Hanoi’s most storied 5 star luxury hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is an iconic French colonial style building steeped in history since 1901 showcasing timeless refinement & the opulence of past to modern era throughout the building.
Nestled in central Hanoi with Opera House just opposite and the famous Hoan Kiem Lake and the historic Old Quarter is merely 10 mins walking distance making it an ideal base to explore Hanoi.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is divided into 2 wings. The historic Metropole Wing with 106 guestroom and 3 Legendary Suite is inspired by vintage French architecture infusing local Vietnamese culture and is where luminaries of the past such as Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene have experienced & immortalized at the hotel with the 3 Legendary Suites dedicated to them.
The newer section Opera wing with 236 guestroom, 18 suites & 1 Grand Prestige Suite is more contemporary designed incorporating historical element of the hotel with state of the art technology in every rooms.
Countless prominent figures worldwide had made Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi their choice of stay during their visit in Hanoi such as David Beckham, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair (room 643), senator John McCain (room 491), Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Michelle Yeoh (room 228), Hiroko Hayshi, Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hopkins and royal families, politicians, singers, actors & CEOs.
Upon arrival, the first dilemma was to choose which wing to stay with a choice to reminisce the French Indochina era or indulge in modern stylish designed.
Historical buff or Greatest & Silent generations who endured the war would appreciate the historical wing bringing them back into a past era while younger generations & most Asians will inclined towards the Opera wing rooms.
Located in the Opera Wing, our Prestige Suites is luxuriously designed with neo-classical interior offering a generous space of 689 sq.ft and consist of living room, bedroom, bathroom & guest toilet.
The comfortable bed was to die for, it took great strength just to get up from the bed in the morning. The bathroom is spacious & luxuriously designed with a freestanding bath tub that we truly enjoyed and a separate rain shower.
When desire to splurge for the ultimate luxury, the Grand Prestige Suite at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi would certainly live up to its billing.
With a generous space of approx 200 sq.m, the Grand Prestige Suite is the jewel of the Club Metropole. The suite is exquisitely designed to ensure guests enjoy the ultimate comfort in a contemporary, yet luxurious atmosphere.
The most exclusive suite features a master bedroom, one connecting Grand Premium Room, individual spa room, dining area, luxurious bathroom with French standing bathtub and steam shower, nightly drinks from the full open bar and around the clock Butler service.
Throughout the century, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi not only serve as a residence to countless guests, it also shelter its guests during the Vietnam War with its bomb shelter with famous residents like Joan Baez and Jane Fonda.
After the war the bunker was closed, sealed and forgotten leaving just a myth for 35 years until a surprising discovery by the hotel during the the renovation of the Bamboo Bar in 2011. It was reopened in 2012 as a memorial of hardships of wartime.
Daily tours of Metropole’s Path of History and the bomb shelter with Ambassador of history are offered exclusively for hotel guests which we joined.
American folk singer, Joan Baez visited Hanoi with an American delegation in December 1972 and found herself caught in the Christmas bombings.
Her song “Where Are You Now, My Son?” was inspired during the stay with actual recordings from the hotel, from the massive Christmas bombing raids on Hanoi, from hours spent in the bunker of the hotel, from Christmas songs sung in the lobby of the hotel.
As Accor Platinum member & residence Club Floor rooms, we are entitled for Club Metropole Benefits which includes early check in & late check out, 24 hours butler service, all day beverages, breakfast, afternoon tea & also evening cocktails.
Located on the 7th floor of the Opera Wing, the Club Lounge at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi boasts one of the most extensive selections of beverages during evening cocktails.
A whopping of more than 40 choices of red & white wine, champagne, cocktails, wine & liquor are available. A variety of non alcoholic beverages are available as well. No other luxury hotels we stayed so far could come close to this full bar offering!
The SOFit fitness center is equipped with the state of the art equipment and personal trainer allowing us a reasonable workout to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Apart from fitness center, yoga and tai chi class in the morning is offered by the hotel on the relaxing rooftop garden balcony Le Balcon.
With its stylish French décor, Le Club is Hanoi’s classiest House of Jazz and the perfect venue for Jazz lovers. During our stay, New York jazz diva Kathryn Farmer was the guest singer, mesmerizing the floor with her amazing vocal.
Similar to the hotel, the century old multi award winning Le Beaulieu is frequented by prominent people including Graham Greene and Lucien Bodart.
With a unique blend of Indochinese ambiance and French sophistication featuring marble and wooden parquet floors, large windows overlooking the street, lit by chandeliers at nightfall, Le Beaulieu is renowned for its exquisite French cuisine, dazzling soirées and sublime Sunday brunches.
Le Beaulieu is also one of the restaurants apart from Spices Garden & Club Lounge where hotel guests enjoy their buffet breakfast.
We were spoilt for choices at the buffet breakfast with a large selection of European breads, pastries, Tropical fruits, meats, yogurts, fresh juices, made-to-order stations for eggs, noodles, pancakes.
With quality choices aplenty, from Western cuisine to Vietnamese spread and Oriental choices, the buffet breakfast at Le Beaulieu was splendid.
Video Tour of our Room
Overall it was Legendary stay at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi fully immersed in a living heritage that will always remain in our memories especially the bomb shelter. For us younger generations who were fortunate to avoid war, the experience was intense, no matter the outcome of a war, the ones who truly suffered were definitely the civilians who only hope is just a decent living.
What we look forward : Consistent unparalleled service from all staffs
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
15, Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District 10000 Hanoi