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Voting for the best hotels in town

2009-11-16 (GMT + 7)

Considered the focal point of Vietnamese culture and Vietnam’s economic powerhouse, HCMC boasts a range of hotels in diverse styles, designs and levels. The designs and styles can be divided into two architectural types: French colonial and modern.

Regarding French colonial, we must mention some typical yet striking hotels such as Rex, Majestic, Riverside and Continental. The Rex Hotel is thought to have originally opened as a French garage in the early 20th century and for over 80 years has been a city landmark, as well as a witness to the ups and downs of the city’s history.

Positioned in the heart of the city, near City Hall, the five-star hotel features a blend of the traditional charm of colonial architecture and post-modern renovations. It has a range of luxury facilities and international standard services, 289 uniquely designed guestrooms, function & meeting rooms ideal for weddings and events, the La Cochinchine Spa, six in-house restaurants and a cafe.

Built in 1925, the 175-room Majestic Saigon Hotel is also a historical landmark of stunning French colonial design and it includes a panoramic view of the Saigon River. Despite several renovations, the hotel retains its original old world charm and impeccable elegance all reflecting classic French colonial architecture. The Continental Hotel Saigon is the city’s oldest and has been a central Saigon landmark for well over a century. The Continental embraces the rich character and charm of original French colonial architecture and has remained virtually unchanged since opening in 1880. The luxurious and romantic elegance extends to 86 spacious guest-rooms of five types and restaurants and bars serving both traditional Vietnamese and European food.

An outside view of Majestic Hotel Saigon.
Different from French colonial architecture, Caravelle, Legend and Sheraton are striking representatives of modern decor and share the warm combination of luxury and coziness. The Caravelle Hotel prides itself on traditional refinement in an ambiance that is welcoming and at the same time offers luxurious modern living in sophisticated and understated surroundings that include splendid chandeliers and perfect symmetry. The open air Saigon
Saigon Bar on the roof of the hotel has a magnificent panorama view of the city. There are 335 rooms and 8 suites. The Caravelle is ideal for buffer lovers because the hotel’s restaurants serve up diverse cuisine. Expatriates like to relax and take therapy treatments at its luxury spa and outdoor pool.

Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers boasts 472 spacious rooms, studios and suites designed for comfort and style with personalized service and convenient amenities. The cuisine is superb in all eight stylish restaurants. The outdoor Wine Bar on Level 23 is an unforgettable place to watch a stunning sunset over the city while enjoying a world-class wine list. Lounge by the pool, energize in the state-of-the-art fitness center or simply relax in the Aqua Day Spa.

Park Hyatt Hotel Saigon, Legend Hotel Saigon, Equatorial HCMC Hotel, Kim Do Hotel, Grand Saigon Hotel, Duxton Hotel Saigon and Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon are also recommended for outstanding accommodations, luxurious relaxation, fine food and great drinks.

With an aim at improving the city’s tourism and tourist related services, residents and tourists alike are encouraged to visit to vote for their favorite ten hotels from the list of fifteen. Criteria for voting should be based on architecture; interior design displaying distinct Vietnamese features; service quality; location; up to date environmental and safety regulations.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT

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