As much as I love Vietnamese food, it took me a long time to actually fly to Vietnam for a taste of the real deal. Perhaps because it’s just a 2hour+ flight away which is why I put it off for some time. Luckily, thanks to the invention of budget airlines and a rare weekend that was free, I booked a ticket on a whim of a flight promotion and soon ended up in Ho Chi Minh City.
As part of my stay here, I was kindly invited to stay in Park Hyatt Saigon, a 5-star hotel that’s one of the top hotels in the city. I’ve always been an avid fan of Hyatt Group properties as design their interiors to purposefully reflect the culture of the city, paired with top-notch amenities and excellent service by hotel staff that place guests’ comfort as the top priority.
Around the District
The central location of Park Hyatt Saigon makes it a good base to explore the bustling city. A stone’s throw away, you can find iconic landmarks of the city such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and the Reunification Palace. Alternatively, hop on a taxi and get to the famous Ben Thanh Market on a 10-minute ride, a great place to experience authentic Vietnamese street food and get your hands on local handicrafts or souvenirs.
Rooms and Facilities
Upon entering the lobby, you’ll be greeted by welcoming staff at the lobby. But what really caught my attention was the Park Lounge, an opulent lounge/tea room complete with a high ceiling and sunlight streaming through tall windows, making the majestic chandeliers glisten and sparkle. The elegant ambience is further completed with light music by a jazz pianist and plush sofas to relax in. It’s no wonder this lounge is a favourite spot for high tea among locals and tourists!
To describe Park Hyatt Saigon as ‘grand’ would be an understatement. The hotel has a whopping total of 245 rooms including 23 suites, complete with a spa, pool, fitness centre and 5 dining areas, inclusive of a rooftop bar. What I liked particularly about the hotel is how it pays homage to the history of the city, incorporating French Colonial architecture with traditional Vietnamese elements that can be found in the carpet prints, oil paintings and furnishing. Overall, the East meets West interiors encapsulates the city’s heritage while exuding a touch of modern luxury.
I was lucky to be given a King size room that was huge for a solo traveller, although I think it would be great for a honeymoon! The room was complete with all the necessities of a luxurious stay, complete with a view of the pool.
Another great part of the facilities is the fitness centre which was very spacious and well-equipped for gym junkies. I always make it a point to visit the gym when travelling because I need to burn off all the calories from the food I eat!
The one thing I look forward to during any hotel stay is without a doubt the food, especially the breakfast buffet! Breakfast here is served at The Opera, the main dining room of the restaurant with several dining areas. The buffet selection is very extensive and I was spoilt for choice. From traditional Vietnamese dishes to Western and Chinese cuisine, there is definitely something for everyone.
In Room Dining
On one of my days here, I was busy doing some work and was too lazy to leave the room so I decided to order room service for breakfast. However, I mistook the in-room service to cover the breakfast buffet and accidentally over-ordered Pho, bread selections, fruit platters, Bahn mi, waffles, omelettes, coconut water and not forgetting Vietnamese coffee. It was delivered hot in their mini food trolley which converts into a bedside dining table. It was of course too much for me alone and I couldn’t finish it all so I kept some for supper haha! Nevertheless, it did make for a good flat lay shot!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to check out the other restaurants/bars in the hotel but there is a great contemporary bar with live DJ performances at 2 Lam Son and a Pastry Boutique for those with a sweet tooth!
In essence, if you love Vietnamese food and culture, a weekend getaway and stay in Park Hyatt Saigon would be perfect to pamper yourself and immerse in the rich history and culture. I wish I had more time so I could travel to other parts of Vietnam but this was a good introduction to the country and I’d definitely be back for more!