Caravelle Saigon

Caravelle • Saigon, Vietnam

JW Signature Hotel

The Caravelle exudes an air of sophistication sometimes missed by hotels in Vietnam. Located next to the Opera House and an easy walk from restaurants and shopping, this landmark property provides a simple and safe luxury option. The new Opera Wing tower offers views over Lam Son Square and the city, but we really love the charismatic Heritage Wing, which has been in operation since 1959. The rooms have city or river views. Amenities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a café, an outdoor pool, a spa and a gym. We recommend the Signature Experience which provides a wonderful opportunity for quiet breakfasts and express check-in. Journeys Within has also partnered with this hotel to provide our guests with additional personal touches, such as a history and photography tour of the hotel. Be sure to ask your tour consultant about the special luxury evening experience we offer with the hotel. If history interests you, make sure to pay a visit to the rooftop bar where foreign correspondents congregated at the end of the Vietnam War to watch the helicopters evacuate.

Website: Caravelle

Rating: Everything Off Ratings Guide

Upside: Great location across from the Opera House and the Heritage Wing. The hotel has amazing service and some newly renovated rooms. The Caravelle is particularly good at their Signature Experience and so this is recommended – guests always remark on how much this enhances their holiday stay.

Downside: The standard rooms haven’t yet been renovated and are in need of it. We are waiting on the updated schedule for this. The 2 bedroom suite can be confusing; it has 1 double room and 1 twin room, but is classed as a 2pax for the contract rate. Any extra person is surcharged.

Insider Tip: Make sure to check out the rooftop bar where you can take in the view made famous by the photographs from the end of the Vietnam War. You should also visit the Reflections restaurant, which frequently hosts art exhibitions.

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