We stayed at the end of February and, despite having travelled extensively, have to say that this was one of the nicest hotels that we have ever stayed in.
The pool was wonderful, almost as big as a typical English leisure centre pool at 24 metres, and it was never too busy to be able to do lengths.
The breakfast was sumptious with a great variety, including a number of Japanese dishes which inspired me to look at visiting Japan soon!
Cleanliness was impeccable - in the rooms, by the pool, in the dining area and the lobby, and it was obvious that the staff take pride in their jobs. I have read a number of reviews saying that the staff did not speak sufficient English, but I would have to disagree with that. We had no issues at all, and with all the different accents that exist in England there have been plenty of home hotel stays where communication was at least as much of a problem.
The staff were excellent. When they found out that we were celebrating a special wedding anniversary they not only upgraded us to a great room with a view of the pool and also the street, but they made us a lovely decorated cake, which was very much appreciated.
In terms of the hotel itself I have NO complaints or criticisms, except maybe they could have provided free wi-fi. That's it.
So onto the location. Well, it is a bit away from the main sights, but there is a regular shuttle bus into the centre, and we used that most days. Also there are taxis everywhere (but research the best companies before you visit). Before we went we were advised that all shops took US$$. This may be true in the centre but not nearby the Equatorial so make sure you have Dong with you (there is a convenient Bureau de Change in the hotel lobby at reasonable rates). We found it difficult to buy water nearby, after 8pm, without a map of suitable shops.
This may sound stupid, but crossing some of the roads was one of the experiences I will always remember. You will be confronted with wave after wave of mopeds, which never seem to stop, and you have to just walk out (on crossings!) and the mopeds somehow, incredibly, weave around you. Just don't panic and stop or you may cause mayhem!
We felt perfectly safe walking around in the local area at night. There weren't many tourists around this area, which meant we could eat like the locals at roadside establishments where the food was filling, authentic and cheap! We had to do a bit of pointing to choose food though, but the locals were helpful and we had service with a smile!
The beer is incredibly cheap, by the way, and I found the cheapest brand, 333, the nicest :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 5-star business hotel is centrally located between the waterfront and Cholon (Chinatown) and is only 20 minutes to the airport. 10-minute's drive from the hotel is the city's major commercial, financial centres, shopping strips, recreational parks and night spots. The newly refurbished rooms are elegantly designed and tastefully furnished, providing guests with contemporary surroundings and comforts. Facilities include 7 outlets, a business centre, meeting and function rooms and a comprehensive fitness centre and spa. ... more less
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