The Metropole welcomes the return of the iconic Heritage Wing

March 11, 2024 | 17:59
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The 123-year-old Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi held a grand re-opening ceremony for its Heritage Wing on March 8, following a two-year comprehensive upgrade, underscoring its status as an iconic and vital part of the hotel.

The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi stands as a distinguished embodiment of heritage and luxury, seamlessly blending the best of the past and present. Nestled in a culturally rich part of the city, this legendary retreat exudes timeless elegance, offering an opulent setting with its renowned restaurants and modern comforts coupled with impeccable service for the ultimate luxury experience.

Noble, rare, and soulful, the Metropole captivates worldly travellers who are drawn to its grandeur, storied past, architectural beauty, panoramic views, and enchanting ambiance.

Heritage Wing re-opening ceremony
Heritage Wing re-opening ceremony

Throughout the renovation process, the Metropole made sure to preserve the timeless values of the Heritage Wing, continuing the legacy of its past. While the room layout remains largely unchanged, the number of rooms has been reduced from 109 to 103, with twelve former rooms transformed into six new Metropole suites. The wing includes three 'Legendary' suites, named after renowned figures Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham, and Graham Greene, who spent some time at the hotel, and 40 Grand Luxury rooms and 54 Luxury rooms.

Heritage Wing Sommerset Maugham Suite living room
Sommerset Maugham Suite, Heritage Wing

Speaking at the re-opening ceremony, George Koumendakos, general manager of the Hotel Metropole Hanoi, said, "The Heritage Wing is closely associated with Hanoi's history, being a witness to the glorious moments as well as the lower points of the hotel. We have strived to bring visitors a more sophisticated, elegant, and luxurious space while still preserving the history and cultural values ​​that have existed from 1901 to the present."

Heritage Wing lobby
Lobby, Heritage Wing

During the upgrade, the wooden floors in the guest rooms were refurbished or replaced. All furnishings, including beds, desks, tea tables, and sofa chairs in the living rooms, were elegantly designed. The bathrooms feature all Italian marble, and the latest Toto sanitary ware.

The carpet in common areas of the building draws inspiration from Vietnamese cultural icons such as conical hats, woven bamboo and rattan, and classic motifs from the Indochina period. Curtains, upholstery, and contemporary artwork add vibrant touches while creating bright and airy spaces in all rooms.

Beyond donning a new look with specially designed furnishings and vibrant colours, the Heritage Wing has embraced advanced technology to offer guests a modern and comfortable stay. Each guest room is equipped with new technological amenities, including internet-equipped television, customisable lighting systems, new air conditioning systems, and Wi-Fi routers installed in each room to ensure maximum internet speed.

A portion of the main lobby of the Metropole Heritage Wing has been refurbished, and the reception counter has been redesigned for a more efficient check-in process. The ceiling above the reception area features artfully crafted antique-style mirrored panels, while white rectangular-shaped wooden frames have been redesigned from the original arched frames. The entire lobby area has new furnishings, carpets, and artwork. The lighting system has been upgraded with mood lighting, creating a warm and classically charming atmosphere.

A prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901 - the Hotel Metropole Hanoi’s Heritage Wing echoes the historical legacy of the capital as a luxurious venue for prestigious events and a favoured meeting place for business and leisure travellers, including playwrights, ambassadors, and heads of state.

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