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Sofitel Saigon Plaza
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   17 Le Duan Boulevard | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 7000, Vietnam   |  
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Ranked #18 of 409 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
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Melbourne
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40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Stylish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We have stayed here a number of times in the past, but this is the first time since a major refit of the rooms. I must say they are massively improved, particularly the bathrooms which now boast a modern a bright area and large shower.
The executive club has also improved in regards to its offerings. The happy hour drinks are more diverse and the canapes are of a higher standard. We really enjoyed spending time in the lounge to wind down from the hustle and bustle of HCMC.
The staff were excellent and attentive.
Only downside was the fitness centre which could use a facelift and some new equipment. Most importantly though, it is way too hot in there.
Apart from this, everything was great and I would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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B-Courtois, General Manager at Sofitel Saigon Plaza, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Thanks for having chosen Sofitel for your stay in Saigon and for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay in our renovated and appreciated the significant improvemenst since your last stay with us.

The hotel is continuing its upgrade plan and will eventually renovate the fitness centre. We have already started to replace several equipments.

We look forward to welcoming you again in the not too distant future.

With our best regards,

Bertrand Courtois
General Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My husband and I came here as part of a package before going north to VinPearl Danang. We spent 2 nights here in July. It was absolutely beautiful. The staff were extremely polite, friendly and helpful. Food was yummy. We got to be part of the Sofitel Club. This was such a nice place to relax after a hard days sightseeing. Our room was spacious, very clean and well presented. We were on the 17th floor overlooking the back area towards the river in the distance. We were treated to a transfer back to the airport in the hotel's mercedes. Very nice service.Although it is not right in the middle of the city we walked there and back as well to the river.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank HeatherN142
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B-Courtois, General Manager at Sofitel Saigon Plaza, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thanks for having chosen Sofitel for your stay in Saigon and for sahring your comments on Trip Advisor.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us, form the service provided by our friendly staff to the facilities of the Club Lounge.

We look forward to welcoming you again soon in the not too distant future.

With our best regards,

Bertrand Courtois
General Manager
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37 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

One of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. Straight to the room to check in which I like. Top floor suite, fantastic having a seperate living room, two toilets and three tellys! Immaculately clean. Rain shower. Club lounge great, afternoon tea with snacks, buffet type dinner from 6pm until 8pm and free beer and soft drinks all day. Needed some documents urgently scanned and emailed which was done straight away with no fuss. Breakfast ok but not as good as Pan Pacific in Singapore (previous review). Bit too dark in the lift foyer on teh 19th floor. I liked the fact that the hotel was on the edge of the chaos, and that the main road outside was a nice wide boulevard, some of the other hotels are crammed into the back streets. Worth the US$60 airport transfer, very nice e-class Merc. Just beware that you have to exit the terminal to find the driver. Absolute heaven to return to from the mayhem outside. Would I return to HCMC though? Hmmm....

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Simla10
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B-Courtois, General Manager at Sofitel Saigon Plaza, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thanks for having chosen Sofitel for your stay in Saigon and for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the Club suite as well as the Club Lounge service met your expectations, providing you with a nice respite after a day out in the bustling city.

We hope to welcome you again on your next visit to Saigon.

With our best regards,

Bertrand Courtois
General Manager
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Calgary, Canada
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11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I absolutely loved the details and decor at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza. They had beautiful fresh floral arragements everywhere and in the evening, candles were lit every where as well.
We had a king bed with the city view. There was a seating area as well as a vanity area. For Asia standards - this room is huge.
I loved the room decor and color palettes - and adored that the rooms were modern and fused with beautiful Asian details. Like a bird cage, or an Asian design motif in their sidetables.
We ordered room service a few times and it was great. Very tasty and clean - and they bring it up on a beautiful table on castors with a vase of flowers and a candle. It's expensive compared to what you pay for on the streets in Ho Chi Minh. But you are staying at one of their nicer hotels.
The rooftop pool was really nice. Especially after a morning of hustle and bustle in the humid and hot city - jumping into that pool with a glass or rose or a beer was just perfect.
I was really disappointed by the spa though. The spa shared space with the fitness centre - which was great btw. The reception staff were quite friendly. But the spa was really small and didn't have much to it. No hot tubs, or lounge area. I'm accustomed to the therapist leaving the room when I disrobe and get onto the massage table. However, my therapist stayed in my room and waited for me to undress. Very uncomfortable. The massage itself was ok. But i was not able to relax the entire time because the staff out at the reception desk were so loud - they were almost shouting at each other for a whole hour! It was very frustrating. My therapist also left the room for about 5 minutes part way through the massage. I hope the hotel will commit some time to better training so that their spa can align with the rest of their hotel image (i.e. professionalism and better standards of service and facilities).
The front desk staff and the pool staff were great though. Very polite and their communication was great. However, I didn't know about their shuttle service until I read someone's review on here today. On our last night, I called the front desk to book a shuttle to the airport and they were going to charge us $60-$65USD. I think that's a bit steep (taxis are only around $20?).
All in all - the hotel is very lovely. It's clean and the staff is friendly. The rooms are spacious and the food is good. The spa was a thumbs down. And even though we told the hotel we were on our honeymoon - we didn't get anything. No offers to upgrade, no little welcome fruit plate. Nada. If you ask for something they'll make sure to get it to you, but don't expect them to go above and beyond.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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B-Courtois, General Manager at Sofitel Saigon Plaza, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thanks for having chosen Sofitel for your stay in Saigon and for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. We are pleased to read that you have enjoyed your stay with us.

