Many hotels will include breakfast for free. Most will keep your baggage for a little while if you plan on returning or take side trips.
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Grand Hotel is located on a corner of 8 Dong Khoi Street in the heart of District 1 in Saigon. Its located on a street full of galleries and small restaurants. One net cafe is located just down the street. This 4-star hotel is located in a nice area, because the streets are not constantly filled with buzzing motorbikes as in many of the other parts of Saigon. This is a historic hotel having been built in 1930 and remodeled in 1997. The interior lobby of this hotel speaks elegantly with its glittering marble columns, winding stairway & couches with people relaxing. Depending on the season rooms range in price from $55 to above $100/night depending on the type of room.
There are two sections of this hotel, the older and newer sections. The older section accessible by the main elevator found in the lobby is only 3 stories, whereas the new section is 12 stories. Rooms feature satellite TV, in-house movies, in-room safe, a mini bar and complimentary water. A posh courtyard is found in the center of the hotel – central to this courtyard is the pool next to the health club. The rooms are good sized with great air conditioning that works as soon as it is turned on.
A buffet breakfast is included with each night’s stay. Good fruit selection, but found the food a bit bland. This breakfast is located on the first floor at the Cheznous Restaurant. On the weekends the Cheznous Restaurant has a weekend dinner buffet for about US $6 dollars/person. There is also a restaurant on the 12th floor called Belle-Vue. For more information please visit: www.grandhotel.vn or www.saigon-tourist.com
Hotel Continental, Saigon is very well located in central Ho Chi Minh city on Dong Khoi Street. Originally opened in 1880, this is the oldest hotel in Saigon. Originally built for French travelers seeking luxury when on the road.
Some of Saigon’s most visited buildings are located within a short walk of the Continental including the Notre Dame Cathedral which also opened in 1880. The building has hosted loads of writers and other dignitaries including British writer Graham Greene who penned The Quiet American – in which the Continental featured prominently. For more information, visit: www.continentalsaigon.com
The property features an indoor swimming pool and a world-class spa. Also plenty of culinary options. All guest should visit the club lounge located on the uppermost floor featuring excellent views of the river and the Saigon skyline. A Marriott hotel owned property.
Guests wanting the ultimate room should book the beguiling Presidential Suite.
Rex Hotel is a luxury hotel located in central Saigon within easy walking distance of some of Saigon’s prominent historical buildings. Features a number of intriguing spaces including the lovely luxury space, Rex Havana Cigar Club.
Also features a rooftop garden bar which often hosts live music along with several restaurants throughout the property. The garden bar is a space to see and be seen – it was one of “1000 places to see before you die” in the book by travel writer Patricia Schultz. For more information or to book a room, visit: www.rexhotelsaigon.com
Rosa Hotel & Spa – located among all the action in Saigon, District 1, this hotel with traffic is about 1 hour drive from the international airport. Without traffic, perhaps about 35 minutes. A great value to quality ratio – a doorman will greet you upon entry – friendly reception staff. Choose from either the stairs or elevator to reach the rooms. Clean and comfortable rooms with good sized bathrooms. Several different sized rooms are available.
Breakfast is included with all stays – basic but filling including some rice, soup, eggs, salad mix, and noodles. The breakfast lounge is located directly behind the reception.
Numerous massage businesses are located on the same block – and within a short walk are numerous restaurants, jewelry stores (for changing money), fruit vendors and other shopping opportunities.
Saigon Pink 2 – this 11 story hotel is located on 32 Nguyen An Ninh Street next to the large Ben Thanh Market. Their sister hotel is called the Saigon Pink I. The Saigon Pink II is an average hotel priced around $18/night for a standard room. My experience with the reception was they were like cold fish (not much personality). The air conditioning unit took a long time to work – even after I had the staff change out the filters. The rooms are clean and comfortable. There is a reception area where you can get free maps, and ask about city attractions. (be sure to pick up one of their business cards with a map on the back). The hotel can reserve tours for you – their prices are about the same as the other tour agencies. This hotel is about a 10-15 minute walk to the main backpacker area in Saigon – you have to cross several very busy streets to get there. Being located near the Ben Thanh Market means the streets around this area can be quite crowded. Its quiet at night.
In late 2009 this hotel underwent a major renovation and was under new ownership. English is spoken and major credit cards are accepted. For more information please email them at: email@example.com or visit: www.saigonpink2-hotel.com
Sheraton Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City – This is one of the fancier/modern stays currently available in Saigon. It is a multi-story building located in the heart of District 1 in Saigon. Features two towers and on the ground floor some premium shops.