10 Must-check in Hotels When you visit Vietnam
Here are 10 best hotels in Vietnam accoridng to Telegraph UK:
1. Park Hyatt Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Rate : 9/10
This luxurious, colonial-inspired grande dame sits right at the historic heart of Ho Chi Minh City, with contemporary comforts including a world-class spa. The hotel was a base for the US military during the war and DJ Adrian Cronauer made his daily broadcast from it, made famous in the film Good Morning, Vietnam.
A 25-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute walk to District 1’s most iconic landmarks, including the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace, the high-end shops and galleries of Nguyen Hue and Dong Khoi streets, restaurants and cafés.
STYLE & CHARACTER
The elegant lobby is filled with giant vases of fragrant flowers, while light floods the Park Lounge, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and glittering chandeliers. The work of local artisans, original paintings – such as The Royal Lady dating from the 19th century – and antiques, including painted lacquer chests, are a nod to the city’s history. Bespoke handwoven carpets feature birds, thought to bring good luck.
SERVICE & FACILITIES
Neutral-toned rooms are light and bright, channelling the old-world charms of colonial Saigon, with polished wooden floors, louvre windows, ceiling fans and embroidered silk cushions, while hi-tech additions include Bose Bluetooth speakers, iPads and a Nespresso coffee maker. Plush king-sized beds are covered in crisp white linens, and sparkling white marble bathrooms come with tubs and separate rain showers. Park Deluxe rooms have their own private terrace with direct access to the pool and the extra-spacious Park Suites have their own separate living area.
FOOD & DRINK
Signature restaurant Square 1 serves up a gourmet mix of Vietnamese – including clay pot dishes and fresh, wok-fried lobster – and French-influenced dishes from its five show kitchens. An expansive buffet breakfast is served at the all-day Opera – from fresh fruit to pastries from the in-house boutique, and Vietnamese and international classics – with an Italian menu at lunch and dinner. Snacks are served in the Park Lounge, followed by afternoon tea of Vietnamese-inspired savouries and delicate French pastries, which morphs into cocktails and live piano music every evening. The bar boasts a 1,500-bottle wine cellar, while 2 Lam Son attracts a glamorous crowd with its signature martinis and live DJs.
VALUE FOR MONEY (Rate: 8/10)
Double rooms from $319 (£240) in low season; and from $405 (£304) in high. Breakfast $35 (£26); half price for children aged six-12 years; freee for under-sixes. Free Wi-Fi.
Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai (Hoi An, Vietnam)
9/10 Telegraph expert rating
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai manages to feel both intimate and impressive at once. With 100 villas sprinkled along the beach, two atmospheric restaurants, three inviting swimming pools, and a gorgeous spa, there’s a huge range of highly-personalised things to see and do.
Just 15 minutes’ from the pretty town of Hoi An and fronted by nearly 25 miles of powdery, platinum-white sands sweeping all the way to Danang, the Nai Ham’s location is inspiring. Wander along the shore and see local fishermen hauling nets into bamboo boats or head into Hoi An for a cultural hit (the hotel operates a complimentary shuttle five times a day). The nearest international airport, Danang, is a 30-minute drive from the hotel.
STYLE & CHARACTER (9/10)
Previously known as The Nam Hai and long regarded as one of the finest hotels in Vietnam, this sultry seaside resort joined the Four Seasons hotel group at the end of 2016. Stepping into the open-air lobby which overlooks the cobalt-blue South China Sea will have you picking your jaw up off the floor. Grey stone, pagoda-style roofs, palm-trees strung with jewel-coloured lanterns and reflective pools celebrate traditional Vietnamese temple architecture. The surrounding tropical foliage is tended by 100 gardeners.
SERVICE & facilities
Most villas offer views over the South China sea and all are decorated in a sensuous, contemporary Asian style; peaked roofs, dark wood floors, soothing colours and textures, and plush outdoor spaces where you can lie on oversized loungers and be lulled to sleep by the ocean. They are generously proportioned, some have swimming pools, others sunken bathtubs, while family villas come with additional dens to comfortably tuck two kids into.
Food & drink (9/10)
There are two outstanding restaurants; Café Nam Hai offering Western and Indian dishes – the cinnamon smoked lamb was divine – and lantern-lit Vietnamese restaurant La Sen – here, I recommend the sweet-juicy suckling pig.
One of the most enjoyable eating experiences, though, has to be preparing and cooking your own meal with the hotel’s Cooking Academy; the day starts with an early morning water buffalo ride through rice fields and ends with a tableful of crispy prawn pancakes, sizzling pork skewers and peppery salads.
