Ideally situated in District 1 (opposite The Caravelle Hotel and Opera House) you could not ask for a better place to search out the centre of HCMC. However, while the continued rumble of motorbikes is to be expected in this city, the noise or rather dodgy singing in the morning from the opera house was almost unbearable, and started about 6am on both the days we were there. Perhaps this was to do with Chinese New Year but my guess is it goes on all the time.
I would have expected at least some attempt at secondary glazing to reduce the noise level but no: Having opted for a suite we were positioned on the first floor and therefore too close for comfort.
On the plus it is an old colonial type hotel, grand, but in need of modernisation. Breakfast was good but then again everywhere we stayed in Vietnam was of a reasonable standard. There are plenty of restaurants nearby.Turn left as you come out of the hotel, not across the open plaza area, and you will find plenty. It is also about 10-15 min walk from The War Remnant museum, Renunification Palace and Ben Thanh Market. The latter is a bit of a let down as it has become fixed price and draws tourists.
A must is the sky tower, which you can see from anywhere in District 1. Look up as it is the tallest and newest in HCMC. They have a sky bar and with happy hour you can get a cocktail for about 60 to 90,000 dong and a fantastic view of the city. No entry charge but do have a bit of a dress code.
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