Combining Vietnamese hospitality with the European heritage of luxury lifestyle, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi exudes charm of colonial Indochina.
Built in the French style in 1901, this historic building is steeped in the charm of a bygone era. Its green shutters, paneling and a lush courtyard lawn are archetypal of the colonial era and evoke scenes from The Quiet American, the novel Graham Greene finished here.
Famous place, celebrated names
Over one hundred years of history means there is no shortage of a well-known names amongst the former guests.
It was here that the pacifist Jane Fonda lived during the war in the sixties, here Roger Moore had his Vietnamese dishes served in the Spice Garden restaurant. Charlie Chaplin chose to stay in Metropole during his honeymoon: the room he stayed in is named after the actor.
Today Metropole remains the best address in Hanoi—and offers a good chance for celebrity spotting.
The historical Metropole Wing is like a journey back in time. Its traditional lobby, lined with dark wood, has bamboo furniture and attractive oval staircases. The rooms are decorated in traditional themes, with wooden floors, cane furniture, classic fixtures and shutters.
The new Opera wing, opened in 1996, is less colonial and the rooms are decorated in the best deco of a low-key luxury and an open plan setting, with a shiny marble en suite bathroom. Here the Club Lounge suites are especially worth recommending.
Metropole has two restaurants; Le Beaulieu is popular in Hanoi for classic French cuisine, and the Spices Garden is a great place to sample the local Vietnamese cuisine.
Then there is Angelina Restaurant and Lounge: the trendiest place in town. There are also three separate bars, each with its own atmosphere.