Con­struc­tion Year Why Stay?

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1880 The old­est ho­tel in Viet­nam, Ho­tel Con­ti­nen­tal Saigon has a col­or­ful his­tory that has in­spired lit­er­ary and film clas­sics, with a num­ber of high-pro­file guests to boot.

The prop­erty has seen nu­mer­ous own­ers in its time, in­clud­ing Cor­si­can gang­ster Mathier Francini who ran the ho­tel for 45 years un­til 1975. Dur­ing that time, the ho­tel hosted sev­eral lit­er­ary he­roes, in­clud­ing In­dian poet Rabindranath Tagore. English nov­el­ist Gra­ham Greene was also a long-term guest in room 214, and many scenes in his book The Quiet Amer­i­can fea­ture the Ho­tel Con­ti­nen­tal Saigon. The ho­tel has also been im­mor­tal­ized as the cen­tral lo­cale of the movie In­do­chine, win­ner of two Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

When Pierre Cazeau de­cided to build the Ho­tel Con­ti­nen­tal, he did so with the in­ten­tion of cre­at­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion for French trav­el­ers that would be rem­i­nis­cent of their home­land. The ho­tel’s façade there­fore re­flects French ar­chi­tec­ture, while its in­te­rior has an em­pha­sis on wood and rich, sub­dued col­ors.

The ho­tel’s five din­ing out­lets re­tain a clas­sic look and trans­port din­ers back in time. Back to the 21st cen­tury, the ho­tel is also an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ac­cred­ited ho­tel.

Two meet­ing rooms, five restau­rants, three ban­quet spa­ces, a busi­ness cen­ter, spa, gym­na­sium, laun­dry ser­vice and sev­eral bou­tique shops.

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