Caravelle Hotel

Saigon, Vietnam

At a Glance

  • The iconic Saigon Saigon rooftop bar has been welcoming patrons since 1959

  • Boasts the perfect rooftop swimming pool on the 7th floor, where you can relax and unwind in the sunshine

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Hot all year round and December to April is the dry season with occasional rain. May to November is the wet season with showers almost every day and flooding in the Mekong Delta can occur. December is the coolest month, while April and May tend to be the hottest months.

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Insider's View

Enjoy an evening drink at the renowned and lively Saigon Saigon Bar.

Upgrade to the Signature Selection which offers guests club benefits such as buffet breakfast at Signature Lounge; a selection of beverages served throughout the day; evening cocktails and a wide range of canapés.

The Carravelle is perfectly located to walk to a number of the city’s sights. Make sure you head out on foot and explore!

Make sure you make the most of the of the fantastic lounge - complimentary cocktails, nibbles and snacks in the late afternoon!

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Caravelle Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Saigon

Description

The 5-Star Caravelle hotel is located right in the heart of the commercial, shopping and entertainment areas of the bustling and vibrant city of Saigon, overlooking the historical Opera House.

The hotel boasts 335 superbly appointed rooms and offers splendid choices in cuisine and nightlife with the legendary Saigon Saigon Bar on its rooftop. In the last Indochina war, the hotel was a popular home for foreign war correspondents reporting on military and political activities. It is located across the street from the city’s graceful French-built Opera House and within walking distance of the city’s main tourist attractions, shopping and entertainment.

It boasts six dining options, 24-hour fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace and spa complete with treatment rooms.

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Accommodation

There are 335 rooms in total divided into Deluxe Rooms, Signature Floor Rooms and Suites. The Signature Floor Rooms and Suites enjoy the benefits of the Signature Lounge, including buffet breakfast and evening cocktails and canapés.

Amenities include telephone, satellite television channel, CD, DVD, mini-bar, tea and coffee-makers, coffee machine and in-room safe. There is complimentary Wi-Fi internet in-room and throughout the hotel.

Deluxe Room (38msq)
Opera Room (38msq)
Signature (38msq)
Heritage Executive Suite (67-87msq)
Siganture Premium (43 msq)
Heritage Caravelle Suite (104 msq)
Heritage Saigon Suite (90msq)
Heritage Opera Suite (136msq)
Heritage Signature Suite (180msq)
Heritage Two Bedroom Suite (136msq)

Services

24-hour security, concierge and in-room dining. Laundry, dry cleaning and pressing.

Reviews

4

Jack Mace (Staff)

The Caravelle has become somewhat of a landmark in Saigon as it towers above the opera house right in the centre of the city. I really enjoyed my stay there as its a hotel rich with history and proud to be one of the longest standing 5* in the country. As you enter the hotel you are greeted by the faces of the incredibly friendly staff in a smart lobby that has just been renovated. Here you will find many f&b outlets but the most popular is the Cafe d'Opera where it's great to enjoy an afternoon tea. The hotel has got fantastic facilities to come with its position. There's a lovely outdoor pool area which is good to relax by after a long day on your feet. There's also a good spa and big gym of you wanted to work off any of the delicious breakfast you are served! The hotel is de to be fully renovated at the end of the year and once this happens it'll be hard to beat.

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Dominic Atterton (Staff)

The Caravelle is a Saigon institution and has been at the heart of the city for decades throughout a turbulent past. Now the hotel remains one of the citys most luxurious places to stay although I did think it could do with a bit of a facelift. Thankfully full renovations are planned for 2016 and the new rooms that I saw during my stay looked really promising. What I did really like about the Caravelle is the charming service and the fantastic location. The hotel is in the very centre of the city, I was able to walk to the main tourist sites, local market and lots of local restaurants. Saigon traffic is terrible so having these on your doorstep is a huge bonus.

The hotel is made up of two wings the original Heritage wing and a newer Opera Wing, my advice would be to opt for a club level room in the newer wing. You will have a nice high floor with views over the city and you have access to the club lounge which offers faster check in on arrival and a really calm environment for breakfast or evening complimentary cocktails. On top of the Heritage Wing is the notorious Saigon Saigon Bar, still hugely popular its the ideal place for a pre dinner drink of an evening nightcap when you return home from a night on the town. The Caravelle also has a very impressive spa and fitness centre with a great gym, spa and outdoor pool.

It is not the glitziest of hotels but I would happily return next time I was in the city as it offers great service and excellent value for money and a chance to be a part of some very important history.

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Victoria Hogg (Staff)

The Caravelle is a great base to explore this fascinating city, and with the upcoming refurbishment to the bedrooms, it will become a fantastic option for those wanting a good value option combined with excellent service, in a fantastic location (just a stones throw away from the Opera House). Spend your afternoon relaxing by the outdoor swimming pool, or treat yourself to a spoiling spa treatment which is the perfect way to unwind during the midday heat. In the evenings you are in a great spot to just wander out to local bars and restaurants and if you want to start the evening off early, you can venture up to the infamous Saigon Saigon rooftop bar for a pre-dinner drink.

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Sarah Baxter (Staff)

This is fantastically located in Ho Chi Minh City District 1, right opposite the Opera House, the other side of the square from the Park Hyatt Hotel. The roof top bar is a lively place for an early evening drink, taking in the incredible views of the buzzing city. The swimming pool is a great size, with sunbeds for when you want to take a break from the city, while sipping a cocktail from the pool bar. It is a more affordable option than its competitor across the square and this is perhaps reflected in the slightly dated decor. Having said this, the rooms are a good size and there are suites available for people who want a more luxurious stay.

Experiences

  • A Morning like a Local Saigonese

    Spend the morning exploring the local side of Saigon, winding your way through the alleys, stopping off to sample local snacks, chatting with traders and visiting colourful markets. This is a great introduction to Vietnam's most lively city.

  • Cu Chi Tunnels

    The tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City. They once supported the Viet Cong, the communist forces in Vietnam and are well worth exploring today.

  • Foodie Walking Tour of Saigon

    This morning tour explores Saigon's fragrant street food on foot with a local expert. Explore markets, try authentic Banh Mi, enjoy Vietnamese ice tea and sit down to lunch at a local canteen.

  • Morning Market & Street Eats

    Enjoy the bustling markets and mouth-watering streetfood of Saigon with this half-day tour. Accompanied by your English-speaking guide, take a stroll through one of the city's most historic markets, sampling delicious local dishes as you go.

  • Retracing The Past; Saigon's Wartime History

    This half day tour will take you to some of the key sites connected to Saigon's wartime history, including the Reunification Palace, the former residence of 1960s US Ambassador Mr. Henry C. Lodge Jr, and the rooftop of the famous Rex Hotel.

  • Saigon Food Tour by Vespa

    Saigon is one of the most exhilarating cities in Southeast Asia and this immersive tour, on the back of a Vespa, is one of the best ways to enjoy the city and its food.

  • The Heart of the Mekong Delta - With Cycling

    Spend the day exploring the Mekong Delta, visiting sleepy villages, fruit plantations and local craft experts. This a chance to experience rural Vietnam and local life here, travelling by car, boat, on foot and even horse drawn cart or tri-motorcycle.

  • Tour of Saigon

    Our city tour allows you to marvel at Saigon's historical landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustav Eiffel.

Location & directions

Saigon, Vietnam

Situated at Lam Son Square in Ho Chi Minh City centre. Steps from Saigon’s main tourist attractions as well as the exhibition centre and business district in District 1.

How to get there

It is a 15-hour international flight (one change) to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City. The Caravelle is a 30-minute drive from the airport.

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