Situated right in the heart of Hanoi, Sofitel Legend Metropole is often hailed as the city’s most storied hotel. The grande dame has welcomed guests since 1901, with timeless elegance and a century-long tradition of hospitality.
Opened in 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole is the oldest hotel in Hanoi. This historic property, just a few steps away from the iconic Hanoi Opera House, has long been a rendezvous point for playwrights, ambassadors, and state leaders from around the world. Most recently, it served as the venue for the North Korea-United States Summit. Today, the hotel is an icon of Hanoi – elegant in style and rich in history.
With white stuccos, forest green shutters, and a Paris-inspired cafe, the Sofitel Legend Metropole is a magnificent example of French colonial architecture in Hanoi. The hotel consists of 364 rooms, which are divided into two stately wings: the Metropole and the Opera.
The Metropole Wing is what left of the original hotel. It blends classic French and Vietnamese architectural styles. Meanwhile, the Opera Wing – which was built in the 1990s – displays the influences of Neoclassicism. It is tastefully decorated with wooden furniture and design elements of this period. The two wings embrace a manicured courtyard where a pool and an orangery are located – a peaceful oasis in the centre of the hectic capital.
Leaving the marble lobby behind, the receptionist led us to our room in the Opera Wing. It is bright and gracefully furnished with dark wooden furniture and Neoclassical decorations. The room overlooks a luxuriant garden which offers a stark contrast to the surrounding white walls. The only bursts of colours come from the vivid red armchair and the equally stylish bathroom. Some Asian-style vases and tea sets are also added, bringing a familiar touch to this elegant chamber.
With six restaurants and bars, the Sofitel Legend Metropole offers a wide choice of dishes, from French food to Vietnamese cuisine. In the end, we chose the newly renovated angelina – a contemporary piece in this historic structure.
The sophisticated bar-restaurant represents the mix between Europe and America, with every dish and cocktail is a feast for all senses. Additionally, there is a spectacular whiskey collection standing at the centre of the bar. It fills up a two-storey shelf and can certainly impress any patron.
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