Caravelle Hotel

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

19 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Caravelle Hotel
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  • alyf1961's Profile Photo



    The Caravelle was opened to the public on Christmas Eve 1959 originally as a ten storey hotel.
    During the 1960’s the embassies of Australia and New Zealand took up residence here and American broadcasters NBC, ABC and CBS had bureaus in the hotel.
    During the Vietnam/American war journalists would boast they could cover the War from the rooftop bar.
    On August 24th 1964 a bomb went off in room 514 on the fifth floor which is where the foreign journalists roomed. Luckily no one was killed and only a few people injured.
    At the end of the war the Hotel was renamed the Doc Lap (independence) hotel and was operated by the government. The name was restored in 1998.

    We didn't stay here but we did have a drink at the bar.

    Unique Quality: A PLACE IN HISTORY

  • bodo8's Profile Photo

    good location


    good hotel in a perfect location, in the center of saigon. easy access to every main entertainment and cultural place.
    the hotel is quite old, and needs a lifting. the rooms are big enough, but not worth a 5 stars category, expecially the bathroom; the hot water was not always available...
    It is a good idea to purchase an upgrade to the executive category, in order to get access to the lounge (from 17.30 to 19.30 the buffet is rich and of a very good quality).
    the staff is very polite and professional.

    Directions: saigon (district nr. 1)

  • Beautiful hotel, excellent service & facilities


    Perfect hotel. All their staff are friendly and helpful. They ensure your safety when they called the cab in to fetch you (at no extra cost!). Gave lots of tips on travelling/ food/ transportation and assisted to make reservations at various restaurants away from the hotel. Service straight from the heart!

    Unique Quality: Beautiful architecture, nice views from the hotel room (sunrise and sunset), good location & within walking distance to the Opera House, Dong Khoi Street and other places of interest.

    Rooms are comfortable. Free WiFi and other facilities.

  • The Best


    We were booked into the Caravelle following a week in Nha Trang. Due to a cyclone, we never got to Nha Ttrang and were left abandoned by Vietnam Air. (Not my problem..your problem)
    We caught a Vinasun taxi straight to the Caravelle and explained our "problem". No problem. The Duty Manager was fantastic. Booked us straight in.....Club Room.
    The hotel was equal to any in the world. Great service, friendly staff. Overlooking the Opera House...Saigon Saigon Bar on the rooftop, very atmospheric. We loved everything about the hotel. Outside, cafes, bars, shops were all within 100 metres. Very user friendly. We had a look at other hotels for our next trip, Majestic, terrific, The Rex, terrific, but after staying at the Caravelle it's going to be hard to change....and I don't think we will. Loved our week there and looking forward to going back this year.

    Unique Quality: Great views. Staff....fabulous!

    Directions: Middle of town, great location....and with a German brewery next door! How good is that!

  • Wilverine's Profile Photo

    The absolute BEST in Saigon


    Beautiful people, beautiful country and it is much better enjoyed by using the Caravelle as a base. I was there on business and the amenities are first class.

    Unique Quality: Saigon Bar!

    Directions: City center, lots of history and "Vietnamese Life" close by.

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    Strengths: Best location (located right in the heart of HCMC, next to Opera House). Age-old hotel. Most famous & deluxe bar (Saigon Saigon bar). Good service. Nice guest rooms.
    Weaknesses: pitiful lobby

  • mafi_moya's Profile Photo

    The Caravelle


    Directly opposite the Continental, on the other side of Lam Son Square, the Caravelle was another war-correspondent hang-out and setting for The Quiet American. But unlike the Continental little of that old character remains - the renovated and enlarged Caravelle is now pure five star luxury and one of the best hotels in the city. 24 storeys high, it dwarfs the Continental and towers over the Saigon Opera House next door. Unsurprisingly it offers probably the best views in the city.

    Unless someone else is paying I don't tend to stay in many 5 star hotels when I'm on holiday so I can't tell you what the rooms are like. But I did have a nose around and it all looks super smart and has everything you expect a 5 star hotel to have.

    Unique Quality: Fortunately you don't have to be a guest to go all the way to the top floor. The Saigon, Saigon bar is a very glitzy bar/restaurant/nightclub and the outside terrace has an unbeatable 360 degree panoramic view of downtown Saigon and across to the Saigon River. Definitely worth a look, both day and night - just dress smart!

