I really enjoyed my stay in this hotel. It was our fourth trip to Vietnam and we had spent a month retracing steps going to places we first visited in 2002. I was tired and sick; I had some respiratory ailment which made it hard to breathe and I also had a constant dry cough. Phu Quoc was the second last leg of our odyssey and the three nights we spent here were so relaxing I almost forgot I was ill.
Reviewers criticise this hotel on value for money but this is a seaside resort. It is right on the beach and close to the night markets. People also bang on about how untidy the island is and I agree but remember the Vietnamese don't do neat and tidy.
We checked in after the airport transfer (naturally) which took about 3 minutes; the airport is very close. We were upgraded to a garden villa which was nice. It was right next to the tennis court but there was never a noise issue. The room was well appointed and clean, it was serviced everyday and they did a good job. We had a flat screen TV but the reception was abysmal. Normally I wouldn't mention TV reception but we wanted to watch an AFL (Aussie Rules) match and we could get the channel but it was basically unwatchable.
Front office staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful but other ancillary staff couldn't speak any English it seemed. We used our pidgin Vietnamese on restaurant staff and they appreciated the effort. They taught us other words and how to use other different expressions. If you are going to Vietnam for the first time you should learn a few basic phrases beyond hello and thank-you; especially learn to how to address people correctly. They love it and it will lead to conversation; the Vietnamese really are lovely people.
The food at the hotel was very good but expensive for Vietnam. It cost us $22.50 AUD per person for a banquet! Still cheap but not as cheap or as good as the night market restaurants. The hotel is a shortish walk to some of the best seafood you will ever have in your life. We ate at two different places but the food was uniformly excellent and cheap. The beer was cold so there was plenty of mot, hai, ba, YO! (1,2,3 DRINK! Note Mot is pronounced Mope others as written). We also had a few beers at a place called Moe's Tavern which was at the bottom of the hill before the street where the night markets are held. The beer here was very cold so no need for ice (you get used to it), and the snacks we had were very tasty. I have never had a bad meal in Vietnam; they are the best cooks in the world.
Oh I forgot to mention it rained heavily when we were there but it was such a short stay there were plenty of things to do.
OK a long winded review to simply say this is a good hotel and Phu Quoc is a great place.
- Also Known As:
- Saigon Phu Quoc Hotel
- Saigon Phu Quoc Hotel Phu Quoc Island
- Saigon Phu Quoc Island
- Saigon Phu Quoc Island Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stretching over 4 hectares, on the West Coast, Saigon-Phuquoc resort and spa offers 100 bungalows and villas (comprise bedroom, sofa bed, living room, bar connecting with dining space and kitchen). The property hides under coconut forests and striking colour of flowers. From these balconies, you can enjoy the sunset on the Thai's Gulf. ... more less
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