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.