We arrived at the Majestic and were greeted by a sign apologising for building works that were to begin the following morning. No mention of these works on their website which would have given us the opportunity to choose another hotel. Sure enough, next morning off go the cango hammers. It was so noisy and dusty that the manager took me outside to speak to me.
We got upgraded to a suite for the inconvenience but in reality we just wanted our money back and to move to a different hotel. This was especially true because on our last night at the hotel I was awoken by the din of what sounded like water rushing into my room. Actually, it turned out to be the rainwater which had been drained outside my bedroom window and allowed to rush onto my window and then down to the street. I was moved to another room half an hour after I called the front desk which pretty much ruined my sleep for that night.
Breakfast the next morning was basic, bland and rubbish.
We're visiting Vietnam on business and choose a 5 star hotel in order to obtain Concierge services as we needed to arrange a meeting with an international logistics distributor. Despite several attempts during the day, the Concierge didn't manage to locate a single distributor for me which made part of the trip a waste of time.
All in all, the Majestic lacks the majesty that she may well once have had in the early 1920's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Majestic Saigon has been ranked at 118 among Asia’s top 125 hotels at the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards which is based on voting preference of travelers of which has been praised by Conde Nast, a Top Travel Publication on 20 October, 2011. It’s our honor to officially confirm that the new Majestic Building will be an Annex Wing on Nguyen Hue street and next to the existing building. The Colonial Building since 1925 is still forever maintained as its Colonial French architecture. Since 1925, Majestic Hotel has occupied one of the finest locations in Saigon where guests can enjoy the stunning views of Saigon River. The old world boutique charm of the hotel, the elegance of columned and arched classical French colonial design glorify the Golden Age of architecture. Luxury is achieved through attention to details and complete comfort ensured through courteous service.The Majestic has gone through several reincarnations over the years, changes that reflect the tumultuous history of Vietnam. During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army used this French colonial structure as a military barracks. During the Vietnam War, it was frequented by foreign correspondents and espionage agents. It is a hotel of tradition - hospitality - elegance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Majestic Saigon Hotel
- Majestic Hotel Saigon
- Majestic Ho Chi Minh
- Majestic Hotel Ho Chi Minh City