The best way to maximise your time in Ho Chi Minh is to base yourself in the city’s District 1. Luckily, that’s no Hunger Games reference, but rather the most central area, where you’ll be best-placed to see the likes of the Opera House and Notre Dame. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1.
The Reverie is at the top end of the price scale for Ho Chi Minh, but so worth it if you want Vietnamese luxury and 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 is fabulously brazen about its intention to be the stand-out opulent accommodation in Saigon, and visitors can’t help but be swept up in the drama of it all.
A 1990s bank converted into a hotel sounds cool right off the bat – and that’s exactly the vibe Fusion Suites is going for. Rooms are bright and modern, and those on a higher floor will provide an epic view of the city. As for gimmicks; the rooms have floating baths. Stick that on your Instagram and watch the likes roll in.
With an impressive five bars, you’ll never be short of somewhere to hang out 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 Benh Tanh Market before returning to the Le Meridien Saigon’s ocean-themed spa for some pampering.
The Sofitel hotel brand is worldwide, but their HCM offering really is something special. The rooftop pool overlooking the city’s skyline is a delight, while the modern rooms are stylish and spacious. Food here is especially good, and the breakfast sets you up perfectly for a day of sightseeing.
One of the city’s historic hotels, this stunning colonial building is approaching its centenary – and looking good for it! Located right on the river, Hotel Majestic has excellent access to the city and a fun local vibe. While it’s not a place for R&R, you’re guaranteed to soak up the city’s atmosphere in this location.
If you’re looking for a hotel with history, this is it. It was originally the base for the US military during the Vietnam War, and DJ Adrian Cronauer – who was played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning Vietnam – made his daily broadcast from here. Aside from the historical significance of the building, the Park Hyatt is full of stunning local artwork and antiques.
With an excellent location and two pools, the Rex is top of many traveller’s lists. The quirky design – featuring garden walls and an enticing mix of old and new – adds to the charm of the hotel. It also helps that it happens to be very centrally-located, and has a selection of designer boutiques built-in. Not bad if you’re feeling flush.
The outdoor swimming pool is a selling point at the EdenStar, along with the welcome drink and seriously affordable nightly cost. The massages in the hotel’s spa are raved about by visitors, and the buffet breakfast is a highlight. Oh, and two words: free minibar. You heard right.
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.