Consistently the historic Sofitel in downtown Hanoi has been acclaimed over the years and continues to receive top travel and hotel lover’s accolades even till the present time. Hanoi is a fascinating and welcoming city on its own, but combine that with period French architecture and Asian standards of hospitality and you have a location for something great to occur.
The hotel stands apart right away in its name. It is the first Sofitel property designated as Legend, which is a tip of the hat to its historic significance. The locale of the hotel is perfect for one wishing to be at the center of the historic quarters of the city. It sits just five minutes walking from the iconic opera house, while nearby parks, gardens and city monuments can entertain one at any hour of day or night.
From the outside the hotel has the charming colonial look that graces the city of New Orleans or any city of French colonial influence. Once inside whether a guest or a visitor one can enjoy plenty of lobby space which is serviced by a full sized bar or stop in one of the French, Vietnamese or Italian restaurants on site. The ground floor has a spectacular atrium which allows for beautiful architecture, artwork and natural light to adorn the open space. The glass pavilion overlooking the heated pool is a treat as well.
Rooms and services:
The fact of being in a historic building of such age should remind the traveler that room space is a premium. Thus it will not be as spacious as something built in modern times. There are 364 rooms overall with the seventh floor offering a club level with lounge access and more spacious accommodations. The room décor and surroundings are set in vintage style but with all the perks of modern comforts and technology such as free WiFi.
The hotel offers massages, Jacuzzi, pool, sauna and hammam facilities. There is also a good fitness center for guests. Due to the historic nature of the place, an onsite historian gives hotel tours and even highlights spaces like the underground bomb shelter, access to many of the surrounding cultural events is a privilege many guests take advantage of too.
This is one of the premiere addresses in downtown Hanoi, it is worth a stay and a visit, it certainly comes at a higher price tag than the very affordable luxury one will find elsewhere in the city, but if one has the resources or a fascination for a historic hotel experience, this is certainly a great place to indulge in that enjoyment.