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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Ranked #45 of 595 Hotels in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 June 2009

If you are planning on staying in Hanoi this is the hotel to stay at, it has history and is graced with an excellent location in the French quarter but you do however, need to book the historic metropole wing as the opera wing lacks character and history.
The rooms in the historic wing retain their French colonial charm and are well appointed and clean, They feature the excellent 'Mybed' which is so comfortable and almost guarantees a good nights sleep.
The pool area is a little small, overlooked by the outdoor bamboo bar area and not as private as I would have liked for sunbathing. We had afternoon snacks and drinks at the bamboo bar on both days of our stay and both were very good .The Le club bar in the conservatory section offers excellent afternoon teas and a devine chocolate buffet ( a must for chocoholics!)
But the highlight of our stay at the hotel was the unmentioned new restaurant "Angelina ". It's a comtemporary funky style bar & Italian steakhouse , I recommend sitting at the restaurant upstairs to eat as it is more secluded and quieter. The food and service were both excellent , with steaks cooked to perfection. Afterwards, enjoy post dinner drinks with the martini crowd in the bar downstairs with a personal DJ performance in to the early hours.
At late notice we booked a half day tour through the hotel which I would definately recommend, our guide was very informative, spoke good English, had an excellent knowledge of the city and was extremely candid regarding the issues present in Vietnam.
Overall, a very enjoyable stay at an historical hotel at the best location in town, would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2009

This is one of the great hotels in Asia, with a location to die for! This should be one of the flag bearers for the Sofitel chain! The hotel building has been lovingly restored and is one of the finest hotels I have stayed in! The rooms in the old wing are a bit pokey, but they are the original rooms from a different age. It's a pity then that the hotel just doesn't deliver when it comes to service! I have stayed here more than a few times and every time the check in is shambolic -I am a platinum A-Card holder (sofitel card) and am used to a quick check in and often an upgrade. But not at this hotel. Even when the rooms are unnocupied. It's not a big deal, but the service in the other Sofitel in Hanoi is miles better and better value as well

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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2  Thank Ajay B
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Reviewed 5 June 2009

We spent four nights in a standard room in the Opera wing in early May, at the beginning of the monsoon season.
Quite enjoyed the hotel but have a few comments:
Our (not inexpensive) room was small, or compact if you want to be nicer. More what I would expect in Europe than Asia.
The newish Opera wing was run quite seperately from the old wing - different reception, different restaurants, generic French decor. It felt like any five star hotel in any city, negating the history that was the main reason we stayed here. To their credit however we were able to have an excellent breakfast in the original dining room.
As guests in the Opera wing we were precluded from walking around the guest sections of the historic wing. The only chance we had to see and appreciate the historic aspects of this section of the hotel was when the courtyard was flooded and they opened up the fire doors between the buildings.
Our room overlooked the Opera Club - quiet on weeknights, outdoor nightclub on weekends. No sleep til 1.30am.
No upgrade, although a couple we met on a Halong Bay cruise had been upgraded when they only stayed one night.

From the other comments on this website I think this is one of those hotels that excels if you're lucky enough to get an upgrade or have splashed out for a premium room, but the standard experience doesn't necessarily justify the the cost.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank traveltimeCanberra
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Reviewed 3 June 2009

I've been there 2nites. Its location is so great, just 5 mins to Hoankiem Lake.
Our room was so nice and clean.
Staff were very polite and helpful. Good recommendation.....

Stayed: March 2009
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Reviewed 14 May 2009

Unbeliebale hotel. From the rugged streets, filled with motorbikes, and the smells of a Vietnam city, entering the Metrople is like entering nirvana. The hotel itself speaks to another time, with rich colonial traditions, antiques, etc. And the Bamboo Bar, a bar lcoated outside, where the staff wraps you in blankets during evening hours, is like nothing else I have ever experienced. Wonderful hotel, with an extremely gracous general manager, who greeted our group upon arrival. Great restaurant in hotel. Breakfast mornings were a feast.

If you are ever in Hanoi stay at the Metropole.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled on business
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1  Thank BillTravellerTexas
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Reviewed 11 May 2009

We stayed in this hotel in March 2009 in a club room in the opera wing. The room was just beautiful. The furnishings were top notch and the bathroom was amazing - particularly the claw-foot bath. The service in this hotel is faultless - there's even someone in the fitness room to hand you towels and water and wipe down the machines after you! Little touches like fine chocolates, turn down service, luxury bath products, complimentary shoe shining, premium tea bags, made the experience truly luxurious. Breakfast was sumptuous - the Vietnamese cuisine was particularly delicious. The location is central, with the lake 5 minutes' walk away and the opera house around the corner. We felt really lucky to have experienced this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2009
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Reviewed 8 May 2009

This is one of those hotels you should try at least once. I would recommend that if you are the least bit interested in historic buildings and hotels that you stay in the original hotel side. I was given a tour of every major suite on both the new and old sides by my "butler" Hung.

The historic suites, Charlie Chaplin, Graham Greene and Somerset Maugham are fantastic. All different and all wonderful. The suites on the new side of the hotel are fabulous but you can find the same in other hotels.

I also viewed the regular and delux rooms in the historic side and can tell you that they too are fabulous and a great value.

I have found the service to be well above average but then it should be. There is a new general manager and in meeting with him it is obvious he has made some significant improvements in a short time. They are still under construction in certain areas of the hotel but this should be completed shortly. I myself wasn't interrupted by any construction.

The food in the Vietnamese venue was only so-so at best. Big BBQ production but not worth the price.

Again, this is one of those hotels that you need to visit before you die.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled solo
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2  Thank CriticalChris
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Address: 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Region: Vietnam > Hanoi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Hanoi
#9 Family Hotel in Hanoi
#10 Luxury Hotel in Hanoi
#15 Romantic Hotel in Hanoi
#18 Spa Hotel in Hanoi
Price Range: £158 - £312 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi 5*
Number of rooms: 364
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