Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
The property’s Metropole wing houses three suites named for former guests Charlie Chaplin, Graham Greene, and Somerset Maugham. Maugham stayed here in 1923 to finish his book about travelling in Asia, The Gentleman in the Parlour; Chaplin honeymooned with Paulette Goddard after they married in Shanghai in 1936; and Greene came in 1951 as a correspondent for Paris Match and wrote The Quiet American while staying at the hotel. The Somerset Maugham Suite, on the first floor, has a spacious living room and a dining room perfect for entertaining, while one floor up, the Graham Greene Suite has colonial armoires, antique ceiling fans, and views of Paul Bert Park and the Parisian-style Government Guesthouse. On the third floor, the Charlie Chaplin Suite features wood panelled walls hung with a series of Chaplin’s portraits, a chaise longue, and a collection of his films ready for viewing.
By Grace Montgomery, AFAR Staff
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