We stayed at Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon Ho
Chi Minh City in Vietnam in the beginning of April 2009. I booked the
room online on the Renaissance hotel website and it was 170 USD plus
transport to the hotel in taxi was 9 USD and took about 20-30 minutes
and it is quite a cultural shock with lots of motorcycles left, right
and centre. Upon arrival I found out that I had done a mistake and I had
booked a room with no breakfast. If we wanted breakfast in addition it
would be 19 USD extra per person so we went for an upgrade to club level
instead for 55 USD ) including breakfast, lounge access, evening
got room 1917 on the 19th floor. The room itself didnít look to bad at
first glance. Greyish walls, a dark green carpet, light wooden furniture
etc. The bed was quite big but a bit too hard for my liking Ė and there
were lots of pillows and they were a bit too fluffy. There was a two
seat sofa and a chair with a small table, a work desk and chair but
internet was at an additional cost. The flat screen TV was nice and in
front of the bed and had a good option of channels. There was also a
mini bar and a safe.
bathroom was in green and greyish tiles, the sink area was in dark
granite and there was also some light wood. The amenities selection was
ok and included shower cap (aka bath hat). Shampoo (aka hair wash),
conditioner etc. The shower and bathtub was incorporated and it was a
shower curtain deal and I have to admit that I prefer the shower corner
with glass door instead.
On the rooftop of the hotel there is a nice pool that gives you a nice
view of the city and the river area.
we stayed at the club level we had access to the lounge on 18th floor
and that gave us free WiFi, soft drinks all day long, breakfast and free
evening cocktails from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. The lounge has a great view
to the river and it was amazing to see all the activity taking place
there. Breakfast was OK but nothing compared to what you can find on
some of the hotels in Bangkok. Here you had to choice of bread, fresh
juice on bottles, some cereal, eggs could be ordered and they had bacon
available, yogurt etc. During the evening cocktails they also had some
light finger snacks.
Location of the hotel is very good. Located in district 1 it didnít take
us many minutes to walk to the main areas in town. But if you are up for
an adventure you can also get an ďomĒ, a motorcycle taxi to bring you to
the place you want.
was my first time in Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam so I donít have much to
compare the hotel experience with. I can see that they are trying to set
up the same deal as you find in hotels in Thailand and Malaysia (with
lounge level, evening cocktails etc) but they still have some way to go
before they reach the same level in terms of staff, service,
to my mistake when booking the hotel got more expensive than expected
(Iím not sure I understand why hotels in Ho Chi Minh should be more
expensive then in KL or Bangkok) and it retrospect I should have just
kept the standard room and had breakfast at Juice just around the corner
from the hotel or stayed at Sheraton nearby (as that would have been
cheaper). But all in all we did have a nice stay at the Renaissance
Riverside Hotel Saigon and I would not mind staying there again.
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