The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has won the Pacific-Asia Travel Association’s (PATA) 2010 gold award in the heritage category.

The award honours the hotel for the standard of refurbishment in one of Southeast Asia ’s most treasured properties, turning the legendary Metropole Hanoi into the Sofitel groups leading hotel.

The hotel was refurbished with modern facilities throughout, during its five year restoration, between 2004 and 2009. However, it still retains the original 1901 architecture.

Last year, the hotel was placed on the Conde Nast Traveller magazines gold list and was voted as one of the world’s 500 best hotels by the readers of the magazine Travel & Leisure./.