Renaissance Saigon Riverside Hotel
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Apr 16: I've been keeping notes on this trip, but haven't taken one while here in Saigon for the past two days, but I'm now just waiting at the hotel lobby for my private ride to the airport. Our local guide, Vu, was excellent, and we saw most of the important sites in Saigon and environs. I'll have plenty of time to update my blog while in transit …
This was the one city I had the most hesitation about. I heard about the noise, smells and amount of people. But so far we love it. The amazingness of the number of people on motorbikes in every dress, shape and form. It is like a maze of unwritten rules to just go in every direction with patience or by blowing their horn. I can't believe what they …
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After a short intro to SE Asia in Singapore, we landed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In comparison to other Asian airports it was quite small, and a very plain and tidy place without much notice of capitalistic pursuits of fast food and kitsch shops. The customs were in army uniforms and quite stern, definitely not to be …
The good news... I'm officially a MILLIONAIRE!!!! That's right
and it was quicker than winning the Lotto. Currently the exchange rate
is 20,900 Vietnamese Dong to 1 US dollar, so I exchanged $100 and
received 2,090,000 dong in return. This should make for some fun
bargaining and very careful calculations over the next 4 weeks.< …
When touring the Reunification Palace I couldn't help but get a Gatsbyesque sort of feeling, as if ghosts from the past still inhabited the breezy marbled halls or danced in the rooftop ballroom to the tinkle of champagne glasses and a lilting bossa nova melody. I thought of former president, Nguyen Van Thieu, who lived here during the Vietnam War …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRenaissance Saigon Riverside Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
This hotel is centrally located in Saigon by the river, and easy walking to many of the important sites.
There are all manners of shopping in this area, District 1, with a huge selection of good restaurants.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Renaissance Saigon Riverside Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
Stayed at the Renaissance Riverside after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor. Maybe my experience was just a fluke, but I was not impressed with the hotel. I booked a club level/city view room on Expedia for $110 plus tax, and upon check-in, everything seemed to be going okay. Then there was apparently a problem, so they asked us to wait, and offered us a complimentary drink -- very nice so far. But then they preceeded to ask me if I wanted a riverview room for $10 more, I said no, and they were obviously confused about what to do. We tried to order our welcome drink (a vodka & sprite), but were then firmly told that we could only have a straight drink, with no mixer. So we could have a sprite or a vodka, but not mixed. This seemed rather odd to me, but as our room was finally ready, we asked that two vodkas be delivered to our room. Getting to the elevator, we tried to access the club floor (which you need a key), but our keys had not been programmed. I had to go back again and get them to program them. Finally got to the room, which was spacious, but nothing special. Decor a little dated -- the king size bed was actually two twins placed side by side (not uncommon in Asia I guess). I have stayed at much nicer rooms at the Renaissance chain. I took advantage of the complimentary club room to get a 7up for vodkas. The club room had some problems that day (it appeared to be flooded, and the rugs were wet and being dried). We returned later for afternoon complimentary cocktails and snacks (cocktails were good, snacks were not), and the floor seemed to be dry. While we were enjoying ourselves, the hostess came up to us and "told" me that I did not have club privledges, and I would need to pay for the drinks. I was starting to get annoyed at this point with all the problems, and "told" her that I was in fact on the club floor, and that she need to clear that up with the management. She apparently did, since she didn't return. Breakfast in the club room was just okay, nothing special (though the sausages were maybe some of the best I've had in Asia). Had to wait 20 minutes for a bellman to bring down the luggage at checkout. Overall, this hotel appears to be in need of better management and customer service. I'm not sure I would stay here again.
I stayed for 4 night at the Renaissance and had a great time there. The hotel has an extremely friendly and knowlegable staff and all of the front desk speaks English very well. I had never been to HCMC before and they steered me in the right direction regarding sightseeing, bars and restaurants throughout the trip.
Very nice hotel in a wonderful location. It is rated 5 stars in some venues but I think it deserves an admirable 4 star rating. It is so inexpensive for what you receive. This hotel is very clean with moderate rooms set within an atrium of tranquility. Guestrooms are comfortable, not huge by any means and have a nice bathroom.
Instead of chocolates they give you "good night guys". These are miniature porcelain charcters (female and male) of the Vietnamese people and a great keep-sake and souvenir.
I would definitely consider staying at this property and can assure you that you will not be disappointed!
The Renaissance is a great hotel. We stayed from 1st July for 4 nights and upgraded to the executive floor. This gives you access to the lounge that serves breakfast in the morning, snacks and soft drinks all day and then free alcohol and snacks (sushi, ribs, spring rolls, etc) from 5.30 - 9.30, then back to soft drinks and cheese. Well worth the extra. Didn't try any of the other restaurants in the hotel, they all looked very nice but there are plenty within walking distance and it's worth getting out in the smoke. They were kind enough to provide a lovely flower display for us, we were there on honeymoon which was a nice touch. They operate a turn down service at night. We had a room that overlooked the river, it was interesting to compare one side against the other and watch the very busy ferries going about their business. I had a great time there with my new husband, and though we would probably not go back to HCMC we would recommend the hotel to any one going there.
Fantastic hotel in great area, District 1 which is the city shopping district and overlooking the river.
First Class Hotel !
Stayed at Riverside on 19 May. Superb location across street from river. Executive floors (18th and 19th) are great as they provide access to unbelievable lounge overlooking the river. Exec lounge provides open bar in evening and enough appetizers that you don't need to eat dinner! Breakfast is also very good. Service from staff in lounge and at front desk is excellent.
Be sure and secure river view room. Unfortunately I did not ask for one and instead looked directly into office building across the street and had to keep curtains closed all day/night.
Will definitely come back for a longer stay provided I can get river view.
Superb hotel on all counts. Breakfast, room, staff & location. Try and upgrade to the 18th & 19th floors wrhere you get , at a private louge overlooking the Saigon river, a complimentary buffet (hot & cold) morning and evening, tea, coffee & soft drinks throughout the day, free internet, free bar in the evenings & free laundry. We were there on business but intend to take my family there this summer. Go, enjoy...
Excellent - shame only 1 night!
I stayed at the Renaissance Riverside recently but only for 1 night.
I found the staff very helpful and friendly and the room very comfortable and spacious. The view from my room across the river was brilliant.
The bed was really nice (or was it that I was so tired!!).
The breakfast was excellent.
I would definitely stay there again.
In April 2004 i spent 5 nights with my husband and two teenage children at the renaissance riverside hotel in saigon. It was a very memorable stay with the hotel rooms being of an excellent standard. The hotel has a large atrium that is in the middle of the inside of the hotel that gives you a rather grand feeling when you go up the elevator to your room. The hotel has one of the best breakfast buffets that i have ever eaten and the service was just great from the staff. The hotel has a pool up on the roof that gives an amazing view of the hustle and bustle of city and the saigon river. Just to stand up on the roof and look at the city traffic was amazing.The location of the hotel was also good with it being close to shops and restuarants......i loved staying at the riverside renaissance hotel in saigon