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In an increasingly accessible and modernized metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City’s historic hotels like the Caravelle and the Continental, featured in films such as Indochine and The Quiet American, have sacrificed some of their colonial charm in order to attract a contemporary clientele. Nevertheless, from evocative façades to French-style rooms and legendary wartime bars, these ten hotels still hold plenty of historic, cinematic and literary Saigon magic.

Beautiful Saigon III

Just a few minutes walk from the famous Ben Thanh Market, the latest Beautiful Saigon III (only a few meters away from Beautiful Saigon II) is located in a quiet alley in the perpetually buzzing backpacker’s district. It offers 18 rooms with reasonable prices, modern and understated, with spacious bathrooms — just make sure you pick one with a window and a bit higher up to enjoy the street feast and city views. Here, you’re in the middle of the colorful and vibrant city life, with plenty of dining establishments and cafes to choose from, along with travel agents to help you organize your next thrilling Vietnamese tour. Otherwise, just ask the friendly staff, who always have a good recommendation up their sleeve.

40/27 Bui Vien St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +(848) 39204874.

The Spring Hotel

A few minutes walk from the famous city market and the major historic attractions of District 1, The Spring Hotel offers value-for-money accommodation with a splash of concentrated colonial glamour. The room decor is rather outdated, but there’s a small atmospheric rooftop garden with great views, a good selection for breakfast, and friendly staff to make up for any losses (including the limited vegetarian choice in the menu). Nothing compares to the striking ambiance of the lobby, though, with a collection of flowers and indoor vegetation, wicker furniture, marble pillars, chandeliers and a grandiose staircase, which you will descend feeling like a king.
44-46 Le Thanh Ton St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +(848) 38297362.

Rex Hotel Vietnam

For over 80 years, this old French garage-turned-luxury hotel has been a silent chronicler of the city’s trials and tribulations. The Rex was the legendary aesthetic backdrop to the so-called ‘five o’clock follies’, the press briefings that the American Information Service used to conduct for foreign correspondents during wartime. In the 60s, the Abraham Lincoln Library was also established on the ground floor. After suffering a bland phase as the Rex Trading Center during the 70s (hosting three cinemas and a disco-hall), the hotel has now undergone a series of refurbishments that have modernized its interior. The Rex’s highlight is, four decades later, none other than its iconic rooftop bar, where the old ‘follies’ are replaced by new ones, stunningly tempered by one of the city’s most romantic sunsets.

141 Nguyen Hue Blvd., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +(848) 38292185.

Majestic Hotel

This 1925 French heirloom on No. 1 Dong Khoi Street majestically opens to breezy and busy riverside views, somewhat irrationally blending colonial chic with Ho Chi Minh City’s contemporary floating frenzy. Stripped of its heavier period features, the Majestic still holds plenty of French poise in its rooms, like the signature parquet floors. Just make sure your room comes with a view, as in Ho Chi Minh City windowless accommodation is pretty common. The terrace of Breeze Sky Bar and M. Bar offer magnificent views of the river and city skyline, complemented by the Cyclo restaurant’s fine dining and local entertainment.

1 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +(848) 38295.

Grand Hotel Saigon

Despite its name, the Grand Hotel might be a less conspicuous star of the French era Saigon, but this 1930s colonial beauty on the historic Dong Khoi Street has an exterior every bit as impressive as the best of them. Divided historically and aesthetically between the new and old wing, it is better to opt for one of the spacious original rooms with parquet floors and French windows in order to relive the memories of this colonial-era legend. It will cost you slightly more, but for the large part of the year the rooms are still reasonably priced. Among the rather flat modern additions, timeless details like the lobby elevator open a window to the past. An atmospheric swimming pool and a central courtyard also do their bit to complete the picture.

41-7 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +(848) 39155555.

The Caravelle

Inspired by the 15th-century Iberian caravelas, The Caravelle has starred in endless journeys of our collective imagination since it first opened on Christmas Eve 1959. A central figure itself in wartime Vietnam, the hotel provided the setting for countless professional and convivial meetings of foreign correspondents during the 60s and 70s (it housed the offices of NBC, ABC and the Australian and New Zealand Embassies, among others), who kept safe views of the action from the rooftop bar. Having added a luxurious 24-story tower to the renovated 10-story building in the 90s, the hotel these days mainly narrates its story though framed pictures on the wall. The completely transformed Saigon Saigon bar now observes the changing city-scape with effortless elegance. The hotel boasts a fascinating list of guests, including Sir Michael Caine and Bill Clinton.

