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EdenStar Saigon Hotel 3.5

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Pros

  • Central location in District 1 within walking distance of most everything
  • Modern rooms with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and electric kettles
  • Some rooms have exceptional city views or jetted tubs in bathrooms
  • Rooftop pool and bar with great city views
  • Restaurant plus free breakfast, coffee lounge, and bar
  • Simple spa and compact fitness center for a basic workout
  • Two event rooms with natural light
  • 24/7 room service
  • Tour desk plus laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Airport transfers (for a fee)

Cons

  • Next-door nightclub may be noisy on weekend nights
  • Some rooms have limited views
  • Deck space at pool is limited

Bottom Line

Previously called the Eden Saigon Hotel, the 129-room EdenStar Saigon Hotel is an upper-middle-range property centrally located in District 1 and within walking distance of most everything. It's also close to a bus stop for getting to spots farther afield. Rooms are attractive and modern, and come with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and air-conditioning. Some have jetted tubs in bathrooms and outstanding city views, but others face the building next door. The rooftop pool with panoramic city views is a highlight here, and the restaurant and bars also get good marks. Other features include a spa, fitness center, and nice event spaces. Travelers can also consider the Palace Hotel Saigon, which has similar features and lower rates, but more basic rooms with less style.

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Scene

Modern, well-located hotel suitable for all types of travelers

While this is by no means one of the largest hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, it certainly tries to make a grand first impression. Several steps lead up to the entrance, and once inside, the light-filled lobby is expansive and formal, with a huge crystal chandelier glimmering overhead in the two-story space. A large, curved leather sectional provides a place for guests to sit in the lobby, and the lobby lounge is off to one side. Several flat-screen TVs entertain and keep guests up-to-date on the news and weather. This hotel has modern, if plain, interiors that are done in a predictable mix of neutral tones and bright details. It's that sort of reliably simple, but still feature-packed, style that draws plenty of guests here. Well, that and the hotel's prime location. Expect to encounter almost all types of travelers at he EdenStar, though the majority of those are on vacation and include families and couples. 

Location

Central location in District 1 within walking distance of most everything

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This hotel is located on a busy street in District 1, the city's most central neighborhood. Numerous hotels, shops, businesses, restaurants, and nightlife surround the hotel, including a nightclub next door that can be quite noisy on weekends. It is a 12-minute walk to the popular Ben Thanh Market. The War Remnants Museum -- a fascinating place with relics from the Vietnam War -- and Reunification Palace are both about a 15-minute walk away. Expect a 10-minute drive to the iconic Saigon Opera, which sits on Dong Khoi Street amid luxury retailers like Jimmy Choo. The Vincom Mall is also near the Opera House and is Ho Chi Minh City's largest shopping center. The trip to Tan Son Nhut International Airport takes about 30 minutes by car, depending on traffic. 

Rooms

Simple, modern rooms with minibars and flat-screen TVs, some with outstanding city views

Rooms are modern and attractive, with oak and dark wood furniture, dark wood-laminate floors, and wood-paneled accent walls. The decor is simple, with little in the way of wall art, though details like padded headboards in muted dark tones add a bit of polish to the spaces. All rooms have flat-screen TVs mounted on white wall panels that are embossed with a subtle tree motif. Additional amenities include air-conditioning, stocked minibars, safes, and electric kettles. Bathrooms are compact but clean, and come with hairdryers, toiletries, shower/tub combos, and robes and slippers. There's a decent amount of counter space and fixtures are all contemporary. Premium Deluxe Rooms add a sitting area with a sofa, and Suites have separate jetted tubs in the bathrooms. The luxurious Royal Suite has a jetted tub off the sleeping area overlooking the city. Some rooms have spectacular views of the city, including the Panorama Suite, which also looks out onto the pool area. It's worth noting that some rooms pick up noise from a neighboring nightclub.

Features

Restaurant, free breakfast, two bars, rooftop pool, basic spa, and fitness center

There are a number of features at this hotel, some better than others. Mango Restaurant serves Western and local cuisine in a sunny, light-filled space with modern fixtures and wooden tables and chairs. It overlooks the cozy coffee lounge on the lobby floor below and receives solid marks from guests. Breakfast is especially popular, and free, including a number of Western and Vietnamese options. The Sky Pool Bar next to the pool serves drinks and snacks in an open but covered space, and guests can order room service around-the-clock. 

The rooftop pool is a great place to take in views of the city. There's not much deck space, but a few lounge chairs and umbrellas are available, and there's are tables and chairs for guests who want to work or dine poolside. The small fitness center also offers city views through floor-to-ceiling windows -- it doesn't have a ton of options, but it's fine for a basic workout. The small spa offers massage treatments, a sauna, steam room, and whirlpools. It's fairly dark, and feels like an afterthought, without any discernible style to give it a tranquil vibe. 

Two events spaces with natural light can accommodate 250 people for business or social gatherings, or they can be combined for larger groups. The hotel has its own wedding planners, and technical support also is provided for events. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel as well. 

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Things You Should Know About EdenStar Saigon Hotel

Address

38 Bui Thi Xuan, Ben Thanh Ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam

Phone

84-8 6291 3371

Also Known As

  • Eden Saigon Hotel

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