Since opening in July 2005 the Park Hyatt set its sights on becoming the top luxury hotel in Saigon. Not surprisingly the competition isn't eager to yield the title. The result is Saigon's top hotels have raised the bar a notch - to the benefit of travelers.
The Park Hyatt makes a strong case for the top spot. Directly across Lam Son Square from the Caravelle Hotel, overlooking the landmark Municipal Theater, it's within easy walking distance of just about everything in District One. The flowing curves of the facade help the low-rise building blend into the surrounding neighborhood and give it an intimate feel that belies its size.
The interior seamlessly blends French colonial influence with modern flair. The lobby is dominated by an open piano lounge with floor-to-ceiling shuttered windows that open onto an outdoor terrace. The guest rooms' teak floors, 4-poster beds, ceiling fans and operable windows are a throwback to earlier times, while flat panel TVs and huge bathrooms with separate shower and tub, modern fixtures and spacious armoir will appease the most demanding traveler. A "floor butler" is on hand to help expedite requests.
The L-shaped building's interior courtyard is another nod to traditional colonial architecture. One of our favorite features is the third floor courtyard pool area. Savvy travelers will want to snag one of only nine Park Deluxe rooms with 150 square foot patio and direct access to the courtyard. (They go fast, so reserve well in advance!)
The Park Hyatt can't claim to be the most opulent (the Sheraton), the most European (the Sofitel Plaza) or even the best located (a tie with Caravelle) but it balances all the above in a way no other property in the city does. We think the unique architecture and laid back colonial atmosphere distinguish it from the competition and will appeal to well-heeled travelers who prefer understated luxury with a splash of colonial tradition.
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