19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +(848) 3823 4999.

Continental Hotel

The Continental, credited as the first hotel in Vietnam, is among the city’s most famous 19th-century architectural treasures. Like the Opera House (the former National Assembly), the City Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, it sends shivers down your spine with its evocative 1880 colonial façade. It’s in room 214 that Graham Greene wrote part of The Quiet American, and the Continental features in both the book and the film. It also played a vital part in the Oscar-winning romance Indochine. But behind the imposing façade, the interior struggles to retain its star quality and charm and only parts of the decor are open to literary and cinematic nostalgia. As for the scandalous Continental Shelf bar, where spies, politicians and journalists alike used to casually mingle over a drink, it is now history. But take a seat in one of the front pavement tables of the Dolce Vita Cafe across the street from the Opera House, and nothing stops you from recreating times-gone-by.
132-134 Dong Khoi St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +(848) 38299 201.
 
 
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Ho Chi Minh City’s nightlife scene varies from one district to another, though venues that play live music close soon after midnight due to Vietnam’s rather strict laws. If you’re looking to party in style, District 1’s rooftop bars and swanky nightclubs stay open until 03:00 or later, offering excellent service, dance tunes, stylish ambience, well-dressed crowds, and panoramic views of the vibrant city and beyond.
Moving down several kilometres into Districts 3 and 5, Saigon’s Pham Ngu Lao is lined with boisterous street bars and pubs, cheap eats, live music, and casual ambience – great options for backpackers looking to mingle with fun-loving locals. Embracing about any mood, price point, and style, here’s a helpful guide on what to do at night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Top 5 Boutiques Hotels in Saigon:

#5 L'Odeon, 63-65, Lê Văn Thiêm Street, District 7

#4 Town House 50, 50 Bùi Thị Xuân, Bến Thành District

#3 Cinnamon Hotel Saigon, 74 Lê Thị Riêng, Bến Thành District

#2 The Alcove, 133A Nguyễn Đình Chính, Phú Nhuận District

#1 I Am Vietnam, 30/57B Nguyen Cuu Van Street, Bình Thạnh District

Looking for the best bang for your buck while traveling to Saigon? Here are our Top 5 best value hotels in HCMC.

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This list of the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh for less than US$50 has been voted for by thousands of guests so you can rest assured that all of the hotels deliver what they claim. Guestrooms might not come with a personal butler, but customer service is friendly and efficient, while guestrooms are clean and comfortable. If you are coming to Ho Chi Minh to explore the city, you don’t really need more than that. These hotels under US$50 in Ho Chi Minh are spread out around the city so you can choose between the historical and shopping centre of District 1, the backpacker neighbourhood in District 5 or even close to the riverside. The excellent customer satisfaction rating for each of these hotels is proof that they are among the best that money can buy.

1. Victory Saigon Hotel: 3 stars

Victory Saigon Hotel is just 4 mi (6.5 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available on request) for VND 700000 per vehicle one way.You can indulge in hot stone massages, body treatments, or mani/pedis, and Victory restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.An outdoor pool and a fitness center are other highlights, and rooms offer up nice touches like bathrobes and slippers.

2. Ben Thanh Boutique Hotel: 3 stars

Ben Thanh Boutique Hotel is just 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available 24 hours) for VND 460000 per vehicle one way.Guests indulge in spa services, then grab a bite to eat at the restaurant.Rooms at this Art Deco hotel get the details right with nice touches like Frette Italian sheets, premium bedding, and slippers. 

3. One World Hotel: 3 stars

One World Hotel is a great choice for a stay in Ho Chi Minh City.Guests will have free perks like breakfast, WiFi, and self parking.All rooms feature minibars and room service.

4. A&EM Hotel - Hai Ba Trung: 3 stars

A great choice for a stay in Ho Chi Minh City, A&EM Hotel - Hai Ba Trung is just 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from the airport.Guests can visit the fitness center for a workout or grab a bite to eat at AEm Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.LCD TVs, minibars, and room service are offered in all rooms. 

