It will be raining all day tomorrow, a staff said as me and my buddy were at the poolside watching the incessant rain that saturated the whole of Hanoi since afternoon. It was the first day of our three-day affair in Hanoi and hearing those words didn’t bother me at all (even if it will ruin all our plans of exploring this quaint city) as we were housed on one of the greatest landmarks in the city, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.
|Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi|
Our bags were collected for storage and were told that our room will be ready at around ten in the morning. We were given an early check-in time which was totally great as we needed to freshen up a bit before we head out and explore the town.
There are two wings on the prestigious Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi; Metropole Wing that is generally the original Metropole Hotel and Opera Wing that is more contemporary than the other one. Coming from the Metropole Wing, we had to walk along the lush courtyard lawn and saw the pool area, bar and some restaurants around.
|Elevator waiting area at Opera Wing|
Neutral shades of white, grey and black were predominant with some splashes of red hues from a lounge chair, side lamps, a clock, and a recessed wall which perked up the whole space. The wooden parqueted floor also gave warmth to the room.
A wooden work table was at the far end with its own comfy chair and desk lamp. My buddy couldn’t be much happier for this spot as he loves working even while on a holiday.
I opened up the swivel door and got thrilled the moment I saw the coolest bathroom set-up that I pinned for future reference for my own home.
The bathtub with a super nice rain shower head was also worthy of mentioning. I was so in love with the bathroom that I took a bath right away while my buddy snoozed the afternoon away while Hanoi enjoyed its afternoon mizzle.
At around five in the afternoon, we headed to the lobby and joined the free Path of History tour that’s exclusively for in-house guests. It lasted for an hour with a brief introduction of the hotel itself and the harrowing tales during the Vietnam War and how Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi stood the test of time.
|Path of History Tour exclusively for in-house guests|
|Bomb shelters around the hotel's premises during the war|
The sky cleared up the next morning, surprisingly as it invalidated the weather forecast for that day. We were too excited to finally explore Hanoi but needed to carbo-load first.
We had three breakfast options that morning, yes three, on three different restaurants but we chose to have it on Spices Garden as it had this feeling of dining on an open garden area.
We were there at seven in the morning and the buffet spread looked fantastic with the bread station as the focal point.
|We had three dining options for breakfast and we chose Spices Garden that day|
We had roughly two days in Hanoi and it rained almost all day during our first day. We weren’t grumpy at all as with years of traveling together, me and my buddy have learned the value of enjoying what we have rather than complaining on what we don’t have. And staying at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi would be the greatest way to get stuck on a rainy day in Hanoi as you would truly feel the unparalleled classic elegance and luxury indulgence.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (check for discounted rates)
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District,
10000 – Hanoi, Vietnam
Contact Number: (+84) 4.3826.6919 extension 8500
Email Address: H1555@sofitel.com