Value Score Average Value
Good For Business
The lobby is smaller than similiar hotels but the staff are friendly; and the rooms are good. The 21st floor gym is also a bit small but open 24-hours with your keycard. You then can walk-up to the 22nd floor outdoor pool, but I found the narrow/steep stairs to be a bit dangerous - and the street noise was irritating. The 5th level Atrium lounge is most definently not as well-lit as their website shows!
It may seem to be far away from the key tourist/shopping areas but it's really not. Just go out the lobby to your left and you'll hit Lucky Plaza, the Underground Bar & Restaurant, and the Russian Market. It's also close to Seoul House - a great Korean restaurant...and to Maxims. And you are within walking distance of Cage.
FYI - no taxi driver knew "the Renaissance hotel." I had to tell them "Riverside hotel" - or tell them to go to the Legend hotel...then give them pointers as we arrived closer. Even when I gave them the hotel's business card (with map) - it just served to confuse them.
Unique Quality: 18th floor executive lounge has the absolute best view of the river - enjoyed sitting and watching the motorcycle ferry-boats cross the river, the K-cafe wooden Japanese dinner boat dock, the huge freighters, and the little sand barges. Lounge staff speak English, are friendly, and they have a nice morning/evening selection.
Directions: Along the River - and off-Dong Khoi Street
Friendly and Comfortable
Here is what I look for and how the Renaissance measured up:
Central Location: No complaints - my room overlooked the Saigon River (great to watch hustle and bustle of mopeds disembarking from ferry onto the main drag!) and everything is close by. Ben Thanh Market is a $1 cab ride or 15 minute walk.
Comfortable Bed: Unreal - the other reviews were right - unbeleivably comfortable. Room is fine, not extravagant and a bit of a funky smell - but plenty of room, bathroom worked perfectly - overall no complaints.
Good Service - A+ here. There could not possibly be more smiles. Very nice people who were always there to help.
Unique Quality: Pool area is very nice - great view at night.
Premier Lounge on floor 18 (for MArriott gold members and others) was fine - 2 free internet stations and good desserts! Food was decent, not great, but cold drinks a-plenty and a good breakfast.
We stayed 1 night at the Renaissance Riverside hotel. The location is very good, walking distance to the "centre" of Saigon where shops and resaurants are. Safe neighbourhood as we walked around there at midnight. The hotel is really nice. Friendly staff, speaking English well and helpful arranging cabs, tips for things to do, etc. Check in went smoothly, even we arrived in the morning already, a room was allocated to us. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Nothing that trendy or spectacular, but good. We used our points for this hotel and so stayed for "free", but I believe when booking normally, it is about 150US. The breakfast is very good in a nice location where you can see the world go by from the large windows. Breakfast selection is good, lots of Vietnamese food and also western breakfast items. The breakfast is 12 USD pp. I would for sure recommend this hotel, when staying in HCMC and exploring the city.
5 Star hotel
I stayed here for a week while I was in Ho Chi Minh City in Oct 06. The Hotel is centrally located by the river. It is about 15-20 min walk to the central market. Very good facilities and good buffet breakfast. Room #1505. See more pics for room view and hotel views.
I think the name now is Renaissance Riverside hotel. It a Marriott hotel and as such is rather "American". Very clean, very efficient, absolutely nothing to complain about except that it hasn't much character. The food in all of the restaurants is OK but lacking in real flavour and personality. We had much better food in a lot of restaurants around at a tenth of the price. The buffet breakfast is very varied and colourful and fresh, but again, is like any other hotel of this type in the world, even the Vietnamese food. Oh, I'm Japanese, but I do not recommend their Japanese food. They have sushi in the buffet, as well as Japanese breakfast foods, and it's invariably awful. Of course, you wouldn't go to Vietnam and eat Japanese but just in case.
Unique Quality: Absolutely nothing to complain about, but nothing to rave about either. A nice rest after backpacking, but very boring after one day. Perfect for a business trip. The view looking down on the ferries on the river was fun for about 15 minutes, seeing all the people on motorcycles go on and off the ferries all day. There are a lot of nice restaurants around, especially one that is right next to it, around the corner (see restaurant tip).
Old historical hotel with French colonial style
Stayed in the Riverside Hotel Saigon hotel for 3 nights.
Accommodation spans over 4 floors.
The hotel is pretty old, and far away from the main tourist attractions. Got lost a few times (ok ok, i know i have no sense of directions :P) while trying to walk back (ok, i know i'm a cheapo too :P) to the hotel after a tiring day visiting other places.
