Metropole Hotel

French architect?
1911




This French colonial hotel, built at the turn of the century as one of the finest hotels in Indochina, is now a refurbished five-star hotel. Its guest list features such notables from Charlie Chaplin, Queen Noor of Jordan, John Denver, and Graham Greene (while writing The Quiet American during his war correspondent days) to Jane Fonda and even Ho Chi Minh. Michael Caine stayed there while filming The Quiet American and John McCain was a guest when he returned for his reconciliation with Vietnam. Today the government uses it as the official hotel for visiting dignitaries.

Cool white facade with dark green shutters

In a city where most of the colonial buildings are yellow or golden, this elegant hotel stands out.
 

Entrance facade, less busy street

This entrance facade features oriel windows, balconies with balustrades, and stately fluted pilasters.
 

Awnings with decorative wrought iron brackets

See also the decorative iron work at the side entrance of the Hanoi Opera House.
 
 

The end of the hotel

 

Entrance facade, opposite side (busier street)




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