Sofitel Saigon

Published 26 November 2015   

Vietnam
Saigon

David Trauts upgrades to a Club Room at Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel and enjoys the luxury.

The Sofitel Saigon Plaza is a classic, five-star business and leisure hotel on the tree lined Le Duan Boulevard of Saigon’s District 1. The grand lobby area welcomes guests to this hotel of 286 rooms and suites that feature modern, stylish interiors with local Vietnamese and French colonial touches.

Club service The comfy Club Lounge is your centre of operations.

Bonjour. We were fortunate enough to book a Club Room and were whisked up to the 18th floor to check in at the Club Lounge. The minimum of fuss entry was just the beginning of our Sofitel experience that offers some of the best five-star service in Saigon. Next we were entering our Prestige Suite room – our home for the next two days. The beautifully-appointed corner room was complete with a large double bedroom, an en-suite bathroom, a second living room and study, and a large balcony. It was an enormous space, recently renovated and designed by French designer Pierre Maciag. The king-sized bed was a pleasure to lie on and the French Lanvin toiletries in the bathroom made the experience that much more luxurious.

City view from the hotel

The immediate surroundings of Sofitel Saigon don’t offer a lot to see, but the Saigon Cathedral and high-end malls are a five-minute walk away. Grab a taxi for the short hop to the City Hall or Saigon Opera House, where you can find the outstanding AO dance show and some great restaurants. Or hunt down a good street food vendor on the many roads all over Saigon – the Ben Thanh markets are a good place to start that hunt.

l'olivier restaurant

The Sofitel Saigon also offers great dining in their award-winning French restaurant, L’Olivier. The French provincial cuisine is some of the best in the city and the periodic Michelin Star events are something to savour. We tried the special lunch menu, ideal for business lunches or a good alternative to the constant Vietnamese street food feast. A daily set menu and other specials are on offer, which we decided upon and enjoyed an excellent rib eye and a serving of seasonal white asparagus, which were both to die for.

mezz restaurant

The Mezz restaurant on the ground floor is where the general breakfast and Western and Vietnamese lunch and dinner buffets are served. Light lunches and afternoon teas are served in the Boudoir Lounge and later it’s the spot to enjoy a wine or two in the evenings.

Time for a dip
The pool area overlooking the Saigon city-scape.

The swimming pool on the seventeenth floor also has a bar serving food and drinks and was one of my favorite spots in the hotel overlooking the skyline of Saigon. From there you can clearly see the rapid growth and progress happening in the city right before your eyes.

If you need to find out what’s going on around town just head to the concierge desk in the main foyer to find out everything you need to know from these well versed and knowledgeable souls. Maybe you want to book a scooter tour of the city or tickets for the Tunnels tour or just grab a local map. They are there ready to serve.

Boudoir Lounge

Being in a Club Room we had access to the Club Lounge which is an elegant space providing snacks and drinks all day and into the night with an excellent sunset Happy Hour with free flow of wines and cocktails, and a selection of buffet snacks. This is also where the Club breakfast is served. This is a great spot to wind down after some tiring sightseeing or business during the day and well worth the extra dollars of being a club member.

Sleep in style
The Prestige Suite offers the most distinguished decor.

Wash time
Luxuriate in the elegantly styled en-suite bathroom.

Sofitel Saigon Plaza is one of the better hotels in the city. The staff are very courteous and offer excellent service. The rooms are comfortable and clean and you couldn’t go wrong staying in this elegant, five star hotel.

www.sofitel.com/Saigon

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