The Best Hotels in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Stay in historical surrounds at the Hôtel des Arts Saigon in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City
Stay in historical surrounds at the Hôtel des Arts Saigon in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City | Courtesy of Hôtel des Arts Saigon – MGallery Collection / Expedia
Abigail Malbon

The easiest way to maximise your time in Ho Chi Minh City is to base yourself in District 1. Luckily, that’s no Hunger Games reference, but rather the most central area, where you’ll be best-placed to see the Opera House and Notre Dame. And the hotel scene here is (unsurprisingly) excellent, ranging from suites with floating bathtubs to rooms in a former military base.

1. Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel

Rooftop deck and pool at Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa
Courtesy of Silverland Jolie / Expedia

Boasting a bit more flair than most of its counterparts in District 1 is the Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa. The lobby unites rich woods and leather, culminating in a classic, almost art deco vibe, a theme that extends to the spacious, sumptuous rooms. A tiny rooftop pool and lounge offer great views over the Saigon River.

2. InterContinental Residences Saigon

Chain Hotel

Grand seatng area at InterContinental Residences Saigon with green soft furnishings and view over city
Courtesy of InterContinental Saigon Residences / Expedia

Want to feel at home during your time in District 1? Consider a stay at the InterContinental Residences Saigon. A central location and convenient amenities make it ideal for a long-term stay (you’d struggle to feel crowded in the two-bedroom Executive Room), while an in-house spa and 15m (49ft) pool supply the vacation vibes.

3. Hôtel des Arts Saigon - MGallery Collection

Boutique Hotel

Elegant and spacious living space with plush furnishings at Ho Chi Minh Citys Hôtel des Arts Saigon – MGallery.

With a nostalgic, art deco feel, the much-lauded Hôtel des Arts is one the classier places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Rooms and suites continue the Indochina theme established in the lobby and exterior, while the rooftop pool serves as a stark – and jaw-dropping – reminder of the Vietnam of today.

4. The Reverie Saigon

Suite Hotel

Opulent lobby at The Reverie Saigon with richly coloured swirl carpet, floral wallpaper and green gem grandfather clock
Courtesy of The Reverie Saigon / Hotels.com

The Reverie is at the top end of the price scale in Ho Chi Minh, but worth it if you want Vietnamese extravagance. Expect Liberace-esque marbling and gold-leaf interiors with a healthy dose of mirroring for good measure. Sure, it’s over the top, but The Reverie aims to be the standout opulent accommodation in Saigon – and you can’t help but be swept up in the drama of it all.

5. Fusion Suites Saigon

Budget Hotel, Hotel

Minimalist room at Fusion Suites Saigon with wooden furniture and ceiling, and large windows overlooking tops of trees
Courtesy of Fusion Suites Sai Gon / Expedia

A 1990s bank converted into a hotel sounds cool – and that’s exactly the vibe Fusion Suites is going for. Rooms are bright and modern, and those on the higher floors provide an epic view of the city. As for gimmicks; the rooms have floating baths. Stick that on your social media and watch the likes clock up.

6. Le Meridien Saigon

Spa Hotel

Swimming pool on rooftop of Le Meridien Saigon
Courtesy of Le Méridien Saigon / Expedia

With five bars, you’ll never be short of somewhere to hangout in this hotel – but hopefully the central location will encourage you to leave the sleek interiors for long enough to explore the city. Keep some time free to visit the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House and Ben Thanh Market before returning to the ocean-themed spa at the hotel for some pampering.

7. Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Business Hotel

Curved swimming pool and a jacuzzi on the rooftop of Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Courtesy of Sofitel Saigon Plaza / Expedia

The Sofitel hotel brand is worldwide, but their HCM offering is something special. The lounger-lined rooftop pool overlooking the urban sprawl is a delight, while the clean-lined rooms come with a pillow menu and city views. Food here is especially good, head to Mezz Restaurant for a cooked-to-order buffet menu, or Le 17 Bistro for authentic Provence cuisine.

8. Hotel Majestic

Hotel

Grand exterior of Hotel Majestic with passing traffic
Courtesy of Hotel Majestic / Expedia

Opened in 1925, Hotel Majestic claims historic status in the Ho Chi Minh hotel scene. But despite its age, this colonial building looks great. The 175 rooms and suites are classical in style, with marble bathrooms and private balconies. A central courtyard overlooks an angular pool, and there’s a pretty rooftop bar with views over the river.

9. Park Hyatt Saigon

Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Swimming pool outside the grand Park Hyatt Saigon
Courtesy of Park Hyatt Saigon / Expedia

If you’re looking for a hotel with history, this is it. It was a US military base during the Vietnam War, and was the place DJ Adrian Cronauer – played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning Vietnam (1987) – made his daily broadcast. Aside from the historical significance, the French-colonial style rooms and suites are spectacular, combining elegant decor with welcome tech, such as iPad minis and Nespresso coffee machines.

10. Rex Hotel

Hotel

Outdoor swimming pool at Rex Hotel
Courtesy of Rex Hotel Saigon / Hotels.com
The quirky design of the Rex – featuring garden walls and an enticing mix of old and new – adds to the charm of this want-for-nothing resort. It also helps that it’s centrally located, and has a selection of designer boutiques underneath. Not bad if you’re feeling flush. A rooftop garden bar with two elephant statues surrounding a stage is a highlight.

11. EdenStar Saigon Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel

A grand, dome chandelier in the lobby suggests the EdenStar might be an opulent place to stay. But, thankfully, the rooms tone it down a notch, with a near-all-wood look and floor-to-ceiling windows letting in plenty of light. The 12th-floor rooftop pool is the place for a splash with city views, while a coffee lounge with a water wall is a peaceful place to sit.

12. Hotel Nikko Saigon

Business Hotel, Hotel

Two single beds in room with muted beige colour palette at Hotel Nikko Saigon
Courtesy of Hotel Nikko Saigon / Hotels.com

The rooms at Hotel Nikko have beautiful bathtubs, which is reason enough to visit – but the Japanese design and huge pool should help sway you, too. A little more understated than some of Ho Chi Minh’s more famous hotels, the Nikko has a chilled-out vibe and is located just on the outskirts of District 1, giving you some peace and quiet.

Culture Trip Travel Team contributed additional reporting to this article.

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