Our family of five stayed in two rooms, one with a super kingsize bed, the other one with a super king, and a double. The hotel has free wifi in the lobby, though my N95 could never sync. They have free internet access in the business centre, though the anti virus software is out of date.
The pool is nice, though it seems to have been only cleaned twice while we were there.
Unique Quality: It was nice to find out that the Hotel's F&B (Singapore Cafe, Steakhouse) were certified halal by the local Muslim Council. Saved us a trip out trying to find halal food.
Checked in at Amara Saigon on 23 March and was assigned to the club floor . The room was nicely decorated but I would prefer the brighter lights at the working table. Other than that It was a nice experience. Got many satelite channels on TV . The fruit basket was nice with abundance of fresh fruits . Ameneties were good and the housekeepng staffs keeps on replenishing it. The club located near the lift is a welcome opportunities to have breakfast or any meals as it served from morning until 1030pm. The staffs are ever friendly .
Location is a bit far from city center ( Ben Thant area ) . But a good place to do your work as internet connection is free in your room ( level 8 ) . At business center free internet pc are provided and free wifi at the lobby.
Unique Quality: They claim to serve only halal food at Cafe Singapore but I was a bit sceptical about the sharing of coking facilities with other restaurant which serve porks . Decided to take only fruits throughout my 7 nights stay there. But the food serve are asian cuisines.
Service was excellent, but perhaps because we were guests. Our local friends were not treated the same. There seems to be less respect for them when they came to hang out with us at the hotel.
Over the 3 days we stayed there, there were small hitches, like our room door could not open on the first day, or there was a power trip which caused a blackout in our room. But all these were dealt swiftly and in a friendly manner, so we weren't really bothered. I might stay there again if I feel like having a 4* accommodation, although with my kind of travel style, I don't mind staying at a hostel or so. Amara does have its perks, eg no worries about getting ripped off by a taxi, since the valet will help you.
The buffet breakfast was varied slightly every day, so that we never had to eat the same stuff everyday. Since Amara is owned by a Singapore company, SG influences can be seen in the food (nasi lemak, beehoon, soup noodles etc) and in the architecture (There's a mini merlion and posters of SG in the cafe and a larger merlion at the swimming pool).
We paid around SGD100 for a night in a deluxe double room. The difference between deluxe and superior is the separation of the shower and bath, and additional small perks like bedroom slippers.
Unique Quality: Go to the korean restaurant opp the hotel - nice food. There's a whole range of shops in the vicinity, so walk along the streets and explore.
It's in the District 3 zone, so it may take you around 50,000D (including tips, or else the actual taxi fare cost about 35,000D) to get to the city centre in Dist 1 during heavy traffic.
Amara is closer to the airport, so a trip from the airport to the hotel should cost only USD4 (buy the taxi voucher from the taxi desk beside the entrance door inside the airport). It takes about 10-15mins in off peak traffic from the hotel to the airport, and costs us 50,000D (including tips, actual taxi fare is around 32,000D).
A 4-star hotel which is quite pleasant. The pool is nothing special, but the Merlin at the end of the pool gives a familiar Singapore feeling.
The good thing is that the Cafe is Halal, so no food problems for Muslims visiting HCM.
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