I rarely give 5 stars - but it was hard to come up with a reason not to.
The Metropole is tasteful and pleasing in every detail, from the thoughtfulness of supplying both warm/cuddly and light/slinky dressing gowns to chose from, to the super fine mist taking the edge off the Hanoi heat in the outdoor cocktail area (incidentally, the lychee, pineapple, mint, lime & vodka cocktail is one of the most refreshing things I have ever drunk... though it will set you back around 30 times the cost of a locally made beer nearby).
The hotel feels somehow small & intimate, though it isn't. The décor throughout the hotel is absolutely beautiful, and very evocatively Vietnamese in feel - not your usual bland hotel fare at all. There are enormous flower arrangements everywhere and pretty fairy lights in the garden. The rooms are comfortable and pleasing to the eye, and a wide range of quality bathroom products is provided.
Staff are exquisitely dressed in traditional Vietnamese garb (long white silk dresses and little hats), and the service is top notch. They have a "no tipping" policy, but in my opinion it's a policy that should be ignored! Remember that you are a wealthy traveller living the life of Riley (even if only for a night) and the staff here really do bend over backwards to make your stay perfect.
The tariff is quite high by Vietnamese standards, but if you're from many other parts of the world it will be far superior to anything you'll experience back home for the same price. (We paid roughly the equivalent of a basic 3-4 star hotel in Sydney for a suite here). This is one of the world's classic hotels and I do recommend you stay here while in Vietnam if you can. We stayed two nights before slipping out into the real world.
When I told my boss of our plans he said "Ahh... The Metropole - that's a nice soft landing" - and it certainly was.
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel Hanoi
- Accor Metropole Hanoi
- Sofitel Hanoi
- Sofitel Metropole Hanoi
- Hanoi Sofitel