THE beds at Hanoi's Thang Loi Hotel have held up under many a beefy Soviet cadre over the years, but the German Embassy was leaving nothing to chance for the visit of corpulent Chancellor Dr Helmut Kohl. Dr Kohl became the first head of state in years to stay at the Cuban-designed resort built on pylons over Hanoi's West Lake - but only after the embassy supervised a makeover of suite 331. Exact designs and measurements were prepared for the hotel, which had to fit, among other things, a large Japanese toilet, a Jacuzzi, a television, sofas and two refrigerators. The centrepiece of the US$500 (HK$3,864) a night room was the giant bed made from Japanese hardwood, measuring more than 2.3 metres by 2 metres, built especially for the 160-kilogram Chancellor. The living room, bedroom, bathroom and balcony were completely re-carpeted and retiled to a design set off by hanging plastic flowers. The mirror, however, was just half a metre wide. A separate room next door was used for Dr Kohl's private dining. He seemed to take a liking to Vietnamese food and has been tucking-in with gusto at state events. Dr Kohl's sheer bulk and genial manner seemed to endear him to the slightly more petite hotel staff. He arranged several impromptu press shoots smiling among slim young female staff clad in the traditional flowing ao dai. Dr Kohl arrived in Singapore yesterday.