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Free day for us today. Still adjusting to the time zone - I don't really get jet lag, but I do find the smaller time zone difference - Vietnam is 3 hours, harder to adjust to. Awake bright and early before 6 for a conference call with Melbourne at 7am. My only work commitment over the next fortnight :) Over and done with by 8.30am so we headed out …
We had a late flight out of Osaka, and so had a day to burn there. Osaka is a nightlife town, and during the day unless you're into high end shopping, there isn't a lot to do. So, Yvette and I decided to take a trip out to the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum because we thought it would be funny. In fact, it proved to be a pretty extensive museum …
We walked out of our apartment in centro Lecce just after 10 am (local time) on Tuesday morning and arrived at the Caravelle Hotel in Saigon at 8 pm Wednesday after 30 hours of travelling by train and plane. Just time to meet with Eric, Deanna and other wedding guests at the rooftop bar of the Rex, before heading to bed and getting ready for the …
Our arrival into HCMC city "last night" (like 5 hours ago) was quite the show. First, Bill is part of something called Global Services. You can't sign up for it, they just give it to you once you've made so many around the world trips. So all day yesterday, we got to board first, get off first, etc. They do everything for you. When we got off the …
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... to the range to watch Martin shoot and it was quite possibly the loudest thing I have ever heard. It was like at a Fun Park. If you shoot the target 3 times you can get a Viet Cong uniform!!!
Travel times are much longer than we thought they would be due to traffic so after a huge lunch and long bus ride we were exhausted so had a 'sausage roll' for dinner. It was a frankfurt in loads of soggy pastry. Yum yum yum.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCaravelle Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
Great position and really comfortable and historic hotel. We really enjoyed our stay - the rooms and service were both of a very high standard. Beds were fantastic and there was no noise at all to spoil the sleep. The Saigon Saigon Bar on the 9th Floor continues to be a terrific spot for a drink and music.
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Location was my primary concern, as I was on a business trip. But surprisingly, the hotel turmed out to be my mest memory of the city! And especially - its pillows. There were around 10 sorts of them, and you could even buy the one you liked and take it home!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Caravelle Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
Cosy, Comfortable Caravelle
When my office announced that it would be sending me to Ho Chi Minh City, I was a bit agitated, skeptical and worried about what I would find and experience there. I was thinking that maybe I would be facing a lot of problems like food (being a Moslem, I need to go to restaurants that serve 'halal' food), transportation and etc. Well, my worries were baseless...
Ho Chi Minh was truly a fantastic city; regardless of its hot,dry weather and all!! And, Caravelle Hotel was like the icing on a cake! I enjoyed my stays (yeap, I was there three times in the span of one and a half months) there. The hotel has great staff who spoke good English, beautiful lobby ambience, great rooms (I particularly liked the room I was in on my second visit as it was overlooking the Opera House), great in - house handicraft stores and etc. The staff was diligent and very prompt in giving service. The housekeeping department cleaned my room thrice a day!! Talk about good customer service, theirs was superb! The food during breakfast buffets, although the menu did not change until the very next month, it was still edible. I liked the cereal selections, sushi, local fruits, salads and fruit juices.
The other good thing about the hotel was that it's near a lot of shopping areas!! I bought a lot of hand - embroidered beaded shoes and handbags for a fraction of the price (in fact, one third of the price in Kuala Lumpur!). Other than beaded stuff, I managed to purchase a lot of hand - embroidered table cloths (again, at a very cheap price). The talk about tailors who are able to sew an ao dai within two days held true as I managed to tailor - make two ao dai for myself. It was cheap too.
All in all, Caravelle was a fantastic hotel and HCMC is a great city. I would suggest travelers to stay the night at the hotel and experience what I experienced.
Friendly and cozy Caravelle
Sheraton Saigon was full so I stayed at Caravelle.
All were friendly. There was a suprise when I returned to my room. A complimantary birthday cake was there. I personally think the employees are better trained than Sheraton.
But if you like swiming and drink at pool side, this hotel may not be the one. The view from the pool is not good.
Very nice, but clearly there to exploit tourists
The rooms in the Caravelle are well-appointed; it's meant to have all the trappings of a Western hotel. The beds are a bit too hard, but overall the rooms and bathroom are quite nice, with nice views of Ho Chi Minh City. It's well situated for the tourist district, and there's a very nice bar across the street (Q Bar). The roof bar at the hotel is also quite pleasant, although the price of a single drink is more than the maximum poverty-level monthly wage in Vietnam.
