Hotel Saigon Morin
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We had flown into Hue the previous night arriving late so didn't get our bearings until the following morning. Weather much warmer here than the North with sunny skies.
A dragon boat up the Perfume River was a lovely way to start the day. Dropped in at the Thien Ma Pagoda which is guarded by 12 large wooden figures with real hair (!), a …
We left Hanoi today to travel to our next destination, Hue which was the former capital of Vietnam and contains the old Imperial Citadel and City.
After checking the flight details we discover that we have an extra hour to sleep in before we need to leave for the airport, as it turns out we would have been better not to know!!
Today we drove to the old imperial capital of Hue via the "Hai Van Pass." It is known and one of the most scenic and beautiful drives in the country and now I know why. It is definately spectacular as you carve your way snakelike around the mountain and watch the landscape change between coastal, mountainous, and rural. There is an overlook halfway …
We caught the overnight sleeper bus from Nin Binh to Hue (pronounced hway) (about $10US per person). Imagine a regular bus but with bunk beds instead of seats. We didn't really get a good night sleep as the driver was a bit heavy handed with the horn, starting about 5am. It was definitely an experience we'll all remember though
Hue was …
Reaching Hue by bus took us by way of a mountainous highway with spectacular views. The city of Hue, located on the banks of the Perfume River, is lovely. Here we toured the old imperial city located in the citadel. The old city was modeled on China's Forbidden City with a host of temples and palaces. We also took a riverboat ride along the Perfume …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Saigon Morin Hue
We loved our stay at the Morin. The rooms are huge with high ceilings and comfortably appointed. The grounds have a tropical appearance where outdoor dining is available. Location is also great, just steps away from the Perfume River. We would certainly recommend it and would definitely stay there again should we return.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Saigon Morin Hue
If you are use to staying in 5 star hotels and demand 5 star service, you may be a little disappointed in this hotel, but it would be your issue and not that of the hotel. Hue is not a large town, but a wonderful place to visit. This is an older hotel that is just fine for 97% of the people who stay there.
The old hotel has a pleasent exterior but was disapointing on the inside dispite the fact that our room was enormous and the bed bigger than a king size! What let the hotel down was its general decor, the rooms seemed drab and the stuck on paper decor on mirrors and doors did not help, seemed cheap and cheerful. Breakfast which we had outside in the attractive large courtyard lacked appeal due to the small choice. Perhaps we had been spoilt by our other hotels in Vietnam. This could be a great hotel if refurbished and someone had a quiet word in the chefs ear.
Riding on old glory
It is an old hotel with a great location and lots of history.
THe rooms are huge but some need rennovation, ours did not. Our TV blew up and was replaced in 10 minutes.
The pool is basic and the buffet for breakfast is acceptable.
The hotel is overpriced and the one restaurant inside had porr quality food but great surprises...my kids ate and watched mice running back and forth.
It is probably the only acceptable show in town so they seem to still be able to get their price. There are unfortunately not many good restaurants around the hotel.
The other reviews on this hotel were varied and I was a tad apprehensive when booking it. However, it was one of the best hotels we stayed in when travelling in Vietnam. The room was huge and beautifully appointed and the marble bathroom was large with a separate tub and shower. Breakfast was served outside in a lovely inner courtyard and there was plenty of choice. The only slight issue was the size of the pool - it's on the small side. Overall, a great hotel with a real historical feel which is close to all the sites and a number of restuarants and bars (we booked the hotel (a deluxe room) through Direct Rooms whose website pictures do the hotel no justice but they provided a fast efficient booking service and I would recommend them).
True colonial style
This is a true colonial style hotel, with lots of charm.
OK, so it has its warts - the doors to the cupboards and bathroom were warped, and the bathroom isn't the most modern, but the room itself was beautiful.
Dinner was served outside in the courtyard - one of the best meals we had, candelight and traditional music. Lovely.
Not the Best
I stayed at the Saigon Morin Hotel in March 2005 for one night, and for me that was enough. I was only impressed by the size of the rooms, which was in fact very large. The hotel needs to update it's furniture/decorations etc. We ate breakfast at a nice outdoor buffet, which was very beautiful and very close to the pool. The buffet unfortunately did not have very many food choices. We arrived very late at night so we were very eager to get our suitcases to go to bed, but they took a very long time to be sent upstairs. Overall the hotel didn't blow me away but it was absolutely fine.
Some Good/some not so good
The rooms were large and comfortable. That's really all the good I can muster for this old hotel. The public spaces (lobby, business center etc) were all not airconditioned with temps at or near 100 degrees F. during the day. The restaurant and bar were pathetic and the staff seemed nice but totally disinterested. We won't return.
The most beautiful hotel!
I've traveled much these past few years and have stayed at numerous fancy hotels and resorts, but I have to say the Morin Hotel in Hue is my most favorite. It's beautiful and historical! The breakfast buffet was to die for! I don't want to stay anywhere else when I'm Hue! And that says a lot!
Would not recommed the Morin
We were not thrilled with the Morin. The rooms are overpriced and in need of revovations. Our room had a musty smell. We paid the same price to stay at the Caravelle in Ho Chi Minh City ($95) and it was a thousand times better than the Morin. I agree that the exterior of the Morin is charming, the staff is friendly, and the location is good. However, for $60-65 you could stay at the Century Riverside - it's not as pleasing from the outside, but seems nicer than the Morin from the inside, has better views of the river, and an equally good location.
We traveled throughout Vietnam in June, 2004, and we still rank the Saigon Morin as one of our favorite hotels. It has the old-world French charm, reminescent of the early days of Vietnam. The corridors are lined with pictures of its past. The rooms are exquisite; we occupied a second floor room with balcony directly overlooking the Perfume River. The staff was, as we found throughout Vietnam, extremely cordial, and wanting to please. The only drawback that we found was the lack of air-conditioning in the lobby and in the restaurant. The rooms were quite cool, but when it is 100 degrees outside, airconditioning in the lobby makes a big difference. The staff, did however, bring in an "industrial size fan" which kept us comfortable during a wonderful, and reasonably priced dinner.