Sophistication Through Simplicity
On arrival it’s surprising how Le Méridien manages to maintain a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, something integral for a satisfying staycation in Saigon. From the outside, the building looks intimidating suggesting things here are serious, however, upon entrance, that changes. The staff are warm and welcoming — they are attentive without being bothersome.
The concept of the hotel is comfort, which is achieved through simplicity. Yet the blend of red, yellow, gold, bronze, and orange accents throughout the property screams sophistication. With over 300 rooms and seven different room styles for guests to choose from, there are plenty of options for the discerning staycationer.
For example, there is the Premier Classic room, which starts at around VND3 million, but for something with a better view of the river and District 2 in the distance, there is the Premier Classic River View room for an extra VND500,000 per night depending on the season.
The room has a minimalist design, yet the colours and furnishings complement each other well. Whatever the style of room, from the Premier Classic River View rooms to the VND8 million Grand Suites, they meet the needs and tastes of a variety of travellers.
There are rooms perfect for solo travellers, couples on retreat, families, and groups of friends. You even get a free bottle of wine to kick off your staycation in style if you stay in the Grand Suites, after which you can crawl into your king-sized bed and surround yourself in the crispy white linen sheets.
One noticeable thing about this hotel is that every time you come out of the lift, you feel as if you’re in a gallery. There are different art installations on each floor, which is a departure from many other hotels of its kind, with the added bonus that it helps you maintain your bearings in the hotel.
Even the huge wall hiding the lifts is adorned with wall installations depicting eight cranes taking flight all the way up to the top floor. The number of cranes not only symbolises good luck — the number eight is good luck in Vietnam — they represent the physical shape of Vietnam’s landmass.
One pleasure of a staycation in somewhere like Le Meridien is the quality of the rooms. This one is a suite
The ninth floor is where most of the amenities are; the Explore Spa — named in tune with Le Méridien’s concept, which is Unlocking Saigon — the gym, the pool, and one of the hotel’s restaurants, Bamboo Chic.
Upon entering this floor, you’ll be greeted by shiny, colourful tiles adorning the walls and the floor which immediately conjure up images of the sea.
For health buffs, the gym is open 24 hours, with personal trainers available during business hours. Explore Spa is beautifully appointed with highly-qualified therapists who are adept at reducing stress levels.
The infinity-edge pool is filled with saltwater, which is better for your skin and hair than water treated with chlorine, and is open from as early as 6am until 10pm. Although the pool isn’t for divers, as it is only four feet deep, it’s still suitable for swimmers who’d like to cut a few laps before their buffet breakfast. The pool area is great for lounging around in, as it also offers views of the city on both sides.
The hotel has two restaurants, two bars with lounges (one for club members only), one grab-and-go café, which offers 50 percent off cakes and pastries at happy hour from 6pm to 7pm. If you don’t want to leave your bed, room service is available to cure your midnight cravings.
The buffet breakfast is served at Latest Recipe restaurant. Pastry lovers will love this breakfast spread, as there is a wide selection of bread and cakes. Eggs are done just as you wish with a side of extra crispy bacon. There are different noodles options, cold cuts, and a selection of cheeses.
Who says vacations should be spent somewhere afar? A staycation at Le Méridien Saigon can offer relaxation close to home that other destinations can’t possibly offer. And besides, you just need to treat yourself sometimes.
Le Méridien is at 3C Ton Duc Thang, Q1, HCMC. For more information click on lemeridiensaigon.com or call (028) 6263 6688
The lobby and public areas of Le Meridien Saigon are strikingly designed. Photos by Olga Rozenbajgier