Hanoi’s Metropole Welcomes New EAM

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Hanoi’s Metropole Welcomes New EAM

HANOI, Vietnam — The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi appointed a new executive assistant manager this month, hiring Julie Marie-Anne Bruley to head up its rooms division.

Bruley’s post at the Metropole comes after a two-year sabbatical during which she achieved her Executive MBA from the European School ESCP. She complemented those studies with additional coursework at the University of Texas in Austin and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Prior to these studies, she most recently worked from 2006 as director of operations at Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière, a 107-room hotel in Paris. Prior to that appointment, Bruley spent several years in management at the Conrad Bangkok, a 392-room property in the Thai capital, and did a stint as well at the Sukhothai Bangkok hotel.

“We’re continuing to note higher and higher expectations for a stay at the Metropole. Which is a great thing,” said Kai Speth, the Metropole’s general manager. “For every new plateau we achieve, our guests have an eye on the next plateau. Julie, and her management of our rooms, will be part of our attempt to set new and higher benchmarks for the guest experience.”

A native of France, Bruley started her career in Paris in 1997 and moved on to London before her first trip to Asia. She speaks French, English, some Spanish and some Thai.

Opened in 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi reigns as the Grande Dame of Vietnamese hospitality and one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic hotels. In 2009, the hotel became the first in the Sofitel portfolio to acquire distinction as a ‘Legend’ hotel.

The 364-room hotel was completely renovated in June 2009. Its historic Metropole Wing features suites named for Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene, each of whom stayed at the Metropole during his time in colonial Indochina. The hotel’s restaurants include Spices Garden (Vietnamese), Le Beaulieu (French) and Angelina (Italian). Le Spa du Metropole opened in late 2009 and immediately set a new standard for nostalgic elegance in Vietnam

For reservations, call + 84 4 3826 6919. For additional information, contact Ms. Le Thi NHUNG  at ext. 8519 or email H1555-MK@sofitel.com.

Jim Sullivan Managing Director
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