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Metropole Hanoi serves up seasonal spirit of Sapa

Released at: 16:26, 18/11/2016

Metropole Hanoi serves up seasonal spirit of Sapa

Photo: Metropole Hanoi

Hanoi landmark yet again has a great Christmas in store for guests.

by Doanh Doanh

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has decorated a lofty 15-meter evergreen festooned with 50,000 colorful lights and 850 traditional Vietnamese conical hats, installed a life-size Seven Dwarfs’ house, created a storybook inspired by the highlands town of Sapa, and prepared for Christmas carols to be sung in five languages during the festive season.

All this, and Père Noël, aka Santa Claus, will anchor the holiday celebrations at the hotel beginning on December 2.

The enchantment starts the moment guests step inside the marble lobby. The interiors of the French colonial hotel will be covered 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 on the hotel’s rooftop garden balcony, Le Balcon. This year’s evergreen will be illuminated with more than 50,000 bedazzling lights and decorated with some 850 traditional conical hats made from palm leaves.

In addition, a special children’s holiday book, Once Upon a Time in Sapa, will be presented to guests to commemorate the hotel’s 115th anniversary. The beautifully illustrated, hardcover book is 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 30 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.

“We could have hired a professional choir, but we want to give our guests a personal touch by singing to them in their native language,” said Mr. 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.

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