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Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Hotel: Old-World Vietnamese Charm
Legendary Suites
The magic of the Metropole
Wartime Air-Raid Shelter
Cooking Schools: Vietnamese Food in Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Best place to stay in Hanoi.
Le Beaulieu Restaurant
Le Spa du Metropole
Sustainable Development
Prime People-watching At Hanoi's Most Storied Hotel
For Old-School French Dining
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Sofitel Legend Hotel: Old-World Vietnamese Charm
Legendary Suites
The magic of the Metropole
Wartime Air-Raid Shelter
Cooking Schools: Vietnamese Food in Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Best place to stay in Hanoi.
Le Beaulieu Restaurant
Le Spa du Metropole
Sustainable Development
Prime People-watching At Hanoi's Most Storied Hotel
For Old-School French Dining
Sofitel Legend Metropole
A landmark in Hanoi’s French Quarter since opening in 1901, this colonial building with distinctive green shutters and gleaming vintage Citroën Traction cars out front has welcomed presidents, ambassadors, and literary and cinematic royalty to its marble lobby. Graham Greene wrote The Quiet American while staying here, and Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard celebrated their honeymoon at the property. Rooms are divided between two wings. The historic Metropole section has decor shaped by French architecture and accented with touches of Vietnam: wood floors, louver windows, languid ceiling fans, bird-cage lampshades, and porcelain light fixtures. The newer Opera wing, opened in 1996 just across the traffic circle from the Opera House, has a strong neoclassical edge, with rooms in red, black, and white. All accommodations have supremely comfortable down-and-feather mattresses to lull guests. The bar La Terrasse, with a green awning, filigree ironwork, and tables and chairs on an outdoor wood deck, places a Parisian café in the tropics.
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Neighborhood Vibe
The Hoan Kiem district, and especially the French Quarter within it (home to the Sofitel), is one of the most pedestrian-friendly parts of the city, with wide sidewalks and plenty of sights. At Hoan Kiem Lake, one block from the hotel, Hanoians rise early to do tai chi, aerobics, or jogging, and on weekends newlyweds come to take wedding shots. It’s one of the city’s best people-watching hangouts and is also where the iconic red Huc Bridge is located. The columned Hanoi Opera House, visible from some hotel rooms, was built by the French administration in the early 1900s and modeled on the Palais Garnier in Paris. A few steps away, the Vietnam National Museum of History, housed in a former French school, presents exhibits that trace the country’s dynastic past.
Need to Know
Rooms: 342 room, 22 suites. From $250.
Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m.
Dining options: Marble and parquet floors, large windows with views of Ngo Quyen street, and Vietnamese-inflected French fare are the norm at Le Beaulieu—think foie gras with smoked duck, coq au vin, and Nha Trang lobster thermidor. Bright with candy-colored light fixtures, Spices Gardensfocuses on Vietnamese cuisine from the country’s various regions, with staples like the meat-noodle soup pho, spring rolls, and the lemongrass-scented dishes of the imperial capital Hue. Amid interiors that are decidedly nightclubby, Angelinadoles out Ligurian minestrone and pancetta-wrapped lamb loin with sautéed fava and cannellini beans. The afternoon chocolate buffet at the Club Bar, with pralines, ganache, éclairs, and a chocolate fountain, pulls in the city’s cocoa junkies. Located next to the pool, and populated with wicker chairs, Bamboo Baris a relaxing spot for cocktails or a scoop of ice cream.
Spa and gym details: Set near the pool, the gym is open 5 a.m.–10 p.m. and has Life Fitness bikes and cardio equipment, plus the usual roster of other gear. The 4,000-square-foot, two-story Le Spa has seven treatment rooms and uses Clarins and Ytsara products, oil blends, and essences from French perfumer Laurent Severac. The spa has a steam bath and sauna, and it offers treatments like "Dawn on Halong Bay," an organic facial with a blend of green-tea and bamboo-shoot extract that incorporates Vietnamese Dien Cham (face reflexology).
Insider Tips
Who's it for: Visitors to Hanoi with an interest in the city’s colonial past; anybody on a grand Asia tour.
