The Metropole wing opened in 1901. It was inspired by classic French architecture with a hint of local Vietnamese style. The hotel is a favorite among celebrities & heads of state Past guests include Angelina Jolie, Jane Fonda, George W Bush and Frangdis Mitterand in 1936. Charlie Chaplin spent his honeymoon here. He did so after getting married in Shanghai to Paulette Goddard. The property has also inspired many writers In. Graham Green stayed at the hotel in 1951 while writing ‘The Quiet American. A beautifully restored Citroen (1952) is used fQ| The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi also provides transfers with a BMW.
Tour of the Metropole wing’s lobby and communal areas. The hotel is an oasis of peace and quiet, a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. The concierge desk is the place to be for Hanoi travel tips. The adjacent ‘Path of History’ corridor displays the history of the hotel (shown later in this post). An elegant staircase leads to the guest room floors. The Metropole’s rooms are smaller but more charming than the ones in the Opera wing. The hotel is managed by the luxurious Sofitel brand. Sofitel is part of the French multinational hotel group Accor. This is the tour desk (a Halong Bay tour is shown later). The door at the end marks the entrance to Le Beaulieu restaurant (also shown later). This is the tour desk (a Halong Bay tour is shown! later)!.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam Photo Gallery
A cabinet showcases pieces of the hotel’s history. The hotel’s historic charm is one of its many great selling points. In case you wonder where all the guests are, I wrote this sequence at 7 am, when most guests were still sleeping, so as not to disturb them :-). This is the entrance to the Bamboo Bar. Bamboo Bar serves snacks, ice-cream, juices, and an exclusive Metropole tea collection. A lovely courtyard is located between the hotel’s It features a heated pool, so swimming is possible at every time of the year ‘. It features a heated pool, so swimming is possible at every time of the year. October, November, March and April guarantee warm temperatures and blue skies. Hanoi’s winters (Dec to March) are mostly dry but cold.
Winter days are often accompanied by a persistent mist in coastal areas (Halong Bay). Summers in Hanoi last from May to September. Summers are very hot, wet and humid, and not so ideal for sightseeing. Some more impressions of the lobby & bar. The ‘Grand Dame’ of Hanoi showcases a colonial grandeur and timeless elegance. The Path of History1 demonstrates the hotel’s rich past. The hotel was first opened at the turn of the 20th century by two private French investors. In the 1950s, it was converted into ‘Thong Nhat Hotel’. Meaning Reunification, the hotel was used by Vietnam’s government as a guesthouse. Jane Fonda stayed here during her famous trip to Hanoi. Joan Baez recorded her song ‘where are you now, my son’ during an air raid in 1972. During the war, rooms were converted into embassies. Following a facelift, the hotel reopened in 1992 and was later rebranded as a Sofitel.
Embassies have now been replaced by rooms again. The most expensive suites in the old wing are named after famous guests. I did not stay in this room during my holiday. My more modest room is shown later in this post. This is one of the hotel’s most expensive hotel suites. It features original wood flooring and a king size Sofitel ‘MyBed’ bed. The ‘MyBed’ bed was exclusively developed for Sofitel It offers a subtle blend of support and delicacy for sweet dreams. The ‘MyBed’ beds are very popular among guests. You can buy one for your own home, via Sofitel’s online shop portal, called So Boutique’.
The suite’s bathroom is comfortable and spacious. It features a Jacuzzi, a standing shower, and Hermes bath amenities. The Graham Green suite has a separate living room It comes with its own dining table. I stayed in this room during my visit. Room category: historic wing, luxury room, two single beds. The hotel has 364 rooms & suites in total. As previously mentioned, the historic wing rooms are small but charming. Opera wing rooms are larger and more modest. I show one of the Opera wing rooms later in this post. The room features natural wooden flooring. The richly cultured decor is distinctive of 1920s France. Tip: get free VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso. These include an upgrade, breakfast, $75 USD food credit and afternoon tea (link below post). This is the lowest room category. I checked in at 6 am and was very glad this room was immediately available.
I was offered an upgrade later in the day. I kindly declined the offer since I liked the charm of this room and had already settled in. Welcome amenities. Mango, dried fruits, and chocolates. The Oprah wing has a separate entrance and lobby In fact, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi represents two hotels under one roof. The lobby’s design respects the rich heritage of the site This is evident in subtle touches, such as paintings on the elevator’s doors. The contemporary Opera wing offers 236 rooms. This includes 12 Premium Rooms with a terrace opening into a garden feature. The old-fashioned standalone bathtub is magnificent. Hermes toiletries are provided in all rooms (regardless of room type).
The Opera wing also houses the Club Lounge \ The Club Lounge, located on the 7th floor, is for exclusive use of Club ltropol.. The Club Lounge, located on the 7th floor, is for exclusive use of Club Metropole guests. The Club Lounge offers personalized service. This begins with express check-in and ends with departure services. Each morning, French breakfast is served in the afternoon, high tea is hosted, while cocktails are served in the. Let’s return to the historic Metropole wing. A walkway along the hotel’s inner garden and courtyard connects both hotel wings. Several high-end boutique shops. The luxury brand Hermes is well represented in the hotel:-). The Hermes shop connects to L’Epicerie du Metropole. L’Epicerie is a luxurious grocery renowned for selling high-end imports. Yoga and Thai Chi classes are offered here each morning. This is the perfect way to stay in shape and de-stress the spirit.
Yoga and Thai Chi classes are offered here each morning This is the perfect way to stay in shape and de-stress the spirit. The balcony looks out over the swimming pool. After a day of sightseeing, the pool area is a perfect spot to relax and rest. The spa overlooks the charming courtyard and pool. The spa features two themed spa suites for couples and six individual spa suites. The spa also offers other facilities. These include a steam bath, sauna, showers, and a relaxation room. Each massage area is private. The therapists use top products, such as Sisley, Clarins, Ytsara and Laurent Severac. The night falls in Hanoi. The hotel’s facade is very popular in the evening as a background for wedding pictures. This restaurant will soon be replaced by another eatery. Dinner at Angelina, the hotel’s Italian fine dining venue This restaurant will soon be replaced by another eatery.
I hereby share with you some sights and sounds of Hanoi. Never before did I witness such an exciting and entertaining urban ambience. Halong bay is located a 4 hour drive from Hanoi. Trip to Vietnam’s most famous attraction, Halong Bay Halong bay is located a 4 hour drive from Hanoi. The excursion was arranged via the hotel . A small cruise ship was chartered for the occasion. Halong Bay is a UNESCO world heritage site. There’s no better place to conclude my series of Vietnam trip reports than here. Halong Bay is a place of spectacular natural beauty. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and inlets in various shapes and sizes. Halong Bay is also famous for its grandiose caves. Most Halong Bay cruises will make a stop here so you can explore some caves. Goodbye Vietnam.
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