Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi from Ngo Quyen street

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, originally Grand Hotel Métropole is a five-star historic luxury hotel opened in 1901 in the French colonial style. It is located at 15 Ngo Quyen Street in Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi, Vietnam. The hotel has a rich history and a century long tradition of welcoming ambassadors, writers, heads of state and entertainers including Charlie Chaplin, Jane Fonda, George H. W. Bush, François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Donald Trump, and Kim Jong-un. The hotel has 364 rooms.


Old luxury cars are commonly displayed by the hotel.

The hotel was opened in August 1901 by André Ducamp and Gustave-Émile Dumoutier.[1] Following Vietnamese independence in the 1950s, the Metropole was renamed the Thong Nhat Hotel (Reunification Hotel) by the Communist government. In the 1960s, a bomb shelter was constructed to protect guests during American air raids.[2] Jane Fonda stayed there during her trip to Hanoi in June 1972. In 2011, the forgotten war bunker was rediscovered during renovations to the hotel's Bamboo Bar. Since 2012, tours of the bunker have been available to guests staying at the hotel.[3]

Joan Baez visited Hanoi with an American delegation in December 1972, but stayed in the near Hoa Binh Hotel (Peace Hotel) and found herself caught in the Christmas bombings. She recorded her song Where Are You Now, My Son? in her hotel room during an air raid, with the sounds audible in the recording.[2]

In 1987, the French Pullman Hotels chain entered into a joint venture with the Vietnamese government to restore the hotel to international standards. The hotel was completely rebuilt, regaining the name Metropole and reopening on March 8, 1992, as the Pullman Hotel Metropole. The hotel later moved from the Pullman to the Sofitel chain, and was placed in their exclusive Legend division as the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. The new 135-room Opera Wing was added from 1994-1996, along with the Metropole Center office tower. The offices were converted to additional hotel rooms in 2008.[4]

Sofitel Metropole was chosen as the Best hotel in Vietnam, and was one of only two Vietnamese hotels entering Best hotels throughout the World by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine (2007).[5]

The hotel was also used as a venue for the second meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un on 27 and 28 February 2019.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

The Metropole was the first venue in Indo-China to show motion pictures.[1] Somerset Maugham stayed at the hotel on his journey through Asia, while writing his book The Gentleman in the Parlour. Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard spent their honeymoon at the Metropole in 1936 after getting married in Shanghai. Graham Greene stayed at the hotel in 1951 while writing The Quiet American.


  • William Warren, Jill Gocher (2007). Asia's legendary hotels: the romance of travel. Singapore: Periplus Editions. ISBN 978-0-7946-0174-4.


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