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What to Pack for a Trip to the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

At the 123-year-old Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, the finest suites have long been named after the most memorable guests—Graham Greene, for one. Now those spaces, along with the rest of the hotel’s original Heritage Wing, have reopened after an extensive renovation. New touches include imported Italian marble and hand-tufted carpets, while the hand-painted artwork adorning the elevator car shines as bright as it did in 1901. The grand original wooden staircase also remains—be sure to descend it in a wardrobe that would befit those glamorous visitors of the past. To help you look and feel as luxurious as this iconic hotel, we gathered a list of chic and sophisticated packing essentials inspired by the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, from silk midi skirts to printed one-piece swimsuits.

This article appeared in the April 2024 issue of Condé Nast Traveler. Subscribe to the magazine here.

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A fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901, this hotel near the Opera House has played host to playwrights, ambassadors, and heads of state.

The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi–inspired pieces we love:

The fitted black tank

Building a travel capsule wardrobe is the easiest way to avoid overpacking and the dreaded “I have nothing to wear” dilemma. Among those tried-and-true elevated basics is a fitted black tank top that can be dressed up or down and will never go out of style. These two simple yet sexy tanks from Magda Butrym and Banana Republic can be reworn again and again throughout your trip, whether you’re spending the day sightseeing or headed to dinner.

Magda Butrym embroidered sleeveless cotton top

Banana Republic Ribbed Cutaway Tank

The silk skirt

An absolute essential for spring and summer travel: a silk midi skirt. It effortlessly transitions from day to night—throw on a pair of comfortable walking sandals and a slouchy tote bag during the afternoon for a casual look, then pop on some kitten heels, a silk blouse, and statement jewelry for a night on the town.

Banana Republic Midi Slip skirt

Johanna Ortiz Dusty Trail Jacquard Midi skirt

The printed swimsuit

Swimsuits aren’t exactly the easiest piece of clothing to shop for. Finding a bathing suit for your next vacation that offers a flattering cut, supportive fabric, and a stylish print can be quite the feat. Look no further than these printed one-piece suits from Ziah and Free People that are just as tasteful as they are comfortable.

Ziah Dita Cup-Detailed Cutout one-piece swimsuit

Free-est Heidi Surf one-piece

The nude flat

For anything on the itinerary where flip-flops are too casual and heels aren’t practical, turn to a stylish, comfortable flat. I swear by footwear from Rothy’s—everything is sustainably made, easy to clean, and always leaves my feet blister-free. For something with a little more flair, opt for these crystal-embellished mesh flats from Khaite.

Khaite The Marcy Crystal Flat

Rothy’s The Point II flats

The sophisticated loafer

Whether you’re headed to lunch, a business meeting, or exploring a new city in a style, a sleek loafer will never let you down. This year-round shoe staple is equally sensible and stylish, and isn’t too bulky or heavy to pack in your carry-on.

Christian Louboutin Chambelimoc loafers

G.H. Bass Larson Weejuns loafers

The sleek sunglasses

No matter where you’re headed, a trusty pair of sunglasses is always worth packing. When you’re visiting a hotel as chic as the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, a luxe pair is essential. We’re eyeing these options with large frames from Prada—they’re timeless accessories that quickly elevate any simple outfit, making them well worth the splurge.

Prada Runway 49mm Rectangular sunglasses

Prada PR 01OS Polarized sunglasses

The elegant handbag

When it comes to packing handbags for your next trip, select something fairly neutral in color that will match any outfit you wear. Black, white, and cream bags are always a smart choice. For even more versatility, opt for a bag that works with both daytime and evening looks. Any of these elegant options from Louis Vuitton, Coach, Cuyana, and Tory Burch would do the trick.

Cuyana Mini Double Loop Bag

Coach Tabby Shoulder Bag 20 with quilting

Tory Burch Mercer Pebbled zip crossbody bag

The versatile watch

As far as accessories go, a watch is one of the most practical and sophisticated pieces you can wear. Either of these high-quality watches from Omega or Bulova will last a lifetime, match most every outfit, and elevate even the simplest look.

Omega Prestige De Ville Steel Chronometer

The signature scent

The finishing touch on any good outfit? Your fragrance. And there’s nothing more chic than having a signature scent that’s as memorable as the one in your favorite hotel. With notes of red pepper berries, basil, and tarragon, you can’t go wrong with a rich scent like Esencia from Loewe.

Loewe Esencia Eau de Parfum