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“Excellent stay at an Old Classic”

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Hotel Continental Saigon
Ranked #67 of 468 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Reviewed February 19, 2014

We stayed at the Hotel Continental Saigon for 2 months first in a deluxe room (#305) and then a suite (#109). Overall we had an excellent stay.

Continental is the oldest hotel in Saigon, it first opened in 1880. It is older than the Majestic (1925). As an older classic, the hotel has quite a bit of charm and uniqueness, unlike newer hotels which are just a rectangular glass building in most cases. For example, the rooms or suites facing the Opera square have balconies, so you can open the doors, get some fresh air in the morning and enjoy the sights and sounds. There is also a shaded tree courtyard where you can have breakfast. On the 2nd floor, there is another garden.

During our 2 months stay, the majority of the clientele is Japanese, Australians, some French and some Asians. Like us, there was another Japanese couple who stay for 2+ months.

The location of the hotel is the best in Saigon, right next to the Opera house on the street catinat (now called Dong Khoi) and in front of the Caravelle hotel. There are plenty of malls (Union Square, Vincom, Tax, etc.) and eateries around. The Hyatt is next door to the Continental.

The Continental is not a big hotel, more like one with human dimensions. It has only 3 floors and around 80 rooms/suites. The rooms are clearly larger than most hotels in Vietnam and the ceilings are truly tall 11-12 feet.

Although the Continental is state owned, my mother and I find the service level to be very good to excellent, clearly on a par with service found at Hilton, Marriott or Sheraton. We enjoyed our interactions very much with the reservation staff, the concierge and the breakfast room staff.

I find the breakfast choice to be good and the taste is better than most. The bread (no good pain or baguette here), juices and coffee though could clearly benefit from improvements.

On the rooms, the bed and pillows are quite comfortable (a lot of vietnamese hotels have beds that are too hard to sleep). The very heavy wooden furniture is not the most comfortable around though and will not suit all tastes. The floor is carpeted and in my view, this is probably not the best choice either. Wood parquet floors would fit better the image. Window insulation is not the best around, so if you are a light sleeper, the Continental may not be the best choice for you. Room lighting is a bit dark but those rooms that have been renovated do have large and adequate bathroom.

I would not recommend rooms facing the inner courtyard. The hotel hosts many weddings during the weekend, especially during December and January. Those parties are very noisy.

We had a package deal for our long stay which includes breakfast and laundry service. That is an excellent value.

In the final analysis, I would recommend staying at the Continental if you are looking for a different classic hotel feel. We will come back to the Continental when we return to Saigon.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

A disappointing stay in a hotel a mere shadow of its former glory. Tired and dated rooms, stiff and robotic staff did not make for the special last weekend in SEA we had expected. The outer facade indeed was straight out of the movies and the location was still ideal but inside was depressing and sad.i would rather walk on a clean carpet than have two chocolates delivered to our room every night!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

This was our first time to Saigon and we loved this hotel. It was Tet and the hotel is centrally located in District 1 and the area was ablaze in flowers and decorations. On New Years Eve, the hotel hosted a free cocktail and show in their outdoor garden (plenty of drinks/food and a show featuring traditional Vietnamese music). They also sponsored a dragon parade that started out on the street between the opera and the hotel which then paraded through the hotel. The service was impeccable, the rooms classy and large - we stayed in the Oriental Suites 105 and 107 and excellent breakfasts in the garden that were included. I would highly recommend the hotel who wants to experience the charm of an old hotel which has stayed up to date. (The price on agoda was also excellent)

Room Tip: Agoda had a deal to upgrade to the Oriental suite for $20.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

I go to Saigon every few months and always stay at this hotel.
It is an amazing building and has an old world charm that makes the stay in Saigon memorable.

The concierge staff are allways helpful and the breakfast managers are very friendly and kind.
Sitting out front on a warm Saigon night and having a drink while the traffic buzzes by is a great adventure, and really welcomes you to the Saigon nightlife...

On a recent stay for New Year they were heavily booked and I arrived at 9am. well before the 2pm checkin time. As always they found me a room with a view of the square..... but I have to share a photo of the bathroom... as its the first time I have seen the older ones here...

Room Tip: Dont arrive too early, be specific about the room type u want when u book
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

I've booked for a three nights stay at this hotel. The exterior & facade was beautiful. But right after check-in, spending less then 10mins in the room, I've decided to check-out. I've not used to the all wooden furniture and old fixtures. Even though the room is huge, its not well appointed. I don't really feels comfortable. Perhaps I used to the new & modern facilities.

However, the location of this hotel is perfect. It's right in the middle of the city. Just walking distance to many malls, restaurants and bars. So if you don't mind the old hotel, this should be good. Oh yeah.. the service is good and staff is friendly. I just don't like the product.

Room Tip: I stayed in room 133, it has no view. Only the empty courtyard. The bathtub is quite high. I almost...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

If you've ever read Michael Herr's Dispatches you would want to stay here. Ditto The Quiet American. It is of course one of the last state owned hotels in an increasingly westernised city - round the corner are incredibly swanky shops - IWC, Ralph Lauren etc and a spanking new Park Hyatt - Herr would definitely not recognise the area. But the hotel is a bit of a throw back - we were upgraded from an Oriental ($100 a night) to a Junior Suite - it was ENORMOUS with the highest ceilings in any hotel I've ever been in, and a balcony with views over the Opera. There was lots of wooden furniture and a big wooden screen - all quite ornate but somehow the room had an impersonal feel.

The bathroom was… individual, with everything you needed in a random kind of way. Not elegant or contemporary but fine. The bed was very comfortable and we slept incredibly well, slight noise from the street notwithstanding.

Breakfast was not that great - I was hoping for good coffee and croissant and fruit, but no. It was too soon into our trip to get into noodle soup which did look good.

Staff were fine but didn't seem particularly interested and the hotel seem to shut down in the evening. I'm glad we stayed there because of all the associations but I was a bit disappointed with lack of atmosphere. In the lobby there are plans for renovation and hopefully this will reinstate a bit of soul.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

There aren't many grand hotels like this left in the world. Most have been torn down to make room for soulless office buildings or condos. Our beautiful suite was adorned with lovely carved wood furniture. The large sitting room was separated from the bedroom by a beautiful arched wood display case. Each room had its own built-in quiet air conditioner. The bathroom was large, adequate, but not luxurious. Our suite faced the courtyard and was very quiet as there were no events taking place there during our stay. The buffet breakfast offered many choices and was quite tasty. Staff was very attentive. This hotel has superb ambiance and should not be missed.

Room Tip: Splurge for a suite. The regular rooms are nice but don't compare to the suites.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Continental Saigon

Address: 132-134 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#45 Luxury Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#55 Family Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: $94 - $195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Continental Saigon 4*
Number of rooms: 83
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