From arrival at the airport we were picked up in a nice new 5 series BMW and ushered through the hustle and bustle that is HCMC. We noted that we were a bit further out in district 5 but this is a question of whether you are prepared to give up 10 mins travel and $5 for a cab if you want to go to district 1 ( free shuttle also available and very good).
Once checked in we noted that we only had a king size and a rollaway but we were travelling with two kids 11 & 6. I was disappointed as I had communicated this well prior. I was informed by staff that for $50US/ day I could have another rollaway. Annoyed I told them finally that I would make do ( 6 y.o. Would share the king with us). Management rang back within 5 mins and a compromise was reached on the basis they were concerned that I was upset. This is one area to watch/ conim if you are travelling with kids.
Food- we have eaten in a lot of great restaurants and know good food when we have it. This place can be really proud of what they are producing. The breakfast buffet is creative and enjoyable. The upstairs restaurant very high quality. Under normal circumstances we would never have a buffet dinner, but after a big tour day we were too tired one night to leave the hotel. The kids coerced us to the dinner buffet and I must confess we were delighted. It was very reasonably priced ($39 aud per adult kids half price but Miss 6 was free) considering it included a wine buffet and fresh seafood was on offer , that was cooked after your selection and then brought to your table. Sure, you can eat out very cheaply in Vietnam, but this is a great option if you need it.
The GM can be regularly seen surveying quality and talking with staff in a nurturing manner, an excellent hands on approach is evident, and shows through the staffs reflected attitude.
The pool area is older but clean and tidy. The gym is very well set out and well utilised. The locker rooms include sauna, jacuzzi and steam room. Everything is in good order.
Overall, a great experience.
- 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