Slowing Down While Turning Up the Heat in Hanoi

Executive Chef - Nicholas SchadboltTwo weeks after he took over as Executive Chef at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Nicholas Shadbolt can’t believe his good fortune. It’s not that he didn’t enjoy his most recent post in China, but in Hanoi, among the Vietnamese, he has encountered a people with a character and constitution so bent on friendliness, he feels as if he’s landed in just the right spot after decades of wandering.

Originally from London, Shadbolt counts Vietnam as the 70th country visited on his bucket list. Much of that tally comes from working in far-flung places such Saudi Arabia and Costa Rica, and then exploring all of the nearby countries. Fortunately for his memory, he’s a passionate photographer. Continue reading

Deciphering the Mystical Mooncake

“A full moon hangs high in the chilly sky, all say it’s the same everywhere, round and bright.” So begins the first line of a poem by Li Qiao, one of many Chinese to be captivated by the Tang Dynasty’s new and elaborate celebrations of the mid-autumn full moon. Fast-forward to Hanoi in September 2014, when the city is abuzz with preparations for the Moon Festival, or Children’s Festival as … Read More


Hanoi Perspectives

Have you ever wondered how the media experience the city of Hanoi? A group of five travel journalists from the United States recently spent two nights at the Metropole in early May. Here’s what we showed them of our fair city.

Why Kids are Going to Love the Metropole in June

We credit the shelter as one reason why the Metropole is one of the world’s most fascinating hotels for kids. And in June, there’s a whole new reason for kids to be keen on the Metropole, and it all has to do with The Little Prince, or Le Petit Prince, one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time. Read More


Where to Honeymoon in the City

Oh so many honeymoons involve powder-white sand, palm trees, turquoise seas and that sunset — you know the one. And they’re big business for resort hotels around the world. But the city need not play second fiddle when it comes to honeymooning. After all, there’s no place like the city for a cornucopia of eating and shopping experiences. And what else (besides the obvious) do any of us want of … Read More

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