Directions: In the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi 15 Ngo Quyen.Phone: (+84) (0)24 3826 691
143 Nguyen Tuan, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi
“Update: As promised, the website updates have gone into effect and look good. Given their communication with me after this review, as well as the quick follow-thru on their improvements, I happily revise my earlier 3 stars to 4 stars and also recommend them as a good option. original review...”
I would love to rate this bar with 5 stars, considering the prices(almost 1 mill vnd for 4 cocktails), but some inconsistent service let it down.
I went here on a whim, mid-week, in the late evening with a good friend. I'd never been before and was impressed with atmosphere and decor; the lighting, loungy chairs, blankets provided (very cute and comfy surprise addition), slowly rotating fans and the provision of insect repellent upon request. It reminded me of Bali.
We went for the cocktails - the martinis. I ordered the Apple and Cinnamon martini followed by the Charlie Chaplin. My friend ordered the same but in the reverse order. Her Charlie Chaplin martini came on a circular wooden server with the glass and a shaker. The waiter then walked off and she didn't really know what to do with it.. then the waiter returned and gave it a shake then poured.. all good- delicious! When I got my Charlie Chaplin (admittedly, at 'last drinks') I just got it in a glass- none of the same presentation or hesitation. I think that given the kind of establishment this is, this small detail deserves removal of one star. Now, on to the Apple and Cinnamon martini. Gorgeous!!! The aroma and taste of the cinnamon was intoxicating and thoroughly enjoyable and the apple came through well without being overly sweet. Delicious cocktail and would easily come here to indulge again.
By the way, the bathrooms come close to the best in Ha Noi. Almost returns the lost star... if only they had a hand dryer, not just paper towel.
Regardless of the drinks (which were sadly not as spectacular as i had hoped, given the prices) this place is worth a look, especially if you come in through the main doors of the hotel and get to nosey through the rather opulent hotel on your way to the bar. Too fancy-pants for my liking but probably a good place to show visitors a different side of here or as a temporary retreat from the noise and chaos.
Expensive, normal, this is the metropol hotel. Now if you can afford it, this is a very quite place when they do not have construction work and I used to go on sunday morning for breakfast/brunch, for French people is very nice, you can get croissant and other French products however the best is the French newspaper, magazine of the week that you get to read for free. If you are lucky and quiet, you can get the chance to access also to the swimming pool but do not tell because they used to allow it when you had breakfast but now that it became rich and famous I am not sure they will allow it.
While prices at Bamboo are truly on the high end, both the bar and Metropole Hotel are among the best in their class. As with several bars in the major hotels in town, the Bamboo can be a real oasis of calm where you can relax and nurse a drink. And like most establishments, it just takes a while to get to know the staff.
Located in the Sofitel Metropole complex the bamboo bar offers a hideaway from the hussle and bussle of Hanoi life. The bar staff appeared slightly arrogant and quite slow to take patrons orders. The drinks menu offers a resonable selection of beverages at 'mini-bar' prices all quoted in $USD (+5% servie charge +10% VAT). With drinks ranging from 92,000 VND (Halida) to 1,472,000 VND (glass of bubbly) a corporate credit card is almost an essential accessory for this bar.
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