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Legend Metropole Hanoi

posted Dec 6, 2011, 8:25 PM by Dong Travel Ticketing   [ updated Dec 6, 2011, 8:26 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]

 Sofitel Metropole Hanoi is said to be a little bit of Paris in Hanoi. Built in 1901, the hotel had a long history of being a luxury place for noblemen during the first half of the century. For over 100 years, the hotel has welcomed many heads of state, celebrities and famous artists from all over the world.

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Tourists from all over the world travel to Hanoi, just to experience one night in a high-ranking room of the legendary Metropole. Rooms and suites, in which the original grandeur was preserved in the historical Metropole Wing, take their names from comedy actor Charlie Chaplin, and writers Graham Greene and SomerMaugham who once stayed at the Metropole during the Indochina colony.

Room 328 bears the marks of Charlie Chaplin, a famous actor with tottering steps in the series of well-known comedy. In 1936, after a secret wedding with Paulette Goddard – one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood at that time, Charlie Chaplin and his wife spent their honeymoon in this room.

Located on the first floor, the Charlie Chaplin suite is a romantic paradise where lovers can cherish special memories. A refined living room with interior antiques is a reminder of the past decade; a luxurious sofa and a big window designed in noble French style offer a peaceful spot to look outside from. On the wall are many portraits of Chaplin and a big screen to watch his comedies. The wonderful “Sofitel MyBed” bed will lull you to sleep and a marble-paved bathroom with a marvelous interior promises you a memorable stay.

The Graham Greene suite on the second floor is at No 228. Graham Greene, author of the famous novel “The Quiet American” stayed here in 1951 when working as a reporter for the Paris Match newspaper in Hanoi. He and his friends, war reporters such as Seymour Topping of Associated Press, Jenkins of Reuters and Tillman Durdin of the New York Times used to drink at the hotel’s bar. Fifty years later, a series of scenes for “The Quiet American” were carried out here and the film’s Hanoi opening ceremony took place at the Metropole. These days, the Graham Greene is the most elegant suite and the Graham Greene cocktail is the most favorite drink at Le Club Bar.

The Graham Greene Suite is a mix of classical French style and special Indochinese features. Interiors such as wooden lamps, an antique ceiling fan, arts and crafts and colonial décors provide a splendid ambiance. The suite includes a dining room with a table and six chairs that is also suitable for meetings; two bedrooms (including a king-size bed and a double bed); a charming bathroom with a large bathtub and a separated bathroom. The windows look down on the elegant Paul Bert park, built in 1900 and a 100 year-old Governmental Guesthouse, built in European style.

Suite 125 is named after William SomerMaugham – master of short stories – famous for his many works about the Far East. He and his American colleague Gerald Haxton came across India and China to Hai Phong and Hanoi from October, 1922 to April, 1923 and stayed at the Metropole for a special reason: to write about “The Gentleman in the Parlour”. Located on the third floor, the SomerMaugham Suite is an ideal choice for those who want to stay in a luxurious and airy space. This suite boasts a large living room, an opulent bedroom, a restroom and a bathroom with separated shower. It is furnished with such sophisticated and perfect interiors that every detail expresses grandeur and the most elegant features of Indochina.

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Located in the center of Hanoi, next to Hoan Kiem Lake and the Opera House, the Metropole Hanoi is designed in French style. Built by two French businessmen, it was a favorite destination for noblemen in the first half of the 20th century. After Vietnam became independent in 1950, the government contributed to maintaining it as an official hotel for VIP guests and changed its name to Thong Nhat. In 1992, the hotel bought the name Metropole. In 2009, Metropole Hanoi became the first hotel to bring the brand name Sofitel into the country, and ranked into the “Legendary Hotels of Accor” corporation.

Cuisine is one of the most important strengths of the Metropole Hanoi. The over 100-year-old Le Beaulieu restaurant has been well famous for many years. In addition to this, the hotel boasts the Spices Garden restaurant serving traditional Vietnamese food, an Italian restaurant & Bar Angelina, a popular meeting place for many Italians, Le Club which is renowned for its chocolate buffet and lively jazz music show, the Bamboo Bar, located next to the swimming pool, as well as La Terrasse – a French street café. They are all destinations for stylish people.

Known as the “respectable Western lady” of the Vietnamese hospitability industry and one of the standard hotels of Asia, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is the first hotel in Vietnam that was ranked into the world best hotels by well-known magazines. There will continue to be many legends recorded at this address.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

15 Ngo Quyen

Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Tel:  (84-4) 3826 6919

Fax:  (84-4) 3826 6920


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