Throughout my time living in Vietnam, I was often fascinated by the reminders of the war that can be found with little searching. In 2011, one of the iconic hotels of Hanoi uncovered a forgotten remnant of the troubled times while undertaking some renovation work.
Builders at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi happened upon an old bomb shelter utilized by the hotel’s guests – a guest list that consisted of foreign refugees, some of whom were rich and famous.
Now, two years later, the shelter has been restored to its working condition, but the network of underground tunnels and chambers is available only to current guests staying at the luxury hotel. It’s certainly a quality that makes the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi unique – how many other five-star hotels can you think of that list a bomb shelter among its list of features?