Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoi’s French Quarter, the hotel brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era. Surrounding yourself in the old feelings, you can feel stately corridors and explore a dramatic past!
Opened in 1901, this is one of the old colonial hotels of south-east Asia.
The hotel has seen many celebrities and head of states, such as Charlie Chaplin, who one of the property’s suites is named after. Chaplin celebrated the most memorial moments with the hotel in his honeymoon in 1936.
The first motion picture was shown at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. It was also the locale where Somerset Maugham wrote The Gentleman in the Palour and Graham Greene with The Quiet American.
Later, the hotel was renamed as Thong Nhat Hotel, meaning Reunification because of independence period in Vietnam during the 1950s. Besides, it included an bomb shelter, harboring guests in a safe space during air strikes.
Behind the classical white façade, green shutters, original wrought iron details and stately wood panels reside over a century of stories. Far from resting on its laurels, the hotel has managed both to move with the times and retain its grandeur now. The structure architect will bring you back to the feeling of colonial period, meanwhile modernity with old-school glamour, in the heart of Hanoi’s French Quarter.
There are several bars and restaurants, including an Italian steakhouse, a Vietnamese restaurant, a fine French restaurant Le Beaulieu. Le Beaulieu was where Noël Coward was once partial to the coq au vin. Furthermore, the less formal Le Club, which hosts live jazz nightly.