My wife and I recently stayed at the Legend Hotel, and I have to say we were throughly impressed with the experience.
Location wise it offers a commanding position in District One over looking the Mekong River. We stayed on the 8th floor, with a marvellous view over the river. OK wharf cranes occupy some of the view, but rather like Pnom Penn there is no development across the river to hinder the view. You have to pay a little exra to enjoy this view but it is worth it.
The construction of the Hotel is a bit communist era, but by no means dated. Versace inspired Romanesque features lashings of polished marble and collonaded ceiling towering over the lobby. A pair of bronze sculptured horses that must have tested the strongest cranes.
A real plus where open space is at a premium is the well tended gardens and a huge circular pool. Bearing in mind that most down town Hotels have pools situated on the roof.
The room itself was occupied by the biggest bed I've ever seen. Closer inspection revealed wo doubles bolted together seamlessly.
The breakfast buffet was quite extensive, and the gym well equiped. The Hotel prices were expensive as you would expect in a 5 star Hotel.
Tons of glitter baubles and trees everywhere, with staff all dressed as santa,, and accommodating and courteous.
Our Xmas day was spent around the pool, and the staffs patience was really put to the test by a Russian family, if you didn't know better you might have imagined a candid camera experienced badly misfired.
The inebriated family it seems had set out to drink the hotel dry. Principal star was a Boris Yeltsin lookalike who lurched between sun loungers, collapsing at various points to continue his drinking in a fully horizontal position, whilst trying to cram as many cigarettes into his mouth at once. Meanwhile his wife who looked like she could handle a shot put or hammer, marched menancingly around the pool with a look that screamed 'Wot you lot looking at'
harrangueing staff at every opportunity.
The show reached a climax when the Boris Yeltsin character teetered ever the pool and belly flopped into the 1.3 deep pool sadly re-emerging in a maelsrom of bubbles and thrashing limbs.
A well! the alternative Xmas carols round the pool may have dulled in comparison.
Overall a hotel well worth the visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fronting the scenic Saigon River and only 3-5 minute walk to famous Opera House, Dong Khoi Street and Le Thanh Ton Street for shopping, dining and entertainment, Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon, the most beloved 5-star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, combines natural beauty and sheer opulence to provide the best for the discerning traveler. The breathtaking resort-setting and its distinctive architectural interior gives a feeling of luxury and tranquility. A legendary hotel inherits good and ancient Vietnam with garden falls, pond and fountain. The top pattern of the bronze drum, symbol of the sun, from ancient times, frames the entrance of guest rooms. The twelve horary signs in the atrium, the lobby surrounded by colonnades and the giant horse sculptures all of which induce you to meander in the space of the hotel. ... more less
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