Hotel Check In: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is one of the world’s great hotels with a storied past, exceptional service levels, world class F&B and amenities, as well as over a century of stories to tell. But really what makes this property special is the romance and character it exudes. 

Some historic hotels trade on their past, others reinvent themselves and in the process lose a little of their heritage, but not the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. It manages to effortlessly retain its colonial elegance while embracing a modern importance.

Over the years the hotel has welcomed heads of state including George H. W. Bush and Francois Mitterrand, celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Joan Baez and Charlie Chaplin who honeymooned here and most recently the second Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump Summit. It has also inspired writers such as Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene who wrote some of their most important works on property.

It was built in 1901 as a crowning achievement of French Indochina. Following Vietnamese independence in the 1950s the Metropole was renamed the Thong Nhat Hotel (Reunification Hotel) by the Communist government. In 1987 as Vietnam began to look towards opening up, Pullman Hotels entered into a joint venture with the Vietnamese government. The hotel was completely rebuilt, regaining the name Metropole and reopening on March 8, 1992. 

The property later moved to the exclusive Sofitel Legend banner and a new wing was added between 1994 – 1996. Our Premium Room in the new Opera Wing, named after the famous Opera House it overlooks, offers comfortable yet elegant touches throughout.

The bright and airy design of bedroom compliments the more formal bathroom.

The ample-sized bathroom recounts many classic hotel bathrooms from around the world in both form and function.

The property has a number of iconic eateries and bars including the French classic multi-award winning Le Beaulieu, the Vietnamese-focused Spices Garden, European and New World Fusion angelina (no capital on the name), Le Club Bar, La Terrasse and Bamboo Bar by the pool.

The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a property with a lot to offer but what really makes a stay here special is the service level and special attention to detail. We will be back.