A bed for the night in
By Jeremy Atiyah
25 September 2005
In the old town of
All the top people stay here - but you can often get a bargain room rate.
The comfort factor
Very high, although the emphasis is on understated colonial elegance, rather than on vulgar
A fine array of brightly coloured and subtle-smelling unguents await, possibly to distract your attention from the bathroom itself, which is in need of modernisation - the flapping shower curtain is not quite in keeping with the five-star facilities.
The food and drink
The hotel contains two of the best restaurants in
Rich tourists, jet-setters and conference delegates; I saw one group of Russian oil-magnates and their bodyguards trying to stay sober in the
Things to do
Join a one-day cookery course conducted by the chef of the Spice Garden Restaurant. She starts at the market (travelling by bicycle rickshaw) and then shows you how to put together some basic dishes such as sautéed pumpkin branches with garlic,
Children welcome. No wheelchair access.
Doubles usually available for $130 (£72) per night.
The Metropole, 15 Ngo Quyen,