Whether you are a born and bred Saigonese or a transplant to Ho Chi Minh City, there is still a ton to explore in sunny Saigon. While travel is limited due to the pandemic, staycations let you get away from the daily grind for a few nights especially after being cooped up for months. Lucky for us, Saigon has many fantastic hotels for you to catch a much-needed break and change of scenery. From chic boutique hotels to luxurious heritage hotels, cosy up under the sheets with your other half or have an urban getaway with your friends without having to leave the country.
Whether you're looking for an urban getaway or a luxury escape, here are the best hotels for the job.
Luxury Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Looking to treat your significant other or to celebrate a special occasion? Here are some of the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City for a luxurious getaway.
1. Hotel des Arts Saigon - MGallery Collection
One of the most famous luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, Hotel des Arts combines the classical charm of Indochine with timeless elegance. The MGallery collection is Sofitel’s high-end properties, and Hotel des Arts files the bill perfectly.
The building itself is a work of art, and the interiors are beautifully furnished. The rooms in this luxury hotel showcases typical art décor styled lines, completed with soft artistic accents.
Something not to be missed is Hotel des Art's Social Club restaurant and bar, which also features a rooftop terrace. With panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City, it is possibly the best hotel rooftop to catch the sunset with a cocktail in hand. There you will also find the outdoor swimming pool, where you can lounge or take in laps while surrounded by the gorgeous city. Other leisure facilities include a well equipped fitness centre, a steam room, and of course free wifi.
The hotel staff are known for their excellent service and will go out of their way to make your stay in Ho Chi Minh City a memorable, exceptional, and delightful one. They will be more than happy to give tips on sightseeing. The hotel is situated in a prime location, guests are in walking distance of most major attractions, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace.
It is no wonder, Hotel dest Art is amongst the best luxury hotels of the city, and is one of our top choices for an urban getaway. Be careful, you might love the hotel so might that you forget about sightseeing.
Hotel des Arts is not the only place you can find a rooftop swimming pool. Check them out here.
Top tip: The afternoon tea service is our top pick of the best luxury hotels, be sure get yourselves a spot.
Hotel des Arts Saigon
78 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 6, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Hôtel des Arts Saigon, MGallery asks guests to embark on a journey back in time to Vietnam in the 1930s inviting guests to relive the romance of this bygone era while luxuriating in all the comforts of the 21st century.
Combining the classical charm of French Indochina with a sense of timeless chic that only MGallery can provide, the hotel is as much an art museum as a 5-star hotel in Saigon. With feminine lines standing in striking contrast to the neighbouring offices, the building is a modern work of art itself.
2. Park Hyatt Saigon
The Park Hyatt Saigon is easily one of the best romantic hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, with 245 rooms and 23 suites, there is something for every couple. Dreamy, iconic, and in a central location, what more could you ask for?
A staycation package - that's what you could ask for. Park Hyatt Saigon's frequent staycation packages usually include a guaranteed room upgrade, daily buffet breakfast at the Opera Restaurant, 30% off at the hotel spa, early check in and late check out, plus a gift of a bottle of Prosecco upon arrival! The hotel even grants you easy access with a one-way complimentary luxury transfer.
After enjoying a good breakfast, it's time to see the sights. Located in Ho Chi Minh's city centre, the Saigon Opera House is literally next door to the picturesque City Hall and the famous Ben Thanh Market is a short walk away.
When you are back from your day out, remember to spend some time by the outdoor pool. 20 metres in length, the pool is surrounded by lush tropical gardens, it is truly an escape from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.
Guest reviews raved about the Park Hyatt Saigon, making it one of the most popular luxury hotels you can opt for. If you are celebrating a special occasion, you will not regret splashing out for a stay at the suites.
Be sure to check their news & promotions page regulary for the best deals on one of the best hotel in the city.
3. The Reverie Saigon
The Reverie Saigon is the personification of urban luxury. It is the only hotel in Vietnam to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, an exclusive collection of 400 hotels globally.
Well known for its impeccable service, its unique celebration of haute Italian design and unapologetic luxury, The Reverie Saigon is something to behold. Upon stepping in, you will be whisked away into a fantasy land of fanciful splendour, outrageous architecture, and incredible design.
Splurge for one of the many suites to truly experience luxury. All of them are one of a kind with cutting edge avant-garde designs. The attention to detail is astounding, with not even the walls and ceilings left untouched and undecorated.
Of course the hotel offers many leisure facilities including a fitness center, sauna, outdoor pool, and spa - perfect for you to unwind after a hectic week typical in Ho Chi Minh City.
A wonderland unto its own, the Reverie Saigon sits securely amongst the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, making it a perfect hideaway for a staycay.
4. Rex Hotel
The Rex Hotel has a special place in Saigon's history. Constructed in 1927, it started out as a two-story auto dealership and garage complex. From 1959 to 1975, it was transformed into a 100-room hotel, which featured three cinemas, a dance hall and a library. Newly renovated in 1961, it received its first guests - they were 400 United States army soldiers.
