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Sofitel Metropole

Listed under Luxury Hotels in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Grand, gracious and graceful – Hanoi’s favourite hotel tickles the pleasure receptors and draws an eclectic crowd

If you love big hotels, you’ll fall head over heels for this grand dame of French colonialism. It's one of Asia’s finest – as good as the city in which it stands – and its enormous central courtyard holds gardens, swimming pool, restaurants and a bar: the best place in town for cocktails before supper. Flaming torches flicker in the night, uniformed waiters swoop with martinis… even the stoniest heart will know a moment’s happiness here.

Bedrooms may not be the strongest suit, not because their colonial delights fail to seduce – far from it – but merely because you are away for the glitter and gossip. Make sure you settle in for afternoon tea (there is a chocolate buffet of epic proportions), while Spices Garden restaurant cooks up some of the best Asian food you’ll ever eat. As for the ladies who run reception, it is hard to imagine a more beautiful site in any hotel in the world: huge smiles, gorgeous uniforms and an eager willingness to help the lucky souls who wash up on their shores. Perfection.

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