Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
This beautiful 1901 landmark in Hanoi's French Quarter is the capital's finest hotel, with that rare combination of contiporary luxury and classic atmosphere (swirling rattan fans, tall French windows, trickling fountains). Though renovations have added rooms and facilities, the historic allure is still intact—and the bomb shelter, too. Try the hotel's pho (beef noodle soup)—a Vietnamese breakfast staple;this version also includes scallion bulbs and vinegar.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.