The Metropole is not only Hanoi's hotel of choice, but also an attraction in its own right. Since it was built in 1901, it has hosted dignitaries such as Charlie Chaplin and Jane Fonda, and continues to attract visitors for whom nothing but the best will do. Though the original old wing has a stronger sense of history, the newer Opera wing offers larger rooms and all are equipped with a subtle mix of period furnishings like beautifully carved cabinets, leather-topped work desks, and sketches of historic Hanoi, along with modern amenities such as flatscreen TVs and high-speed internet. Apart from its historic appel (guests are welcome to join guided tours of a bomb shelter under the building that was re-discovered in 2011), the service is of the highest order and its restaurants and bars, such as Spices Garden and Angelina, promise culinary treats and memorable nightlife.