New World Hotel Saigon played a significant part in my first trip to Ho Chi Minh City. Having booked one of the deluxe rooms in their Executive Floors, I had high expectations in terms of services and facilities. I was not disappointed.
My room on the 10th floor, while a mere duplicate of its counterparts in other 5-star hotels, had a cozy feel on top of a high ceiling which did not leave me feeling confined. The relatively firm mattress suited me well. The bathroom had a complete set of toiletries and amenities replenished everyday, with two complimentary bottles of mineral water always on hand to quench my thirst after a heavy day of sightseeing. There is also an iron and board plus umbrella and in-room safe to complete the room perks. What's more, the nightly turndown service includes two small Vietnamese figurines (instead of mint chocolates) neatly placed on top of the table beside the bed. What a sweet thought!
Unique Quality: But the best has yet to come because the executive lounge is just great! Breakfast buffet has a good spread. Not overflowing but more than enough to last you till past lunch. The 24-hour complimentary drinks are a definite plus instead of stocking up on sodas in my room. The happy hour cocktails from 5:30-7:30pm are a welcome treat. I thought that they will only serve finger foods, but the buffet was so varied and filling that rice, several viands, pastries, fruits, sushi, sashimi and the like were included. I hated eating so much during this time because it meant losing my appetite for a dinner outside the hotel. But I never complained because everything was for free.
The lounge also included complimentary broadband internet use in their two computer stations which In found very useful. There is also a private reading area and a very refreshing open area where you can take your meals or simply laze around while taking advantage of the sweeping views of the city - be it day or night.
The location couldn't be better. It is just a 5-minute walk to Ben Thanh Market which is excellent for shopping from 7-am-6pm. The area turns into a pedestrian mall at night so you can check it out even if you arrived late from day tours. There is also a good number of restaurants nearby. Vietnamese noodle shops like Pho 2000 and Pho 24 have outlets in the vicinity. Taxicabs are cheap and plentiful and going to other areas in District 1, 3 or 5 is effortless.
And the staff? They are among the friendliest and most attentive hotel personnel I've ever encountered in all my travels. Obviously, I was extremely happy with my stay in this hotel and would give it high recommendations.
Directions: near Ben Thanh Market on District 1
US$70 with the agency, US$90 normal
Unique Quality: It's a nice modern hotel. Quite expensive though and the location of the hotel is a little far from the main bars and restaurants. Bill Clinton stayed here on his historic visit to Vietnam in 2000.
Directions: It is located near the Ben Thanh market on the Le Lai street.
New World Hotel Saigon Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
I am travelling to vietnam and cambodia with my wife in may - can you tell me where are the most beautiful beaches to relax? any good hotel recommendations in ho chi minh city, hanoi, halong bay and hue are appreciated - your suggestions for places to visit are very much appreciated
If you're not on a tight budget these hotels are outstanding:
HCMC: New World Hotel Saigon (modern, all amenities, good restaurants)
Visiting: day tour of the city, including the Museum of History and King Hung Vuong pagoda, GiacLam and Jade Emperor pagodas; to the CuChi tunnels and CaoDai temple at TayNinh; to the Mekong delta (also 2- and 3-day tours)
Hue: La Residence Inn (posh former governor's palace, excellent restaurant)
Visiting: city tour including the Citadel and pagodas; ThienMu pagoda (as part of city tour or on) dragon boat to the Imperial tombs
Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole Hotel (one of the best hotels in the world; Michelin quality three-star restaurant)
Visiting: city tour including Temple of Literature HoChiMinh mausoleum and museum, Ethnographic Museum; day tour to ex-imperial capital HoaLu and TamCao for karsts and caves
And all that barely scratches the surface of this fascinating country.
The Saigon Morin in Hue is probably the best of the best. The prices are very reasonable for a hotel of this calibre, and the rooms and service are outstanding.
There are any number of great hotel choices in HCMC. The Seraton is very nice, but the rooms are quite cramped. Kim Do has much larger rooms for less money. The Rex is OK, but certainly not all it's made out to be.
Hands down the best beach and beach scene is in Nha Trang.
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Address: 76 Le Lai St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam