Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Vietnam
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
15 Ngo Quyen , Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Sofitel Hotels & Resorts
Investment fund and partially owned by a public company (government)
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Mr. Franck Lafourcade is a French national and a 1980 graduate of the prestigious Lausanne Hotel School in Switzerland. He relocated to Asia in 1990 and assumed his first general manager role in Phnom Penh in 1993. He subsequently had GM assignments in Singapore, Pusan and Jakarta before his first Metropole GM posting in 2003 followed by a 9 year assignment in Shanghai as general manager of Sofitel Hyland.
To maintain a market leading position in the luxury hospitality segment in Vietnam – to continue to be the ultimate luxury destination for travelers to Hanoi. The hotel is one of six ultra-luxury Sofitel Legend hotels in the world.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
History & Story
The hotel has been a prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901 when it opened as the first official luxury residence and hotel in the city during the French colonial period. The hotel continued to serve as the primary venue to accommodate visiting dignitaries under government management from 1954 through 1988 when foreign involvement and private ownership was not possible. The Hotel Metropole Hanoi housed various embassies and consular missions during the conflict years. Accor was brought in to manage the hotel in 1988 and oversaw the construction of the new wing and other facilities over the years. The hotel has operated under the Sofitel brand name since 1992 and became the first Sofitel Legend property in 2009. The hotel therefore has a long tradition as a luxury venue for prestigious events and as a popular rendezvous for prominent travelersincluding playwrights, ambassadors and heads of state. Three of the Legendary Suites are named after Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene all of whom stayed at the hotel. The recipient of numerous international awards for its fine service, this legendary landmark has contributed very much to the social fabric of Hanoi.
The most recent room renovation was in 2009 – all restaurants and some public areas have been refurbished since 2008 and many areas are touched up annually. A new Spa was opened in 2009.
Date added extensions
The Opera wing was completed in 1996 to complement the Metropole (historical) wing. The new Spa was built in 2009 and a new function room was added in 2010.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
1. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, is today, and has been since 1901 the only true luxury address in Hanoi. The hotel has a unique historical feel and a French colonial design which is truly special – the hotel provides a mix of intense character, romance and history. Many famous stories have been written here and there have been many historically significant events held at the hotel.
2. The hotel is surrounded by colonial buildings giving a special ambience and is located next to the Old Quarter. The location is second to none for visitors.
3. The hotel offers some of the best culinary and cultural experiences in Hanoi – there are three fine restaurants – French, Vietnamese and Italian-inspired cuisine – and the infamous Bamboo Bar. The award winning Le Spa du Metropole is also exceptional and the concierge team highly trained.
The Hotel Metropole Hanoi is adjacent to the Old Quarter known as the “36 streets and guilds,” and is a short walking distance from many historical and cultural landmarks including Hoan Kiem lake. The area is adjacent to the Opera House and is the cultural centre of the city.
Key sites/activities in the area
Hanoi Opera House, History Museum, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Memorial. Lenin Park.
There are parks in the area where you can join the locals for ballroom dancing or other activities including badminton , Tai Chi, and aerobics. There are also many colorful coffee shops and restaurants near the hotel.
There are no restrictions on Children. The hotel offers services related to children which include – babysitting service, Le Petit Prince children’s amenity program, a heated swimming pool , children’s menus and a children’s corner for sunday brunch
Total Room Count: 364 units in two wings – Metropole (historical) Wing built in 1901 and the Opera (newer neo-classical) Wing completed in 1996.
• Luxury room (queen bed) – 60 units
• Grand Luxury room (queen bed) – 46 units
• Legendary Suite (king bed) – 3 suite units (comes with Le Club Metropole benefits)
Neo-classical Opera wing:
• Premium room (queen bed or twin bed) – 151 units
• Premium room Patio (queen bed or twin bed) – 12 units
• Grand Premium room (king bed) – 74 units (comes with Le Club Metropole benefits)
• Prestige Suite (king bed) – 18 suite units (comes with Le Club Metropole benefits)
• Grand Prestige Suite (king bed) – 1 suite (comes with Le Club Metropole benefits)
Restaurants & Bars
The Metropole restaurants and bars are all famous dining venues, each offering a different exotic experience: Le Beaulieu has the best French fare in this corner of the world; Spices Garden offers the ultimate in Vietnamese gastronomy; Angelina, Italian Restaurant and Lounge, is the capital’s latest hotspot; La Terrasse brings Parisian-style to the sidewalks of Hanoi; Le Club Bar treats guests to its famous chocolate buffet and cool jazz performances; and, finally, Bamboo Bar brings poolside lounging to the next level.