Our favorite rooms: The Metropole Wing’s three suites—named for past guests Graham Greene, Somerset Maugham, and Charlie Chaplin—come with a private garden and truly amplify the hotel’s heritage appeal. Their interiors and history should provide ample material for a short story.
Underground history: Book the hotel’s free daily history and bomb shelter tour in advance since participation is limited to 10 guests per day. The bomb shelter served to protect guests from air raids during what the Vietnamese know as the American War (1964–1973). It was closed and sealed after combat ended, but was rediscovered during the 2011 renovation of the Bamboo Bar.
Amenities
  • Rooms
    Fine linens, work desk in rooms, minibar, coffee and tea, mineral water
  • Bath
    Bathtub, shower, hairdryer, makeup magnifying mirror, bath amenities
  • Tech
    Flat screen TV with VCR, WiFi in room, direct dial telephone
  • Restaurants
    Angelina Restaurant and Lounge - International cuisine; Le Beaulieu Restaurant - French cuisine; Spices Garden Restaurant - Regional Vietnamese fare
  • Bars
    Bamboo Bar - Poolside bar with cocktails, light snacks and desserts, juice and teas; La Terrasse Du Metropole -  Inspired by Parisian cafes, live music on weekend evenings; Le Club located in the courtyard garden, features a chocolate buffet and daily jazz performances.
  • Fitness Centre
    Fitness Center and pool on-site
  • Spa
    Le Spa du Metropole - combines eastern and western treatment styles; hair salon
  • Concierge
    Room service available, butler service with Club Metropole access
Room Types
  • Opera Wing, Premium Room
    Located in the modern Opera Wing, these rooms feature elegant wood floors, bright interior design, and a contemporary bathroom. Rooms can feature a queen-sized bed or two single beds, and some include a patio. Rooms are 344 square-feet and offer flat-screen TVs and Internet access.
  • Opera Wing, Grand Premium Room
    Located in the modern Opera Wing, Grand Premium Rooms include a contemporary interior and an open-plan design. Rooms are 517 square-feet and include Club Metropole benefits like butler service, Internet access, afternoon tea, cocktails and late checkout based on availability. Rooms come equipped with a queen bed or two single beds.
  • Historical Wing, Luxury Room
    Located in the hotel’s Historical Wing, Luxury Rooms feature distinctive 1920’s French decor, natural wooden floors and spacious bathrooms with separate standing shower. Rooms feature a queen sized bed or two single beds. Rooms are 344 square-feet and offer flat-screen TVs and Internet access.
  • Historical Wing, Grand Luxury Room
    Located in the hotel’s Historical Wing, Grand Luxury Rooms feature French classical architecture, natural wooden floors, and spacious bathrooms with separate standing showers. Rooms include a queen-sized bed or two single beds. Rooms are 398 square-feet and offer flat-screen TVs and Internet access.
  • Opera Wing, Prestige Suite
    Located in the modern Opera Wing, the Prestige Suite includes a king bed wooden floor, bathroom with standing shower and Club Metropole benefits like butler service, Internet access, afternoon tea, cocktails and late checkout based on availability. Suite is 698 square feet.
  • Opera Wing, Grand Prestige Suite
    Located in the modern Opera Wing, the Grand Prestige Suite offers residential style accommodations with a private spa therapy room. The suite has hosted high profile, celebrity guests and can become a two bedroom space on request. Suite includes Club Metropole benefits like butler service, Internet access, afternoon tea, cocktails and late checkout based on availability.
  • Historical Wing, Legendary Suite
    Named for previous guests Somerset Maugham, Charlie Chaplin and Graham Green, these suits are located in the historical wing and feature Club Metropole benefits like butler service, Internet access, afternoon tea, cocktails and late checkout based on availability.
Sofitel Legend Hotel: Old-World Vietnamese Charm
"I love the old-world colonial feel of this hotel,” says Yotam Ottolenghi, chef at his eponymous London restaurant. “Everyone has stayed here, from Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene to Jane Fonda and Franc╠žois Mitterrand.” Bell boys in pillbox hats welcome guests to this grand dame, which dates to 1901. Located in the French Quarter of Old Hanoi, it’s the perfect respite from the scooter traffic and sensory overload of the nearby food markets. Choose from three restaurants: Spices Garden for traditional Vietnamese cuisine; Le Beaulieu for fine French dining; and a new Italian restaurant, Angelina.
