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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET HANOI -

SOF­I­TEL LEG­END METROPOLE HO­TEL OVERNIGHT RATE FROM $US350 (ABOUT $480, PRE­MIUM ROOM)

Her­itage runs deep at this colo­nial ho­tel in the heart of the French Quar­ter. Open­ing in 1901, Sof­i­tel Leg­end Metropole has had an im­pres­sive guest list over the years. Char­lie Chap­lin hon­ey­mooned here (try the cock­tail named af­ter him in Bam­boo Bar, un­der whirring palm leaf fans) and folk singer Joan Baez once fled to the ho­tel’s bomb shel­ter. Ask re­cep­tion about tours of the shel­ter. It’s not only the staff’s pleas­ant French that will have you feel­ing you’re in Paris; sit in front of the Neo­clas­si­cal fa­cade at side­walk cafe La Ter­rasse and you’ll un­der­stand why English nov­el­ist Gra­ham Greene would stay for en­tire af­ter­noons. Viet­namese in Spices Gar­den, mod­ern Ital­ian at An­gelina, and grand crus and live jazz at Le Club are all tinged with the charm of a by­gone era. Rates in­clude break­fast for two.

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