Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Reopens Historic Heritage Wing

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, the iconic luxury hotel in the Vietnamese capital, is set to open a new chapter in its storied 122-year history when it relaunches its historic Heritage Wing on Dec. 15 following an extensive and inspired refurbishment.


The Metropole Heritage Wing, with 109 guest rooms and suites, has been meticulously restored and renovated under a 21-month construction project. The new interiors maintain their traditional aesthetic and feel, and incorporate select original fixtures, while also introducing a considerable measure of bespoke comfort, advanced technology and vibrant color.


The comprehensive reconstruction work was centered on the original wing of the hotel, which was established in 1901 and has played host over the decades to numerous heads of state and royalty, along with world-renowned actors, writers, musicians and others.


Under the project, wooden floors in guest rooms were either refurbished or replaced, bathrooms were enhanced with all-new Italian marble surfaces and fittings, luxurious hand-tufted carpets were installed in guest rooms and corridors, and rooms were outfitted with elegant and sophisticated new beds, desks, side tables and sofas. New upholstery and curtains, along with contemporary artwork, provide colorful accents to the bright and airy rooms.


“The timeless feel of the Heritage Wing has been carefully preserved and enhanced, offering guests an even more sophisticated, elegant and luxurious environment. It embodies a seamless transition from the past to the future, creating a profound feeling of place and warmth, with an interplay of tradition, comfort, modernism and authenticity,” Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi General Manager George Koumendakos said.


Guest room layouts remain mostly the same, but six formerly interconnected rooms have been transformed into new suites, featuring a distinct master bedroom, a parlor area and a living room equipped with a sofa bed.


Technological enhancements in guest rooms include the integration of IPTV, the installation of mood lighting and the implementation of new air-conditioning units and control systems, along with new Wifi routers in each room to ensure maximum Internet speeds.


The original wooden staircase that winds from the lobby up to the Heritage Wing’s guest room floors remains as elegantly charming as ever. The sturdy wooden banisters and handrails have also been preserved. The exclusively designed carpets throughout the public areas of the building draw inspiration from iconic symbols of Vietnamese culture, including weaving patterns, conical hats and vintage Indochine decor.


The Heritage Wing lobby has been partially refurbished and restored, and features a new artisanal antique mirrored ceiling situated over the reception area, along with silver leaf-gilded, hand-painted artwork adorning the elevator car. The new reception desks, furniture and mood lighting provide a fresh design angle. All of these elements combine to evoke a sense of nostalgia while exuding a more contemporary and opulent ambiance.


The updated interior design of the lobby and guest rooms in the Heritage Wing was completed by the Singapore-based David Grace Designs International.


“Our aim was to transcend mere design and create a timeless sanctuary of luxury and understated elegance, and to craft an environment that not only appeals to the senses but leaves an indelible mark, offering an experience that captures the essence of refined living and evokes the charm of days gone by,” said Grace Soh, Managing Director of David Grace.


The Heritage Wing comprises 54 Luxury rooms, 40 Grand Luxury rooms, six Metropole suites and three Legendary suites named after former guests of the hotel Graham Greene, Somerset Maugham and Charlie Chaplin, who famously honeymooned at the Metropole.


The wing has demonstrated its durability throughout the years and previously underwent major renovations in 1992 and 2004. The Heritage Wing is complemented by the hotel’s contemporary Opera Wing, whose 236 guest rooms, 18 suites and one Grand Prestige Suite, as well as the Club Lounge, offer stylish neoclassical elegance.


For more information on Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi or to make a booking, please call 0243 826 6919 (ext. 8500), email or visit




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 that are divided into two wings – the historical Heritage Wing and the neo-classical Opera Wing. There are three legendary suites that are named after famous residents and visitors to the hotel (Graham Greene, Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham).

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; Spice Garden offers elevated Vietnamese cuisine with a contemporary twist; angelina is Hanoi’s bespoke bar-lounge-restaurant; La Terrasse brings Parisian-style to the sidewalks of Hanoi; Le Club Bar treats guests to its famous afternoon high tea and cool jazz performances; and, finally, Bamboo Bar brings poolside lounging to the next level.



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 approximately 5,500 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. | |

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