Asher at the lift lobby in Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Asher at the lift lobby in Sofitel Saigon Plaza

During my family vacation to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, we stayed at the Pullman Saigon Centre for two nights and Sofitel Saigon Plaza for two nights to try out both the properties there managed under the Accor hospitality group.

If you prefer living in a luxurious, quieter environment, but still near enough to the heart of the city where all the actions are, Sofitel Saigon Plaza is an option to consider. Otherwise, go for Pullman Saigon Centre.

Sofitel Saigon Plaza is located on peaceful tree-lined Le Duan Boulevard just a moment from the commercial centre. This is one of the few areas in Ho Chin Minh City where there are wide pavements that are well-maintained and relatively regulated traffic compared to the chaos elsewhere.

The nearest attractions are the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace. There are free half hourly one-way shuttle bus services to Ben Thanh market and the cathedral from the hotel. To get back, a ride on a metered taxi should cost no more than 10,000 VND (~S$6).

A tip on taking a taxi back to the hotel – the road leading to the front entrance of the hotel tends to get extremely congested during rush hours. As such, you can ask the driver to drop you at the back of the hotel and save a good half an hour or more stuck in traffic.

For food, the Japanese dining street is about 15 minutes walk away and offers a whole street of watering holes, upmarket as well as budget restaurants catering to mainly business clients.

The concierge staff are exemplary and are able to make very good recommendations for sightseeing and dining. They speak good English (which is rare in Vietnam) and provide detailed directions.

The hotel lobby exudes a majestic, old-world charm which contrasts starkly with the newly renovated rooms and suites:

Wooden spirals

Wooden spirals

Lobby

Lobby

Marbles everywhere

Marbles everywhere

Restaurant and bar on the ground floor

Restaurant and bar on the ground floor

Inside of the restaurant bar

Inside of the restaurant bar

Guests relaxing

Guests relaxing

Sofitel Saigon Plaza offers rooms of contemporary 5-star hotel style with a blend of modern French design and Vietnamese influences. Here is a walkthrough of the room we stayed in on the 15th floor:

Inside the lift with changing lights

Inside the lift with changing lights

The room which we stayed in

The room which we stayed in

Hotel lobby

Hotel lobby

Checking in

Checking in

Love the spiffy decor and furniture

Love the spiffy decor and furniture

Work station

Work station

View from the 15th floor room

View from the 15th floor room

The bedroom

Super large bed 

Bathroom

Bathroom

Lanvin toiletries

Lanvin toiletries

Bathtub

Bathtub

Cabinet

Cabinet

Fridge and mini-bar

Fridge and mini-bar

Bedside control panel

Bedside control panel

The hotel breakfast offers a delectable spread of vietnamese and international cuisines:

Fruits

Fruits

Pho station

Pho station

Western selection

Western selection

Omelette station

Omelette station

Bread and pastry

Bread and pastry

Cheeses, nuts and such

Cheeses, nuts and such

Salad bar

Salad bar

There is also an excellent rooftop pool which offers a very good view of the city. Asher and I managed to go for a short swim:

Rooftop pool

Rooftop pool

View of the cityscape

View of the cityscape

Poolside bar

Poolside bar

Swimming with Asher

Swimming with Asher

Hotel spa

Hotel spa

There’s a candle lighting ritual thing that occurs in the evening within the hotel. It’s fun to watch and we happened to catch it while watching for our transport to arrive:

Candle lighting

Candle lighting

Lighting one by one

Lighting one by one

Outdoor too

Outdoor too

Situated in the business district, the five-star hotel offers 286 rooms including 11 suites. Most of the guests appear to be business travelers who want to  stay in the commercial centre or discerning leisure travelers who prefer a quieter and more organised surrounding.

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

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