For many years, the premier hotel in all of Vietnam, the Metropole is the place to stay Hanoi. With an ideal location only a block away from Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of the city within walking distance of many sites, including the Old Quarter. The property is a renovated French colonial hotel dating back to 1901, the Sofitel Metropole Hotel boasts a rich history and a century-long tradition of hospitality for ambassadors, statesmen and writers (with a few suites named after them, including Graham Greene and Charlie Chaplin).
Following extensive renovations in the early 1990s and late 2010, including a surprising uncovering of a forgotten war-era bomb shelter, visitors today can enjoy the charm of an impeccably restored turn-of-the-century hotel in the heart of the capital. All 363 rooms and suites, both in the original Metropole wing and the new Opera wing, provide extensive international services and facilities befitting Vietnam's first officially accredited five-star hotel.
The elegant Spices Garden Restaurant offers superb Asian cuisine with a local flavor while Le Beaulieu, a long-time favorite venue for fine dining in the capital, serves up the best of French cuisine and fine wines. Le Club Bar is the perfect venue for drinks and its afternoon chocolate buffet has become a Hanoi tradition. The Met Pub is unrivaled as the city's most popular bar with live jazz, great food and a well-stocked bar.
There are two wings in the Metropole—the Historical Metropole Wing is from another era, literally, but has been upgraded to modern, while retaining its dark woods and Colonial prints, while the newer Opera Wing dazzles with its art-nouveau style. Both wings have a lobby, although the Metropole wing is where guests will want to spend time, with comfy sofas and papers, two restaurants and a wine bar within sight. The Opera Wing Lobby underwent an upgrade in early 2008.
In 2012 a renovation construction crews rediscovered an air raid shelter in the back garden of the Metropole and has opened the excavated bunker for its guests to explore. The 40-square-yard bomb shelter has been restored to its original state as a tribute to the hotel’s wartime employees, who ushered guests into the relative safety of the underground chamber from the mid-1960s through the Christmas Bombings of 1972.
Metropole Room Configuration
Metropole Classic Wing
60 Classic rooms, 32m2 (Upon request only, these rooms are small without views)
46 Classic Deluxe, 37m2 (We recommend the Deluxe, as the Classic rooms are small)
3 Metropole Suites, 70m2 (one living room and one bedroom) Formerly the Chaplin , Somerset Maugham, and Graham Greene Suites.
Metropole Opera Wing (newer)
163 Opera rooms, 32m2 (elegant rooms in New Wing with city view; double bed or 2 single beds)
73 Club rooms, 48m2 (queen size or twin bed)
11 Opera Suites, 64m2 (one living room and one bedroom in New Wing with balcony, 2m queen-size bed)
6 Club Suites, 64m2 (living room and one bedroom with balcony, 2.2m king-size bed)
1 Imperial or Presidential Suite, 176m2
Note: The Metropole allows up to a maximum of 3 people in each room (including suites). For families of 4, there are the Opera Suites with connecting access with an Opera twin, and Club Suite connecting with Club twin room.
Classic or Contemporary?
The classic or historic wing provides an old, colonial feel and matching decor including hardwood floors, faded pictures and four poster beds combining to evoke the grandeur of a bygone age.
The Charlie Chaplin Suite here is the biggest and nicest of the hotel. The Opera Wing is more hip, with modern flair and Danish furniture design. The rooms here are noticeably brighter, airier and more contemporary than their cousins over in the Historic Wing.
*Since November 2007 the room configuration at the Metropole has changed. There are no longer Classic Suite and Deluxe Suite rooms, and all Charlie Chaplin Suite, Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene in the Classic Wing are now called Metropole Suites.
All 363 guest rooms and suites equipped with A/C (H/C), satellite TV, LCD, and DVD player, IDD phone, Security peephole, personal safety-box, mini-bar, radio/music system, RJ 11 outlet , voice mail, data port, coffee/tea making facilities, bathtub, specially with Sofitel's MyBed and broadband Internet.
Banquet & Catering Facilities
Lounge/Bar Meeting / Conference Rooms
Swimming Pool - Outdoor, unheated (and thus rarely used)
Baby sitting service
Baggage storage (while on Halong Bay or cycling in Ninh Binh with us)
Dining at the Metropole
Le Beaulieu Restaurant serving the best of French cuisine. Le Beaulieu Restaurant is the hotel's breakfast location and serving French cuisine during lunch and dinner.
The Spices Garden serving authentic Asian dishes from the region
Le Club Bar. A light airy lounge bar with large windows overlooking the courtyard garden, Le Club Bar has always been the perfect venue for drinks with friends and colleagues and the afternoon tea at Le Club is not to be missed, complete with its absolutely decadent chocolate buffet.
The Met Pub is the city's most popular bar with wonderful live music, great food and a large selection of beers, spirits and whiskies.
The Bamboo Bar, by the central pool, offers snacks and lunch for those loathe to leave the pool, and also a cool place to enjoy an evening cocktail.
La Terrasse du Metropole successfully brings the ambiance and coffee of Parisian street cafes to Hanoi's streets.
Iron Chef Vietnam
Los Angeles top chef Neal Fraser of Grace Restaurant fame has lead several Iron Chef tours with us in Vietnam, including 2012 (at right with Metropole Executive Chef André Bosia.
Our unprecedented culinary cycling adventure features pedaling through the scenic country roads along Vietnam's central and southern coast and into the central highlands while sampling Vietnam's diverse and distinctive cuisine in each region. There are few places that provide for a culinary adventure on par with Vietnam. This trip will highlight the distinctive cuisines of each region with a mix of activities, including hands-on cooking, kitchen and market visits.
Find out more about our Iron Chef Vietnam tour.
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