Went to the Palace hotel over the last weekend. I initially booked a suite room here as they looked quite roomy. However after reading some of the previous reviews and worried about the state of the room, I ugraded to the next room category up which is the signature, I stayed in the deluxe which had a balcony which was quite cool looking over the city. though the signature superior might have been a better option with a shower.
The room was fine, nothing special, it had been renovated simply and functioned ok. There is free wifi in the rooms which was great especially when trying to look for places or addresses in HCM. The beds were not extremely comfy, but overall the room was ok for the price (though it could have been a lot cheaper). Check in was easy, and there is a tour desk downstairs, though be careful, some of their info on restraunts and clubs is a little outdated. Breakfast is served on the 5th floor in the old wing, and is brilliant. The pho with chicken there beats the fast food pho's around town.
The hotel location is very very central, it's around the corner from the Sheraton, Caravelle, Rex and is central to the shopping district. It's also safe to walk around this area any time of the day, and the sights are interesting. Apparently this is one of the first hotels in the city with the above mentioned. And there used to be an infamous nightclub in the hotel which is no more.
There is a restraunt in the building, but we ate out for lunch and dinner. There is a lovely little quaint french cafe that serves good food called La Fourchette located around the corner at 9 Ngo Duc Ke which serves pretty good french food at a decent price. Do note sometimes it's cheaper to pay in USD which is also listed in the bill.
For nightlife, try the top of the caravelle which is bustling with atmosphere as you drink your cocktail of your choice, whilst being entertained by the latino band with sensuous dancers (seriously) and salsa dancers. For the ones that want more noise try "Seven Saloon" or "Apocalypse Now" which are your typical disco's or try Allez Boo in the backpacker district for a more relaxed atmosphere (still overpriced).
Ok, I'll stop there... but you can't go wrong with this hotel if you want a good 3 star location and decent service and safety. But stick with the superior rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our four star flagship hotel is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, with 144 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, stunning views of Saigon Harbour, satellite TV, wireless internet access, plentiful hotel amenities and dedicated work areas, making this one of the best hotels in the city to combine business with pleasure.Generously appointed with four well-equipped meeting rooms, The Palace is one of the few hotels ideal for conferences and events, able to accommodate intimate social, business functions, conferences or training courses for up to 250 guests. ... more less
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