New World Saigon Hotel
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... often flanking and confusing the Australians. The conditions didn't suit the Australians in any way, with the holes and tunnels being so small many of the allied soldiers didn't fit. After finding out all of this information, it really opened peoples eyes to what actually happened in the war, definitely a must see! This would be perfect for a school group!
All in all ...
... mixing with Vietnams elite! By 10.30 after a few hours with a free flow of grey goose, a dip in the festival pool, climbing a giant inflatable ladder, and lots of dancing I made my exit and attempted to get a taxi home. It was an amazing event and everyone was so friendly, however after living the basic life, teaching kids who have nothing but give everything I felt guilty and quite uncomfortable being surrounded by such wealth and being in ...
... Peter insisted, despite our tiredness, that we would come to his friends house to drink rice wine (potent) and socialise, so I obliged, and quickly learnt it was customary to drink as much as who ever offers you a 'cheers', I am sure they were saying to each other, "let's see how much of this ****** rice wine the western man can take". Well it took me to the Karaoke room, where we spent the surest of the night serenading our hosts with western classics such as Bryan Adams, Celine ...
... had to pick up our visa at the airport. Guess much it did actually cost for the three of us? Well, it was very cheap, only 3.200.000,- Dong :-) Welcome to the land of worthless money and an inflation rate of 6%! Converted into real money this is just about 150 USD :-)
While we strolled through the city we were surprised that instead of communism we only saw "consumerism". The country is on the track of modernization and develops quickly.
And what about history? ...
... the way. This club looked very nice, all glittery on the outside, and I was sure we would either get turned away, or charged mega bucks to get in, but they welcomed us with open arms and no entrance fee needed- great!? As we got in, I looked around and I could see a couple of groups of men, Koreans and Indian looking guys, lots of bouncers, lots of waitresses, lots of waitresses in very nice dresses, and bouncers....... ummmmm, there aren't any other girls not working, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews New World Saigon Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
Great hotel, especially for the price!
My experience at The New World Hotel exceeded my expectations. It was extremely clean and provided many more amenities than I would've thought (including driving range, tennis court, etc.). The rooms were fine and include twice daily maid service. It wasn't opulent by any means, and not worthy of a 5* rating, but definitely falls within the 4* boundary. The hotel is also in a great location.
A few things to note: It appeared that the tour operator in the hotel charged in extremely high rate (probably expected in a hotel of this price range). I wanted to book a tour to the Cu Chi tunnels. They wanted to charge $50/person for the two of us. I found a tour company about a 10 minute walk from the hotel that charged just $4/person.
Additionally, if you decide to partake in the massage services of the hotel, please take note. Having come from Thailand, my friend and I were both expecting a "normal" massage (i.e., no additional "services" offered or rendered). In our two separate experiences, we found that not to be the case here. Perhaps we were naive and just unaware of the definition of a body massage in Vietnam. We were both shocked, however, with the nature of our experience, especially given the caliber of the hotel we were in. It wasn't what we were looking for, but I suppose the option is there because enough people partake in it.
Overall, however, the experience was great and the overall service level was quite high. We paid less then $100USD for the room, which I thought was a great value for what we got.
Very nice all around hotel.
My wife and I stayed here for two nights before heading to Angkor Wat. Solid western type hotel. Rooms were nice as was the lobby and the bar. We did not eat in the hotel, mainly because we wanted to sample the local fare.
We had one very negative experience... not the hotel's fault. We were robbed 10 feet from the hotel in broad daylight by some guys on a moped. Spent an hour trying to fill out some paperwork at the hotel to report the crime... but in the end the hotel management told us that it would only cause us to waste more time and more money (bribing the police!!). Be very careful.. the local thieves love to target tourist... and I thought Paris and Rome was bad.
Also, be very careful in traffic. In our two days there, we saw two separate, very fatal moped accidents. Hire a cab... it will take longer to get there but it sure is a lot safer.
5 stars *****
I got a good corporate rate on the executive floor on a suite allowing my family of four to stay with 2 extra beds and a king size bed.
The room is very clean and luxuriously nice, deserving 5 stars. I feel like Clinton.
Breakfast buffet is free for four and it just can't be beaten anywhere. Also Dinner buffet is also free for four. Again it is first class with the best vietnamese, american and chinese food you ever find in Saigon.
The food was prepared with american standard . We are not afraid to get sick. We did not have spent much on meals besides lunch. We have one regret. The hotel did not give the chance to eat at exotic luxurious restaurants for our favorite dishes because we are too full to eat anything else. Oh well, we did not miss that much because we came back healthy . Beware of VN street food,
unless you have a very strong stomach like the locals,
you should be very careful with the food. Have fun ...
A Wonderful Hotel in Saigon!
New World Hotel Saigon played a significant part in my first trip to Ho Chi Minh City. Having booked one of the deluxe rooms in their Executive Floors, I had high expectations in terms of services and facilities. I was not disappointed.
My room on the 10th floor, while a mere duplicate of its counterparts in other 5-star hotels, had a cozy feel on top of a high ceiling which did not leave me feeling confined. The relatively firm mattress suited me well. The bathroom had a complete set of toiletries and amenities replenished everyday, with two complimentary bottles of mineral water always on hand to quench my thirst after a heavy day of sightseeing. There is also an iron and board plus umbrella and in-room safe to complete the room perks. What's more, the nightly turndown service includes two small Vietnamese figurines (instead of mint chocolates) neatly placed on top of the table beside the bed. What a sweet thought!
