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“Five Star Stay in Saigon”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Caravelle Saigon

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Caravelle Saigon
Ranked #14 of 447 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
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“Five Star Stay in Saigon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Firstly, a couple of words about scams and thieves in Ho Chi Minh City...

There are all sorts of warnings and reviews about taxi scams and bags/jewelry being stolen in Vietnam. We have just returned from two weeks in this wonderful country and we found it to be as safe as anywhere in the world to travel. Like all major cities, you have to be sensible about your belongings but there are no thieves lurking in dark corners and as long as you don't have an extremely easy to grab bag hanging off your shoulder you have no hope of being robbed.

Being charged an extra 40,000 dong for a taxi is NOT being scammed - it's US$2. Don't hop in an old beat up taxi after being approached (in English) by a dodgy driver. Just give them a smile and a no-thank-you (a smile and a no-thank-you works well for all the touting you will encounter and it is never threatening) and find a Vinasun taxi. Vinasun taxis are everywhere. They are metered, they are clean and they are very reliable. You can't help but TIP the drivers as the fares are very cheap by Western standards.

The Caravelle Hotel is brilliantly located in the centre of town and a couple of hours self-guided walking will see all the sights. The decor is old IN STYLE but not in quality - we stayed in a Signature Club room which was adequate in size and had every amenity you expect in a five star hotel. The bed was THE most comfortable I have ever slept in. The Signature Lounge is well worth paying for with great light food and free drinks in the evening, looking out over the Opera House and skyline sunset. Breakfast options were great - very happy to dine in the Signature Lounge as the main breakfast room on the ground floor seemed noisy and a bit cafeteria-ish.

The pool area is absolutely superb considering it is half way up a building. We had some wonderful spa treatments on our last day (located next to the pool) and while they were probably the most expensive in Saigon it was a bargain by Western standards. Also must mention here the highlight of our trip which was a night "Foodie" tour with XO Tours on the back of a motor bike! Look them up - it was a most memorable night.

What else? ATM is on the first floor and you need to visit that daily to get a stash of dong - Vietnam is still mostly a cash economy. Transfer from the airport? The hotel quoted us a ridiculous US$58 for a one-way pickup. Take a Vinasun taxi for around US$10 - after you exit the airport doors, turn left and walk all the way to the end of the taxi rank. The Vinasuns operate from there and they will have a guy who will help get you one. The drivers all know the Caravelle.

A fantastic stay in Saigon for us and we can't recommend the Caravelle any higher!

Room Tip: Signature Club is well worth the extra !!!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Wonderful, friendly and polite staff. Room was of a high standard and service excellent. Pool was great on 7th floor just the thing to cool off after a hot day. Breakfasts were superb and we enjoyed the Saigon Saigon Bar. The history of this hotel is quite interesting.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Highworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

The hotel is the ideal place to stay for walking around the city to see the sights. Excellent rooms, superb food and the staff are a credit to the hotel. We only stayed at the hotel for 3 days and all the staff were very helpful and always smiling, which made our stay an extremely happy one.

Room Tip: A room on a high level is very good as you get great views of the city.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

We really enjoyed our 3 night stay, we only booked a week or so in advance and only paid about £15 a night more than the Novotel, so it was great value. The location was great, the room so comfortable and the bed was the best we had in Vietnam, as were the pillows. It was nice to be able to relax by pool after a morning out enjoying HCMC, the gym was well equipped too. Breakfasts were wonderful with great coffee and nice service, we did not have the problems with service others have described in reviews. Saigon Saigon worth a visit, nice bar full of character.
Sightseeing/Attractions Tip: We loved XO Tours with the lovely women bike riders, very interesting and well organised.

Room Tip: We had a high floor with great views.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

If location counts, stay at the Caravelle!! Our 19th floor room overlooked the Opera House and the city skyine. Large, comfortable rooms,first class service everywhere and a feeling that the staff were genuinely happy to see you.
After a long journey from the UK, we spent a little time relaxing by the 7th floor pool - a lovely spot for a light lunch and a local beer.
Breakfast selection is extensive - everything anyone from around the world might want.
The Siagon Bar is a must!! Historic connections with war correspondents, but the night-time view is super. Cocktails, live music and attentive service with the temperature around 30 degrees.
If you are going to Saigon, his is the place to stay.

Room Tip: Go for a high floor with city views.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

We spent a week in Vietnam, traveling down to the Mekong Delta and looking around Ho Chi Min City. While in HCM we stayed at the Caravelle Hotel because if its historical past. It is in an excellent location with many good restaurants, art galleries and places of interest within walking distance. The staff speak good English and could not have been more helpful. The breakfast was first class and the bread was the best I have had outside of France. Rooms were comfortable with every convenience.

Room Tip: City view from high floor is nice
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Good 5* hotel, but I think the standard of room and decor is pretty standard for this grade of hotel, the best thing of this hotel is the location, close to everything. Not very good breakfast service

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Caravelle Saigon

Property: Caravelle Saigon
Address: 19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam (Formerly Caravelle Hotel)
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Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#6 Business Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#9 Romantic Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#10 Luxury Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#10 Spa Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#12 Family Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Caravelle Saigon 5*
Number of rooms: 335
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Caravelle Saigon is one of Ho Chi Minh City's leading international 5-star hotels - in the centre of the business, shopping and entertainment district, 8 km from Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The Hotel opened in 1959 with modern design combining French and Vietnamese architecture and to this day the address and service ensures we have kept our iconic landmark status in the Heart of Saigon. ... more   less 
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