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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Ranked #46 of 597 Hotels in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 2, 2009

My partner and I stayed at the Metropole for four nights at the end of our Vietnam trip. I was considering staying at the Opera Hilton and was so glad I decided against it . It probably made a difference that we booked a Club room. The staff were unfailingly courteous from the minute we were met at the front door, the bamboo bar is terrific and the welcome drinks on Friday night were delightful. Breakfast in the Bailleau were always a terrific start to the day. I wouldn't eat at the Spices Garden restaurant- it was a bit of let down when you can eat at other Hanoi favourites like Bobby Chins, Wild Lotus or Green Tangerine. Make sure you get the concierge at the hotel to book your table and you will get good service on arrival at any restaurant- the hotel has quite a deal of cachet in the city.

We decided to stay in the modern wing of the hotel and the room was absolutely beautiful- very lux. The thing I liked most about the hotel was the palpable sense of history (you could imagine Somerset Maugham lounging around) teamed with stylish up-to-date luxury and peerless service. Hanoi is a delightfully chaotic city and the hotel was a very real haven for us. As I mentioned we ended our trip in this wonderful old hotel because I like to end a holiday on a high note- The Metropole was all I could of hoped for. I wouldn't stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2009

This hotel really is an oasis in the middle of the happy craziness called Hanoi. The staff were so welcoming and although I'm sure the fact that we had booked a room on the executive floor makes a difference, I get the feeling that their level of service is generally excellent as far as check-in is concerned. The room itself was stunning - they had just redecorated this part of the hotel and I absolutely loved the decor - it was pure elegance combined with style; tiled mosaics, bold colors and patterns perfectly combined, a bath tub with clawed feet - just so much attention to detail, yet a room anyone could enjoy (the bed was super comfortable, slept so well!).
It's expensive and luxurious yet you definitely are in the center of town - there was still some renovation going on but it didn't affect the part of the hotel we were in.
The only (minor) complaint was their 'French' restaurant - the food really wasn't special, although okay but not worth the price, you can find better by going somewhere outside the hotel...

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2009

The Sofitel Metropole is one of those rare hotels that successfully manage to combine the air of a bygone era of colonial elegance with the luxury and service of a five star 21st century hotel. We stayed there for our 25th wedding anniversary and had two rooms in the old wing. The rooms were beautifully furnished and the beds heavenly. As you would expect in an older hotel, the rooms are individual, with their own character. We swapped with our teenage son so he ended up with the larger room with a small balcony but we had the fantastic rainforest shower. We had outside rooms and if you have the windows open during the day it is noisy. For us, this was part of the charm; you could hear the wonderful hubbub of the city from the comfort of your haven. At night, with the windows closed, we were not disturbed by noise at all. The public areas of the hotel are opulent without being imposing. You feel like you are getting a taste of imperial Vietnam that is long gone. The breakfast buffet in the beautiful surroundings of Le Beaulieu was the perfect start to the day. The poolside bar is a pleasant and relaxing place for a more casual meal or an after dinner drink. Our son made good use of the loungers by the pool and the excellent service from the staff there who kept him stocked with drinks and snacks. Unlike some reviewers, we found the staff very friendly and helpful. The concierge was happy to recommend restaurants and make reservations. If you are looking for a historic hotel, which combines character and ambience with excellent service, look no further.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 27, 2009

This is by no means a cheap hotel, but if your budget extends to it...just do it! Location, service, staff and restaurants are all absolutely first class.
I booked a club room for 2 nights but due to a mix-up was kindly upgraded to a suite. I've subsequently checked and found suite price is quoted at US$884/Nt!!, but I think I paid around $300.
Noise can be an issue, but when you are right in the heart of this bustling city I don't think you can avoid that.
Dinner in the Bar/restaurant was fabulous..Close to one of my best restaurant experiences ever. It will take me a long time to forget the Sofitel Metropole experience

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 12, 2009

Our small group (2 couples) organised to stay at the Metropole for our very last night in Vietnam, after travelling for 3 weeks in Cambodia, down the Mekong, and to HCMC, Hoi An and Hanoi. One of our group is an Accor 'frequent flyer' and so booked the rooms directly, at a rate I can't remember, but probably around USD200 per room.

We had already been in Hanoi for 3 nights, staying at another outstanding hotel (Elegance 2), and we were looking forward to a night of luxury and self-indulgence before returning home to the humdrum life of work.

The room in the new wing was splendid, quite spacious and elegant, with lovely white linen and comfortable armchairs, and a bit of a view. The bathroom was great, lots of lights and mirrors, nice big bathtub, still the same silly old hand-held shower arrangement, but at least this one stayed put on the wall. The glass doors on the shower/bath were totally inadequate, and water flooded down onto the bathroom floor, requiring all the towels to stop a deluge. Not good enough frankly! Our friends reported a similar experience in their room.

