One of Vietnam’s most historically rich hotels, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is located in the center of busy and chaotic Hanoi. They opened their doors in 1901 and since then, the colonial style hotel has attracted more visitors to travel from all over the world. It has become one of South East Asia’s most iconic hotels, and it’s also the oldest operating hotel in Vietnam. There are many amazing hotels in Hanoi, but Sofitel Hanoi is the place to stay if you are looking for a luxurious stay. It has many fascinating features for visitors, including elegant rooms, great restaurants, and a variety of amazing amenities.
One of the highlights of the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi was their central location to downtown. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a calm oasis, located in the center of the Old Quarter, but it is just far enough away that it maintains its tranquility. It is in close proximity and walkable to almost everything! It is just next to Hoan Kiem Lake and the Opera House, and the ice cream shop down the street was delicious. While walking around the lake, crowds of people were gathering to enjoy the warm night air and lively night life. Vendors lined the streets selling souvenirs, sweets, drinks, and a variety of goods. There are also countless stylish cafes, restaurants, and shops surrounding the area. We took a taxi from the hotel to Not Bai International Airport (Hanoi Airport). It took us 30-40 minutes to get there, and it costed us around $30USD.
Sofitel Legend Metropole is divided into 2 wings: the historical Metropole Wing and the newer Opera Wing. There are 364 rooms and suites. You’d probably wonder which room you should choose between, the Historical Wing or the Opera Wing. The Historical Wing is inspired by vintage French architecture infusing local Vietnamese culture, while the Opera Wing is more modern and chic. It is heavily influenced by classic French architecture. The staff informed us that Westerners tend to choose the Historical Wing, while Asians tend to prefer the Opera Wing.
The interior of our room was classic and elegant. The bed was large, and the atmosphere was welcoming and easy to feel at home. The desk and the couch also made a great place for reading and relaxing after a long day. My favorite was the bathroom. I loved the huge and luxurious bathtub. Their amazing service made our luxurious stay more enjoyable as well. We were fortunate enough to be welcomed with chocolates and dry fruit from the management staff as well. 🙂
You have so many dining options in Metropole Hanoi, that you will never run out of new restaurant options! There are 2 astonishing restaurants: LE BEAULIEU (exquisite French cuisine) and Spices Garden (Vietnamese cuisine redefined with French flair). There are also 4 unique bars: Angelina (Cocktail Bar – Whisky Lounge – Restaurant), Le Club Bar, La Terrasse, and Bamboo Bar. Our favorite restaurant was Spices garden, and our favorite bar was Angelina.
The breakfast buffet was phenomenal. There were varieties of bread, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and even sweets. They serve both French and Vietnamese cuisine for breakfast. Everything was delicious, but I fell in love with their Eggs Benedict. The eggs were perfectly cooked, and the sauce was creamy and rich. It was definitely one of the top 3 I’ve ever had! Their coffee exceeded expectations as well. We ordered a cappuccino every morning, and they brought refills promptly upon request. The breakfast buffet is served at Le Beaulieu, Spices Garden, and La Terrasse at Metropole Hanoi, but I recommend the restaurant “La Terrasse” for the atmosphere and slightly different selection.
We had dinner at the Spices Garden restaurant, and it was an amazing experience at Metropole Hanoi. They serve a variety of Vietnamese cuisine. We absolutely loved sampling the different tastes that we were typically not accustomed to. Our favorite dish was probably the Bun Cha. Bun Cha is a Vietnamese dish of grilled fat pork and noodle. It was served with herbs and fresh and slightly spicy dipping sauce. If you haven’t tried it, then it should be at the top of your list in Vietnam!
We had a couple of drinks at Angelina Bar. Although Angelina is famous for its world-class whisky collections, we tried their modern and traditional cocktails. The bar was definitely a big plus for luxurious hotel in Hanoi. Both cocktails were very fresh and delicious. The atmosphere was modern, yet elegant and it was a perfect spot for a date night. They also offer a vast amount of cigars to pair with their whiskey selection, however we decided to opt out from this experience.
The hotel offers a heated swimming pool, an exclusive club lounge, a luxury fitness center, and a private spa. We especially loved spending our time at the pool. We had snacks and drinks there, but some people enjoyed having their brunch. The atmosphere was cozy and perfect for luxurious stay. The pool area was a illuminated during the evening, and it offered a wonderfully romantic touch. I definitely recommend having a couple of drinks at the poolside after a long day.
All things considered, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is definitely one of Vietnam’s most luxurious places to stay. The facility retains such an intimate and old fashioned charm, and the staff was excellent. From the moment we arrived, we were amazed by their incredible customer service despite having to accommodate such a large number of guests. Beautiful pool, bars, and the courtyard were also a delightful addition to our time in Hanoi. We especially enjoyed taking photos around the common areas and resting by the poolside late at night. The accommodation, staff, and the overall experience was 5 star plus. We can’t wait to visit again in the future and can highly recommend Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi if you are looking for a luxurious hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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**Disclaimer: We received complimentary and discounted hotel services in order to review Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi and its services; however, this article contains only our own honest thoughts and opinions. We did not receive any financial compensation for the writing of this post, do not work for Sofitel Plaza Hanoi, and receive no commission for any hotel bookings.**