Anybody who served in Vietnam during the "American War" and passed through Saigon will remember that the Caravelle was "off-limits" unless you were a diplomat or correspondent. Now it's available for anyone (at a price, or course). But when in Saigon (ok, call it HCMC if you insist) you absolutely must visit the roof-top Saigon-Saigon bar to look down on the city center and imagine the parachute flares swaying in the distant jungle. The Caravelle is first-class in every respect, right down to the packed breakfast if you need to catch an early flight out of Saigon. Hotel manager John Gardner (a personal contact) is a very pleasant Kiwi who contributes staff time and funds to charity. He'll tell you the hotel history if you catch him at the right time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Caravelle Ho Chi Minh City
- Caravelle Hotel Saigon