Park Hyatt Saigon a review

01 May 2019 / By travel4foodfun@gmail.com
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Ho Chi Minh City boasts many luxury hotel properties.  Park Hyatt Saigon offers discerning travelers a much-needed escape amid the bustling metropolis.

The Location:

Park Hyatt Saigon is approximately 30 minutes by car from the airport.  Although it can be a little expensive, we highly recommend arranging car service.  We feel that it is well worth the extra cost to have someone accompany us from customs to the hotel front desk, rather than bargaining with taxi drivers and other drivers to negotiate a ride after disembarking from a long plane ride with a toddler.

The hotel’s location is in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1.  It means you are smack in the middle of the city’s core of excellent restaurants, shopping, and historical sites.  During our 3-night stay, we walked almost everywhere.  There were a few occasions we used a taxi and were pleasantly surprised by how inexpensive it is.

The Property:

The elegant French colonial hotel offers 245 rooms and suites of varying categories which was completely renovated in 2015.  Even though the aesthetic is very classic, it is also up to date with all of the necessary amenities that luxury travelers demand.

One of the most defining spaces of the hotel is the Park Lounge.  This bright, open space is quintessential French colonial with dramatic crystal chandeliers and classic yet updated furniture and seating.  Be sure to spend some time here!

Accommodation:

We took a red-eye flight and were lucky to have our room available by 10 AM!  With a little munchkin in tow, we sure we’re ready to prepare him for his morning nap.  And, our little one got to nap in style!

The elegant room décor mirrors that of the shared space in the hotel: a bright and airy room with classic handcrafted furniture and modern conveniences.  There were lots of outlets for our devices- a necessity!  The bathroom was large and spacious.

Food and Beverage:

Opera is Park Hyatt Saigon’s main dining venue.  A fabulous breakfast is featured each morning.  In addition to a fantastic buffet, we got to choose an entrée to be specially prepared.  Tom had the pho each morning because Kai loved the broth.  I had different Vietnamese options. My favorite was rice paper rolled with delicious herbs and meat and a dipping sauce.  Additionally, I enjoyed the iced Vietnamese coffee, over the top pastries and bread, and homemade yogurt and bircher muesli.

Sunday Brunch

If you happen to be in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday, you must have brunch at Opera.  When we plan a trip to Ho Chi Minh City, we make sure we are there on a Sunday so that we can dine here for this special meal!  We upgrade to have the free flow champagne, and it’s worth it.  Opera is an Italian trattoria-style restaurant, and the brunch offerings reflect this. I loved the seafood bar with incredibly plump and fresh oysters, crab, shrimp, and clams.  The pizza is incredible.  And the desserts satisfied my insatiable sweet tooth.  However, the seafood platter of lobster delivered to each diner is a show-stopper.

As I mentioned earlier, spend time at the Park Lounge.  Treat yourself to the elegantly executed Afternoon Tea. Or, stop by for a cocktail in the evening and enjoy the live entertainment.

Activities:

One of the biggest draws for us choosing to stay here is their outdoor pool.  Although Park Hyatt Saigon is literally in the middle of the bustling city, this space is a sanctuary.  Beautiful gardens surround the large pool.  Directly around the pool are loungers.  Our little guy loved the water and enjoyed cooling off in the pool.  However, we were disappointed that on the one occasion we swam, all of the chairs were occupied and there was a lengthy waiting list.  This was something we didn’t expect from a high-end property.

For Children:

Park Hyatt Saigon does its best to accommodate children.  Dining venues always offered to make exceptional food for Kai.  The best thing that the hotel provides is a babysitting service.  Be sure to arrange for this several days in advance.  We secured a babysitter for us when we enjoyed the Sunday Brunch and when we participated in a cooking class.  The sitter was terrific and highly interactive with Kai. It usually takes a while for Kai to get used to a sitter, but he immediately gravitated to her.

Summary and Our Tips:

Park Hyatt Saigon is a great place for all travelers seeking luxurious, Western-style accommodations with an Asian level of service smack in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City.  Staff was all accommodating, and we appreciate the attention and care given to our 14-month-old son.  Whether you are in the city on an organized group tour (many of the Park Hyatt Saigon guests fall into this category), on business, or visiting for pleasure, the hotel will surely fulfill any needs you desire.

Virtuoso Amenities  

For 2019:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full Breakfast for 1 or 2 at Opera restaurant
  • USD 100 equivalent Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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