Continental Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

132-134 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

4 Reviews

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Satisfaction Very Good
Very Good

Value Score Great Value!

Costs 30% less than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families79
  • Couples68
  • Solo77
  • Business66
  • kelnsha's Profile Photo

    Historical French building hotel


    I did not stay here but this is the oldest hotel in the city and is set in a French building.

    One of the city's most historical lodgings and it is recommended in the Singapore Straits Times newspaper.

    It faces the French-styled municipal theatre and is where Graham Greene - the author of the Quiet American - used to stay.

    Unique Quality: The hotel dates from the turn of the 19th century and received its last renovation in 1989 (unfortunately, at the hands of its aesthetically challenged owner, Saigon Tourist). Panelled wood ceilings with carved detailing accent the carpeted, cavernous rooms.

    Directions: Located in the heart of Saigon, adjacent to the National Assembly (now the Municipal Theatre) where the press circle would gather around for collecting the information and discussing political issues and all.

  • judz's Profile Photo

    A beautiful old hotel


    We loved it at the Continental...we stayed at the Rex last year and found this to be much nicer...we had a corner room overlooking the busy street - a very large room with 4 windows and french doors opening onto a balcony. Everthing was within walking distance and taxi's just outside the just had a lovely feel to it and although we were advised it was only a 3 star, in my book it definitely rated a 4 star.

  • mafi_moya's Profile Photo

    The Continental


    If like me you're an insufferable romantic and sucker for nostalgia then the Continental is Saigon's number one hotel. This is the old Saigon of Grahame Greene and The Quiet American, and the days-gone-by of French Indochina. It was also a main journalist hang-out during the Vietnam War. So come here to sip black coffee, breakfast on fresh croissants, breathe in the history and sit and watch the beautiful girls in flowing ao dais cycle through central Saigon.

    Take away the nostalgia and character and what you're left with is a perfectly fine but nothing too spectacular 3 star hotel. An attractive 19th century French building, it offers good food, good rooms and a great city centre location off Dong Khoi - one of the liveliest streets in the city.

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo

    Continental Hotel


    In this classic hotel, built in 1901 and refurbished in 1989 took place most of the famous novel “The Quiet American” (Graham Greene), which reflects life in Saigon before the Vietnam War against USA.

    I visited it to take a tea in one of the bars, but I didn’t find it as charmy as I expected. Decadent, but refurbished in a very unipersonal style, this hotel has lost its charm, U can’t imagine how it must have been in the first half of the 20th century…

    Rooms 55-130 USD.

    Directions: At theend of the Le Loi boulevard, at the left of the Municipal Theatre.

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Old style pastries in HCMC

by iclee about Givral Cafe

Givral offers meals, cakes, pastries plus a wonderful spot for people watching. You'll find the historic Hotel Continental Saigon, Opera House and a stone's throw away from most of the 5star hotels in D1.

After reading the feedback for good pastries in HCMC, I was expecting a lot from Givral. Sadly, their selection of pastries was more bread than flaky pastry. I bought four creme filled buns, custard buns (VND29,000 or PHP85 each; U$1 = VND17,700), to stave off midnight hunger pangs. The cakes reminded me of the time butter cream was the rage in bakeshops in my country 10 years ago. Nowadays, everything is all about fondant cakes or ganache in my place. After paying PHP85 for a piece of bread, my mind is suddenly craving the PHP85 per piece Belgian Chocolate Ensaymada of Bizu in Manila.

I went there twice and found the door open. I decided to close it because the aircon was more warm than cool. Without explanation, they opened the door again. So next time, I suggest summer clothing but the downside is they do not have a separate smoking section so second hand smoke is trapped within the shop. Naturally, there were flies because of open door.

I wish they will graduate to become a proper French Patisserie. :) Strawberry banana smoothie is fresh and not too sweet.


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