Looking for somewhere to stay that has been a prominent fixture in the Old Quarter of Hanoi for over 100 years? A place that has welcomed esteemed guests from around the world including playwrights, actors, film stars, musicians, heads of state and ambassadors? Look no further than Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, recognised as one of the finest hotels in South East Asia and often referred to as one of ‘The Grand Dames’ of hotels.
This hotel has some serious history and a level of service and style to match
The pool and Bamboo Bar are located in the centre of the hotel, in an outdoor space which, like other areas of the hotel, remind you of a colonial time which has passed by. It’s the perfect place to escape the heat and bustle of the city outside but also has its own unique and interesting history.
In 2011, when extending the Bamboo Bar, workmen discovered an underground bunker that was used by guests to escape the sometimes daily carpet bombing that obliterated much of Hanoi during the war. It was from this bunker that legendary folk singer and songwriter Joan Baez took cover during an air raid and penned her famous anti-war song ‘Where are you now my son?’.
This underground shelter is now an integral part of the complimentary historical tour of the hotel that is available to guests daily; an experience that is as interesting as it is humbling.