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1/25/2018 10:34:32 AM

Two Vietnamese hotels make Condé Nast 'Gold List' for 2018

(VNF) - Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi and Park Hyatt Saigon, were placed on the 2018 Gold List of the best hotels worldwide by the U.S. travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. (Credits:  Courtesy Sofitel)

Sofitel Legend Metropole, in the heart of Hanoi since 1901, “captures old-world colonial charm,” the magazine said. "It's a peaceful refuge in a loud city."

“Divided into two wings, the Metropole side blends classic French and Vietnamese styles while the contemporary Opera wing displays neoclassical influences. "Rooms are spacious and richly appointed." Dine on French fare at Le Beaulieu, sip a cocktail at the poolside Bamboo Bar, or head to Le Club for a chocolate buffet and jazz performances. Everyone goes above and beyond to make you feel special,” it added.

This was the second time Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has been named on the Gold List. The first was in 2016.

Park Hyatt Saigon. (Credits: Courtesy Park Hyatt)

“Not since the Vietnam War have the outdoor café tables immortalised in Graham Greene's The Quiet American graced historic Lam Son Square. In 2015, Park Hyatt Saigon brought al fresco dining back to the neighborhood at Opera, one of two restaurants designed by Japan’s acclaimed Super Potato at the 259-room property,” the magazine described Park Hyatt Saigon in great detail.

The Italian eatery offers the ideal vantage point to appreciate the capitalist vibe zooming through this city like the endless stream of motorcycles streaking past. By contrast, the hotel's lobby exudes the quiet elegance of bygone colonial residences. Guestrooms reinforce this old world charm with louvered windows, ceiling fans and four poster beds but Park Hyatt fans may miss the innovative techno amenities of their Tokyo and Seoul properties, it said.

“Hotel stationery crafted from indigenous seashells is instead a timeless treat. Ingeniously, the closet does double duty as the wall between bed and bathrooms, so items can be reached on either side. Bathtubs however are short and rain showers have a habit of spreading beyond their designated range.”

“Service has excelled since opening night so expect breakfast on the dot and English spoken throughout. A second restaurant with five show kitchens, Square One is making a name for itself as this town’s top table with fresh wok-fried lobsters served alongside juicy American steaks. Delicate metal latticework walls inspired by Vietnamese antiquities, a 500-plus label wine collection and private dining rooms with terraces are decidedly non-communist touches”, it noted.

This year's Gold List of favorite hotels in the world spans six continents and 54 countries. Other from Vietnam, Asian hotels were chose from Thailand; China; India; Indonesia; Japan; and the Philippines.

The full list:



Jack's Camp, Makgadikgadi

andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Okavango Delta

Duba Plains Camp, Okavango Delta

Zarafa Camp, Selinda Private Reserve


Mikeno Lodge, Virunga National Park


The Norman Tel Aviv


Segera Retreat, Laikipia Plateau

Sirikoi Lodge, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy


Riad Dar Bendsouda, Fez

Riad Idrissy, Fez

El Fenn, Marrakech

L’Hôtel Marrakech

La Mamounia, Marrakech

Royal Mansour, Marrakech

Hotel Nord-Pinus Tanger, Tangier

Villa Joséphine, Tangier


Alila Jabal Akhdar, Nizwa


Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park


Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town

Jamala Madikwe, Royal Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

La Residence, Western Cape

Babylonstoren, Western Cape


Mwiba Lodge, Mwiba


Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe Reserve

The Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls



The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu

The Temple House, Chengdu

The Opposite House, Beijing

Rosewood Beijing

The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Upper House, Hong Kong

Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

The Peninsula Shanghai


The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

28 Kothi, Jaipur

SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

Kalari Kovilakom, Kerala

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

The Imperial, New Delhi

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur


COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

Nihi Sumba Island, Sumba Island


Amanemu, Ise-Shima National Park

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Kyomachiya Hotel Shiki Juraku, Kyoto

Aman Tokyo

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo


Cheval Blanc Randheli, Nonoo Atoll

Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah, Baa Atoll

Soneva Fushi, Kunfunadhoo Island


El Nido Resorts - Pangalusian Island, Palawan


Six Senses Zil Payson


Raffles Singapore

St. Regis Singapore


COMO Metropolitan, Bangkok

The Siam, Bangkok

Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary, Koh Samui

Trisara, Phuket


Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Park Hyatt Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

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