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

Why Nostalgia is Good for You

All over Asia we’re lured (indeed, seduced!) by the architectural assets from bygone days. The Citroen cars. The age-mottled walls of centurys-old temples. And, not the least of which, the grand architectural flourishes of societies that have come and gone. In Hanoi, no building perhaps is the object of so much adulation, and so much yearning for the past, as the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. The hotel’s immaculate white facade … Read More