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New World Saigon Hotel 4.5

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Pros

  • In District 1, within walking distance of all major attractions
  • Large rooms come with marble bathrooms and up-to-date amenities
  • Luxe spa features treatment cabins and a relaxing atmosphere
  • Great fitness center with modern equipment and natural light on-site
  • Two restaurants, a bakery, and a lounge offer variety
  • Large outdoor pool is complete with a bar and cabanas
  • Business center with secretarial and translation services on-site
  • Tennis court has floodlights for night play
  • Club Living Room comes with great freebies, including evening cocktails
  • Fully equipped meeting rooms and a ballroom on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Dated, bland room decor
  • Pricey restaurants
  • Smoking allowed in the lobby bar (a pro for some)
  • Some rooms may get noise from the neighboring club

Bottom Line

Located smack in the middle of District 1, the 553-room New World Saigon Hotel is a good pick for business and leisure travelers alike. The property features three restaurants, a large outdoor pool, a wonderful fitness center complete with a hydrotherapy area, and a high-end spa. Rooms are spacious, comfortable, and bright, but decor is overall a little bland and dated, and some units can get noise from the neighboring rooftop bar. Although the hotel caters mostly to business travelers, its location within walking distance of virtually every major attraction makes it a popular pick among tourists as well. 

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Scene

A luxury business hotel with great amenities but somewhat dated room decor

The grand lobby of this luxury business hotel features huge pillars, gleaming white floors, and a striking skylight

Housed in an L-shaped building on one of central Ho Chi Minh’s main drags, this business hotel hotel wows at first sight. The lobby is grand and luxurious, with huge pillars, gleaming white floors, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street, and a striking round skylight. Common areas -- including the pool, the lobby lounge, the restaurants, and the Club Living Room -- have contemporary decor. Rooms, however, are a little disappointing for a hotel that advertises itself as a 5-star property. All units are spacious, bright, and comfortable, but decor is a little old-fashioned and bland, with simple blonde wood furniture, and generic blue couches. 

The hotel’s location is a major plus, but those looking to experience a real five-star stay may want to compare rates at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon. For a taste of old Saigon, consider the Caravelle, Majestic, and Grand Hotel Saigon, all located in District 1.

Location

Smack in the middle of all major attractions in town

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The New World is located directly on Lê Lai, one of Ho Chi Minh’s main drags, and across the street from a lovely park. This central location is convenient both for business and leisure travelers, as it is right in the heart of District 1, within walking distance of corporate areas as well as virtually all major attractions in town. There are dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops nearby, and the Ben Than Market -- one of HCM’s most popular sights -- is a five-minute walk from the hotel. The Opera House, the Fine Arts Museum, Huynh Thuc Khang street market, Notre Dame Basilica, the War Remnants Museum, and the Independence Palace are all within a 15- to 20-minute walk. Xa Loi, the largest pagoda in HCMC, is a 10-minute drive away, and the airport can be reached by car in about 30 minutes.

Rooms

Spacious rooms have modern amenities, but decor could use an update

The spacious Residence Club Twin Room is bright and comfortable, though the space feels a bit dated and bland

The hotel has 553 rooms, all featuring up-to-date amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, one king or two twin beds, minibars, and electric kettles. Rooms are spacious, bright and comfortable -- but simple blonde wood furniture, generic blue couches, and mostly bare walls make spaces feel dated and bland. Marble bathrooms are large, clean and mostly appealing, but have shower/tub combos instead of separate walk-in showers and soaking tubs, and the grey tiling could use an update. Residence Club Rooms offer a few extra perks, including access to the Club Living Room, and expansive views. Superior rooms are located on floors two to six, Deluxe units on floors seven and eight, and Premier rooms on level nine.

Features

A wonderful fitness center, a luxe spa, two restaurants, a tennis court, and business services

On-site dining options include Parkview, which serves buffet fare, including seafood

The hotel has two main dining options, including a Chinese restaurant and a seafood buffet. For lighter bites, the lobby bakery offers sandwiches, pastries, and sushi. The hotel is popular among business travelers, and the Lounge is a hopping spot for after-work drinks with jazz in the background. However, smoking is allowed in the lobby bar, and some guests may find that unpleasant. The business center offers secretarial and translation services, and the meeting rooms come equipped with up-to-date technologies. The outdoor pool is large and appealing with comfortable cabanas, and a poolside bar offering cocktails, juices, beer, and flat-screen TVs for sports events. The hotel features a tennis court complete with trainers, equipment rental, and floodlights. The fitness center has lots of cardio and strength-training machines, as well as personal trainers and a wellness area complete with a hydrotherapy section and massage rooms. Those looking to get pampered may want to book a treatment at the hotel’s high-end spa, with a relaxing and exclusive vibe, and beautiful decor.

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Address

76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam

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