Breakfast is worth rolling out of bed for; a majestic spread of tropical fruits, fragrant Vietnamese broths, cheese and charcuterie, truffle-soaked eggs and freshly-baked breads and pastries.
Value for money (8/10)
Hôtel des Arts Saigon
This art-filled boutique is a stunning blend of French colonial and contemporary Vietnam, with world-class dining, an award-winning spa and topped with a rooftop pool and buzzy bar, at the heart of the country’s most cosmopolitan city.
Location ( 8/10)
A 30-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute walk to restaurants, shops and key sights, such as the Saigon Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum
Style & character (9/10)
The building itself is a work of art with its smooth lines and sensuous curves, before you step through the enormous wooden doors and into the gorgeous triple-height lobby. Designed on Feng Shui principles, it sets the tone with acres of marble, floor-to-ceiling windows, statement lighting, sumptuous fabrics and huge vases of flowers. The female staff wear beautiful silk ao dai, the traditional Vietnamese dress, and the hotel is a showcase for the owner’s gallery-worthy collection of paintings and antiques.
Service & facilities (9/10)
Service is effortlessly efficient and friendly. The concierge is a wealth of information on what to do and where to eat nearby, but take time to relax in the art-filled library and lounge around the glass-walled saltwater pool on the 24th floor. It comes with
stunning views over the city and after dark the lounge bar attracts a trendy crowd, with DJs spinning tropical house. Le Spa des Artistes blends Asian and European techniques, and guests arriving early or leaving late can use the showers.
Rooms and suites are light-filled and elegant, with gleaming rosewood parquet, white walls, dark-wood furniture handcrafted by local artisans and taupe soft furnishings. Vast, feather-soft beds are clad in crisp white Egyptian cotton and a wafty white linen curtain separates the sparkling marble bathrooms – where my Executive Studio Suite had a decadent red, claw-foot tub with a view over the city, Lanvin lotions and potions and a separate dressing area. All rooms have international plug sockets, a Nespresso machine and a television in an ornate gilt frame.
Food & drink (8/10)
The all-day dining Saigon Kitchen takes its inspiration from an Asian street food market, but the expansive breakfast buffet ranges from French patisserie and a full English to pho and dim sum. The buffet lunch serves up Western and Pan-Asian favourites, while dinner is à la carte, with a seafood extravaganza at weekends.
Bag a velvet sofa for an indulgent high tea in the ground-floor Café des Beaux Arts, to the strains of a grand piano. Super-cool Japanese firm Super Potato designed the seductively lit, wood-panelled Social Club on the 23rd floor, with a creative menu from top chef Anne-Cécile Degenne of sharing plates and top-notch steak and seafood. Then head up to the rooftop bar for a bespoke cocktail – Saigon by Night mixes up basil-infused vodka, mango and Sauvignon Blanc.
Value for money (9/10)
Silk Path Boutique Hanoi
This wallet-friendly boutique hotel in Hanoi’s atmospheric Old Quarter offers stylish rooms and a five-star service. It comes with an unbeatable location opposite the serene Hoan Kiem Lake and some of the best views in the city from its rooftop bar.
It’s a 40-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute walk to the Old Quarter’s shops, restaurants and sights. Its hard-to-beat location on the lake’s edge means there’s no traffic – or the incessant honk of scooter horns – at weekends.
Style & character (8/10)
The tall, skinny building used to be an apartment block and is typical of Old Quarter architecture, where space is at a premium. Not to be confused with its larger sibling the Silk Path Hotel, this intimate boutique channels French colonial style: gently whirring ceiling fans, gleaming marble, Tiffany-esque stained glass and public spaces filled with vases of fresh, fragrant flowers. At weekends, join the locals power-walking and jogging around the lake, or just sit on a bench and people-watch.
Service & facilities (8/10)
The 33 spacious rooms and suites come with lake or city views and are tastefully decked out in neutral tones, with polished wooden floors, bright white walls and dark-wood furniture. Beds are clad in soft white linens and there’s a choice of foam and feather pillows. There are tea and coffee making facilities and a good choice of English-speaking television channels, including Netflix for subscribers. And – healthier than the usual pillow chocolate – you get a piece of fruit at turn-down.
The marble bathrooms are compact but spotlessly clean; suites come with a bath, the rest have a powerful, walk-in shower.
