People who appreciate heritage hotels would definitely like this hotel. The colonial architecture, complete with an antique elevator, would make one forget the bustling modern city outside. Coming from an early morning flight, we arrived at around 10AM and had no trouble checking in. We were given early check-in at no fee. The room was huge compared to other hotels I’ve been to and for a bargain price. We were greeted with complimentary fruits (2 apples and 1 dragon fruit) and water inside the room. I especially liked the bathroom because there was both a shower area and a bath tub even though we only booked a deluxe room. Water pressure was strong. The toiletries were not so bad either. My gauge for good toiletries is usually the body lotion. In this hotel, the lotion didn’t leave a sticky feeling which was a plus for me. The buffet breakfast selection was not that extensive but the food was decent. Some of the amenities I tried were the gym, pool, and the casino. Only foreigners are allowed inside the casino so do bring your passport if you wish to enter. It’s easy to spend an hour exploring what this hotel had to offer.
Most of the regular tourists spots in HCMC are a few minute walking distance away from the hotel. There is a Family Mart in front of the hotel as well as several hole-in-the-whole restaurants. Taxis are dead cheap in HCMC but notorious for fooling unsuspecting tourists. The Saigon tourist taxis normally waiting in front of the hotel are legitimate, but do charge higher fares as compared to Mai Linh or Vinasun, which are quite abundant in the city. You can hail Vinasun taxis at the back entrance, near the Trung Nguyen coffee shop. Just don’t expect the taxi drivers to speak good English.
The service all throughout our stay was commendable. The housekeeping was very thorough in cleaning our room. There were instances that our key cards failed to work but the front desk quickly helped us reactivate our cards. The bell boys were also more than willing to help us with our bags, in hailing a cab, and giving us tips to avoid tourist traps in the city. For the price, this hotel was really worth it. I would not mind recommending this hotel to my friends and would definitely consider staying here again in my future travels.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
- Grand Ho Chi Minh City
- Grand Hotel Vietnam