We’re big InterConti fans, so it made sense to stay at this hotel in Hanoi. The InterContinental Hanoi Westlake is a five-star resort with 327 rooms and 36 apartments, most of which have lake views. It’s a resort that floats on a lake. Note that Westlake is becoming a destination unto itself, but it is not in downtown Hanoi. A taxi from the hotel to the downtown shopping district takes about ten minutes and costs $5. The hotel stretches into the water so there is a lounge and bar with large wicker beds right up against the lake itself—very romantic. At night there are torches burning, music playing and at some times of the year, mosquitoes biting. Oh well. Rooms begin around $150 and go up. We paid a little less than $200 for lake view rooms with Club InterContinental privileges.