Hanoi hotel transformed by artists

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A team of Vietnamese and Spanish artists have transformed the Sen Thang Long Hotel in Hanoi into the Thang Long Espana Hotel, a Spanish style building that now provides a different artistic theme for each room, reported The thao Van hoa Friday.


The hotel opened on May 7 as a special gift of culture and art for Spanish and Vietnamese artist, according to Spanish ambassador Fernando Curcio.


The transformation began in October 2010 when Valencia-based design firm El fabricante de espheras and seven Spanish and Vietnamese artists began putting their artistic and cultural stamp on the old building.


The outside of the building, as well as the halls, lobby and all guestrooms throughout the four-story hotel have each been designed by a different artist under a different theme.


Accordingly, the floors have been decorated with local Hanoi flower tiles in both old and new designs.


Room 401 by architect Diego Cortizas is named Lac loi trong long Hanoi (Lost in Hanoi) and features hundreds portraits of Hanoians of different age on its walls, and a Hanoi map on the ceiling.


Vietnamese painter Doan Son's Room 402 was inspired by Ha Long Bay and makes the guest feel as though they are sleeping amid the bay's famous limestone karsts, jutting out of the water, surrounded by the rocks and sea with mountains in the distance.


Room 403 is a bamboo forest, designed to give visitors the feeling of being surrounded by trees, according to architect Pasqual Herrero Vicent.


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