Hôtel des Arts Saigon is nestled amid the colorful chaos of downtown Ho Chi Minh City; its gleaming exterior a mere hint of the oasis that lies inside. Part of the Accor Group's MGallery Collection, much of the building is dedicated to the art world, with a collection of paintings and antiques to rival many galleries.
The building itself is a piece art, all smooth curves and beautiful textures, standing out from the buildings on the street. Restoring the romance of the French colonial period, the boutique hotel is all glitz when you walk through its doorway. Expect high-backed chairs, luxurious fabric and the warmth of gold trimmings in the lobby. In the rooms, sink into feather-soft beds surrounded by furnishings by Vietnamese artisans and period artworks.
It’s a charmer, with 168 rooms and suites exquisitely decorated in French-Indochina style. East-meets-West decor includes rosewood parquetry floors, pressed ceilings and paneled walls, custom-designed tub seats and writing desks, claw-foot baths (below) and heavenly sleigh beds with goose-feather duvets. Floor-to-ceiling windows with distinctive round edges are an architectural feature alluding to the art deco era. Elegant rooms and stately suites are reminiscent of bygone days, inviting guests to make themselves at home in style. We take great care of our guest health: all rooms are non-smoking, for ultimate comfort and well-being.
The hotel is near the center of town, in District 3, an area known for its avenues of towering plane trees, French-style villas and cross-cultural architecture, notably the Ky Dong Church, Archbishop’s Palace and Jade Emperor Pagoda. The popular War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral are nearby.
FOOD & FOOD
The Social Club restaurant and bar on the 23rd floor is decked out à la 1930s Indochina and is known among an increasing number of local converts for its well-coiffed bartenders and their craft-spirited and botanically inspired cocktails.
The adjoining Café des Beaux-Arts has a bar and sunlit tables where chocolate high teas and light lunches are served with a fair amount of aplomb.
On the second floor, Saigon Kitchen (below) is an all-day diner inspired by local street food. The extravagant but tasteful buffet includes dishes such as pho bo alongside European and Japanese favorites.
At Le Spa des Artistes, expert therapists carry out indulgent treatments to soothe, pamper and relieve the stresses of life. The hotel also features a state of the art fitness center and a magnificent rooftop infinity pool overlooking the city below.