Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi boasts a rich history, one that is enriched with tradition. Its doors first opened back in 1901, when it was constructed with a French Colonial architectural style in mind by its talented designers, André Ducamp and Gustave-Émile Dumoutier.
The hotel has seen a myriad of prominent visitors throughout its reign, including famous actors such as Charlie Chaplin, who one of the property’s suites is named after. Chaplin celebrated the most special of moments at the hotel, notably, his honeymoon in 1936. Other frequent guests include revered world dignitaries and famed celebrities. It was at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi that the first motion picture showing occurred within the region, and it is the locale where Somerset Maugham wrote The Gentleman in the Palour, and where Graham Greene wrote The Quiet American.
The property was later renamed as Thong Nhat Hotel, meaning Reunification, briefly following a period of independence in Vietnam during the 1950s. The hotel included an expansive bomb shelter, harboring guests in a safe space during air strikes. It was during this period that the legendary songstress Joan Baez composed her song “Where Are You Now, My Son?” within her hotel room, with the sounds of an air raid audible in the recording’s backdrop.
An array of guests were welcomed to Thong Nhat Hotel throughout the next several decades, yet as time moved forward, the property gradually fell into disarray. In 1987, the Vietnamese government worked to restore the country’s landmark property, and with the assistance of the Pullman Hotel chain, the Pullman Metropole Hotel reopened on March 8, 1992, completely rebuilt and re-envisioned with perfection in mind. The Sofitel brand was the next owner of the hotel, which placed it within the group’s Legend collection and renamed it as the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. During the 1990s, the hotel’s Opera Wing was added in addition to the History Wing, with 135 additional guestrooms and an office tower, as well. These offices were soon converted into hotel rooms in 2008.
With a variety of accolades over time to its name, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi harbors a vast amount of stories within its walls. From musical legends crafting historically significant ballads, to notable actors celebrating their most important life milestones at the property, the hotel has witnessed history time and time again. It continues to welcome travelers to experience the dignified story of Hanoi, who depart with a plethora of knowledge and unforgettable memories.