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.
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