I can understand that some would find this hotel a bit out of place - it is very much in the re-interpreted style of a European palace, replete with fountains, marble, intricate woodwork and gold fixtures - not to mention the replicas of European paintings and statues everywhere.
True, the staff would use some extra training in English as well - but we found that to be the case in many hotels we stayed in - and Vung Tau is a popular beach town that has grown quite a lot, local employees may take time to catch up! But they were adorable and as helpful as they could be.
Once you get past the oddness of such a decor in Vietnam, the hotel really is beautiful, gorgeous even, and the beddin is to die for (there is a whole video on how the hotel's owner, a former beauty queen and actress, had the decor and the bedding created to her specifications). There is a very nice, cozy indoor bar area, and several pools to choose from. We dined "on the beach" at their very nice seaside restaurant, and it was delicious.
Breakfast was fairly amazing, lots of choice and great attention to presentation and detail. The grounds are also gorgeous.
Apparently, many young Vietnamese couples come here for their weddings - it's as though they are being married in a French chateau. That is one of the reasons the hotel is successful - it fulfills a real niche in Vietnam where "European" signifies "luxury" to many. There were also a lot of businessmen and women (US, European) and they appear to have a lot of conference facilities.
All in all, if you want to splurge, I definitely recommend it for a relaxing couple of days. It was part of our couples' getaway and it's certainly a romantic spot!
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