Our family of four just returned from Vietnam where we spend our last two nights in Saigon at the Hotel Continental. We booked two rooms with balconies overlooking the Opera house. The rooms were huge with high ceilings and ornate fixtures. There were french doors which led to a small balcony (no seats) overlooking the bustling street below. You are right in the midst of it all at this hotel - a great location! We were in rooms 207 and 208 and were happy with both rooms. (Graeme Greene stayed just down the corridor in 214 when he wrote The Quiet American.) Beds were comfortable, everything was spotlessly clean, shower over bath - you will need to take a large step to get leg over edge of bath - may be difficult for some older people. They even left a little chocky beside your bed each night. The breakfast buffet could be taken inside a lovely ornate room with columns etc, or outside in the courtyard under the gorgeous old frangipani trees. We ate inside in the air-conditioning. There was a lovely assortment of hot and cold buffet items which all four of us thoroughly enjoyed. We stayed on a Friday and Saturday night - on the Saturday there was a wedding - this hotel is popular for weddings. The loud music may disturb some, but it did not bother us. It is also important to note that the rooms with the balconies facing the opera house are exposed to quite a bit of traffic noise from the busy streets below, as the windows are not double glazed. Once again, this did not affect us, as after a hectic day of shopping we were literally out like a light once our heads hit the pillows. We were also provided with a breakfast plate delivered to our room (which we requested) on the morning of our departure, as we were leaving the hotel before the breakfast buffet would commence. Included was bread, butter and jam, ham, cheese, yoghurt and bananas. We really enjoyed staying in this historic hotel to end our wonderful trip in Vietnam. We could not fault anything - the rooms, the food, the service. A great step back into a bygone era.
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