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The Hanoi hotel with a basement bomb shelter

The Sofitel Legend Metropole is perfect for guests who want real luxury with some history thrown into the mix….

By Siobhan Henderson
Programme Manager for Alfred&

Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi

The Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi is perfect for guests who want real luxury with some history thrown into the mix, including a tour of the property’s former bomb shelter. This colonial hotel has a long history of hosting rich and famous guests, from international politicians to writers and actors, including Bill Clinton and the Queen of the Netherlands. There’s even a Charlie Chaplin suite named after the silent film actor who stayed there in the 1930s.

It’s located right in the heart of Hanoi near the Opera House, just a five-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and 10 minutes from the Old Quarter. Guests can stay in the old Metropole wing which features 1920s French décor, or the neo-classical opera wing. The hotel has some grand colonial touches, from fine woods to high ceilings and tall windows. As a five-star hotel, you can expect amenities such as a gym, spa, heated pool and garden courtyard.

There are three restaurants serving French and European cuisine at the Sofitel, as well as three bars. In fact, it was whilst renovating the basement Bamboo Bar in 2012 that staff discovered an old bomb shelter, which had been blocked up and forgotten about at the end of the American War in 1973. Today, guests can take the Sofitel’s Path of History tour, which is led by an expert guide who’ll tell you all about the hotel’s war history.


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Alfred & Siobhan Henderson

Siobhan has been with Kuoni for over 11 years and is passionate about all things travel, particularly when it comes to South East Asia. Having travelled the region extensively, from Cambodia  to Japan, Vietnam and many countries in between, Siobhan now shares her expert knowledge of the region as the Alfred& Programme Manager. One of Siobhan’s most memorable travel moments was reaching the top of Heaven’s Gate while leading a charity trek to the Great Wall of China in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Siobhan Henderson


Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Pam, who's travelled extensively in Vietnam. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember – the vespa rider who’ll whizz you round HCMC for a unique foodie tour, the guide who’ll take you fishing with locals at Chuon Lagoon and the ranger who’ll guide you to golden-cheeked gibbons to hear their dawn duets.

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