The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is one of the most prominent hotels in the Accorhotels universe. The property has old-world charm and is without any doubt one of the best hotels in the city. In this review, I’ll explain what I liked about the hotel and what I disliked.
The Sofitel Legend Collection is consisting of only very few hotels, which are combining modern-day luxury with a lot of history.
The Sofitel Legend Metropole once was the famous Metropole Hotel, which has always been the best hotel in the city, even a decade ago.
Today, the property comes with a stunning design, a great location, very good food and beverage options and more. Nevertheless, there are some things that I didn’t like about the hotel.
Upon arrival at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, we were checked-in by a friendly employee. We were also offered a welcome drink.
Our upgraded Grand Deluxe Room was located in the modern part of the hotel (there is a modern and a historic wing) and made a very good first impression on me.
The room had Twin Beds, two bedside tables, a very nice working desk with a chair as well as a lounger of sorts.
If you are walking around a corner on the window side of the room, you can also find a small pantry with the minibar and the coffee machine.
To my disappointment, there was no free coffee capsule. Instead, the hotel charged an outrageous five Euro per capsule. The view of the neighborhood was nothing to talk home about.
Nevertheless, I found the design of the room to be stunning and very unique. I’d say that the combination of modern and historic elements was done very well here. The eye for detail was stunning, too.
Another positive about the room at the Sofitel Legend Hanoi was the bathroom, which has two entrances, but can’t be totally closed off from the room (which is a little weird in a Twin).
There’s a free-standing bathtub, a double sink, a toilet and a walk-in shower with two shower heads. Toiletries are provided by Notes des Lanvin.
All in all, I enjoyed the room and the high quality furnishing as well as the nice design of the room very much and would even say that this was one of the nicest hotel rooms I’ve ever stayed at. The lack of a view and the very open bathroom were two minor downsides though.
One of the best aspects about a stay at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is breakfast. You can choose between two locations, one in the historic and one in the modern wing.
The choice is nearly identical, but the seating is different. I chose the modern option due to the nice terrace overlooking the inner courtyard. Breakfast here was stunning with a great choice of everything you might dream of, from continental options to various hot options.
The fresh fruit and the choice of cold cuts and cheeses were just some highlights. The bread basket placed at our table was another plus, mainly because of the quality of the pastries. Additionally, you can order several hot options.
I had a pho and an omelette, both were phenomenal. All in all, an amazing breakfast I’d highly recommend trying.
In the evening, we decided to have a small dinner at the Sofitel Hanoi. Prices are quite steep, but there’s a good choice in different restaurants. While I tried a Korean bibimbap, my companion had a burger. Both dishes were good, but not exceptional.
Especially taking the prices here in account, I was a little disappointed. The atmosphere in the inner courtyard was nice though, while the service left quite a bit to be desired.
The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi offers a wide range of recreation facilities. The pool in the inner courtyard is actually a little bit on the small side and doesn’t really allow proper swimming.
The several loungers around the pool are quite nice though and allow some lounging after a long day of sightseeing.
The gym is very well equipped with modern machines for strength and cardio training, a trainer is available, too.
You can also enjoy complimentary water and fruit here. The only downside is that the gym feels a little dark and doesn’t come with much of a view. Right next to the gym, you can also find a complimentary sauna and steam bath, both very nice.
The communication about those facilities was a little challenging so as nobody really knew they existed (weird, right?).
There was no single aspect about my experience at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi that was bad, but I wasn’t totally happy with my stay anyway. While the rooms are beautiful, spacious and luxurious and the breakfast is great, everything else feels just “good”. That in combination with the fact that the staff is surprisingly arrogant for Vietnamese standards and incredibly high prices for everything, wouldn’t make the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi my first choice in the city. Nevertheless, the hotel is stunning and staying here for at least once in a lifetime is worth it!