What We Love
- Floor-to-ceiling windows and lantern-style lamps bathe rooms and suites in natural lighting
- Seven live-show kitchens spice up buffet fare at Market 39
- Large outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool
What To Know
- WiFi and airport shuttle transfers are extra
- Free self-parking
- The hotel is close to an array of attractions in Ho Chi Minh City
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Smack in the heart of Hoh Chi Minh City, the 305-room InterContinental offers easy access to the spoils of Old World Saigon. Rooms and suites have a minimalist Asian flavor with the usual luxury trimmings you’ve come to expect from a five-star property—flat panel LCD, iPod docking station and rainfall showerhead. Of the three restaurants, Yu Chu is a standout with Cantonese and Peking fare, including hand-pulled noodles and dim sum. Even buffet venue Market 39 is a departure from the ordinary, with seven interactive kitchens and locally sourced International fare. Visit the onsite spa for a signature massage, and don’t skip the rooftop pool, with its marvelous glass walls and infinity-edge.
In the Area
The centrally located InterContinental gives easy access to an array of attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. Close to the hotel, neo-Romanesque Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica is an iconic photo-op, with ample shops and retailers at nearby Diamond Plaza. Grab the family and cool off at Dam Sen Water Park, which offers pools, slides and a lazy river; or visit the venerable Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, among the oldest zoos in the world and home to a variety of animals and plant life. And for a prime example of the city’s French-colonial architecture—and a memorable show—hit up the Saigon Opera House in season.
How to Get There
It was over 25 years since I’d visited Vietnam and I was hoping to get a chance to look around this business trip when I had spare time.
I originally booked for 4 nights at the Intercontinental Residences Ho Chi Minh City but due to a change with a customer, I could only stay here for one night.
The room was fantastic and was a one bedroom apartment.
Included small kitchenette, lounge, nice balcony and separate bedroom.
Well located and within easy walking distance to the General post office, central market and other attractions.
Several consulates are also close by.
The intercontinental Residences and the Intercontinental Hotel are within a shopping centre so very convenient if you want to get a meal or coffee outside the hotel without walking far.
The buffet breakfast was great with a good variety of food and the bread rolls were the best I’ve had.
Checking in and checking out was easy and there were no problems changing my booking due to the customer changing my agenda.
Staff at the front desk and the restaurant were very attentive without being over bearing.
The cost was expensive but looking at other similar hotels in the same area the cost was competitive.
For business it’s a great choice if it’s affordable, although it might be a bit much if staying for a long period of time.
I would stay here again if I have the opportunity.
Rm 1404. 21 May.
I was surprised to have such a spacious and clean room that almost felt like home. I am delighted how they meticulously tidy up our things.
I was feeling unwell and exhausted from our Nha Trang Trip but Tran in reception made our check in process so smooth. I admire her professionalism the way she handles the impatient guest before us who was unruly to her. She was very accommodating that checking in early was never a hassle. Also Tu from concierge was very helpful, I appreciate their efforts of ensuring everything is convenient throughout our stay. For almost 3days I'm just staying in our room, but everytime my husband comes down to buy food for me, he said that they were all worried for me being sick and wishing that I feel better soonest. Not all employees can show you a genuine concern, that's why I am so pleased with their personalised service for us. You can really feel the passion and the aim to achieve the guests satisfaction and I must say, it exceeded beyond my expectation. Truly, it is a pleasure living an intercontinental life. To Tran and Tu! Thank you so much for making our stay memorable and enjoyable one. May you continue to provide the exceptional service. We did appreciate all the things you did for us.
The Intercontinental Residences is a tower next to the regular Intercontinental hotel, separated by about a 50M walk through a small shopping mall and is run separately so when you check in you can ask your taxi to drop you off outside the Residences side of the block.
We stayed in an excellent two bedroom apartment which was modern, comfortable, luxurious and in very good condition. A huge king bed in the master bedroom with nice en-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle. My only small complaint here is that the rain shower’s jets point in all sorts of different directions wetting the walls and the shower so you don’t actually get enough water on you to wash your hair and the shower head would only barely stay in place. Minor issues but still.... (Room 110).
The other bedroom had two singles. All beds were comfortable.
We didn’t actually use the kitchen but it was well equipped with toaster, microwave, cooker, rice cooker, coffee maker. The fridge was one of the nice metal ones with freezer on the left and fridge on the light with a LCD panel on the door.
TV channels were standard with the usual news, discovery/Nat Geo package and a couple of kids channels as well as other languages. Unfortunately the signal was blurry for quite a few of the English channels.
I noticed one of the other reviews mentioned noise from vehicles on the lower floors. We were on the first floor corner and the master bedroom overlooks the main road. For the most part the soundproofing is pretty good and apart from the noise of a truck horn the last morning at 6am, mostly the traffic noise was non existent apart from the general hum.
What was noisy however was the rain. There is a canopy that goes round the building to keep people dry on the ground level. The first floor rooms have the top of this canopy sticking out below their windows. Not normally a problem except the canopy is top-lined with metal panels. In rain, the “ting ting ting” noise of water splashing on the metal is very loud especially the big droplets which are falling from the balconies of the rooms above so even after the rain stops, as the building continues to drip the noise continues. This noise is enough to keep someone awake so I would suggest to anyone to try and get a high floor.
The swimming pool is a standard city-hotel pool. Just a small rectangle. There is no life guard on duty. On the weekends there is a bucket of free water and a menu to order food, and an extra staff member. On weekdays there is no water apart from the machine in the adjacent gym. (disappointing). Food was apparently still available but the gym staff said he would have to ring for a waiter to come up. There wasn’t even a menu to look at. Again, disappointing.
The free breakfast is excellent and the buffet is actually in the Intercontinental hotel and not the residences side, although the restaurant in the residence side offered a la carte breakfast.
The mall between the hotels has around 10 restaurants including a couple of Vietnamese places, Japanese fusion, Singaporean seafood, Korean barbecue, ramen, poke bowls and even a Hard Rock Cafe! There is also a small convenience store and a Starbucks and a rival brand. All very convenient especially when. The rain is torrential and you want to stay at the hotel complex.
Nearby, the Post Office is a block away as is the Notre Dame. 15mins walk takes you to the riverside (although there isn’t much to see there), but within 15mins walk there is also Ben Thành Market and other shops and restaurants and massage places. There aren’t however many shops right next to the hotel and indeed you have to walk nearly 10mins before you reach the shopping area. No big deal but there are other hotels which are in the thick of it location-wise.
Overall, I was very impressed. The downsides I have mentioned are only to provide a bit of balance and are mostly small points. I would not hesitate to stay here again and a special mention to the staff who really were excellent especially the restaurant staff. Well done.
I was upgraded to the residences during my stay. It was huge! And well appointed. I was nervous about the outdoor construction noise, but it ended up not being an issue. Housekeeping could use a little spruce up (found some hairs), and unfortunately I wasn’t there long enough to take advantage of the a la carte services, but I’m sure they would’ve been great. It felt clean and comfortable, which is sometimes a hard note to hit at an extended stay property.
From the moment we walked in until the last minute we spent in the Residence, it was so far one of the best experiences we have ever had in our travel business life. We have been to a certain amount of hotels and this is surely to be the most worthy visited hotel in Vietnam, proudly said.
The staffs were friendly and helpful when we asked to book an external service. The receptionists gave us a warm welcome with professional service, especially Ms Hong Anh. She took care of us very well, that asked for our flight time and recommended a nice schedule for us. She was always there when we needed and even made sure that the transportation was waiting for us upon checking out. I would definitely comeback soon.