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Sofitel Metropole Hotel*****

Our brief comments: Vietnam hotels Facade of the Metropole Wing
The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre about a five-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. It's a medium-rise colonial style building with deep historical connections. The Metropole has 364 rooms and suites, with luxury Prestige Suites and three top-of-the-range Legendary Suites.

Accommodation is in two wings. The original Metropole, now the Historical Metropole Wing, has many period features in its rooms and public areas. The neo-classical Opera Wing opened some years ago - the decor is modern and amenities are state-of-the-art, but the rooms lack the period character of the original building.

vietnam hotels Heritage Suite bathroomThe Sofitel Metropole, over its long and turbulent past, has been the chosen accommodation of kings, presidents, film stars and celebrities from all over the world. It now has a number of high end retail outlets at street level, including Louis Vuitton and Hermès. It features an interior courtyard garden surrounding the pool, and is close to an attractive park area.

Directly underneath the poolside Bamboo Bar is a recently re-discovered bomb shelter, now open as a memorial to the war. Metropole guests are invited to the “Path of History” programme, a guided introduction to the hotel’s storied history, culminating in a visit to the bomb shelter itself.

vietnam hotels Renovated 'Classic Queen' roomIn recent years, Hanoi has gained numerous new five star hotels with modern facilities. By comparison with its newer neighbours, the Metropole had a somewhat staid and outdated image. However, a radical refurbishing programme breathed new life into Hanoi's most famous hotel. Its classic rooms have been transformed and, in a single bound, the Metropole has leapfrogged into pole position well ahead of its competitors.

The 'new' rooms are a delight. The stuffy fin de siècle decor has been replaced by a clever mixture of hi-tech and traditional features with a stronger focus on Vietnamese elements. The Grand Luxury rooms and all suites offer full Club Metropole privileges.

vietnam hotels Double room in the Opera WingThe Metropole has successfully melded full modern amenities into its classic historical facility. All rooms have broadband Internet and public areas have wifi. The hotel's policy recognises concern about passive smoking by making the two lower floors non-smoking, leaving only the top floor for tobacco addicts.

Fortunately, the historic traditions of the Metropole have escaped largely unscathed. The hotel's restaurants – French, Vietnamese and Italian – offer some of the finest cuisine in Vietnam. The Head Chef comes to Hanoi from Paris via Singapore, and is aiming high for the future of Le Beaulieu, billed as Vietnam’s oldest continuously operating restaurant. The Metropole’s Italian chef was recently awarded the prestigious Certified Master Chef of Italian Cuisine degree, recognizing his commitment to his art.

vietnam hotels Spice Garden restaurantThe Sofitel Metropole is an award-winning five star hotel with all the services and amenities you can imagine. The completion of extensive renovations has only added to its lustre. Among Hanoi’s luxury hotels, the Metropole maintains very competitive rates and continues to live up to its legendary moniker.


 

 

Room facilities:

Room Categories
Premium
Luxury
Grand Premium
Grand Luxury
Prestige Suite
Grand Prestige Suite
Legendary Suite
Number of rooms
151
12
60
73
46
18
1
3
Room position (Opera or Historical Metropole wing)
Opera
Metropole
Opera
Metropole
Opera
Opera
Metropole
Room size (m2)
32
32
48
37
64
176
70
Bed arrangement

113 double /50 twin

44 double/ 16 twin
59 double/ 14 twin
35 double/ 11 twin
Double
Double
Double
Window
Extra bed
Baby cot
Air conditioner
Satellite/cable television
Personal safety box
Wifi (free)
Cable Internet connection
Laptop/Internet TV
Bathtub/shower
Bath + shower
Bath + shower
Bath + shower
Bath + shower
Bath + shower
Bath + shower
Bath + shower
Floor
Wood
Wood
Wood
Wood
Wood
Wood
Wood
Extra Services
Club Metropole Privileges
Club Metropole Privileges
Club Metropole Privileges
Club Metropole Privileges
 
Additional room facilities: all rooms have ADSL (broadband connection) and wifi, wooden floors, soundproof windows, purpose designed Sofitel 'MyBeds', and flat screen TV with DVD player. Luxury rooms and all suites include Club Metropole privileges with butler service, breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails and late check-out on availability upon check-in.

Hotel facilities:

Outdoor pool
Non-smoking floor(s)
Pool bar
Non-smoking rooms only
Children’s pool
Vietnamese/Asian restaurant
Fitness/health centre
International restaurant
Sauna
Patisserie/coffee shop/cafe
Massage
Business centre
Jacuzzi
Accessible for the disabled

Additonal hotel facilities: heated pool

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