Magnifique is the Sofitel Legend Metropole‘s motto for magnificent reasons. I have been dying to stay at this historic Hanoi hotel since dining at their poolside restaurant over a year ago with Laura. Paul’s business meeting and our second anniversary were the perfect reasons to return for a special one-night getaway. Upon entering this legendary hotel, you are transported back to a bygone era of chic and gracious living.
Fabulously, we were upgraded to the elegant Charlie Chaplin suite (his favorite Hanoi hotel) in the historical wing. From scrupulous attention to detail and divine gastronomical offerings (I would travel to Hanoi just for the croque monsieur and french onion soup!), this hotel was the perfect choice to celebrate our anniversary.
The Hôtel Métropole first opened its doors in 1901 and was soon recognized as one of the world’s best and was without equal in Vietnam. It was the first venue to show “moving pictures” in all of Indochine. More recently, the Metropole was chosen as one of only two Vietnam hotels to make Conde Nast’s “Best Hotels throughout the World” list.
During 2011 renovations, the hotel rediscovered the bomb shelter used during the Vietnam/American war to shelter hotel guests. It is now part of their fascinating Paths of History tour. Jane Fonda and Joan Baez both were sheltered in the bunker during Hanoi bombing raids. And because this is an apolitical blog, know that the hotel has also welcomed George Bush, Sr., Bill Clinton, and John McCain. More recently, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made the Metropole their home during a visit to Hanoi. No matter which side you were on during the war, most would agree that it was a horrid chapter in our world’s history. Much nicer to enjoy all the other wonderful offerings at the Metropole and in life!
Saigon PEACE & LOVE to all, Lisa