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“Caravelle hotel, a very good surprise in Saigon”
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Caravelle Saigon
Ranked #19 of 467 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Caravelle hotel, a good surprise in Saigon

We recently spent 3 night in 2 stays at the Caravelle hotel in Saigon and it was a very nice surprise to us.
The hotel is located in the center or town, close to shopping areas (The Ho Chi Minh City Champs Elysees) and tourist spots (the Cathedral, the river, the central post office, the market) but off busy roads so we had top quality sleep.

We booked a club room, including all day soft drinks and evening time cocktail (which turn out to be a full size dinner), for a very decent price compared to what big chains are offering in HCM.

On our return a week later we were upgraded to a suite as our now favorite room was not available: these guys know how to make you happy.
I would classify the Caravelle, as a European four star hotel, it is not overly fancy and you may find the decoration a bit dated, but sleep quality is very good, amenities are above standard and I have nothing to say about cleanliness.

During our stay there we also visited, the Saigon Saigon roof top bar. It’s a bit of a funny place: a mix of tourists, business men, locals, and more. Have a try. The view is superb, food is a mix of local and western, prices are ok.

Our biggest disappointment is the “Reflections” restaurant, the top end eatery there. Probably no need to blame the restaurant itself, but if you are in Saigon, there is absolutely no need to go in such place. Book a Club room floor, have a few drinks and snacks and head up to Saigon Saigon for you main course and couple more drinks, you’ll feel more jolly.

Anyway thank you very much Caravelle, next time we visit Saigon we’ll sure stay with you.

Room Tip: Book a room at the club floor
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

We were so impressed with this hotel that we will be recommending my parents stay here when they visit. Great location, central to most activities with a fantastic concierge service providing great tips on where to go and what to do. Upon checking in they upgraded us to a bigger room when they say how active our 2 year old was and that I was pregnant. Upon checking out they transferred us to the airport in a Mercedes with Wifi and drinks!
Room service was great and very much like a fine dining experience and the bed was the best bed I had slept on in Vietnam.
I would definitely return here when traveling to Saigon.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
1  Thank Carla G
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

Wonderful location. The room was small but nice. We did not eat at the hotel as there are many good eateries steps away from the hotel.The service was standard, till the concierge messed up and forgot to give us the correct time for a Cu Chi tunnel trip. But they made up really well by providing us an exclusive taxi free of cost, yes, free of cost, to Cu Chi tunnel and back. And the taxi driver was very friendly and polite. That was a suprisingly unexpected and exceptional service.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

You just cant get better than this for location in HCMC. Smack in the middle of the main Dong Khoi area of District 1, the Caravelle is like the grand old lady of hotels located right next to the beautiful Opera House. All the main sights are within a 15 mins walking radius. Bar and pubs and night life is what defines HCMC and all of this is a stones throw from the hotel. The rooms are clean and up to mark. Try the Rooftop bar as its got great views and is a popular watering hole. Walk down to Pastuer street to try Nha Hang Ngon restaurant where you get fabulous street cuisine in a beautiful ambience. The breakfast at Caravelle is sumptuous and filling. Wrt airport transfers- dont book through the hotel as its more expensive...just hail a taxi which will cost you around 160000 Dong ( approx 8 USD. I loved my stay here...just be careful when u are on the streets as there are a lot of roadside pickpocketeers that will zip past you on their motorbikes and try and snatch your purse, mobile or camera.

Room Tip: Ask for the new wing
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

Stayed 2 nights, lovely room overlooking city, breakfast excellent with good selection, pool great, beds & pillows are good quality and comfortable. Did not use spa but look very good and well priced.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Great location by the Opera. Stayed in the new wing in a large room.
Sumptuous breakfast.
Avoid the restaurants (in this as any other high scale hotel) in the evening as they are grossly mispriced compared to alternatives available with a little homework.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
5  Thank Vigorish93
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

We have just come back from a four night stay at the Caravelle in Ho Chi Minh City (or, Saigon as the locals prefer). This is truly a wonderful hotel, the location is brilliant and the staff are amazing. I have to say the staff all seem to genuinely love their jobs, have pride in their hotel and want you to have an amazing trip.
The only downside (and its very small) is, the Air Con could be better in the corridors/ main areas (although its brilliant in the rooms).
The Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar is a must, the staff are so attentive and friendly- you get used to the humidity after the first drink or three! Also, you get some grate insider tips on where to go and what to see in Saigon.
The pool & bar area is lovely, with cold face towels and complimentary fruit on arrival a nice touch- order the organge juice, its delicious.
We ate and had coffee, watching the world go by in the ground floor cafe, again the staff are amazing and you can watch the crazy Saigon traffic in style! Food is delicious too with everything from a phenomonal burger to delicious asian food on offer.
All in all, a wonderful hotel, right in the centre of Saigon so close to everything. We will be back.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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
#12 Spa Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#12 Family Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#15 Luxury Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: $121 - $287 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Caravelle Hotel Saigon

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