On the other hand, the bed was the most comfortable I had slept on in three weeks, with great pillows and quilts. There were slippers and big woolly dressing gowns and gorgeous silk lounging robes. All very comfortable, and much what you would expect in a 5* hotel.

When we arrived our rooms weren't ready (we were early), but the charming and efficient concierge took control of our luggage, and we went off shopping and cruising around the Big End of Town (aka the French Quarter). We later had a drink in the poolside bar, which is very beautiful and elegant ... BUT ... the prices would give you a nosebleed. I've stayed in quite a few top hotels and I know that everything is expensive, but the Metropole serves wine by the glass in ridiculous swimming pool sized glasses, and then you get about an inch and a half (perhaps 5cm) in the glass, for a princely USD 9.00 a glass for house wine. You feel cheated and ripped off.

We were very disappointed overall with the pricing at the Metropole. The room rates are a given, and we knew what we were in for when we booked - BUT they charge for Internet in the business centre, although there is free WiFi if you've got a laptop. They want USD 0.30 a minute for Internet use, which is ridiculous, when all the small hotels we had been staying in had provided it for free. To make matters worse, we were checking in and getting seat allocation for our return trip home, when the printer wouldn't print our boarding passes. The young woman in the business centre 'fixed' this for us by plugging in a USB, which then promptly crashed the whole system, and lost our boarding passes. It didn't matter in the end, but it was very annoying at the time.

After a lovely dinner out at a restaurant called Com Viet, we went to one of the Metropole bars to listen to a sensational young South African jazz singer, Hlulani Hlangwani, who sang terrific old jazz standards as well as some new material. This was a wonderful experience, marred only by the fact that she was in the wrong place for her sort of music. Everyone was talking very loudly, doing business, smoking their heads off, paying her no attention at all, in fact talking more loudly in order to be heard over her voice. This was annoying, and we felt very bad for her. It wasn't specifically the hotel's fault, and I guess she welcomed the opportunity to play in a top class hotel in front of a group of international travellers ... but I do wish the hotel had organised for her to perform in a more intimate venue.

Breakfast at the Metropole is USD25.00 a head plus tax, typical hotel buffet, with the full range of options (Asian/Western, etc.), which on top of the room rates did seem a bit steep. We had grown used to room rates of between USD50 to 75 including a lovely breakfast, and frankly I don't think the quality of the experience was worth it.

Another little quibble: the hotel provided two free bottles of local water, but the only options in the fridge were expensive Evian or Perrier, at USD 5.00 a go - this is also a terrible rip-off!

I know everything has a price, and there is nothing free in this world. However, it is possible to structure cost recovery in a way which makes guests feel that they have received good value and haven't been exploited.

On balance, I guess we got what we paid for, but I don't need to do it again.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 10, 2009

This is a great well-managed hotel. Rooms, service and food are impeccable. The location is terrific. We had no problems with the hotel at all but, if you have a room facing the front, you may find the noise from the club across the street a bit much on the weekend. It can be ear-splitting until midnight. When you check in ask whether the "Press Club" across the street will be active or you might not get much sleep.
We moved to a room facing the pool and were fine. If we should be lucky enough to visit Hanoi again we would certainly stay there.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2009

After landing in Vietnam and driving through Hanoi to our hotel we weren't sure what to expect of the Metropole. Hanoi seemed so busy, chaotic and a bit rough around the edges.
Thankfully, the Metropole was a sanctuary away from the buzz. This is one of those rare beauties - oozing with old world charm and sophistication. The service was elegant and effortless with friendly and stylish staff.
We stayed in a room in the older section. It was large with rustic wooden floors and colonial features. The bed was not good though - it was uneven and uncomfortable. They need to be replaced or the mattresses turned regularly. The bathroom was OK but a bit odd with an internal window and French doors to the bedroom. It also featured an unusual shaped bath too.
The buffet breakfast in the hotel was excellent... we dined in the main restaurant. Lunch in the bar was very stylish... including the buffet lunch - grab a seat in the glass atrium area. We opted to have dinner at the local restaurants... as for Bobby Chin... don't bother. Wild Rice was very good... not outstanding but worth the trip outside the hotel.
The gym was excellent with the latest cardio equipment.
The hotel is central to the wonderful old quarter - the best shopping in Vietnam we thought. Take note of the wonderful shops highlighted on the hotel's map from concierge - this was our guide and it was spot on for quality Vietnamese shopping. One ceramic shop was outstanding and so cheap - we stocked up on stunning, cheap Hanoi ceramics. We bought a lot of flatware and loaded our suitcases.
We would definitely stay here again - a charming hotel in a charming city.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Address: 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Location: Vietnam > Hanoi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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: $226 - $430 (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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