No coffee making facilities, but the hotel will provide u with hot water (via a vacuum flask) for making coffee if u need it. BYO coffee sachets too.
The corridor at 4th floor was very poorly lit up, especially at night. Makes u feel like u were in some haunted house.
Unique Quality: Breakfast starts at 6am, which is good, for some of the organised tours start as early as 8am. So u have ample time to eat your fill, and then take a slow walk to the tour agencies.
Directions: Next to Saigon River
We paid for the riverside view in a double room - was given a 7th floor corner room. Views of the river. Reception service was prompt and polite. Changed money easily at the reception. One thing to watch out for: the sun rises really early - by 6 am, the sun is almost mid-way. Close your curtains tightly, if you don't want to be fooled into thinking its already almost 10 in the morning.
Unique Quality: The bed was exceptionally comfortable. There was a good stock of toiletries - from sewing kits, cotton balls, comb, toothbrush and the standard liquid soap and shampoo - don't really have to bring anything other than maybe facial soap! Plenty of towels of diff sizes. Only thing was that they had 2 small bottles of complimentary mineral water - which is hardly enough for 2 persons each day. Breakfast was decent - there was the standard pho counter, japanese, congee, breads and western fare - cereals, waffles, grilled veges, cold meats, sausages, loads of dried and fresh fruits, only downside - japanese sushi looked a bit unprofessionally made, and there should be more vietnamese appetisers/rolls.
Value for money
I was trying to look for a hotel that i can use my American Express points for and BINGO, I found the one and only hotel listed under Saigon, Renaissance Hotel.
My first impressions of the hotel lobby was pretty pleasant; especially when they had those little bowls of vietnamese candies and sweets placed at the reception area where you register for your check-in (you might want to know that you can buy those candies at the Tax departmental store...and they are really cheap..less than US$1). Hotel staff are friendly and can speak English relatively well (at least i didnt have a problem understanding them).
I had the chance to stay in 2 different types of rooms: the normal room with the city view (or rather, view of the opposite building). The room was simple and clean; in another word, no great shakes. Two days later when i came back from my Hoi An trip, they gave me a corner room with a river view, i was impressed! not only was this room bigger and brighter (nicer view notwithstanding), their toilet is also more luxurious (with the standing shower as well as bath tub). I dont know abt you, but i'm definitely into TOILETS! haha. plus they have full range of toiletries ie shampoo to detergent and toothbrushes. so you really dont have to bring anything except for conditioner (esp for the ladies). This second room definitely change my impression of the Renaissance Hotel. So if you are thinking of checking into this hotel, ask for the corner room with the river view.
in general, quite a well-appointed hotel located in the heart of the shopping belt, Dong Khoi Street. i ended up shopping along Dong Khoi Street almost everyday, so much so that even the touts recognize my face!
Unique Quality: On a scale of 1(totally unsatisfied) to 5 (a great experience), this is how i would rate the following:
Location : 4
Price : 3
Hotel staff : 3
Concierge service : 4 (you can book your domestic airtickets thru the hotel at competitive rates)
Toilet amenities : 4
Bed & Pillows : 3
View : 3 (Riverside) ; 1 (City View)
Room Size & Decor : 4 (Riverside); 2.5 (City)
MARRIOTT'S HOTEL 1
Strengths: Good view (Saigon river view). Good brand name (managed by Marriott group -> guests can use Marriott Rewards Points)
Weaknesses: Small lobby, small guest rooms, small function rooms, small restaurant
Faded but genteel
I stayed in Riverside Hotel on two brief occasions, during a recent business trip to Vietnam, followed by a holiday there. The hotel is best described as faded, but it is comfortable and clean and well situated on the Saigon River riverfront.
Magnificent hotel with nice poolarea
We were there in 2001. The service was inpeccable. The lobby area has a very nice atmosphere, whith nice coffe area and live classic music playing. The staff is nice. The rooms are very nicely decorated, good tase and just perfectly entertained by the maids.
Unique Quality: Very nice hotel.
Great location and Value
This was a great place to stay as the hotel was a great value and the location excellent.
We went with one of their executive packages which included...
a nice room with a view
morning breakfast buffet in the exec lounge
afternoon cocktails in the exec lounge
all day snacks and espresso in the exec lounge
2 items of laundry per day of stay
$130 a night. We even lucked out and got a corner room with a fabulous view of the Saigon river and lots of space.
We would definately stay here again so book with confidence.
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