From a French Provencal-style hotel with a homely ambiance to a library-themed hotel tucked in a secluded area, Ho Chi Minh City sets a high bar for stylish places to stay. This list of the best boutique hotels in the city offers a touch of class to the accommodation in this stylish city, for those who prefer to avoid generic big-name chains.
While Ho Chi Minh City is endowed with plenty of French colonial-style hotels, not many have managed to retain the ambiance of the past due to its kitschy mix of decor and style. However, you’re up for an exquisite blend, Hôtel des Arts Saigon should be on top of the list. This five-star boutique hotel has earned international acclaim for its eclectic, opulent design and laid-back attitude. The cross-cultural decoration – a blend of East and West – is featured in the cosy salon with a piano, a private collection of artworks, a library and floor-to-ceiling windows with distinctively architectural styles.
The Alcove Library Hotel is a straight-forward, no frill, no clutter boutique hotel that opened in July 2012, closer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport than it is to the city center. There is nothing quite like it in Ho Chi Minh City, for the price. Offering respite from the hustle and bustle of the center, it is a sanctuary of deluxe accommodation combined with architectural elegance and gracious hospitality. The stand-out feature of this hotel is the lobby that welcomes you with floor-to-ceiling library shelves stacked with an eclectic variety of fiction and non-fiction books for you to enjoy reading through your stay. If you are carrying around a book with you that you have finished, you are more than welcome to add it to their ever-growing collection, as a thank-you for spoiling you during your stay.
The Myst Dong Khoi is a recent addition to Ho Chi Minh’s rapidly growing high-end hotel scene with opulent and exquisite design styles. Its facade certainly strikes you as a mystery: from far away, it resembles a collage of pictures on the white walls while a closer look shows you a cascade of potted plants. Inside its intricate wood interior presents the sensation of serenity, housing furnishings and perks such as a wooden rocking chair or an old vintage desk lamp. Apparently The Myst puts simple, modern updates on the traditional old Saigon.
The Fusion Suites cleverly creates a Scandinavian style vibe in their boutique hotel. Minimalism is their trademark, and elegant touches mix with artistic photography and plenty of natural light in an effortless way. At the centre is its signature wellness philosophy through a tailor-made spa treatment to the guests for every staying night and also its downstairs cafeteria serving healthy drinks.
The Ma Maison‘s warm, spare design makes it feel more like an old Saigon home than a boutique hotel with its prominent French Provence styles. The sophisticated interiors are a fine retreat from the bustle of the city centre, but standing from the balcony will quickly inspire you to join it: the smell of local street food, the sound of street vendours and the high school are all nearby. A shame really, considering the homely ambiance and local features, to say its location deterring you from booking your stay.
When it opened in 2013, Villa Song Saigon injected a shot of adrenaline into District 2’s construction boom in attempt to lure wealthy expats and by default, the hotel scene. More design hotel than boutique (with its spacious common spots), Villa Song Saigon is, without doubt, one of the most glamorous places to bed down in this area, thanks to its location on a scenic and serene stretch of the Saigon River. The boutique hotel features a classical consistency and elegant colours, creating an utter tranquility and intimacy for any guest who wants to distance themselves from the chaos, but not the city life.