Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review

 

This Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review is part of a trip report including luxury resorts in Asia and the Maldives, such as Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru and Soneva Fushi, as well as Etihad First Class and Emirates First Class. 

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TravelSort Clients receive these Virtuoso benefits when reserving the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (no upgrades to Grand Premium or Suites)
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • A complimentary 30-minute Foot massage per person for maximum of 2 people and on the first stay only (except the 2nd stay is after 7 days from the check-out date of the 1st stay)
  • A glass of champagne in Bamboo bar or Club bar per person, for maximum of 2 people and on the first stay only (except the 2nd stay is after 7 days from the check-out date of the 1st stay)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review-Lobby

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review - Staff in Lobby


Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Arrival and Check-In 

After a rather lengthy and chaotic visa on arrival experience at Hanoi Airport and nearly an hour long drive due to traffic, we were relieved to finally arrive at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. We were welcome and escorted to the Opera Wing, then up to the Metropole Club Lounge where we were checked in and brought a welcome drink. We both chose fresh squeezed juice.

Welcome Drink in Club Lounge, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

 

Unfortunately we had missed the evening hors d'oeuvres, and I needed to get my son some food before putting him to bed. I asked if any of the evening appetizers were still available, and while they weren't, the staff was kind enough to provide some bread and cheese so that we didn't have to wait around in the restaurant or for room service. There were also some pastries left from the afternoon tea, which I had previously asked the staff to save for us. It was of course lovely of them to do this, although the opera cake and tarts were rather poor quality, surprisingly so for one of Hanoi's best hotels.

Club Lounge Afternoon Tea Pastries, Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

 

Opera Wing Grand Premium Room with Club Lounge Benefits

Grand Premium Rooms in the Opera Wing include access to the Metropole Club Lounge, with daily breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres, complimentary WiFi, and butler service.

Since it was my son and I, I reserved a room with 2 twin beds. They were right next to each other, which might not suit friends traveling together, but was perfect for us as it was one less side to worry about him rolling off–not normally a big deal, but since he broke his collarbone falling off a bed at age 4, it's been a concern.

One of the things I love about staying at a Sofitel is the plush Sofitel MyBed, and these did not disappoint. It's hard to imagine the new Air France First Class bed being as comfortable as these, even with the Sofitel partnership, although kudos to marketing since few even first class airline beds are truly comfortable.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review-Grand Premium Room

 

There were some vanilla macarons as a welcome amenity, a nice touch. We ate them later on in our trip, and they were much better quality than the afternoon tea pastries we were offered in the Club Lounge.

Macarons Welcome Amenity, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

 

The bathroom is unusually long, going the whole length of the room and with curtains rather than doors, although there is a door to the toilet chamber. There are two vanities with his and hers sinks, and a lovely clawfoot tub that was in keeping with the French flair of the decor. I was happy to see there was even a child-size bathrobe provided.

Grand Premium Bathroom with Clawfoot Tub, Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

 

A separate glass enclosed rain shower was what I actually used, however, since I had work to do and no time for a bath. 

Grand Premium Bathroom, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

 

Bath products were Les Notes de Lanvin Orange Ambre, a good unisex fragrance.

Les Notes de Lanvin Orange Ambre Bath Products, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

 

In addition to the bathrobes in the bathroom, silky robes were hanging in the closet, an unusual and romantic touch.

Silky Robes in Closet, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review

 

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi Pool

The hotel's pool is modest in size, but in the morning there was no one in it, and, along with the greenery of the interior courtyard, seemed a relaxing place to return to after a day in busy and hot Hanoi.

Swimming Pool, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review

 

Spices Garden Breakfast Buffet

Guests with Sofitel Club Lounge benefits may choose to either have breakfast in the Club Lounge or at the Spices Garden breakfast buffet. I decided to give my son his breakfast there so we could compare it with the Club Lounge breakfast. Spices Garden was quite crowded when we arrive, and the outdoor terrace seating was completely full.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review-Terrace Seating for Breakfast

 

So we sat indoors in a booth:

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review-Spices Garden Restaurant Seating

 

Servers brought us a nice basket of pastries, which were flaky and quite good:

Breakfast Pastries, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

 

The buffet wasn't enormous by Asian standards, but featured eggs cooked to order, dim sum and hot dishes:

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Breakfast Review-Eggs Cooked to Order at Spices Garden

 

French-style pots of yogurt and custards:

Yogurts, Breakfast at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

 

Fresh fruit, of which the highlights for me were fresh pomelo and mango:

Fresh Fruit, Breakfast at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

 

A few cheeses, tomatoes and other vegetables:

Cheeses and Vegetables, Breakfast at Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

 

Breakfast cold cuts and smoked fish, although the smoked salmon was badly in need of replenishment:

Breakfast Cold Cuts, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review

 

And the highlight for me, which were the banh cuon–fresh steamed rice paper rolls stuffed with meat and served with dipping sauce, fresh cilantro and crisp fried garlic–delicious! Don't miss these:

Banh Cuon (Fresh Stuffed Rice Rolls), Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review


Metropole Club Lounge Breakfast

We then went up and I had breakfast in the Club Lounge. This is a good bet if you don't want a crowd of people and want a more relaxed breakfast. We were offered a choice of fresh squeezed juices and espresso drinks straightaway.

Club Lounge Breakfast, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review

 

The actual buffet was smaller of course, without quite as much selection, but it was also more diligently replenished–there was no shortage of smoked salmon, for instance.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review-Club Lounge Breakfast Buffet

 

We were given menus and could order a hot entree.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Club Lounge Breakfast Menu

 

I chose the Vietnamese option, since I love having pho for breakfast. The chicken pho was delicious, and also came with more of those addictive banh cuon.

Vietnamese Breakfast, Club Lounge, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review

Vietnamese Chicken Pho, Club Lounge, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Review


The Verdict

While we were only briefly at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, it was an excellent stay: a very comfortable room, especially the Sofitel MyBed; attentive service in the Club Lounge; and an excellent breakfast, although the afternoon pastries could be better.

I also appreciated the staff's assistance with our taxi to the airport–they procured a better rate than we had coming to the hotel. Recommended, if your travels take you to Hanoi.

If you've stayed at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi on the Club level, what was your experience?

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