber of Commerce and the Phu Gia Hotel.