But the best is yet to come because the executive lounge is simply great! Breakfast buffet has a good spread. Not overflowing but more than enough to last you till past lunch. The 24-hour complimentary drinks are a definite plus instead of stocking up on sodas in my room. The happy hour cocktails from 5:30-7:30pm are a welcome treat. I thought that they will only serve finger foods, but the buffet was so varied and filling that rice, several viands, pastries, fruits, sushi, sashimi and the like were included. I hated eating so much during this time because it meant losing my appetite for a dinner outside the hotel. But I never complained because everything was for free.
The lounge also included complimentary broadband internet use in their two computer stations which In found very useful. There is also a private reading area and a very refreshing open area where you can take your meals or simply laze around while taking advantage of the sweeping views of the city - be it day or night.
The location couldn't be better. It is just a 5-minute walk to Ben Thanh Market which is excellent for shopping from 7-am-6pm. A wide assortment of shops line up the surrounding streets to and from the hotel. Also, the points around the same turn into a pedestrian mall at night so you can check it out even if you arrived late from day tours. There is also a good number of restaurants nearby. Vietnamese noodle shops like Pho 2000 and Pho 24 have outlets in the vicinity. Taxicabs are cheap and plentiful and going to other areas in District 1, 3 or 5 is effortless.
And the staff? They are among the friendliest and most attentive hotel personnel I've ever encountered in all my travels. Obviously, I was extremely happy with my stay in this hotel and would give it high recommendations.
Nice place to stay
The New World Hotel is a very nice hotel close to one of the biggest markets of HCMC. The staff of the hotel is very friendly, the rooms are very spacious and clean, great breakfast with lots to choose from.
All other major hotels are situated close to City Hall (such as Caravelle, Rex, Sheraton, Continental), but we liked the surroundings of the New World Hotel quite a lot. And most often you grab a cab anyway.
The park opposite the Hotel is a nice spot for early risers as you can observe the Vietnamese doing their morning sports - really interesting.
I can recommend the Hotel and we would defintely return.
Nice facilities but had some issues
I went and stayed at the New World Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city Dec-Jan 2005. The hotel had a nice restaurant that served great buffets for breakfast. The lobby was nicely decorated and the rooms were emaculate. Most of the workers were friendly and delightful.
The problems started seemed to stem, however, from the lower management at the hotel (mostly run by vietnamese locals). I am vietnamese as well so I am not saying this in disrespect to the vietnamese people.
I moved from one room to another within the hotel and apparently had left 2 items in the older room. After about 4 hours, I realized that I had left the items behind so I immediately called the front desk. They said they would have someone come up and check the old room and would call me back. Apparently, they said they found nothing in the old room and also mentioned that they checked in the lost and found area and did not find any items matching my description.
I believed them but was still in doubt. I truly believe SOMEONE had the items that I left in the room. My aunt and uncle, also did not believe their claim. They called and spoke with someone at the front desk. Their reply was, "How much do these items mean to you?" as if to bribe us.
My aunt and uncle were so furious, they DEMANDED that someone bring up the items immediately. In 5 minutes the items were at our hotel door.
Although the hotel is very posh and seems to cater in a western way, beware of individuals who might want to take advantage of tourists.
January 2005 stay
Stayed at the New World for a couple of nights this January. Several airline flight crews seem to stay here. Lobby is very nice and the people working here seemed to have that "I'd like to help you" attitude. Room was a good size with lots of light from the big windows. 4 bottles of water provided free each day as the tap water is not potable - and a sign above the bath sink says so. ATM machine in lobby is a good place to get "Dong". Get a lot as 15,000 Dong equal a $1.00 US. I notice the locals will take US or Dong but I think the Dong goes further. Good location of the hotel as it is just a few blocks from the Ben Thay Market. Had the hotel breakfast buffet which we really enjoyed. Cost about $10 or $11 US which is pretty expensive in Vietnam but lots of food choices, a good table by the window to watch the locals in front of the park, and a pleasant morning. At $92 US per night I think this hotel is a good value. I'm told for approximately $25 more per night you can upgrade to the executive floor which includes free breakfast, free afternoon drinks and snacks, and free internet access. Hmmm, maybe next time. BTW, we checked out the Rex Hotel (bar) and the Caravelle. Those seem like nice places but of these I think the New World looks like the pick of these. Safe travels, Randy
A classy hotel in Saigon
The first stop on a 17 day tour of Vietnam was the New World Hotel. It was a welcome sight after having read numerous guide books. We found that the typical guide books painted Vietnam as truly a third world country, and not worthy of a visit. What a difference we found upon arrival. From the sleek, marble lobby, with high ceilings, to the spacious rooms, and the restaurant overlooking the park, we couldn't have a better setting. While the downtown hotels, overlooking city hall, including the Caravelle, and the Rex have a great location, the overall ambience of the New World was terrific. Although the hotel is primarily a business hotel, with plenty of Chinese and Japanese tourists, Americans would be most welcome there. The Friday night seafood buffet even has "live shrimp" in a tank, caught, and cooked in front on you.