HANOI (Oct. 20, 2021) – Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi earned three distinctive honours this month, being named one of “Asia’s Top 30 Hotels” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, Hanoi’s No. 1 business hotel by the editors of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific and one of “The 101 Most Incredible Hotels in the World” for 2022 by Fodor’s Travel.
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. The US-based magazine praised Metropole Hanoi’s “old-world colonial charm” and its outstanding personalized service, saying, “Everyone goes above and beyond to make you feel special.”
The five-star Metropole Hanoi was one of only five properties in Vietnam to appear on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 list of the “Top 30 Hotels in Asia,” and was further commended for its “spacious and richly appointed” guest rooms.
Meanwhile, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific’s editors tapped Metropole Hanoi as the “Best Business Hotel in Hanoi,” noting that this year’s awards “reflect a broader range of experiences than ever before.”
The Fodor’s list includes only 14 hotels in Asia—and just two in Vietnam—and spotlights what the longtime travel guide and tourism information expert describes as “the crème de la crème of overnights, five-star quality quarters according to writers and editors who live to leave home.” Of the Metropole Hanoi in particular, Fodor’s Travel praises the “staggeringly inviting beds” in the hotel’s iconic luxury suites and the “heavenly” breakfast buffet, and recommends travelers relax poolside while “sipping the Bamboo Bar’s signature Graham Greene Martini.” The famed British writer also has a suite named after him at the Metropole, where he was once a guest.
“These three awards serve to highlight that Metropole Hanoi, in good times and more challenging times, rises to the occasion. We look forward to continuing to provide world-class service, luxurious comfort, and memorable experiences to all who pass through our doors,” said Metropole Hanoi’s General Manager William Haandrikman.
Opened in 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi reigns as the Grand Dame of Vietnamese hospitality and is one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic hotels. The 364-room property in 2009 became the first hotel in the Sofitel portfolio to acquire the “Legend” distinction. The historic Metropole Wing features comfortable and opulent suites named after Graham Greene, Charlie Chaplin and Somerset Maugham, each of whom stayed at the property during their time in colonial Indochina.
Famous Metropole guests over the decades have ranged from Chaplin and Greene to Catherine Deneuve, Angelina Jolie and innumerable heads of state. The hotel’s popular “Path of History” tour, conducted by a hotel historian, showcases a look back at this illustrious past, including a visit to the underground bomb shelter that protected Joan Baez, Jane Fonda and others from air raids during the US-Vietnam War.
The hotel is also home to a number of celebrated restaurants, including Le Beaulieu (French high end), Spices Garden (Vietnamese), and angelina (cocktail bar, whisky lounge and rustic New World cuisine), as well as venues like Le Club Bar (home to Metropole’s famed Afternoon Tea experience and evening Jazz), La Terrasse (a Parisian-style al fresco cafe) and the Bamboo Bar (for bespoke cocktails in the hotel courtyard).
ABOUT SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE HANOI
A prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901, the Hotel Metropole Hanoi has a long tradition as a luxury venue for prestigious events and a popular rendezvous for business and leisure travelers such as playwrights, ambassadors and heads of state. The recipient of numerous international awards for its fine service, this legendary landmark has contributed to the richness of local heritage.
The hotel includes 364 rooms. The historic Metropole wing has 106 guestrooms and three Legendary Suites. The suites are named after famous residents and visitors to the hotel (Graham Greene, Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham with private garden) and have access to the Club Lounge. We proudly welcome our esteemed guests from all over the world.
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 – Hanoi’s bespoke bar-lounge-restaurant, 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.
ABOUT SOFITEL LEGEND
Sofitel Legend is an illustrious selection of heritage luxury hotels where the best of past and present converge. Set within beautiful and culturally-rich destinations, each legendary retreat is both timeless and elegant, delivering lavish settings, renowned restaurants and modern comforts matched with impeccable service for the ultimate luxury experience. Noble, rare and soulful, Sofitel Legend hotels entice worldly travelers who are all drawn to these beloved places of grandeur for their storied past, architectural beauty, sweeping vistas and enchanting ambience. Sofitel Legend is part of Accor, a world-leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,200 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries.
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Ms. Trang Nguyen
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