The Reverie Saigon, 22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; + 84 8 3823 6688; thereveriesaigon.com.
Published tariff is from $US450 ($576) a night, with breakfast, Wi-Fi and minibar; check site for specials and seasonal rates. Expedia.com.au has been selling rooms from $429. Abercrombie & Kent tailors Vietnam holidays with accommodation at The Reverie. More: abercrombiekent.com.au.
Vietnam Airlines flies direct from Melbourne and Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City. More: vietnamairlines.com.
Mix of couples and well-heeled families; lots of stickybeaks checking the restaurants.
The Quiet American by Graham Greene; surely Fowler and Pyle couldn’t have conceived of a hotel of this opulence rising in old Saigon.
Lifts from entry level up to reception and guest floors; wheelchair-accessible guestrooms.
Don’t miss a peep inside the neo-classical Central Post Office, with interiors by Gustav Eiffel; pop into The Long@Times Square, part of The Reverie’s street-level arcade, where there’s a bar stretching 48m, the latest in nifty cocktails and pizzas from a wood-fired oven. Take an evening Vespa tour of the city centre as a pillion passenger. More: vespaadventures.com.
The garish decor will not be to many people’s taste (but it is somehow rather fun). The sixth-floor pool beyond the huge windows of Cafe Cardinal is not as discreetly placed as it should be. Who wants an audience of diners while they swim?
The downtown District 1 location, with entrances on Dong Khoi Street and Nguyen Hue Boulevard, is perfect for instant access to shops, bars and restaurants. Fabulous Cantonese cuisine (finish with a mango, sago and pomelo pudding) is served at the hotel’s Royal Pavilion amid a jade-laden setting worthy of an imperial court.