• Le Beaulieu
More than 100 years old. Many have frequented this restaurant, including politicians, entrepreneurs, diplomats, and war correspondents – like Graham Greene and Lucien Bodart. Directed today by Executive Chef Nicholas Shadbolt and Chef de Cuisine Olivier Genique, Le Beaulieu is especially known for its extravagant brunch as well as the live violin, which is the Sunday rendezvous for Hanoi.
• Spices Garden
Offer a whole new gastronomic experience of Vietnamese cuisine. Serving specialties from the northern and southern regions, Executive Sous Chef Nguyen Thanh Van who is passionate about cooking and the vision of introducing Vietnamese cuisine to the world, brings a unique quality to the fine cuisine, astonishing foreign and Vietnamese guests alike.
Italian Restaurant and Lounge is the place to be in Hanoi for anyone who is looking to be wined and dined with creative and exceptional Italian cuisine. Lead by Chef Olivier Genique, Angelina is one the most chic Italian dining opportunity in the country. Colorful and attractive, the food is a reflection of the setting. Angelina is turning up the heat on night life in Hanoi with live DJ behind a turntable every evening Monday – Saturday from 9pm to late.
• Le Club
The ambiance at Le Club varies with the time of day. An irresistible chocolate buffet is served between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm. In the evenings guests listen to live jazz performances (from 8:45pm onwards), sample exceptional grand crus, and sip classic cocktails.
• The Bamboo Bar
It has a typical wooden roof and floor – it is the ideal spot to relax for a poolside escape and legendary cocktail named and inspired by Charlie Chaplin (including apricot brandy, gin & lime juice) and Graham Greene (including barcady rum, gin & sugar syrup).
• La Terrasse
Inspired by famous French sidewalk cafés, La Terrasse gives guests a chance to sit in style, observing the capital city’s bustling life. Watching passersby, reading newspapers, and sipping a glass of Perrier, our clients refresh as time imperceptibly slips by. With its classic café furniture, antique ceiling fans, great views of street life and live saxophone evenings (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), this café evokes a sense of Parisian relaxation.
Located in the centre of the hotel, Le Spa du Metropole blends in very well with a pleasant 400-square meter space overlooking the charming garden courtyard and pool. Each massage area is private, allowing guests to meditate, recharge, and make the most of the spa experience. Using top products, such as Clarins, Ytsara and Laurent Severac, Le Spa has diverse facilities including seven treatment rooms, a foot massage area, as well as steam room and sauna facilities. At the rooftop garden balcony Le Balcon, the Metropole is delighted to offer Yoga (Mondays and Wednesdays) and Tai Chi (Tuesdays and Thursdays) classes from 7:00 am to 8:00 am – the perfect way to stay in shape and relax the spirit. Please reserve your space by 6PM the day before.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Extra Notable Features
• Taichi & yoga classes
• Vietnamese cooking classes
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
• Best 500 Hotels in the World – Travel + Leisure
• 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World – International Traveller magazine
• Condé Nast top 15 Hotels in Asia (readers choice first place)
• 150 Best Bars outside the US – The Daily Meal
• Best hotel in Hanoi – DestinAsia – Reader’s Choice Award
• International Hotel & Restaurant Quality Award – Spices Garden Restaurant – Global Trade Leader’s Club
• Best 500 Hotels in the World – Travel & Leisure
• Condé Nast top 15 Hotels in Asia (number three)
• Fodor’s Top 100 hotels in the world
• Gold list: The World’s best places to stay – Condé Nast Traveler
• Best hotel in Hanoi by Reader’s Choice Award – DestinAsia
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