Review: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Walking to the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi means strolling past Hanoi’s gorgeous Opera House in the city’s French Quarter, and as to be expected, the opulence of the era and the area is reflected in the hotel property.

The frontage of the hotel is all white and green, with classical stylings on the shutters, plus iron and wood detailing, harking back to the design approach of the original opening date of the hotel, 1901.

With its long heritage, the Hotel Metropole Hanoi has welcomed through its doors a long list of writers, politicians, royal family members and entertainers, including Charlie Chaplin, whose presence lives on in the name of one of the rooms.

Rooms

The property has 364 rooms and suites, separated into the Historical Wing and Opera Wing. All rooms are equipped with Sofitel’s MyBed, broadband Internet, LCD, and DVD player. Everything here is the best of the best, down to the bed linens and pillows.

The suites of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoï all have 24-hour butler service and, as noted above, many are dedicated to some of the hotel’s greatest guests, such as Somerset Maugham, Charlie Chaplin and Graham Greene. Guests staying in the hotel’s club Grand Premium Rooms and Suites also get access to the Club Metropole executive lounge.

Here, private breakfasts, afternoon tea and evening cocktails are served to guests who can enjoy the views of Hanoi through the lounge’s Art Deco windows.

Food and beverage

As befits the history and discerning clientele of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, the hotel is also home to some of Hanoi’s most renowned restaurants. Le Beaulieu offers French cuisine and fine wine pairings suggested by the house sommelier;  Spices Garden restaurant serves delicious and authentic Vietnamese; and Angelina offers modern Italian gastronomy with an elegant artsy presentation.

The French Quarter’s casual opulence from the days of yore shines through at the pool bar Bamboo, which serves beers, wines and cocktails with quirky and historic names such as the Charlie Chaplin, Bird on a Balcony, Sesame Chi Chi, Ode to Audrey and Bell Ringer. It makes for an exquisite afternoon of relaxation and a huge contrast from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi life just outside.

La Terrasse, inspired by Parisian cafés, has a live saxophonist on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Le Club bar, set in the courtyard garden, features a chocolate buffet and jazz performances.

Facilities

Guests staying at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi receive access to the usual suite of fitness facilities, including oasis-like swimming pool, fitness area, hairdresser, hotel gift shop and even a luxury boutique arcade.

As an extra, hotel guests can partake in a tour of the local bomb shelter — a harrowing yet important reminder of Vietnam’s history.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi – more information

Go to sofitel.accorhotels.com for more information and booking.

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