Thanks for pointing out the areas of improvement for the Spa. We will convey those and discuss them with the Management of the Spa in order to improve the service provided.

The airport transfer by hotel car can be arranged at a charge of about USD 59 net per way. It is done in the latest model of Mercedez car. If indeed a taxi would cost about USD 15, the level of service as well as the quality and comfor of the car do not compare with the hotel service. It is definitely at the discretion on guests to chose which option is preferred.

We are sorry that our staff did not follow up on your informing about your being on honeymoon and express our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together.

We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you again on your next visit to Saigon.

With our thanks and best regards,

Bertrand Courtois
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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223 reviews
143 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you're going for one of the big-brand hotels in Ho Chi Minh City then this it might as well be this one. Good public areas, spacious well-designed rooms, excellent18th-floor swimming pool, friendly service, this is a very good hotel, and could be anywhere. My only criticism is the food. Given the astonishingly good food you can find everywhere in the city and very low prices, lunch and snacks here were disappointing. The buffet lunch isn't much better than you might get on 'Asian Day' at a secondary school canteen. But if that troubles you, you don't need to go far to get better. Breakfast, though, was excellent.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank abager
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B-Courtois, General Manager at Sofitel Saigon Plaza, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thanks for having chosen Sofitel for your stay in Saigon and for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and have noted your comment on the food.

Our all-day dining provides a buffet lunch for USD 24++, a price in line with what other international hotels offer for a similar spread of dishes; this price is definitely below what one would pay in Australia, USA or Europe, and can be considered very reasonable.

As you rightly mentioned, there are far cheaper alternatives around all international hotels. However they do not offer the same environment and hygiene nor the same lunch options, being mostly a la carte. It is then up to each person to chose what suits one best.

We hope to welcome you again on your next trip to Saigon.

With our thanks and best regards,

Bertrand Courtois
General Manager
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Churchill, Australia
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

After what was supposed to be an upgrade we had already paid for in our deal we were asked did we want to pay for another upgrade to a bigger room on the Club Floor which we declined. Very disappointed in our room after travelling around Vietnam for almost 3 weeks this was by far the worst room we had . Room was very small . All in all the Sofitel didn't live up to what I had expected.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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B-Courtois, General Manager at Sofitel Saigon Plaza, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thanks for having chosen Sofitel for your stay in Saigon and for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor.

We are sorry to read that you felt disappointed with the size of your room and that it impacted your overall experience. Your package was priced on a superior room with upgrade to Luxury room and you elected to pay a supplement to have access to Club benefits and Lounge (dedicated breakfast, afternoon drinks and snacks, evening cocktail, late check-out). This supplement did not however provide an upgrade to Club Luxury room.

We wish to point out that our rooms were all renovated less than 2 years ago and that most of our guests are happy with their design and overall feel.

Once again we are sorry that you felt disappointed and would suggest, should you visit again Saigon and chose our hotel, to opt for a club floor room or even a suite for an even greater level of comfort.

With our thanks and best regards,

Bertrand Courtois
General Manager
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Boston, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Loved everything about this hotel and would have given it a 5 if it weren't for the location. Next time I would stay where the Caravelle Hotel is located. The Sofitel had fantastic service, rooms and pool located on the roof. We upgraded and got access to the lounge which included breakfast and snacks and it was well worth it. I read someone else's complaint about the location and the hotel responded that they have a shuttle service. Unfortunately, it seems they never mentioned it to them nor to us. Every time you would leave they asked if you wanted a taxi with no mention of a shuttle service and I never saw a van to indicate they provide this service. Shame on them.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank MikeSmith43
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B-Courtois, General Manager at Sofitel Saigon Plaza, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Thank you for having chosen Sofitel for your stay in Saigon and for taking the time to share your comments on Trip Advisor.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and have taken good note on your comment about the hotel shuttle service. Evidently we need to highlight this service more prominently, beyond this insert in our room directory.

The complimentary shuttle runs at fixed hours during the day and guests are requested to book their seat with the Concierge desk.

Thanks for having pointed out this lack of communication. We do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you again on your next trip to Vietnam.

With our best regards,

Bertrand Courtois
General Manager
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Additional Information about Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Address: 17 Le Duan Boulevard | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 7000, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#9 Business Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#10 Romantic Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#13 Luxury Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
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Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Saigon Plaza 5*
Number of rooms: 286
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sofitel Saigon Plaza is located on peaceful tree-lined Le Duan Boulevard just a moment from the city's commercial centre with it's fabulous shopping dining and landmark attractions like Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace. Newly renovated rooms and suites offer guests contemporary 5-star hotel style with a blend of modern French design and Vietnamese influences. Each room features spacious elegance while the Imperial Suite is the largest in Saigon. Situated in the business district and offering a full range of expert services the hotel is ideal for business as well as leisure travellers to Ho Chi Minh. It's conference facilities make it a preferred host for Magnifique weddings and events. Experience the French art de vivre the best of Ho Chi Minh City and gracious 5-star hotel service at Sofitel Saigon Plaza. ... more   less 
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