I loved every minute of our four day stay at this beautiful, historic Hotel in Hanoi. We feel so fortunate to have been able to experience this graceful Grande Dame, it was certainly a highlight of our time in Hanoi. Read my separate post on Hanoi here.
Built in 1901, The Grand Hotel Metropole Palace was the brainchild of André Ducamp and Gustave-Émile Dumoutier, capturing the epitome of French colonialism, as Vietnam was under French rule at that time.
During the addition of the Bamboo Bar at the Hotel in 2011, the bomb shelter was re-discovered and is now open to guests during the "history tour". In 2013, Joan Baez was invited back to the Hotel to re-visit the shelter. On this visit, she brought with her a signed copy of the original vinyl recording of "Where Are You Now My Son", together with some shrapnel that she had picked up on the tarmac at the airport as she left war torn Vietnam in 1972. These are proudly displayed in a glass case in the foyer of the Hotel, along with other artifacts. During her 2013 visit, she painted a sad faced young monk, which she gave to the Hotel and this is also on display.
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