A helpful website suggested that, as Ho Chi Minh City's airport is a mere 7.5km (4.5 miles) from the downtown hotel area, hotels should be asked if they provided a pick-up service for guests. My email to the Legend brought a quick reply saying they would happily provide this for 55 US dollars and 44 cents, including tax and service charge. The first taxi driver that I approached outside the arrivals hall could barely conceal his delight when I accepted his price of 10 US dollars without first trying to knock him down to the going rate of about 7!
As to the hotel itself, it is simply superb. Our deluxe riverview room was large, bright and spacious, was very attractively furnished and carpeted and had wonderfully comfortable beds and pillows.
The large sparkling-clean bathroom with bath and efficient shower, came with a big tray of toiletries and huge snow-white bath sheets and hand towels.
Buffet breakfasts were quite splendid, with several chefs on duty to prepare food to order as well as an incredible range of dishes. We had not planned to eat all evening meals in the hotel but finished up doing so after just one meal in the Atrium Cafe and another in the Crystal Jade Chinese Restaurant. The highly popular (booking essential) evening buffet in the Atrium had to be seen to be believed. It was impossible to count the number of different dishes on offer and almost impossible to count the number of chefs in attendance. By Vietnam standards the buffet was expensive at about 44 US dollars per person but this included free flow wines (perfectly palatable), beers and water.
Staff in all departments were smart, friendly, extremely helpful and trained to a very high standard. All doors, other than those into the bedrooms, were manned and lobby staff pressed the elevator buttons as soon as they saw guests approaching and kept the doors open!
This hotel is not for someone on a strict budget but is worth every penny and is one to which we shall certainly return in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fronting the scenic Saigon River and only 3-5 minute walk to famous Opera House, Dong Khoi Street and Le Thanh Ton Street for shopping, dining and entertainment, Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon, the most beloved 5-star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, combines natural beauty and sheer opulence to provide the best for the discerning traveler. The breathtaking resort-setting and its distinctive architectural interior gives a feeling of luxury and tranquility. A legendary hotel inherits good and ancient Vietnam with garden falls, pond and fountain. The top pattern of the bronze drum, symbol of the sun, from ancient times, frames the entrance of guest rooms. The twelve horary signs in the atrium, the lobby surrounded by colonnades and the giant horse sculptures all of which induce you to meander in the space of the hotel. ... more less
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