Metropole Hanoi Serves up Seasonal Spirit of Sapa

24-Nov-2016 Intellasia | Press Release | 3:13 PM Print This Post

A lofty 15-meter evergreen festooned with 50,000 colorful lights and 850 traditional Vietnamese conical hats. A life-size Seven Dwarfs’ house. A storybook inspired by the highland town of Sapa. Christmas carols in five languages. All of this, and Père Noël aka Santa Claus, will anchor the holiday celebration at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi this year, beginning Dec. 2.

The enchantment starts the moment you step inside the marble lobby. The interiors of the French colonial hotel will be dressed in an assortment of batik ornaments, silk lanterns, woven bamboo baskets filled with fresh flowers, and embroidered fabrics trimmed with pom poms, tassels, ribbons and traditional copper coins. All of the decor is inspired by the mystical mountainous town of Sapa – the only town in Vietnam that actually sees snowfall from time to time. Located in Vietnam’s remote northwest mountains, Sapa is famous for its many different ethnic groups and its rugged, romantic scenery.

A soaring 15-meter Christmas tree takes center stage in the hotel’s lobby. This year’s evergreen will be illuminated with more than 50,000 bedazzling lights and decorated with some 850 nón lá, a traditional conical hat made from palm leaves.

In addition, a special children’s holiday book, Once Upon a Time in Sapa, will be gifted to guests  to commemorate the hotel’s 115th anniversary. The beautifully illustrated, hardcover book will be filled with timeless stories and Vietnamese folktales about the area. The hotel is also hosting a unique Sapa drawing competition for children, with the chance to win a special prize for the whole family.

In the spirit of the season, more than thirty Metropole staff will dress up and serenade guests with popular Christmas carols in five languages, including French and Vietnamese. The staff will perform over two days, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so that they may reach out to the many visitors staying at the hotel during the holiday period.

“Sure, we could have hired a professional choir, but we want to give our guests a personal touch by singing to them in our native language,” said Franck Lafourcade, the Metropole’s general manager.

Once again, Vietnam’s most storied hotel will be keeping the magic of Christmas dreams alive with a spectacular program of holiday feasts and events during the most wonderful time of the year. From now until the end of December, here’s what will be happening at the Metropole:

Christmas Eve. Five special Christmas Eve dinners are on offer at the Metropole on Dec. 24, each with a distinct theme and at price points that range from 1,9500,000 VND to 3,960,000.

◦   A six-course gourmet dinner at Le Beaulieu, featuring a range of classic French fare such as lobster, venison, foie gras, oysters and coq au vin.

◦   A delicious Vietnamese dinner at Spices Garden.

◦   Two seatings for a Christmas buffet at the newly revamped Le Club.

◦   A six-course menu of Italian fare at Angelina.

◦   And a buffet at Thang Long Hall.

Christmas Day. On the big day, the hotel will host two buffets and a dinner at its restaurants, ranging in price from 1,650,000 VND to 4,250,000.

◦ A lunch buffet, with the option to upgrade to free-flowing champagne, followed by a 5-course dinner at Le Beaulieu.

◦ And a Christmas day dinner buffet at Le Club.

New Year’s Eve. With prices ranging from 1,700,000 VND to 4,510,000 gala dinners will be the order of the evening during the final hours of 2016, including:

◦   A 6-course dinner, including a vegetarian option, at Le Beaulieu.

◦   A Vietnamese gala dinner at Spices Garden.

◦   Two seatings for a New Year’s Eve buffet at Le Club.

◦   A 6-course gala dinner at Angelina followed by a countdown party.

◦   A buffet at Thang Long Hall.

◦   A countdown party, featuring a live jazz band and fireworks, by the hotel’s outdoor pool.

Ongoing. Throughout the festive season, the hotel features two particularly enticing opportunities:

◦   At the hotel’s award-winning Le Spa du Metropole, a sweet spa spectacular stirs three rejuvenating treatments into a 105-minute holiday package for 2,800,000 VND: a moisturizing rose petal foot bath, followed by a bamboo body scrub to soften the skin, and an energizing Vietnamese body massage to knead away all aches and pains.

◦   And for shoppers, the hotel’s delicatessen, L’Epicerie, is offering a range of delectable gourmet gifts, including foie gras, Fine de Claire oysters and turkey imported from the U.S., as well as the pastry chef’s piece de resistance, a traditional French Christmas log cake, known as “Buche de Noel”.

For additional pricing and more information, please contact +84 (0) 4 38266919 ext. 8215 or email [email protected]

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Dao Thu Trang

Marketing & Communications Assistant Manager

Tel: +84 4 3826 6919 ext. 8519

Email: [email protected]


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Marketing & Communications Executive

Tel: +84 4 3826 6919 ext. 8521

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Happy holidays from the Hotel Metropole Hanoi

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