The Equatorial is somewhat out-of-town, but it does provide a free daily shuttle bus service to District One, picking up near the Opera House and dropping off there, at the cathedral, at the Reunification Museum and at Ban Thanh Market. Walking into the centre isn't a practical proposition due to the distance (about 3km), the heat, and the prodigious courage required to cross roads along the way. The hotel is located in a suburban area which is in itself quite fascinating and gives the visitor a better idea of ordinary Vietnamese city life than a hotel in the city centre could ever do.
The hotel itself is advertised as 5-star, but it is getting on in years and the rooms are showing it. However, it is impeccably clean, utterly comfortable, well-serviced, friendly and in every way pleasant. Breakfasts are somewhat less sumptuous than you'd expect of a 5-star, but the food is tasty and plentiful, and Asian meals are available - I had a delicious Mee Lam one morning and I have never had a better one. The Orientica Restaurant specialises in seafood and its set menu 7-course meals are absolutely fantastic for the price. There is a good 24m pool and a gym.
So although in truth it's a 4-star hotel, there is nothing wrong with it and a great deal to like. Recommended.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ho Chi Minh Hotel