Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a 5 star historic luxury hotel opened in 1901 in the French colonial style. It is located at 15 Ngo Quyen Street in Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi, Vietnam. The hotel has a rich history and a century long tradition of welcoming ambassadors, writers, heads of state and entertainers including Charlie Chaplin, Jane Fonda, George H. W. Bush, François Mitterrand, Isabelle de Valvert, Jacques Chirac, etc.
Following Vietnamese independence in the 1950s, the Metropole was renamed the Thong Nhat Hotel by the Communist government. In the 1960s, a bomb shelter was constructed to protect guests during American air raids. Jane Fonda stayed there during her famous trip to Hanoi in June 1972. Joan Baez visited Hanoi with an American delegation in December 1972 and found herself caught in the Christmas bombings. She recorded her song Where Are You Now, My Son? in her hotel room at the Thong Nhat during an air raid, with the sounds audible in the recording.
In 1987, the French Pullman Hotels chain entered into a joint venture with the Vietnamese government to restore the hotel to international standards. The hotel was completely rebuilt, regaining the name Metropole and reopening on March 8, 1992 as the Pullman Metropole Hotel. The hotel later moved from the Pullman to the Sofitel chain, and was placed in their exclusive Legend division as the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. The new 135-room Opera Wing was added from 1994-1996, along with the Metropole Center office tower. The offices were converted to additional hotel rooms in 2008.
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