Entering Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel Hanoi is like entering a movie. This luxury hotel, which has been a landmark of Hanoi since 1901, is situated in Central Hanoi, near the Old Quarter, just 150 meters from the Hanoi Opera House. The spectacular Hoan Kiem Lake is less than 500 meters from the Sofitel Legend Metropole.
There are two entrances to the hotel – the Historic and Opera Wings – where a very-attentive staff will cordially greet you in French. The lobby areas are spacious and very elegantly decorated, always busy, but seldom crowded.
The Rooms in the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel Hanoi
The rooms are air-conditioned, spacious and decorated in elegant neo-classic style or classical French décor. The beds are very comfortable and well equipped with lamps that enable you to read in bed (quite a rare treat these days!). The complimentary Wi-Fi works quite well. The flat-screen TV has a generous variety of international channels.
You can find all the amenities you need in the bathroom. A hairdryer is decent, in a proper place – not hidden. Les Notes de Lanvin cosmetics provide additional charm for your bathroom needs.
Dining Options in The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel Hanoi
The Metropole hotel has a beautiful courtyard with an impressive staircase. You can choose between the Angelina Italian Restaurant and Lounge, Le Beaulieu French or Spices Garden Asian and Vietnamese restaurant. For a drink you can choose from one of three bars. If you are hungry, you can also get a burger or a delicious Pho noodle soup in the bar.
You can choose where to have your breakfast – in the Asian or Western restaurant. The food variety should impress everyone. You can choose between cold meat or fish cuts, a selection of cheese, an Asian breakfast selection, eggs, waffles, pancakes and much more. Service in the breakfast restaurant is pleasant but not always efficient.
The hotel has a heated swimming pool, a well-equipped fitness center and le Spa du Metropole. There is a business center and a gift shop. You can find many brand shops near the hotel.
Every time I stay at this hotel, I enjoy its elegance and high-quality service. Let its exquisite bouquets of flowers and cute decorations embrace you from your first minute there.
Moreover, its impressive history is also worth mentioning.
This hotel has hosted many writers, ambassadors and heads of states. Graham Green stayed there in 1951 while writing The Quiet American, and Somerset Maugham wrote The Gentleman in the Parlour there. The hotel has named suites after them, as well as under the name of Charlie Chaplin, who also stayed in this hotel.
If you do not stay in this hotel, I would suggest you drop in for an afternoon tea, which is served between 3.30 p.m. until 5.30 p.m.
The address of the hotel is: 15 Ngo Quyen Street Hoan Kiem District, 10000 Hanoi. Tel.: (+84)24/38266919