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Legendary Suites
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.
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The magic of the Metropole
With its style, atmosphere, and history, Hanoi's Metropole is simply one of the region's most unforgettable experiences (the ceiling fans alone are to die for)--even if you just pop in for some tea at the cafe.
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Wartime Air-Raid Shelter
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?
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Cooking Schools: Vietnamese Food in Hanoi
The Hotel Metropole in Hanoi is renowned for its regional Vietnamese cuisine. Sign up for a “Culinary Journey” and accompany the chef to a local market. After lunch at Spices Garden restaurant, retreat to the kitchen to prepare some of the dishes you just ate, including pho. From $150. This appeared in the May 2013 issue.
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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Built in 1901 by two private French investors, the hotel quickly became the rendez-vous point for colonial society in the first half of the century. Following Vietnamese independence in the 1950s, the new national government opted to maintain it as the official hotel for visiting VIP’s. During and after the war years, it became a base for press and diplomats. The 5-star Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is just 160 metres from the famous Hanoi Opera House. The scenic Hoan Kiem Lake is less than 500 metres from the hotel. All 364 soundproofed rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and 24-hour room service. Comforts include premium bedding and down comforters, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches like bathrobes and slippers. The Le Beaulieu Restaurant provides the perfect setting for relaxing and socializing and offers refined French cuisine, while the Spices Garden Restaurant serves Vietnamese cuisine in an elegant setting with an attractive garden terrace offering a great view. Looking onto a serene courtyard garden, the Le Club Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy a relaxing drink or cocktail after a busy day. The bathroom is unusually long, going the whole length of the room and with curtains rather than doors, although there is a door to the toilet chamber.
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Best place to stay in Hanoi.
Ask for a room in their historic wing, rather than their modern annex. Excellent hotel to use as your base: the lake is just a couple blocks away, and makes for the best walking/running track in town. Concierge desk was very helpful, esp., making restaurant reservations, and providing directions. I never touched the door coming in or out - service is stellar here.
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Le Beaulieu Restaurant
Le Beaulieu might be the oldest restaurant in operation at the same location in Vietnam and has been serving guests for over 114 years. The restaurant produces sublime French food, often using local ingredients—and has received wide acclaim for its creations, led by Chef Olivier Genique. The kitchen creates inventive dishes like pan-fried foie gras with mango and beet or Nha Trang Lobster Thermidor, with most of the produce coming from farms in Da Lat, a town on a mountainous plateau in Vietnam’s southern highlands.
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Le Spa du Metropole
Though not part of the hotel’s original design over a century ago, the Metropole debuted Le Spa du Metropole 2010, which overlooks the pool and courtyard, and which has won numerous accolades since opening. The 4,300-square-foot facility has seven treatment rooms and a calming décor with plenty of whites, dark woods, and flashes of deep red silk. The therapists use Clarins and Ytsara products, plus oil blends by Laurent Severac, and combine the best of East and West wellness techniques. Dawn on Halong Bay is a 90-minute organic facial with green tea and bamboo shoot extract, and the After Shopping Leg Reviver uses a Thai wooden stick and reflexology to refresh guests after a day wandering the streets of Hanoi.
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Sustainable Development
The hotel places a quiet emphasis on social awareness and environmental responsibility. This includes using eco-friendly cleaning products and certified sustainable paper for printing documents, refusing to serve endangered sea food products, and training staff on responsible actions towards the environment.
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Prime People-watching At Hanoi's Most Storied Hotel
Almost everything at the legendary Metropole Hotel is rarefied -- even the al fresco drinking. The property's outdoor terrace offers comfortable seating, quality service and plentiful opportunity to kick back, relax and watch the street scenes unfold. Photo by Eustaquio Santimano/Flickr.
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For Old-School French Dining
If it is innovation you crave, look elsewhere in Hanoi. However, for complex and creamy sauces as well as classics such as foie gras and cote de boeuf, the Metropole's signature restaurant is the place to come to. Expert service and a great wine list add to the allure.
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