Sofitel Saigon Plaza
What We Love
- Michelin-starred L’Olivier serves French fare in a classic brasserie-style setting
- Personalize your sleep with the hotel’s pillow menu
- Rendez-Vous spa only uses 100 percent natural treatment products
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Located in the business district but easy access to shopping and dining
- Parking is limited; it’s best to reserve in advance
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
At the core of Ho Chi Minh’s business district on historic Le Duan Boulevard, the Sofitel blends très élégant Old World styling with Vietnamese hospitality and easy access to the area’s shopping, dining and nightlife. Rooms are clad in contemporary Southeast Asian décor, relying on a muted gray palette with splashes of tangerine and orchid. Two restaurants offer a choice of international fare, with brasserie L’Olivier serving up Provençal cuisine under the direction of Chef Sakal Phoeung. The full-service Rendez-Vous Natural Spa has a range of massage and body treatments, as well as a well-stocked fitness center, and the rooftop pool is an oasis overlooking the city.
In the Area
The Sofitel’s Le Duan District locale puts you in a prime spot for shopping, with Diamond Plaza and colorful Dong Khoi situated less than a half-mile away. Visit the Saigon Opera House in season for an unforgettable show, or visit Ho Chi Minh Museum or the Fine Arts Museum to browse prominent works of art from throughout the region’s history. Your concierge can also point you in the right direction for a self-guided walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City, including photo-worthy stops at Chinatown and the Reunification Palace.
How to Get There
Yes, Sofitel Saigon Plaza is indeed a hotel with heart. But, I wonder if it was all because of our Platinum status that so much heart was shown to us on the 18th floor. This was all good, the warmth and attention showered upon us by almost everyone on that floor. There was the perfect Hostess, Huyen, so quick-witted, warm and caring. Then, there was Nhi, sweet Thien Anh, Huy, Trung, Tuyen, and Tuan, Tha, Uyen, Van Anh. (Did I miss any name?) All this was very good; yes, over-whelmingly good. By their special touch, they made us want to stay on on the Club floor and not leave the hotel premises at all.
Unfortunately, this service attention was not readily seen anywhere outside the Club floor. Stepping out was just like getting out to the cold of the night. Everything seemed different. Yes, we were there, but, just another two guests. It was like the chill hitting the chest. No body notices us. All of a sudden, we felt different, happy to want to get out of the hotel.
Is there a lesson to draw from this? I would leave that to the Sofitel management to address.
Second time I’ve stayed at this hotel, much improved since the last time with clearly a lot of investment. Very welcoming staff, comfortable well appointed rooms with all facilities. Impressive breakfast in the mezz restaurant. Didn’t try the bar though it looked inviting.
My husband arrived the day before me and by the time I got there an apologetic GM, Mr Eban had already more than rectified a rather crummy “bubbles” offer that we had booked (assuming a free bottle of champagne but actually getting just one glass - for one person - per stay) by delivering to our room, a bottle of rosé Champagne, a basket of fruit, a bottle of red wine, a cheese platter, a large bottle of Perrier water and 2 desserts. All for free! He personally greeted me and ended our stay by not allowing us to pay for one extra at all for our entire stay (we had that glass of champagne on the bar and one glass costs $50 and he gifted us the one for my husband). The rooms are nice and well appointed. I wouldn’t say extremely luxurious but very nice. The hotel is nice, the bars and restaurants are very chic. The hotel is located in District 1 within easy walking distance from all the main attractions and bars and restaurants. I would recommend this hotel to anyone needing a safe and happy stay in this incredible city.
We were extremely impressed with the service from all staff. Ho Ngoc at reception was great and very informative and Ho Bac from Concierge, was very helpful when we were having issue with the taxi driver on arrival. Great service from the pool bar and boudour lounge bar staff. Our room was beautiful and we love the pillow menu. Thank you for making our stay wonderful. We will definitely be back
Nice hotel and the service was great. It’s at a good location that’s about 20 mins cab ride away from the airport. It’s in a quiet area next to the US, French and British embassies. The roof top pool was a good size and fun for the kids. The gym and the spa were fabulous. The breakfast buffet was one of the best ones we’ve had at 5 star hotels.
The watch out (not related to the hotel) I’d like to share with other visitors to Vietnam: Be very mindful with the cab drivers. We got on a cab from the taxi line outside of the airport. When we passed the toll booth, the cab driver asked us to pay the toll because he “didn’t have small bills”. It’s our first time in Vietnam and we were still grappling with the concept of bills with so many zeros (1 million Vietnam currency is about US$43). In a moment of confusion (the driver didn’t speak much English) and panic we opened our wallet to showed the cab driver the bills we just took out from the ATM at the airport and asking how much the toll was. He picked a bill and used it to pay the toll a gave back the change. Not until we arrived at the hotel room, we just realized that during this toll paying process the cab driver snatched one million Vietnam currency from our cash without us noticing it. The reason why we were certain about it was because between the ATM at the airport and the hotel we were in the cab and no one else had access to our wallet. Thinking back the experience we realized that this was not the first time the driver did this and the whole thing was part of the scam. When we took other cab rides later with the trusted cab companies the hotel recommended, drivers always paid the toll and included it in the total bill in the end of the ride. The lesson learned that I’d like to share is to have the money ready for the cab (about 140,000-150,000 Vietnam currency to the Sofitel hotel including the toll) instead of having the cab driver pick out the bill from your wallet even if you think it’s right in front of your eyes. Don’t agree to pay the toll and instead insist the driver paying it and including it in the total bill...because getting you take out your wallet in the middle of the ride is likely their trick. Once you arrive at the hotel, the bellboy at the hotel can help you and validate the cab fare. (In our experience the cab driver tried to touch our money again when we arrived and the hotel bellboy pushed his hand away and let us take the money out ourselves.)