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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Park Hyatt Saigon: A French Colonial Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (A Photoblog)

Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) came as a pleasant surprise. Exploring the capital first is always a good idea when visiting a country. This vibrant French colony has a charm that no other cities in Asia do not have. Since we only had a short weekend trip, we wanted to stay right in the heart of Saigon, where all the main attractions would be within walking distance. With my extreme obsessive-compulsive nature when it comes to hotels, it all boiled to Park Hyatt Saigon. Their properties are some of the best in the world.

Park Hyatt Saigon is a relatively new hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. You might think that it lacks the character of the colonial hotels in Vietnam but that is completely the opposite. Its classic colonial-style design seamlessly blends with the surrounding architecture of central Lam Son Square. Park Hyatt has captured the essence and history of Vietnam. I actually thought Park Hyatt was a much older hotel since I heard it had recently undergone renovations. It has everything I want in a property: central location, colonial x modern architecture, inviting pool and most important of all -- outstanding service.


The lobby was intimate and personal. Everything looked faultless.

I loved how the French windows brought natural light in.

This was me enjoying a beautiful Sunday in the Park Lounge. Afternoon tea would be perfect.

The Reception. The contrast of the dark wood the white malls with all the art work added masculine and feminine elements.

If there is one thing you shouldn't miss, it would be the paintings all over the hotel. I would have wanted to bring this artwork home.


Even the common restroom is immaculate.

We had a beautiful Park Deluxe Room with private outdoor terrace that was only a few feet away from the the pool and garden.
The room has a sophisticated French decor with the modern comforts of hotels. 

Do not bring this home. 
Beautiful bathroom with separate space for shower and toilet.

When we arrived, our butler delivered some freshly baked cookies and munchies for us.
My favorite part of the hotel was the pool, of course. I usually choose my hotel based on the the layout of the pool. 

I spend most of the day here when I am not going around the city.
The poolside at night.

Opera restaurant - the Italian Trattoria of Park Hyatt. 
They still serve Pho here, of course. 

Get a table outside for a Parisian feel.

Park Hyatt's Square One restaurant offers the best Vietnamese and Western cuisines in the city. It has won many awards like the Number 1 restaurant in Vietnam by the Miele Guide awards (2009-2010). It was also part of the Top 20 in the 3rd Annual 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World by Daily Meal (2014)

This is also a beautiful spot for brunch with friends.

Xuan Spa for some pampering after a scorching day touring the Cu-Chi Tunnels (a must in Vietnam since war is an essential part of this country's strength and future).

24/7 Gym.

Park Hyatt may be a new landmark in Saigon but in a few years, this will be an institution in Vietnam. I would also like to commend the hotel's concierge for the impressive service! They were fast, efficient, and almost telepathic. Well done, Park Hyatt! 

I was glad to have taken this spontaneous trip. It was monumental on a personal level. I traveled here with the Saigon Crew: my sister Cielo, cousin Trisha and friends Mimer and Michelle). We all bonded more, thanks to a beautiful twist of fate. Let's do this all again!

2 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Tel: +84838241234

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