Finally back in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam after more than 4 years! A lot seems to have changed, but Ho Chi Minh manages to still captivate me with its heritage and vintage vibe.
From café-hopping to sightseeing, I certainly had a fun time, with the company of friends that I’ve met previously and those I met on the trip.
Throughout the 4D3N in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, I had the pleasure of staying at PARKROYAL Saigon, a 4 star hotel under PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts.
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, I was picked up by one of the hotel staff in a big, white van. Originally, I felt a little lost because the staff was standing further outside, and it is only upon thorough searching that I met him, holding a sign from PARKROYAL Saigon.
This 2-way airport shuttle service was really convenient for me. For my ride back to the airport, I needed to book it in advance at the reception.
Checking in to PARKROYAL Saigon, Vietnam
The hotel embodies an atrium concept, with a large open air space in the centre of the hotel so that you can see the lobby all the way from the higher floors.
The lobby area provided me a really warm and cosy space to sit in, with all its soft sofas and seats placed all over the ground floor. Having been in operation for many years, the hotel spaces are reminiscent of typical contemporary hotels.
That said, the hotel is still able to lure guests with its modern twists by having a bar, Lotus Bar, and a grand restaurant, Garden Brasserie Restaurant, right on the ground floor.
From the moment I entered the door, I was pleasantly greeted by really friendly staff, whose smiles never seem to fade for the whole duration of my stay there. I arrived at the hotel pretty late due to a late flight, but despite that, the check-in process was really fast and smooth.
PARKROYAL Saigon’s Room
PARKROYAL Saigon has 10 floors with 186 rooms in total. I stayed in a Superior Room on the 9th floor, overlooking a major roadway. Other room types include:
- Superior Room
- Deluxe Room
- Premier Room
- Orchid Deluxe Room
- Junior Suite
- Executive Suite
Prices at Parkroyal Saigon start from USD102/night and can go as high as USD179/night.
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The hotel room mirrors a classic, no-frills hotel room.
It contains most of the basic necessities that I needed – a bathtub to either soak or shower in, a bedroom with a king-sized bed and 4 fluffy pillows, and an LCD television that screens international channels like FOX Movies, HBO and Bloomberg.
The orange lights in the bathroom and shower curtains of the bathtub gave the hotel an old tint to it – not exactly the most conducive bathtub to soak your body in.
Room service is available 24/7.
The surrounding buildings around PARKROYAL Saigon are relatively low-rise, so being on the 9th floor allowed me to get a good enough view of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
Even so, there isn’t much to see as the hotel is really far from the city centre -almost a 25-minute drive away.
PARKROYAL Saigon’s Amenities
Sandwiched between the restaurant and the gym, this huge, rectangular swimming pool allows you to unwind and relax amidst the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh’s busy city life. The symmetry of the swimming pool makes for a great photo-taking spot, and I saw a couple of guests doing so in the morning when it’s not crowded.
You can opt to sit on one of the pool-side chairs, enjoying the view of leisurely swimmers or reading a book. The area is somewhat sheltered, with sunlight only reaching the pool in the centre, so you can stay in the shade as you enjoy the moment.
Have a visit to the pool, which opens daily from 6am to 10pm.
The indoor and fully-equipped gymnasium is located right in front of the swimming pool. Despite the air-conditioning temperatures set to about 23 degrees Celsius, you can still expect to break a sweat here (if you put in some tough effort 😉).
The wide range of exercise facilities gives guests a good workout option. You can choose to have a quick cardio session by running on the treadmill or focus on strength training by using one of the many assisted weights machines.
My personal favourite was doing bench presses with the free weights. However, be careful not to drop the weights on the parquet flooring as it my damage both the equipment and floor.
Dining at PARKROYAL Saigon’s Garden Brasserie
On to the best part – FOOD!
Located on the ground floor with a view of the swimming pool, this restaurant, Garden Brasserie, can accommodate up to 65 guests.
There was a generous spread to choose from. The dishes and options presented on all the 3 days which I stayed in were standard, from the desserts to the juices and from the mains to the sides, which contained a good mix of local and international options.
They even have a Salad Bar for strictly vegetarian food, catering to the portion of guests who may have extra dietary restrictions.
Some of the available selections include:
- Juices such as fresh grapefruit juice, watermelon juice, orange juice, apple juice, mango juice and peach juice
Fresh cut fruits such as pineapples, bananas, grapefruit and dragonfruit
Main dishes such as Vietnamese Beef Noodles (Pho Bo), Stir-fried Glass Noodles, White Rice, Fried Rice and a range of breads and pastries like croissants, bagels and donuts
Side dishes such as Grilled Fish with Teriyaki Sauce, Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce, Braised Beef, Sautéed Vegetables with Oyster Sauce and Grilled Tomato with Herb & Garlic
Japanese Counter containing fresh seafood like salmon, oyster and sushi
International breakfast such as cereals
Freshly-cooked dishes such as omelette, French toasts and waffles
Prices for lunch start at VND 529,000/ USD 23.30 for the Scrumptious Buffet At Garden Brasserie, consisting of an array of fresh seafood on ice for dinner such as soft shell crabs, salmon, oysters, swimming crabs, tiger and king prawns, scallops and fragrant snails as well as imported New Zealand beef and lamb.
Prices for dinner, called the Premium Seafood and BBQ Buffet Dinner, start at VND 799,000/ USD 35.10 per person and contains a greater assortment of local and international dishes.
Occasionally, PARKROYAL Saigon will have different promotions and dining offers, so do look out for them, either when by asking the reception staff or referring to the hotel’s website. The full menu can be found here.
Opening hours for the different meal timings are as such:
- Buffet Breakfast (Daily) – 6:00am to 10:00am
- Buffet Lunch (Monday to Friday) – 11:30am to 2:30pm
- Buffet Dinner (Daily) – 6:00pm to 10:00pm
- Lunch (A la carte on weekend) – 11:30am to 2:30pm
- Sunday Brunch – 11:30am to 2:30pm
PARKROYAL Saigon’s Location
Just a 10-minute drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport, PARKROYAL Saigon is a quiet hotel nestled away from the city centre, away from all the heavy traffic.
Shuttle bus service is available around Ho Chi Minh City, but I didn’t manage to take one to the city due to the bus schedule – the first shuttle bus leaves at 8:45am, and the next one will only leave at 12:45pm.
There are 3 bus services that picks you up from the hotel lobby and alight you at either Saigon Centre, which is at the City Centre, e.town, or Centrepoint, a popular mall with lots of luxury retail outlets.
Instead of taking the bus, we decided to call for an Uber or Grab instead. The prices of Uber and Grab are much cheaper than the local taxis, which can be hard to get at times. If you want to beat the heavy traffic crowd, you could even opt for GrabBike or UberMoto, which can be way cheaper!
For those who love shopping and late-night activities, this hotel might probably be a little far away from the main touristy streets, such as Buy Vien Street.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many things to see or do around the hotel either. It has your basic stores such as small, local restaurants and convenience stores.
Most guests stay here due to the proximity to the airport and Tan Binh Exhibition and Convention Centre. However, if you’re adventurous enough, there is a local park just 10-minutes away by walking. The park has nice sculptures and trees, and it’s great for those who want to stroll or take pictures!
All in all, PARKROYAL Saigon strikes me as a no-frills hotel located close to the airport for travellers who are looking for a quick stopover in Ho Chi Minh. It has the basic amenities that every hotel offers, with friendly service.
PARKROYAL Saigon 309B-311 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam [email protected]
Special thanks to PARKROYAL Saigon for making this stay possible! All opinions remain my own.