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    Stay in the heart of Dong Khoi Area


    This is a five-star, cushy hotel, smack right in the major shopping district of HCMC. So it's not surprising to find that it's a tad pricey compared to other hotels. Apart from the price however, expect top-notch service from this swanky place , warm smiles from staff, great views from the room and an excellent watering hole (Saigon Saigon) on the 9th floor. Of course, you'll wonder why the hell did ol' bpacker choose to stay there right? Well I wouldn't be here if not for hubby..

    Unique Quality: This hotel has a lovely lobby that overlooks the Grand Opera House. Guess you can say they have a grand entrance. Also, they have genuine bath salt in the bathroom for your soaking needs. Hmm lovely, I did just that after an exhausting day of crawling around the cu chi tunnel.

    To see picture of Cu Chi click on b'packer's hcmc page

    Directions: It's just beside the Opera House and next to Sheraton.

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by biawak about The Caravelle Hotel

As we paid through the Saigontourist travel bureau, we paid a package deal for 4 nights and 3 days of tours together. We ended up paying less than USD100.00 per day (for 2 persons), including the tours etc. EVERYTHING ELSE in the hotel is VERY EXPENSIVE. For example a Coke is about 50,000 Dongs after tax (about USD3.30), about 12 times the price in a supermarket. Very nice 5 star hotel with reasonable rates.
Book ahead through the travel agents to get the best deal! Do not just walk in, you'll get nailed!

Best place in HCMC

by anilegna88 about Park Hyatt

hate to join the chorus of praise for Park Hyatt but it really is the best, I tried throughout my whole stay to think of one bad thing I can say about this place and I guess the only thing I can say is that the bathtub is a bit small and there was one strand of hair in it (which I flushed down with the showerhead) + the only shop that was opened was a cigar shop.

what makes this hands down the best place to stay is the EXCELLENT service, whoever is training the staff here should go and train hotel staff at all the other park hyatt hotels as well, in addition to checking in in your own room, the one time that I went downstairs to remagnitize my card (actually I remembered the wrong room #), the front desk girl walked me up to my room. This morning when I checked out, the front desk boy walked me out to the car, while the bellboy handled my luggage, all this at 4 a.m. in the morning, while someone was playing the piano in the lobby lounge. When I mentioned I liked something in the room and wanted to buy 3 pieces of it (Vietnamese coffee filter), they were wrapped up and delivered to my room pronto.

Food at Square one is excellent, unlike many restaurants that have mediocre wine by the glass choices, Square one had excellent choices, and is beautifully designed (the kind of restaurant you'd expect to see in Wallpaper magazine)

for anyone interested in Vietnamese art, the painting throughout the hotel rival those of any Hanoi /Ho An art gallery

in terms of location, this hotel is smack in the middle of everything and across the street from the previously #1 Caravelle Hotel. The hotel car pick up at the airport also is not bad at US$28 (and they are brand new mercedes benzes)

I enjoyed Northern and Central Vietnam more vs. HCMC but every second at Park Hyatt was worth every penny of my hard earned money old colonial Viet-Franch retro exterior but smart ambience (ie Ceiling fans, shuttered windows), used to be an opera house


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5-star hotel recommendations in HCMC

by Marcialina

Kindly advise for good location at HCMC of newly built 5-star hotel? Must be convenient for shopping and eating places. Kindly advise the air quality in the city too. Where would be good place for "Pho"?

Re: 5-star hotel recommendations in HCMC

by swiftfoot

for location, caravelle hotel at dong khoi street is receommended. breakfast is quite hectic though

sofitel is a good choice too if you con't mind walking under the sun, or waiting for a taxi. the rate is a bit lower than caravelle.

Re: 5-star hotel recommendations in HCMC

by swiftfoot

Pho 2000 near Ben Thanh market (its claim to fame is Bill Clinton ate pho there); or try Wrap & Roll near Caravelle Hotel.

Re: 5-star hotel recommendations in HCMC

by JonnyVN

The best two are the Park Hyatt or Sheraton (caravelle in need of a lick of paint, and also charging ridiculous prices at present). Another, and cheaper, up market is Riverside Renaissance. Stayed or have put friends in all 3 and all are great and right smack in the centre of town.
The best place to get Pho is Hanoi (sorry all the Saigonese, but this is a northern dish and they just do it better), but you should try the Southern dish Banh Xeo, delicious


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 Caravelle Hotel

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Address: 19 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam