The Park Hyatt Saigon is a luxurious hotel located in a prime location overlooking the Saigon Opera House and within walking distance of the most popular cultural and historical attractions, such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace. The hotel blends traditional Vietnamese design with contemporary design and features 245 spacious guest rooms and suites.
The hotel was booked through Hotelux at an attractive price of VND8.3m with USD100 hotel credit and complimentary breakfast. Checking the room rate on the official Hyatt app, the package with breakfast for the same room was VND10.2m, which means it was about VND2m cheaper to book through Hotelux.
Best value I have ever had with Hotelux. Using Hotelux, where breakfast is expensive would be a good idea.
We arrived at the hotel around 1:30 pm. Even though we arrived at the hotel too early, we were given a warm welcome and expected to enjoy our stay even more.
The design is exquisite, and I was blown away by the enormous chandeliers, vast floral displays, and the grand staircase next to the lobby.
There are also many drawing artworks scattered throughout the hotel, my favorite is the large drawing artwork found on the grand staircase. Many people take pictures in front of this artwork.
Check-in went smoothly, but we were given a welcome drink at the bar next to reception as our room was not ready. At check-in, we were also briefed on the Hotelux benefits.
- Complimentary breakfast for Two
- Room upgrade
- USD 100 hotel credit
- Early check-in/Late check-out
After waiting about 10 minutes at the bar, we received our room key and headed to our room.
Deluxe King with Pool Access
I had booked a Garden View room and was given a room upgrade to a Deluxe room by a Hotelux member.
The pool access Deluxe room was decorated in a classic Vietnamese and French colonial style.
The most remarkable features of our room were the access to the pool and the small outdoor seating. This seating was my favorite, and during my stay, I could spend time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, despite its location in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City.
The Vietnamese-style decorations dotted around the rooms are also not to be missed. iPads are provided to explore hotel features and browse room service menus.
While many hotels are removing chargeable dry food from their rooms, the Park Hyatt Saigon still has it. It’s helpful when you’re too lazy to leave your room, and you’re hungry at night.
The bathroom had one sink and was not large, but the nice thing was that the shower and tub were in the same wet room. Many hotels have separate showers and bathtubs, which can lead to soaking-wet bathrooms.
Bath amenities are Cochine and are made of local Vietnamese brands.
Since we are staying in a pool access room, we can’t resist going there. I could walk to the pool in less than a minute from my room. Some rooms have a pool right in front of them.
The pool is large enough for relaxing, and there are plenty of plants, so you almost forget that you are in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City, even though there are large buildings around you. Also, it was never crowded at any time of the day so that you can relax on a beach chair at any time.
There are a wide variety of cardio machines, plus other machines for a full-body workout, dumbbells, and kettle. There are enough machines in the hotel gym to satisfy you as long as you don’t do strenuous exercise.
Afternoon tea at Park Lounge
Afternoon tea was served at the Park Lounge next to the lobby. When I went directly to the lounge without making a reservation on the day I checked in, it was almost full and I gave up once. But fortunately, after waiting for about 10 minutes, I was told that a seat was available and I could have afternoon tea.
Everywhere in this lounge was photogenic, with drawing art, old furniture, and gorgeous crystal chandeliers.
High tea requires a great selection of teas. Fortunately, afternoon tea has a wide selection, and the quality is top-end. Vietnam is famous for coffee which is good, but it is a wonder that the tea is also so great with a wide variety.
I had the scones right after I finished taking the picture, so as not to let the warm scones get cold. First of all, I loved the texture. And the homemade strawberry jam and whipped cream brought out the best in the scones even more.
The main suite is here. I can’t eat the nicely decorated suites without taking a picture of them. Many sweets were not too sweet and went perfectly with the tea. If they were too sweet, the tea would feel bitter. And the lemon basil sorbet ended the afternoon tea.
Dinner at Square One
The hotel has two main restaurants, one is the all-day dining Opera. The other is Square One, a Vietnamese-French fusion restaurant. Since I came to Vietnam, of course, I chose the latter.
This is a Vietnamese platter recommended by the staff. You can taste various Vietnamese dishes with this one. The raw spring rolls are especially good!
Crab Noodle. I always like Vietnamese noodle dishes because you can adjust the number of vegetables you like. I like Vietnamese vegetables so much that I always add them all.
Salmon clay pot. The sauce was well soaked into the salmon and went well with the rice.
Breakfast is served at Opera, next to the lobby, in a brightly lit room with floor-to-ceiling windows open to an outdoor terrace. Unique ceiling fans accent the bright room. There was also seating on the outside terrace, but the sun was out and hot, so we sat indoors next to the terrace.
There is a buffet in the main dining area, but the Park Hyatt Saigon has an extensive a la carte menu, and the items from this buffet would be an addition to the a la carte dishes.
Vietnamese and other Asian dishes are available on the a la carte menu. Of course, you can also start your day with Western dishes like eggs or pancakes.
I chose my favorite Vietnamese dishes for the a la carte menu, Bun Bo Hue and Banh Mi. And that choice was not a mistake. The French bread was well-buttered and paired well with the thick, juicy chicken.
|Value for Money||9/10|
Park Hyatt Saigon tour on YouTube
This is one of the most impressive 5-star city hotels I have ever stayed in. The facilities are well maintained and there is no dirt to be found. I was satisfied with all the services and facilities, but if I had to say something, I would say that I had to wait about 30 minutes for my dessert to be served at the afternoon tea. Other than that, it was a good experience and I would like to stay at the Park Hyatt Saigon again if I come to Ho Chi Minh City again.
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