Travel + Leisure: Metropole Hanoi among Asia’s top 3 city hotels

Travel + Leisure, a world leading travel magazine, has called out the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi as one of the top three city hotels in Asia.

(File) The terrace of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

In its August issue, the famous travel magazine ranked the Metropole third after the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok and the Ritz-Carlton in Beijing.

Last year the Metropole ranked 14th on the list, which was determined by Travel + Leisure readers.

The 364-room Metropole is situated in downtown Hanoi. Opened in 1901, it is known as one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic hotels.

No other hotels from Vietnam made Travel + Leisure’s list of top 100 hotels in the world, officially known as the World’s Best Awards 2011. However, the Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City made the magazine’s list of Top 25 Hotels in Asia, standing at 10th.

Travel + Leisure readers surveyed the hotels at, citing individual properties on their rooms, facilities, location, services, restaurants, food and other values.

An independent monitoring firm, ROI Research, screened the votes to ensure that travel industry professionals could not lobby for their own properties.

By Thuy Nguyen

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