Pullman Saigon Centre: best new hotel to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Alvinology

Pullman Saigon Centre: best new hotel to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Pullman Saigon Centre: best new hotel to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Alvinology

During my family trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in April, we stayed at the swanky new Pullman Saigon Centre hotel.

Pullman, Accor’s upscale brand, just made its debut in Ho Chi Minh City in Feburary this year with the opening of the Pullman Sagion Centre in the heart of the city. The first Pullman property in Ho Chi Minh City and the third in Vietnam, the newly-built hotel is located in District 1, near the bustling Ben Thanh market, Saigon’s most famous local market.

It is very convenient to visit most of the city attractions from Pullman hotel. Most like Ben Thanh market are within walking distance or just a short cab ride away that should cost you no more than around 10,000 VND (~S$6) via metered taxis.

Love the location! You can feel the hustle and bustle of the city right outside the hotel
Love the location! You can feel the hustle and bustle of the city right outside the hotel

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there. For my son Asher, it seems the stay at Pullman hotel was the one thing he remembered most vividly about the trip. I just asked him yesterday what he best liked about out trip to Vietnam; his reply: “we stayed at Pullman hotel”.

Asher making a dash into Pullman hotel whenever we returned from our excursions
Asher making a dash into Pullman hotel whenever we returned from our excursions

Pullman Saigon Centre reflects the brand’s cosmopolitan, vibrant and modern identity, perfectly capturing the essence of hospitality for today’s upscale business and leisure – or “bleisure” – travelers.

“Pullman Saigon Centre brings a new concept of hospitality to Ho Chi Minh City. With the latest technology and contemporary designed products, this hotel will appeal to business and leisure travellers alike.” Shared the hotel’s General Manager, Zayne Boon.

Hotel lobby
Hotel lobby
Art on the ceiling
Art on the ceiling

It certainly make sense for workaholics like me who need to be online every night to check my work emails, as well as to ensure all the websites I am running are doing okay. I do that for all my travel and would be a good model of a bleisure traveler.

Pullman Saigon Centre has 306 guest rooms, including 17 suites. The rooms range in size from 34 to 160 square metres and are outfitted with urban contemporary decor.

The furniture and amenities provide comfort and functionality for all types of travelers, featuring Pullman signature beds, separate rain showers, bathtubs, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet, coffee/tea making facilities, a 40-inch flat LED screen IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) with international channels, and multi-function panels that can integrate the room’s entertainment system with guests’ own devices.

IPTV and a nice work area with a view
IPTV and a nice work area with a view

Free Wi-Fi is one of the most important thing I look out for when choosing a hotel. The IPTV comes as a plus. Being a techie, I love being able to integrate my own tech devices with their entertainment system.

The highlight of the rooms is the floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular views of the city’s skyline. I took these photos from my room window:

View from our room on the 20th floor
View from our room on the 20th floor
Not exactly full of shiny skyscrapers, but Ho Chi Minh City is an up-and-coming city and I believe the cityscape will definitely change over the next few years
Not exactly full of shiny skyscrapers, but Ho Chi Minh City is an up-and-coming city and I believe the cityscape will definitely change over the next few years
Sunset
Sunset
Rachel reading to Asher by the full-length windows
Rachel reading to Asher by the full-length windows

A walkthrough of the Superior Room I stayed in at Pullman:

Stayed on the 20th floor
Stayed on the 20th floor
Welcome fruits
Welcome fruits
Bed
Bed
Bathrobes and cloth hangers
Bathrobes and cloth hangers
Bedside phone with all the necessary numbers for services just a button away
Bedside phone with all the necessary numbers for services just a button away
Snacks from the mini-bar
Snacks from the mini-bar
Coffee mugs
Coffee mugs
Wash sink
Wash sink
Shower
Shower
Bath kit
Bath kit
That magnifying mirror to see your pores at x100 times the size
That magnifying mirror to see your pores at x100 times the size

As we planned a relatively light itinerary for this trip, we have sufficient time to explore the hotel and enjoy their various amenities. For Asher, staying in the hotel is a relief for him from the blistering heat outside.

Pullman Saigon Centre features a 24-hour Fit Lounge, offering cardiovascular training, kinesis, weightlifting, and floor exercises. A Jacuzzi and a sauna are also available to help guests unwind. The Spa offers relaxation and regeneration with a range of targeted treatments of varying durations, adapted to the needs of both men and women. The hotel also features a large solarium outdoor swimming pool with a separate kids’ pool. Best of all, there’s a kids’ room which Asher spend some time monkeying around in:

Fit Lounge
Fit Lounge
The Spa
The Spa
Kids' pool
Kids’ pool
Adults' pool
Adults’ pool
Kids' room
Kids’ room

The hotel buffet breakfast at Food Connexion Restaurant was pretty awesome, with a decent spread of Vietnamese and international cuisines. We were staying over the Easter weekend and the restaurant was decorated for the festive occasion:

Food Connexion Restaurant
Food Connexion Restaurant
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It’s Easter!
Chocolate eggs everywhere
Chocolate eggs everywhere
Vietnamese pho station
Vietnamese pho station
Make your own pho
Make your own pho
The must-try vietnamese coffee
The must-try vietnamese coffee
Western breakfast items
Western breakfast items
Chinese items
Chinese items
Cereals and such
Cereals and such
Cold cut meat
Cold cut meat
Croissants and pastries
Croissants and pastries
Preserved fruits and nuts to go with the gourmet cheeses
Preserved fruits and nuts to go with the gourmet cheeses
Bananas and other fresh fruits
Bananas and other fresh fruits

Food Connexion Restaurant serves a sumptuous international buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an a la carte menu served with wines by the glass or bottle from Pullman’s exclusive Vinoteca wine collection.

Rachel also took time to knock down a shot of gin at the Urban Lounge at the ground floor:

The Urban Lounge
The Urban Lounge
Bar counter
Bar counter
Outdoor area
Outdoor area

For guests who are willing to fork out more for added comfort, the Executive Rooms and Suites may be worth topping up for.

Thee rooms are each fitted with an espresso machine, docking station, iron, and in-room fitness gear. These are located on the 25th-29th floors, along with access to the Executive Lounge on the 30th floor, which offers exclusive express check-in and check-out, complimentary breakfast and all-day coffee/tea and soft drinks, free usage of the boardroom, computer station and business services, as well as evening cocktails:

Executive Suite
Executive Suite
Signature Suite
Signature Suite

Besides enjoying the Executive Suite’s exclusive benefits, guests staying in the Pullman Signature Suite will get to indulge themselves in a private whirlpool bathtub. This sophisticated suite is perfect for honeymooners and those who enjoy the allure of an exclusive, upscale lifestyle:

Pullman Saigon Centre: best new hotel to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Alvinology

For more information about staying at Pullman Saigon Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, visit their official website. 

I highly recommend Pullman Saigon Centre as the best new hotel to stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

It make even more sense to stay at Pullman to earn loyalty points if you are a registered member with the Le Club Accorhotels – a free, multi-brand loyalty programme that offers Accor hotel customers advantages and rewards in most Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, ibis, ibis styles, Adagio, Adagio Access, The Sebel, Grand Mercure and Thalassa sea & spa hotels. This means more than 2,700 budget to luxury hotels in the world!

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3 comments
  1. Need more comparatives between Pullman & Sofitel pls .. location, standard rooms, breakfast, etc .. tx in adv

  2. Thank you Alvin for your blogs, really appreciate it as I was deciding between Sofitel Saigon and Pullman Saigon for my December trip. I now have better idea on both hotels from your photos and reviews.

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