Food & drink (8/10)
The hotel’s small Restaurant La Cour offers all-day dining. The expansive breakfast menu means you can go local with steamed rice rolls or pho bo (beef noodle soup) or opt for pastries or eggs-to-order. At dinner, you can go for traditional Vietnamese, pan-Asian or international fare, such as pizzas. Leave room for a sinfully delicious dessert of deep-fried spring rolls, filled with chocolate and dusted with cinnamon.
The rooftop bar has plenty of lounging space; try the cocktail of the month – perhaps a mango or pineapple daiquiri.
Value for money (9/10)
Le Méridien Saigon
Le Méridien is a comfortable, design-minded hotel for discerning travellers. It is conveniently close to the city’s attractions, which are just a short drive (or 20-minute walk) away; the hotel’s five chic bars and restaurants will certainly tempt guests into lingering a little longer.
Le Meridien Saigon is situated along a bank of the Saigon River, in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 – which means it’s really central to the business district and close to many tourist attractions in the city. It’ll take about 15 minutes to walk to the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, Opera House and the Reunification Palace, as well as malls like Takashimaya and the Vincom Centre.
Style & character (8/10)
The hotel celebrates art and local artists, which gives it a boutiquey feel, despite the large number of rooms. At the waiting area for each lift, artists have created their impressions of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) so every floor offers a different, creative view of the city. Almost every room offers a real-time view of the city too, because the glass-enclosed hotel is currently the tallest building in the area. On entering the hotel guests are welcomed by a vast, two-storey space that’s dominated by silver columns, a marble floor and a chandelier of thousands of glass bubbles that floats from the ceiling; quirky accents like the red high-backed chairs in the lobby are peppered throughout the hotel. Overall, think sleek and contemporary, with a funky twist.
Service & facilities (8/10)
The standard rooms follow a palette of mostly greys and whites, and have a modern design element to them. The wall behind the bed is a graphic representation of the layout of HCMC, with the hotel’s location noted along the river. The custom-designed carpet picks up on some elements from this artwork, as does a masala-coloured reclining couch. There are ample plug sockets in the rooms – perfect for those travelling with many gadgets – as well as a comfortably large desk space. The bathroom is separated from the room by a glass wall (with blinds). It features a large bath tub as well as a rain shower.
Food & drink (8/10)
There are five dining options at Le Meridien. Latest Recipe is where the buffet breakfast is served – choices here are vast, and include everything from croissants and fresh breads to eggs (any style), hash browns, cheese platters, pho and sushi. Bamboo Chic is a contemporary fusion restaurant, offering a mix of Cantonese and Japanese cuisine (and gorgeous views across the city); Latitude 10 is a daytime coffee bar, night-time cocktail bar. Explore Bistro, located at the pool near the spa, offers healthy and detoxing food and drinks. There’s also a grab-and-go coffee shop and bakery.
Value for money (8/10)
Anantara Mui Né
This plush resort is perfect for families and couples alike. It has intimate cabins set in a tropical garden behind a white-sand beach lapped by gentle-waves, a sumptuous spa, huge pool and wealth of activities.
Style & character
Tam Coc Garden
If you’re looking for beyond-the-brochure Vietnam, this countryside idyll ringed by rice paddies and lotus ponds amid the rolling mountains of Ninh Binh, a two-hour drive south of Hanoi, is just the ticket.
Channelling old-colonial charm and surrounded by tropical gardens, Anantara has bagged the best spot in Hoi An, set on the banks of the picturesque Thu Bon River, just a short stroll from the ancient streets and colourful architecture of arguably Vietnam’s most beguiling town.
La Residence Hotel & Spa
The former French governor’s grand 1930s residence has been restored and turned into a gorgeous boutique hotel, mixing sleek Art Deco lines and Oriental opulence. It’s set in a beautiful frangipani-scented garden on the banks of the fabled Perfumed River in imperial Vietnam’s ancient capital.
Ma Maison Boutique Hotel
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ma Maison is an elegant boutique guesthouse in a ‘real’ Saigon neighbourhood. The French-colonial building, draped in bougainvilleas, is an evocative nod to the past and a very comfortable hotel for travellers who like to always feel ‘at home’.
Almanity Hoi An
Hoi An, Vietnam
The Almanity Hoi An, formerly known as The Alma Courtyard, is in the laid-back Vietnamese town of Hoi An. It has a superb spa and offers guests one free treatment for every day that they stay.
It took more than 10 years for the relevant government permissions and building works to be completed on Hanoi’s latest luxury hotel, which is housed in a 1920s neoclassical pile. The results are a little mixed. But the Apricot still offers reliable service, comfortable rooms and an exciting location.