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Situated in the heart of the Vietnamese capital, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has been Hanoi’s legendary landmark since 1901. The hotel was the first Sofitel Legend property in the world and the recipient of numerous international awards for its fine service. This legendary landmark has contributed to the history and heritage of the city.
Built in 1901 by two private French investors, the hotel quickly became the rendez-vous point for colonial society in the first half of the century. Following Vietnamese independence
in the 1950s, The Metropole was handed over to the Vietnamese government, receiving a new name, Thong Nhat - ‘Reunification Hotel’.
From then on it not only housed international guests but also acted as the official Vietnamese government guest house. International committees and delegations were hosted at the Thong Nhat Hotel. During and after the war years, it became a base for press and diplomats.
90 years after it had risen so gloriously from the swamps of ancient Hanoi, the Thong Nhat Hotel was closed for the face-lift of the century. Under the first phase, the existing hotel was refurbished over an eighteen-month period and reopened in March 1992, again called Hotel Metropole.
The second phase started in 1994 when work commenced on the 135-room Opera Wing, and the Metropole Center office towered above it, both of which opened in late 1996. After the reconstruction of the new Club Rooms which replaced Metropole center office, the third phase was fully finished by the end of 2008. The Metropole Club Lounge and Imperial Suite, opened in May 2008, introduced an impressive new oasis of charm and luxury at the Metropole Hanoi.
During the renovation of the Bamboo Bar in the summer of 2011, the engineering team rediscovered the long-sealed shelter, now affectionately known to all in the hotel as “The Bunker”. After excavating more than two metres of earth and reinforced concrete and then jack-hammering through a 278 millimetre ceiling, the hotel opened the hatch on a warren of flooded corridors, chambers and stairways.
The bunker was served to protect guests from air raids during the American War (1964 – 1975) and was used by celebrities such as Joan Baez (the hotel having secured a partial recording of her singing in the bunker) and Jane Fonda during the peak bombings of Hanoi in 1972 and 1973.
Since April 2012, Path Of History – a permanent exhibition is open to all guests staying at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. The “Path of History” provides a chronological and theme-based journey through its rich past, with complimentary daily guided tours which also include a visit of the bomb shelter of the hotel.
With a number of accolades, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi harbors a vast amount of stories within its walls and becomes a testament to the rich history of Hanoi – the thousand-year royal capital of Vietnam. Standing the test of time, it continues to be a popular rendezvous for travelers who come to admire the timeless elegance and historic chic in the heart of Hanoi.
#Andreas Augustin: Sofitel Metropole Hanoi
The Most Famous Hotels In the World, 2001 | ISBN-10: 981001290X; ISBN-13: 978-9810012908
English language | 157 pages | Hardcover
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