5. A&EM Hotel 8A Thai Van Lung: 3 stars

A &Em Hotel 8A is located on Thai Van Lung Street in Ho Chi Minh City, just 20 minutes from the international airport.Guests can find many things to do in the area like visiting the City Hall Square, the Saigon Central Post Office, or the Opera House.They can also visit the Parkson Plaza or the Saigon Tax Trade Centre, or Tao Dan Park for leisure.With an airport shuttle, there is no need for guests to worry about getting lost, and the tour desk will help with planning events.A restaurant (serving only breakfast) and a bar are located on-site.A business centre with a computer station are useful for professional travelers and laundry service is available for all guests.

6. Dong Khanh Hotel: 3 stars

Dong Khanh Hotel specialises in creating a welcoming, yet luxurious atmosphere at a highly reasonable price.The east-meets-west style and friendly staff make the hotel a popular choice for visitors, and the close proximity to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, which is only 30 minutes drive away, is also a significant benefit.The area surrounding the hotel boasts a wealth of restaurants, shops and bars, and many of Ho Chi Minh Citys most significant attractions are within a few minutes drive, including Ben Thanh Market, the Reunification Palace and the Opera House.All of Dong Khanh Hotels 76 rooms are decorated to a high standard, with elegant eastern bed linen, inviting lighting and polished wooden furniture. 

7. An Dong Center Hotel: 3 stars

An Dong Centre Hotel is a reasonably priced hotel which offers pleasant, comfortable accommodation, whilst being situated in an excellent location in the heart of Ho Chi Minh Citys shopping district.Keen shoppers will be delighted at the proximity to the renowned An Dong Plaza, which is directly opposite the hotel, and Tan Son Nhat International Airport is under half an hours drive away.The hotel is also well situated to enjoy many of the citys principal attractions, including the Reunification Palace and the Opera House, which are both within easy reach by taxi.Guests can expect a high level of comfort and convenience in their room at An Dong Centre Hotel.

8. Lavender Boutique Hotel: 3 stars

A great choice for a stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Lavender Boutique Hotel is just 4.5 mi (7.2 km) from the airport.For a bite to eat, guests can check out Lavender Restaurant, which serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.24-hour room service, minibars, and slippers are offered in all rooms. 

9. Bizu Hotel II: 3 stars

Enjoy your visit to Ho Chi Minh City with a stay at Bizu Hotel II - Phu My Hung District 7.Guests looking for a bite to eat can check out the restaurant, and the pool bar is the perfect spot to grab a drink at the end of the day.Rooms offer LCD TVs, minibars, and free WiFi.

10. La Felix Hotel: 3 stars

Hong Thien Loc 1 Hotel is a full service three-star hotel situated in central Ho Chi Minh City, District 1, a 20-minute drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport.Guests here will find themselves within a short walk or ride from the major highlights of the city, including the bustling Chinatown, the diverse shopping opportunities of Ben Thanh Market, the nearby central business district, and lessons in culture and history at the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and Thien Hau Pagoda.The 60 rooms available here are offered in three varieties: Superior Double/Twin, Deluxe Double/Twin, and Suite. 
Source: Vietnam Guide
The best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City are found mostly in the city centre, surrounded by popular cultural landmarks and attractions. Indeed, some of Saigon’s best hotels are famous in their own right thanks to their role in novels and movies. Vietnam’s unique blending of French colonial architecture with a more oriental style has resulted in some truly magnificent buildings in which to stay. Of course, service is paramount in the best hotels, as is a full range of top quality facilities for leisure and business. In each guestroom and suite your personal comfort and convenience have been taken into account to ensure you have a truly pleasant stay in Ho Chi Minh. See the list of the Best Hotels in Saigon below.

1. Hotel Nikko Saigon: 4.7/5

Hotel Nikko Saigon is a 5 star luxury hotel with 388 rooms, suites and apartments.The guestrooms are spaciously appointed and specifically designed to enable guests to both concentrated work and undisturbed relaxation in the comfort of their own room - an oasis of calm in this busy city.Facilities include the second largest ballroom in Ho Chi Minh City and 7 meeting rooms.Spa with treatment rooms.Outdoor swimming pool, modern gymnasium, Chinese restaurant, Lobby lounge, International Buffet restaurant with all day dining and 24 hours room service.Nikko Club Lounge is located on 23rd floor, the highest level lounge where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the city.

2. Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel: 4.4/5

Modern high-rise hotel with rooftop pool, along Saigon River Local shops and dining Perched along Saigon River, Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel is a design-forward hotel in downtown, just a few minutes’ walk from cafés and shops.You'll be an 8-minute walk from Saigon Opera House and a 20-minute walk - or 5-minute cab ride - from Reunification Palace.Nguyen Hue Street strolls You can step outside the glass-front hotel for riverside jogs and walks along Nguyen Hue Street, a thoroughfare lined with leafy palm trees that’s a 4-minute walk.Ben Thanh Market, buzzing with vendors selling handcrafted souvenirs and aromatic dishes, is an 18-minute walk.

3. The Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa: 4.3/5

The Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa is a recently-established four star hotel located in a prime spot within downtown Ho Chi Minh City.Only twenty minutes away from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, guests will find themselves within a leisurely strolls distance of some major attractions, such as the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh Museum, the historic Notre Dame Cathedral, the informative and monumental Reunification Palace, and the lauded Saigon Municipal Theatre.There are four styles of rooms available at this hotel: Deluxe, Premier Deluxe, Executive Room, and Silver Suite.All are decorated in a stately contemporary style, and are equipped with a minimum of air conditioning, high speed wireless internet access, complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea, electronic in-room safe and door lock, ensuite bathroom with full amenities, and more.

4. Rex Hotel: 4.3/5

5-star luxury hotel near Ho Chi Minh City Hall Short drive to airport A 20-minute drive or airport shuttle from Tan Son Nhat International Airport takes you directly to the Rex Hotel, in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1.The hotel is a 1-minute walk from Ho Chi Minh City Hall, and the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica is a 7-minute walk away.War memorials nearby You can find Independence Palace, the site of the end of the Vietnam War, a 9-minute walk from the hotel.The War Remnants Museum is a 7-minute drive away, and you can enjoy performances year-round at the Saigon Opera House, within 7 minutes on foot.

5. Majestic Hotel Saigon: 4.2/5

Majestic Hotel Saigon is a five-star property located downtown Saigon directly opposite the Saigon River.With 175 rooms, full facilities, a great location, and attractive French colonial design, Majestic Hotel Saigon has a lot going for it when it comes to hosting and welcoming discerning guests and its free Wi-Fi throughout the grounds and non-smoking policy certainly reaches a niche market.The hotel has eight distinctive room types, including Colonial Superior, Colonial City Deluxe, Colonial Pool Deluxe, Colonial Saigon River Deluxe, Classic River Deluxe, Colonial Suite, Colonial Majestic Suite, and Colonial President Suite.

6. New World Saigon Hotel: 4.2/5

New World Saigon Hotel is just 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available on request) for VND 1237500 per vehicle one way.Guests can be pampered with facials at the spa, and Dynasty Restaurant, one of 3 restaurants, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.There are 2 bars/lounges and a casino, and rooms at this luxurious hotel get the details right with bathrobes and slippers.

7. InterContinental Asiana Residences: 4.6/5

InterContinental Asiana Residences is just 4.5 mi (7.3 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available on request) for USD 58 per vehicle roundtrip.The outdoor pool is a great spot to take a dip, and guests can grab a bite to eat at BASILICO, which serves Italian cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.A bar/lounge and a fitness center are other highlights, and apartments at this luxurious property offer up nice touches like memory foam beds with premium linens.

8. Silverland Sakyo Hotel & Spa: 4.3/5

Silverland Sakyo Hotel & Spa is just 4.6 mi (7.5 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available 24 hours) for VND 450000 per vehicle one-way.You can visit the spa to indulge in deep-tissue massages, facials, or aromatherapy, and Japanese cuisine is served at Sakyo Sushi Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.There's an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace, and rooms at this upscale hotel offer 24-hour room service and LCD TVs.

9. Novotel Saigon Centre: 4.2/5

Located just 4 mi (6.4 km) from the airport, Novotel Saigon Centre offers a shuttle (available on request).You can visit the spa to indulge in massages, facials, or mani/pedis, and international cuisine is served at The Square, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.There are 4 bars/lounges and an outdoor pool at this upscale hotel, and in-room conveniences like sofa beds and refrigerators.

10. Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint: 4.4/5

A great choice for a stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint features a rooftop terrace and puts you just 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from the airport.You can indulge in massages, facials, or mani/pedis, and Central Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.There's an outdoor pool and a bar/lounge, and rooms at this upscale hotel offer 24-hour room service and LCD TVs.

Source: Vietnam Guide
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