Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

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Discover the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, which was designed by André Ducamp and Gustave-Émile Dumoutier in 1901.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi was constructed during the historic reign of the United Kingdom’s famed Queen Victoria, who sat on the British throne from 1837 to 1901.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi boasts a rich history that is enriched with tradition. Its doors first opened back in 1901, when it was constructed with a French Colonial style by 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. Chaplin celebrated many special moments at the hotel, including his honeymoon in 1936. Other frequent guests include revered world dignitaries and famed celebrities. W. Somerset Maugham wrote The Gentleman in the hotel’s Palour, while Graham Greene spent his time here writing The Quiet American.

The location was later renamed as Thong Nhat Hotel, in honor of the brief period of peace that Vietnam enjoyed during the 1950s. It was during this period that the legendary songstress Joan Baez composed her song "Where Are You Now, My Son?" at the hotel. The Thong Nhat Hotel continued to welcome guests over the next several decades, even as the building gradually fell into a state of decay. In 1987, the Vietnamese government worked to restore this local landmark with the assistance of the Pullman Hotel chain. The building subsequently reopened as the Pullman Metropole Hotel on March 8, 1992. It was during this period of time that the hotel’s Opera Wing was constructed onto the structure, as well as its marvelous History Wing. These spaces added an additional 135 guestrooms and suites. AccorHotels then acquired the hotel, renaming it as the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

  • Famous Historic Guests +
    Charlie Chaplin, renowned actor known for his roles in The Kid and A Woman of Paris. W. Somerset Maugham, celebrated author known for publications like Of Human Bondage. Graham Greene, celebrated author known for publications like The Power and the Glory and The Quiet American. Joan Baez, iconic musician known for such hits like “Diamonds & Rust” and “Oh Freedom.”

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