My wife and I recently visited Ho Chi Minh City ( Saigon ) for the Chinese new year and were really thrilled it was a once in a lifetime experience. As we were also travelling to Bangkok and Phuket we used Travelbag.co.uk to make all the arrangements for us and they did a marvellous job. We were met at the airport and taken by taxi to The Palace Hotel, as we could not get to the actual hotel because of pedestrianised area for New Year celebrations our taxi stopped around the corner and phoned the hotel and in minutes two porters came running with a trolley for our luggage. As we were checking in there was a band and dancers with flags right outside the hotel creating a wonderful atmosphere, all the streets in front of the hotel were covered in amazing floral arrangements, fountains and music with thousands of the locals visiting the area. The staff in the hotel were brilliant, we had a marvellous room with all mod cons and the breakfasts were as good as any we have had with a plentiful selection of Eastern and Western dishes and the pastries were to die for. There is a lovely swimming pool on the roof with views of the city and Mekong river and a waitress service for drinks. On the first floor there is live jazz by local artistes and I would highly recommend a visit. We tried the Lemon Grass restaurant in the hotel but found it a bit fussy and the food a bit bland however there are plenty of small local places to eat especially The Goldfish around the corner from the hotel. A word of caution for visitors during Chinese New Year, the banks were shut for four days so the hotel ran out of money to exchange and some of the currency exchanges were closed but if you ask you will find somewhere to change money and there are plenty of ATMs, Ben Thanh market was also mostly closed. All in all a very enjoyable experience unlike anything we have experienced, the hotel is well situated to visit all the sights and Reunification Palace is well worth a visit.
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- Our four star flagship hotel is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, with 144 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, stunning views of Saigon Harbour, satellite TV, wireless internet access, plentiful hotel amenities and dedicated work areas, making this one of the best hotels in the city to combine business with pleasure.Generously appointed with four well-equipped meeting rooms, The Palace is one of the few hotels ideal for conferences and events, able to accommodate intimate social, business functions, conferences or training courses for up to 250 guests. ... more less
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