Paris (PRWEB) September 28, 2007
Sofitel Metropole Hanoi was awarded the city's best business hotel in 2007 by the readers of the prestigious Business Traveller Asia Pacific magazine.
Business Traveller Asia-Pacific is the leading travel magazine for Asia Pacific business travellers. Each year readers selected the premium hotel of each city in Asia. Top priorities to elect hotels are location, room facilities, customer service, technology and food & beverage.
This award has even more significance as the hotel is going to reopen the contemporary "Opera Wing" by the end of 2007 to equip the iconic hotel with the highest technology and latest 21st century amenities.
The award presentation took place the 14th September 2007 in Hong Kong and hotel's general manager Gilles Cretallaz came to receive this award- picture to come.
"We are proud to attain this leading position, which is resulted from the hard work, the team spirit of our hotel's staff and of course our meticulous attention to maintaining the highest possible standards of guest accommodation, comfort and personal service" - said Mr. Gilles Cretallaz, the General Manager (on the left on the picture).
The Sofitel Métropole Hanoi was distinguished by the prestigious CondéNast Traveler's Gold List.
The iconic hotel was also designated as one of the "500 Greatest Hotels in the World" and "Best 50 Hotels in Asia" according to the criteria of Travel+Leisure magazine.
Sofitel Metropole Hanoi
Built in 1901 in a pure colonial style in a Hanoi, which had become the capital of the Indochinese Union (Cochin China, Annam, Cambodia and Tonkin), until the end of the 1930's the Métropole was one of the most refined and exclusive western palace hotels in the Far East.
Following Vietnamese independence in the 1950's, the new national government chose it as the hotel for official visitors. During and after the Vietnam war years the hotel became a base of operations for journalists and diplomats. Restored, renovated and reopened in 1992 under the Sofitel brand following a partnership agreement signed with the Vietnamese government, the Métropole has already recovered its identity and prestige.
From the moment it opened, the Métropole quickly became a meeting place for writers, artists and officials. The hotel's guest book includes the signatures of Presidents of the United States, France and the Republic of Togo, Prince Albert of Monaco, the King of Malaysia, Prime Ministers of Australia, Japan, France and Canada, major business delegations such as the World Presidents Organization and the Asia Leaders Forum, as well as great movie stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Jane Fonda, Catherine Deneuve, Robert de Niro, Oliver Stone… It was at the Métropole Hanoi that the very British Graham Greene wrote part of his visionary novel "The Quiet American", which predicted the outcome of the confrontation between Uncle Sam and Uncle Ho… That was in 1951, and the hotel has been perpetuating Greene's memory ever since.
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