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Le Meridien Saigon 4.5

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Pros

  • Riverside location within walking distance of top shopping and attractions
  • Modern rooms with sleek bathrooms, turndown service, and modern amenities
  • Spacious suites feature high-end Bose sound systems
  • Large spa provides variety of treatments, plus sauna and steam room
  • Partially outdoor pool with balcony over the river
  • Proper gym has a wide range of modern equipment
  • Three restaurants plus lobby coffee bar and patisserie
  • Business center and a range of event spaces
  • Club Lounge for higher-category guests for free breakfast and drinks
  • Gift shop 
  • Airport/station transfer service

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi in lower-category rooms
  • Coffee machines only in suites

Bottom Line

Le Meridien Saigon is a four-and-a-half-pearl hotel with a great riverfront location in the heart of the city. There's plenty of shopping and dining nearby, and top attractions and malls are within a short walk. Decor is contemporary, with a sleek finish throughout, and many of the 343 rooms feature river views. Spacious suites include high-end Bose surround sound systems, though lower-category rooms must pay for in-room Wi-Fi. Three restaurants cater for all tastes, and the laid-back lobby lounge is a great place to relax. The pool and gym have superb river views, and the spa offers a wide range of treatments, including a hair salon. There's not much to improve on here, but it might be worth considering the Liberty Central Saigon for something even more central.

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Scene

Strikingly grand hotel with stylish and sleek decor plus interesting artsy details

Le Meridien is a strikingly modern hotel that rises up from its leafy riverside setting. Impressions are fresh right off the bat, and the lobby is a vast space, with ultra-modern urban decor that's dominated by a huge glass chandelier and silver pillars. There are pockets of seating, with red leather statement armchairs, and a distinctive bamboo art installation. The lobby lounge has more sleek seating, with pops of orange and a laid-back reading area, and the smells of fresh breads and pastries drift across from the lobby patisserie. LED-lit elevators look down over an internal atrium, decorated with enormous wall-sculptures, and there's more modern artwork along the many corridors. Several restaurants echo the contemporary style, from the bright dining room on the lobby mezzanine, to the glamorous ninth-floor restaurant, and the casual poolside eatery. The hotel appeals to a wide-cross section of guests, particularly corporate travelers and well-heeled couples. 

Location

On the Saigon River, with shopping/dining outside and a 15-minute walk to the cathedral and palace

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Le Meridien Saigon is set beside the Saigon River, in the heart of the city and within easy reach of the top attractions and shopping. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the immediate neighborhood, and it's a 10-minute walk along the road to the Vincom Center - the city's biggest mall. There's a bus stop right outside the hotel that links easily to more traditional shopping in Ben Thanh Market or the spectacular views from the 49th-floor Skydeck of the Bitexco Tower in around 15 minutes. The hotel is a 15-minute walk to popular attractions such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office, and a farther five-minute walk from here through 30-4 Park to Independence Palace. Transfers to the airport can be arranged through the hotel, and the trip takes around 45 minutes.

Rooms

Modern rooms with sleek bathrooms, and suites with Bose surround sound systems and river views

Le Meridien's 343 rooms continue the hotel's contemporary style, with monochrome decor that's brightened with touches of red in the funky lounge chairs and patterned carpets. All include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, minibars, tea/coffee facilities, irons, safes and bathrobes/slippers. Bottled water is replenished every day (for free), and the turndown service scores rave reviews from previous guests. Grand Deluxe Rooms add a large sitting area with a corner sofabed, perfect for family or friend groups. Club Rooms are located on higher floors, with access to the stylish Club Lounge for extra perks. Grand Suites have separate living rooms with Bose surround sound systems and dual-aspect views over the river. Executive Suites add a dining area and kitchenette with sink, fridge and coffee machine. Suites also include access to the Club Lounge, and free limited laundry. It's worth noting that Wi-Fi isn't free in lower-category bookings, and only higher-category rooms have proper coffeemakers. Bathrooms are done in sleek black or cream marble, and feature free-standing tubs, separate rainfall showers, glass walls with blinds for privacy. All except Classic Rooms have dual basin sinks, and Executive Suites add an extra washroom. 

Features

Large spa with sauna and steam room, a pool overlooking the river, and several eateries

Features are numerous here, and everything is tricked out in the hotel's signature contemporary style. Le Meridien Saigon has a large spa area providing a range of beauty and body treatments, plus a sauna and a steam room. There's also a well-equipped gym with a large selection of cardio and weight machines plus free weights. The pool is partially outdoors, sandwiched between loungers and a riverfront balcony lined with bar stools. Explore Bistro, next to the pool, serves a menu specializing in light healthy meals and detoxing smoothies, and there's a Cantonese/Japanese restaurant on the ninth floor that opens for lunch and dinner during the week and just dinner on weekends. A bright dining room overlooks the lobby, and offers both a la carte and buffet dishes throughout the day, while the lobby itself houses a patisserie and lounge coffee bar. The business center has two guest PCs, and there's a stylish Club Lounge on the top floor with superb views of the city. Guests in higher-category rooms like suites and Club Rooms get access to the lounge, which includes free buffet breakfasts, light tea, and evening drinks. There are several event rooms of varying size, including ballrooms. Other services include laundry, luggage storage, and a gift store. Wi-Fi is free in public areas for everyone.

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Address

3C Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam

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