My only complaints were the lack of internet service and the obvious attempt to exploit tourists in terms of prices.
Having no internet service available in rooms made it impossible to do business or contact people at home using any medium other than telephone (note that foreign calls are exorbitant from Vietnam -- I paid USD $40 for 7 minutes). The Caravelle is positioning itself as a hotel for business travelers (given the prices) but yet cannot be a hotel for business travelers if there's no internet service in the rooms.
My other problem is with the prices. They wanted USD $17 for a fixed buffet (read: food sitting out for hours) lunch. That's just ridiculous given what you pay elsewhere in Vietnam -- clearly it's meant to exploit foreign travelers. If I knew the money was going to support someone in Vietnam -- rather than a faceless foreign corporation -- that might be more acceptable.
Overall, though, this is probably one of the premier choices for Western tourists who want something approaching Western standards while in Ho Chi Minh City.
Delightfully welcoming and comfortable hotel in the right place. Only stayed one night during a brief leisure trip but everything was just right - from spacious self catering room, to bar to restaurant. Will have the opportunity to visit HCMC again and will use the Caravelle.
Best in Saigon
My wife and I stayed at the Caravelle at the beginning of March 2005 and were quite impressed. The location in the heart of Saigon in perfect for exploring the city or shopping in the many markets. The upscale feeling of the hotel is apparent the moment the doormen usher you in, to the eager to please and English-fluent staff. The rooms are large and immaculate, with state of the art audio-visual equipment, wireless LAN, and amenities you'd expect of a top-notch hotel. Housekeeping was attentative and extremely fast-I needed a power converter and had someone knocking at the door 3 minutes after I hung up the phone. My laptop needed a power transformer as well, and, you guessed it, three minutes later someone was at my door with one. The beds were also extremely comfortable. Ask for a corner room if available, because our incredible view of Saigon extended along two walls. Saigon is a bustling, hot, and dusty city, and coming back to the Caravelle everyday was like walking into an oasis of modern serenity. I strongly reccomend staying here if you visit or are on business. I booked through asia-hotels and got a great rate for a superior room including an excellent buffet breakfast every morning.
#1 choice in HCMC
We stayed at the Caravelle for 2 nights in late January and loved it! The hotel is situated in the heart of shopping, restaurants, etc, so that you can walk just about everywhere. Service, breakfast and decor of the hotel were all fantastic! Very reasonable rates, this is my top choice for hotel in HCMC (agree with previous reviewer: vietnam is developing FAST, so go now!)
In the heart of the city
We had a beautiful room with an amazing view. The swimming pool is gorgeous - although a little on the chilly side when you first get in. Staff were very friendly and the hotel is perfectly placed to explore what the city has to offer! Visit Vietnam now before tourism really takes over!
A great hotel
I stayed at the Caravelle twice in mid-January 2005 for a total of 4 nights. The rooms are great, the staff is pleasant and accommodating, the facilities are excellent, and the hotel is in a terrific location. Also, the price was very reasonable. Great places to eat in the vicinity are Brodards and the Continental Hotel (a very elegant dining room with good Italian food). Don't bother using the hotel car for airport pickup - they charge $25 US while a cab is only $7 US.
Great place to stay
The Caravelle is a great urban hotel. It is very modern, the rooms are spacious and clean, and the service and location are both great. The Caravelle has all of the amenities you would expect in a top hotel. We also thought the rates were very reasonable ($100 US/night). I would definitely recommend it.
Nice Classic Hotel
I've only stayed here and the Sofitel in HCMC. The Caravelle is closer to where I need to work so this is my preferred hotel whenever I'm in Vietnam. However, I find that the rooms at the Sofitel are slightly nicer than at the Caravelle. But the location is very central and so it is very convenient and you can't beat the prices. The service at the Caravelle is great! The hotel driver carried my luggage from the hotel all through the check-in process at the airport until he was stopped by security! The breakfast buffet is very good too - with dim sum, noodles, European meats and cheeses as well as pastries. The area in front of the hotel is famous for wedding shoots so you can always look down and see local brides & grooms - a special treat. Overall, a nice hotel. There's a Park Hyatt being built across the street, so can't wait to try that one out next year!