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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I am an Aspire Ambassador and yes if you choose the residences over the hotel there are no tangible benefits. However, the value to be gained in terms of space , cooking and double fridge facilities, laundry and a balcony on the sunny side of the block is worth forgoing a few free drinks at a lounge . You can still use all the facilities of the hotel gratis and the lounge if you pay a small fee. If you look at all the benefits of the huge two bed suite with all its facilities versus the average size hotel room without cooking , fridge or laundry (you’d pay for all that at the hotel in buying mini bar, room service etc) then it’s a no brainer: stay at the residences.
The food is great, room service and restaurants.
It’s a very walkable convenient location.
The hotel and residences are a comfortable and luxurious haven from the chaos of Saigon.
Looking forward to returning in mid June for 4 days!
A bit of a hiccup at the airport upon my arrival when the hotel driver/pick up told me my booking was mistakenly cancelled. This wasn’t great - I had flown in from HK and made a stopover in Bangkok for a client meeting and arrived in HCMC in the evening, all tired out.
However the hotel changed its mind, I got my ride to the Residence and was received with a warm welcome. My room was upgraded to a 2-bedroom apartment instead of one. The larger size was unnecessary (approx 1000 Sq ft) but it was a good size and a great benefit for the multiple meetings I held there. There was a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, hob, utensils, crockery and cutlery. A double door fridge took my breath away. Drinks were plentiful and when I requested for peppermint instead of their usual earl grey it was delivered, no questions asked and gratis.
Check-in was speedy and although I had 2 separate bookings (booking.com did not allow me to book right through??) they kept the same room throughout my 2 night stay.
In-room dining delivered good food and over the next 3 days I also tried out food from the alternative restaurants for in-room dining - Yu Chu Chinese food from the hotel (not to be confused with Residence). I will however pass on the egg fuyong for in-rm dining. On the last morning I had an a la carte breakfast at Basilico and the standard continued to be high.
I did venture out on 2 occasions when I had a break from meetings : one to the attached shopping plaza and Intercon hotel, and secondly to the Notre Dame church and Post Office. The M Plaza had a mini mart, Hard Rock Cafe and Starbucks housed in it amongst many other F&B offerings. I couldn’t resist getting the family their T-shirt’s, was given a tax refund and a free Vietnamese hat! I then explored the hotel which had its usual offerings (bar, restaurants & spa etc). I had a double massage at the spa - shoulder and feet - great but not recommended unless you are in a hurry. The spa shuts at 9 pm and the prices are reasonable - on the high side but not excessive. I would go again.
The walk down to Notre dame was v pleasant. You have to take courage in crossing roads, and put up with the heat but it was within walking distance. The church was closed but I had a chance to explore the colonial Post Office building next door. It was crowded, busy and full of shops selling usual souvenirs. I explored the shops lining the main road but had no time to try the Vietnamese coffee at cafes.
I will say that the Business Centre at Residence was not well attended to - no staff, furniture not set up for meetings although there is a board room. The Residence is set up for long stay and families.
I checked into another hotel for the remaining night because it was recommended. More in my next review.
The Airport ride cost me about VND200,000 (a far cry from the limo charge at US75!) by Vinsun taxi - it was safe and receipts are provided.
All in all, a great stay at the Intercon Residence for my returning visit (visited HCMC about 20+ years ago).
We loved the hotel. As my husband is a IHG member and has a gold status we got an upgrade and had a huge apartment with everything we could wish. Great and attentive service. Up to Intercontinental standards. Pleasant and enjoyable stay.
I chose this hotel mostly for location. The hotel is nice. Staff could be hit or miss. Depends who you encounter. I have stayed at this location twice, voiced my concerns about lack of amenities for my Spire Elite status with IHG but management don't seem to care. Maybe that is why they have a major turn over of managers as one come and go every few months. Confirmation of this posted in previous reviews from travelers.
Such a shame that this property will soon have another hotel name as they do not keep up with IHG standard.
First and foremost the customer service was excellent. You simply had to express your room, dining, business amenities, or other similar needs and ICRS made every effort to deliver. In fact they go above and beyond. I had misread my plane departure time leading to my checking out essentially a day too early. ICRS not only made sure I had a place to stay while waiting when I returned to the hotel, they made sure I had meals, a place to shower & change clothes, and a place to work. I recommend highly this hotel to anyone traveling in the Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) area!