The Apricot Hotel is located just across from Hanoi's iconic Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel features two dining options, a rooftop pool and gym which offer stunning views of the city and lake.
Sofitel Legend Metropole
The Sofitel Legend Metropole is a French colonial gem: grand and imposing and set on an enormous corner plot. The hotel is ideally located, just a short walk from the Opera House, the famous Hoan Kiem Lake and a brief cyclo ride from the historic Old Quarter.
Built in 1901, the hotel provides guests with fantastic service and facilities in a colonial and neo-classical setting. The property is divided between two wings, the recently refurbished Opera Wing and the more historic and arguably more charming, Metropole Wing. There is a huge choice of bar and restaurant options dotted inside and out, each serving up a differing taste of local and international cuisine.
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The hotel is split into two quite separately styled wings – The Opera Wing and the Metropole Wing. Within the more modern Opera Wing, the room choices are Premium, Grand Premium and Suites. The main difference between the rooms being size. The Premium rooms do not have separate showers and baths, which the Grand Premium and Suites do. In the Metropole Wing, the style is very different: very colonial, more wooden finishes and very grand. The room choices here are the Luxury, Grand Luxury and Legendary Suite. Again, the rooms get bigger depending on type and the Luxury rooms do not have a separate bath and shower.
Although the Sofitel Legend Metropole is not as ‘centrally located’ (ie. within the Old Quarter) as other options, it is not far away and with the help of the superb doorman, guests can easily walk, cyclo or get a taxi to visit this popular area. The hotel is set in the French Quarter, surrounded by other equally smart and grand buildings and is a quieter option than some of the hotels nearer to Hoan Kiem lake.
Food and drink
The food options at the hotel seem almost limitless and certainly no guest will have time to experience them all! The buffet breakfast is expansive and of an exceedingly high standard, offering a huge range of Western and Eastern options. Some other dining options are the La Terrasse du Metropole for a French menu or the Spices Garden for Asian cuisine, but these are just a few among a myriad of other choices.
Connecting rooms as well as babysitting services are available at the hotel.
Facilities and activities
This hotel really does offer everything you might expect from a city hotel. This includes a pool, spa, sauna, gym, laundry, babysitting services, free Wi-Fi, a currency exchange, hairdressing salon, cash machine, gift shop, airport shuttle and an historic underground war bunker with free historic tours for guests.
There is ramp and wheelchair access in the hotel as well as lifts.
Over the past few years, there have been an increasing number of new luxury hotels opening in Hanoi. However, nothing quite equals the character or the reputation of the historic Metropole.
Hanoi tour ideas
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A new hotel in the heart of Hanoi's celebrated Old Quarter, the Church Boutique Hang Trong (formally the Maison D'Hanoi) has been constructed in the typical tube style dictated by the narrow confines of this vibrant area of the city.
This small boutique hotel is in the heart of Hanoi's historic Old Quarter. The location is excellent as you can step out straight into the hustle and bustle of this colorful capital city from the main entrance.
Conveniently placed for exploring the best of the city's attractions, Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa offers spacious, tastefully-decorated rooms, a highly-regarded restaurant and service that is both professional and friendly.
The Pan Pacific Hanoi overlooking Hanoi’s West lake is a wonderful find in the midst of the capital's chaotic streets. Far enough away to relax by the rooftop pool and close enough to explore the bustling night markets.
Nestled in the heart of the city’s popular Old Quarter, the Silk Path Hotel is not only ideally positioned but also offers guests a good level of comfort and service rarely found in this part of town.
This three star hotel is situated on Phan Dinh Phung street, within walking distance of Hanoi's Old Quarter and the Hoan Kiem Lake. The Skylark offers 50 well-appointed guest rooms. There is a small restaurant, and a café on the ground floor, where breakfast is served.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
We are pleased to be able to offer clients the opportunity during their stay in Hanoi to enjoy a short talk on one of a number of subjects relating to Vietnam, its history and its culture.
The tour is flexible and you choose any other sites that you may wish to visit by discussing the options with your guide. Attractions include the Fine Arts Museum, the Old Quarter and the Army Museum as well as the vast West Lake.
Set off on a street food tour of Hanoi's best culinary spots with a food blogger.
The museum of ethnology is a fascinating insight into the cultural diversity of Vietnam. It is a newly built, hands-on museum with displays of art and everyday objects from various tribes.
Experience this unique Vietnamese cultural show where hidden puppeteers depict rural scenes with animated and delightful wooden puppets which, in the darkened auditorium, seem to literally walk on water.