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Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi: Colonial Charmer

Want the best of the best? Well, if you’re in Hanoi, dear hearts, then the Sofitel Legend Metropole is hands and pants down the cream of the hotel scene.

This painstakingly restored colonial icon is host to not only the city’s slickest jetsetters, but a dazzling array of smart sip and sup diversions, including restaurants Le Beaulieu, Angelina and Spices Garden (French, Italian, and Vietnamese respectively), courtyard cocktail imbiber Le Club, Parisian-inspired caff La Terrasse, and candlelit lurver’s nook Bamboo Bar. And that’s all before we’ve even mentioned the finest pamper pad in town: Le Spa du Metropole offers sauna, hammam, heated outdoor pool and a wealth of toe-tingling treats.

No less than 364 rooms and suites round out the offering, each with feather bed, white Percale sheets, goose-down duvet, comp WiFi, LCD TV and DVD player, but we fell head-over-tush for the Grand Premium in the Opera Wing with king-size bed, butler service, afternoon tea, cocktails, and late check-out. Much like its colonial founders, the Sofitel doesn’t do things by ‘arf…

Sofitel Legend Metropole, Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. +84 4 3826 6919,

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