Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Reopens Historic Heritage Wing
Ha Noi, Vietnam, January 30, 2024 / TOP25HOTELS / Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, the iconic luxury hotel in the Vietnamese capital, has opened a new chapter in its storied 123-year history with the relaunch of its historic Heritage Wing following an extensive and inspired refurbishment.
The Metropole Heritage Wing, with 103 guest rooms and suites, has been meticulously restored and renovated under a 21-month construction project. The new interiors maintain their traditional aesthetic and feel, and incorporate select original fixtures, while also introducing a considerable measure of bespoke comfort, advanced technology and vibrant color.
The comprehensive reconstruction work was centered on the original wing of the hotel, which was established in 1901 and has played host over the decades to numerous heads of state and royalty, along with world-renowned actors, writers, musicians and others. The newly renovated wing reopened to guests in mid-December.
Under the project, approximately 60% of the wooden floors in guest rooms were either refurbished or replaced; bathrooms were enhanced with all-new Italian marble surfaces and floors, and new bathtubs and showers; luxurious hand-tufted carpets were installed in guest rooms and corridors; and rooms were outfitted with elegant and sophisticated new beds, desks, side tables and sofas. New upholstery and curtains, along with contemporary artwork, provide colorful accents to the bright and airy rooms.
“The timeless feel of the Heritage Wing has been carefully preserved and enhanced, offering guests an even more sophisticated, elegant and luxurious environment. It embodies a seamless transition from the past to the future, creating a profound feeling of place and warmth, with an interplay of tradition, comfort, modernism and authenticity,” Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi General Manager George Koumendakos said.
Guest room layouts remain mostly the same, but six pairs of connecting rooms have been transformed into new suites, featuring a distinct master bedroom, a parlor area and a living room equipped with a sofa bed.
Technological enhancements include all-new IPTV, sound bars, mood lighting and air-conditioning units and control systems, along with new Wi-fi routers in each guest room and in the corridors to ensure seamless connectivity with maximum speeds. The lighting system has three modes, including “work,” “relax,” and “full,” along with a nightlight button.
The original wooden staircase that winds from the lobby up to the Heritage Wing’s guest room floors remains as elegantly charming as ever. The sturdy wooden banisters and handrails, and the landings, have also preserved the original wood from 1901. The exclusively designed carpets throughout the public areas of the building draw inspiration from iconic symbols of Vietnamese culture, including weaving patterns, conical hats and vintage Indochine decor.
The Heritage Wing lobby has been partially refurbished and restored, and features a new artisanal antique mirrored ceiling situated over the reception area, along with silver leaf-gilded, hand-painted artwork adorning the elevator car. The new reception desks, furniture and mood lighting provide a fresh design angle. All of these elements combine to evoke a sense of nostalgia while exuding a more contemporary and opulent ambiance.
The updated interior design of the lobby and guest rooms in the Heritage Wing was completed by the Singapore-based David Grace Designs International.
“Our aim was to transcend mere design and create a timeless sanctuary of luxury and understated elegance, and to craft an environment that not only appeals to the senses but leaves an indelible mark, offering an experience that captures the essence of refined living and evokes the charm of days gone by,” said Grace Soh, Managing Director of David Grace.
The Heritage Wing comprises 54 Luxury rooms, 40 Grand Luxury rooms, six Metropole suites and three Legendary suites named after former guests of the hotel: Graham Greene, Somerset Maugham and Charlie Chaplin, who famously honeymooned at the Metropole.
The wing has demonstrated its durability throughout the years and previously underwent major renovations in 1992 and 2004. The Heritage Wing is complemented by the hotel’s contemporary Opera Wing, whose 236 guest rooms, 18 suites and one Grand Prestige Suite, as well as the Club Lounge, offer stylish neoclassical elegance.
For more information on Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi or to make a booking, please call 0243 826 6919 (ext. 8500)
ABOUT SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE HANOI
A prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901, the Hotel Metropole Hanoi has a long tradition as a luxury venue for prestigious events and a popular rendezvous for business and leisure travelers such as playwrights, ambassadors and heads of state. The recipient of numerous international awards for its fine service, this legendary landmark has contributed to the richness of local heritage.
The hotel includes 358 rooms that are divided into two wings – the historical Heritage Wing and the neo-classical Opera Wing. There are three legendary suites that are named after famous residents and visitors to the hotel (Graham Greene, Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham).
The Metropole restaurants and bars are all famous dining venues, each offering a different exotic experience: Le Beaulieu has the best French fare in this corner of the world; Spice Garden offers elevated Vietnamese cuisine with a contemporary twist; angelina is Hanoi’s bespoke bar-lounge-restaurant; La Terrasse brings Parisian-style to the sidewalks of Hanoi; Le Club Bar treats guests to its famous afternoon high tea and cool jazz performances; and, finally, Bamboo Bar brings poolside lounging to the next level.
ABOUT SOFITEL LEGEND
Sofitel Legend is an illustrious selection of heritage luxury hotels where the best of past and present converge. Set within beautiful and culturally-rich destinations with such notable hotels as the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan and Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, each legendary retreat is both timeless and elegant, delivering lavish settings, renowned restaurants and modern comforts matched with impeccable service for the ultimate luxury experience. Noble, rare and soulful, Sofitel Legend hotels entice worldly travelers who are all drawn to these beloved places of grandeur for their storied past, architectural beauty, sweeping vistas and enchanting ambience. Sofitel Legend is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group counting over 5,400 properties throughout more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences.