Currently home to more than 10 million people, Ho Chi Minh or Saigon, as it is still lovingly addressed, is several things you would want in a holiday destination – old-world, artsy, vibrant, epicurean. What it isn’t is boring. A trip there is only made better when you have a haven from which to explore its countless offerings. That’s where The Reverie Saigon comes in.
With 224 guestrooms and 62 suites that are Vietnamese with an Italian aesthetic, The Reverie Saigon is eclectic to say the least. Opened to public on 1 September 2015, the sky-high retreat has come to represent a Vietnam that is both steeped in tradition and fast evolving. Part of the landmark Times Square Building, it offers views that depict just that – a marriage of art, commerce, and Viet culture. Here’s a look at why you wouldn’t want to miss spending a night (or several) here on your next trip to the historical Vietnamese capital.
First Up: Location, location
Pulsating at the very heart of District 1 – the perfect crisscross point for both, Saigon’s touristy and alternative scene – The Reverie Saigon is a towering vision on the city’s picturesque, tree-lined, pedestrian Nguyen Hue Boulevard. Perfect for exploring its most-visited landmarks – including the French colonial Opera House, the neo-classical Central Post Office, the historic Reunification Palace and Ho Chi Minh City Museum. Or diving into its chic boutiques, artisanal coffee houses and contemporary art galleries, amongst others. Be it a business trip or pleasure, The Reverie Saigon’s location makes for an enviable selection in a city otherwise starved of sensible options.
Together with the 24-hour fitness center, The Spa is 1,200 square meters of Asian design with European influences. The facility is spread over 2 floors connected by a cascading stairway dotted with floral mosaic. The Spa menu reflects the design inspiration and successfully combines Southeast Asian spa traditions as well as Western-inspired aromatherapy treatments. Patrons have a choice of 10 treatment rooms – 4 dual-bedded suites and 6 for individual therapies. Private rooms for hair and nail treatments only mean one thing – here’s where the city’s high profile and elite can gather for moments of privacy and pampering; that almost all rooms boast views of the city is only added incentive.
Ranging in size from a generous 63 square meters to a palatial 313 square meters The Reverie Saigon’s suites offer the most spectacular pied-à-terres. Think 600-thread count Frette linens, a choice of Hermès or Acqua di Parma bath amenities, spacious master baths with soaking tubs and showers, complimentary minibar (refreshed daily), and Wi-Fi, of course. The largest, bi-level Saigon and Reverie Suites even include a guestroom with ensuite, as well as a butler’s pantry with separate entrance. To top, they each come with exclusive access to The Reverie Lounge, a sky-high perch at which to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, afternoon tea or evening cocktails and canapés daily.
From rekindling the romance, to spending a weekend in utmost style, the hotel has it all for those willing to spend a little extra.
Each corner of the hotel is Instagram-worthy, from the bold and bright colors, and the unapologetic bling, to the Italian furniture and art pieces. The luxury hotel admittedly eschews understatement for overstatement and that could not be more evident than from the various objet d’art instated across the property. Furnished by an army of Italian design houses in conjunction, the Hotel boasts an exquisite cluster of VGnewtrend’s Arabesque Egg chandeliers in the airy 7th floor lobby, B&B Italia’s curvaceous modern furnishings, including its Canasta line of sofas and chairs on the outdoor pool-deck, besides eponymously named suites by different celebrated designers.
The Reverie Saigon commands the upper and lower floors of the 39-storey mixed use Times Square development. With the Saigon River on one side and the buzzing District 1 on another or the overall cityscape speckled with monumental colonial French architecture, a room on the higher floor boasts the best views Ho Chi Minh has to offer.
Gourmet food and a trendy bar
The Hotel houses a total of four dining venues – Café Cardinal, The Royal Pavilion, R&J and The Long @ Times Square – and the 2nd floor The Deli for gourmet meals to-go. While the first, Café Cardinal is a sixth-floor all-day dining establishment with fine French fare finished off in its show kitchen, The Royal Pavilion dishes out excellent Chinese prepared by skilled Hong Kongese chefs. The acronyms in ‘R&J’ stand for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, who’re the inspiration behind this haven of home-style Italian dining in the Vietnamese capital. And The Long @ Times Square is the classic Italian sidewalk trattoria with 48 meters of just bar counter, making it ideal for pizza, pick-me-up gelato or drinks with friends.
Rooms that ooze luxury
From Nespresso machines, France’s finest Dammann teas, complimentary minibar service with its contents replenished daily, Frette linens, goose down duvets, pillow menus and Chopard bath amenities, accommodations at The Reverie Saigon really do have it all. With three categories on offer, ranging in size from a cushy 43 square meters to an ample 53 square meters, guestrooms come outfitted with Cisco VoIP telephones, 46- to 55-inch Samsung LED FHD TVs, walk-in or walk-through closets and spacious bathrooms. A few of their 224 rooms, in fact, even feature window-side tubs “for soaking in the colorful, twinkling lights that are quintessentially Saigon”.
Arrive like a star
The hotel has a BMW 7-series, a limited edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Dragon, a Maybach and a Bentley in its fleet; your experience of utmost luxury begins at the airport.
With rooms starting at $260 US, revel in opulence in the heart of Ho Chi Minh.
The Reverie Saigon is a proud member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
Where: The Reverie Saigon
22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard,
Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Phone: +84 8 3823 6688