During the Vietnam War, the hotel was the site of the US military command's daily press conference, and its rooftop bar was a hangout destination for many of the military officials and war journalists. The daily conference was dubbed as 'Five O'Clock Follies' by derisive journalists, but now remains a quirky term for the hotel's cocktail hour.
The hotel is charming in an old school luxurious way. History buffs stay here for a trip into Ho Chi Minh City's past. While you are at it, you might also consider paying a visit to the War Remnants Museum, while not exactly a fun trip, it is definitely educational and will help you understand the history of Vietnam.
Looking for a Boutique Hotel in Town?
With Ho Chi Minh City booming, there seems to be a new boutique hotel sprouting up in every corner of Saigon. Here are our top three picks that we would rank among the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City.
5. Mia Saigon
The Mia Saigon calls itself 'a private urban sanctuary where space, style and luxury meet, set on the banks of the tranquil Saigon River'.
Hidden away in a quiet corner of District 2, ironically Mia Saigon's advantage is actually that it is not in a prime location. A stunning white and black building with an incredible outdoor saltwater pool, this place gives you tropical vibes that are hard to find in the bustle of District 1.
Featuring 35 spacious rooms and 17 sumptuous suites, the Mia Saigon is a real gem because all rooms are pool facing. The hotel has plenty of great reviews which highlight the amazing views you will have of the Saigon River and the attentive personal touch of the hotel's professional staff. Our favourite thing to do is to sip wine while lazing by the pool and watching the sun set over the city's skyline.
Top tip: If you can, take advantage of the often complimentary shuttle speedboat for an unforgettable ride down Saigon River.
6. Villa Song
Another treasure of a boutique hotel situated along the banks of the gently flowing Saigon River, the Villa Song is a rare heritage gem tucked away in Ho Chi Minh City's trendy Thao Dien neighbourhood in District 2. A little out of the way from the city centre, Thao Dien is popular with the expat community and is known for it burgeoning art scene, fantastic eateries, and cute boutique shops.
Villa Song is in a great location where you get the best of both worlds - it is a hideaway from the hectic Ho Chi Minh City life, but also incredibly close to some of the best restaurants in town.
As always, we love a good outdoor saltwater pool, and this one is big enough to take in laps. Other travelers have raved about the riverside view from Villa Song's restaurant. Be sure to book a spot in advance!
7. The Myst Dong Khoi
Now we travel back to the heart of Ho Chi Minh City to the Myst Dong Khoi, a charming boutique hotel that is one of the most unique buildings in town. It features oddly shaped windows and irregular curves, designed by Vietnamese architecture firm A21 studio.
A21 studio’s architect Nguyen Hoa Hiep explains that the structure is 'a deliberate departure from a typical hotel typology and draws curiosity and a sense of exploration. The hotel’s winding corridors with concrete ceilings and exposed sprinkler pipes are more reminiscent of the Saigon streetscape'.
Dong Khoi is also a good location for shopping. Take some time out of your day to discover up-and-coming brands in Saigon. While you are out and about, be sure to stop by Ben Thanh Market for your dose of Ho Chi Minh City market life. Perhaps pick out some special Vietnamese gifts there too (link).
Check-In at Affordable and Cute
Having a hotel staycay does not need to mean spending big bucks. There are plenty of hotels in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City for all budgets. Some of the best and most popular hotels are very affordable, check out our top rooms below!
8. Meander Saigon
The Meander Saigon is a cute little hotel in District 1 and prides themselves on offering 'affordable luxury'. With this as your comfortable base, you are all set to explore the city on foot.
An extremely clean and bright space, the Meander space is minimalist industrial chic. The rooms are on the smaller side, but are very well equipped and come with good free WiFi.
Meander Saigon is also a co-working space and supports the local artistic and entrepreneurial community with events and fairs. Be sure to check out what events they might be hosting during your stay for an even more memorable time!
Top tip: The most special thing about Meander is its huge metal slide!
9. Alcove Library Hotel
The Alcove Library Hotel, as its name suggests is a hotel based on a library concept. Located in a French Colonial style villa, the hotel is home to thousands of books.
The hotel is located near to Tan Son Nhat International airport, and slightly away from the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Stay here to get away from the noise of city living, and retreat to a hideaway where you can find solace in elegant rooms with fiction and non-fiction books.
10. Maison De Camille
Last on our list of Ho Chi Minh City best hotels is the cute Maison de Camille. Guests of this hotel its charming interiors, soft lighting, high quality linens, and warm hospitality. Moreover, it is a unique space with a rooftop playground.
This hotel will go out of its way to help you celebrate a special occasion, be sure to drop them a note beforehand!
Short and Sweet Stay
Ho Chi Minh City has so much to offer for an urban getaway. From prestigious hotels to quirky unique spaces, there is a hotel for every taste and budget. While you are in town, check out our list of places to get your Vietnamese food fix and things to do in sunny Saigon - enjoy!
No matter if this is your first time or you are a local, our guide to Saigon is the first step when conquering this crazy city. Check it out now to see what you've been missing.
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