Villa Song Saigon
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, free drinks from the minibar and a free shuttle boat service to/from District 1
- Best-of-both-worlds location on the Saigon River, a short boat ride from the center of Ho Chi Minh City
- The outdoor pool set in tropical grounds; perfect for escaping the city
- The neighborhood is packed with cafés, art galleries and riverside restaurants
What To Know
- A 5 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Request a balcony; every room is decadently different, but the best come with river views
- Although offered, room service is available only when the restaurant is open
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Contemporary cool with French flair. In Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2, a tree-lined neighborhood dotted with cafés, art galleries and riverside restaurants, Villa Song Saigon is an elegant colonial retreat that offers a tranquil escape from the city’s frenetic heart. Set in colorful gardens on the banks of the Saigon River, the property features high ceilings, cool marble floors and vibrant local artwork. With its tranquil courtyard pool, riverfront restaurant and some of the best balcony views in the area, the property is a serene sanctuary for city slickers, just a 15-minute boat ride from town on the hotel’s private speedboat.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 23 guestrooms is artfully unique, from the elegant simplicity of the Sanctuary and Writer’s Rooms to the romantic balconied Imperial Suites. All feature rich wood furnishings, locally made artwork and vibrant blue and green upholstery against a palette of soft neutral hues. For techno junkies, Imperial and Art Suites are equipped with state-of-the-art Apple TVs, DVD players and satellite TV. The chic bathrooms come with organic toiletries and nicely framed views of the river or (from the upper levels) the skyline, creating a sense of escape from the cacophony of the city.
Dine alfresco at Bistro Sông Vie and take in the Saigon riverscape, where traditional junks sail past banks covered with lilac water hyacinths; the menu features Mediterranean dishes with a Saigon twist. Breakfast is a made-to-order selection of Vietnamese breakfast staples (try the pho) and Western classics. An open-air bar features private rattan pods that sit atop a palm-fringed, manicured garden, and a line of crisp white parasols and lounge chairs offer shade by the courtyard pool and the small organic spa.
In the Area
A two-minute speedboat ride takes you to Saigon’s golden mile, Phu My Hung, the stomping grounds of the city’s arty expat crowd, full of boutiques, bakeries and quirky restaurants. The best of the bunch is the small, riverside Deck; sample all 14 of the martinis on offer and get an honorable membership to their club. In the city itself tour the Opera House, barter in Ben Thanh Market and recall the past at the War Remnants Museum, then take in the hypnotic ebb and flow of Saigon’s rush hour from the rooftop Chill Sky Bar. Or for the brave, hop a classic Vespa after dark to explore the city’s bustling street scene.
How to Get There
Villa Song was friendly, helpful, had wonderfully comfortable rooms, a delicious breakfast and a great boat ride to town. The building is a beautiful old French style building and the pool is delightful and peaceful. My husband and I would highly recommend it.
Because of our early morning arrival, we booked the hotel transport, which cost approximately £70 and worth every penny. On arrival at the hotel we went straight to our room and new from that moment that we had made the right choice to upgrade to room 203 which has a balcony and river view. The room was very spacious, spotlessly clean and a delight to return to at the end of the day. The interior design of the room and everywhere in the hotel was inspired and gave an overall feeling of calm. The breakfast is from a menu and has an international choice and all is delicious. We sat by the river each morning, with the last orders at 11.30am, which is great if the jet lag is hanging around! The timed shuttle boat service to the city is a wonderful service, that takes no more than 20 minutes. If you choose to take a taxi back that is about 20 minutes also at a cost of approximately 170,000VND. Of the six nights we stayed at Villa Song, we had evening dinner three times, each were delicious and we thought excellent value. The swimming pool is wonderful! Perfect size, incredibly clean, free towels. A lunch and drinks menu is available poolside, but sometimes you do need to ask. The hotel also has a well equipped gym and a lovely looking spa, even though we didn't partake in either!
As with most things in life, it is the people you meet that make such a defined difference to your experience and overall enjoyment. Villa Song have a delightful team who seem are friendly, professional and make you feel so genuinely welcome. We met Kien, who looked after us so well from the moment we arrived. If we needed any guidance or reassurance, nothing was too much trouble. She has an air of calmness and professionalism, which we were so grateful for.
If you are trying to decide where to stay in Saigon, Villa Song is the place, if you like the busyness of the city during part of the day only to return to use the pool, re charge your batteries and decide what you are having for dinner!
Have a great time, you won't be disappointed.
Set on the banks of the Saigon river you can just sit on the terrace and watch the boats go back and forth. Breakfast is lovely here early in the morning, there are sofas to sit and quietly read there is also a bar and all day food service.
On the other sided the hotel is a a shady pool with sun and day beds, not many but most people are out in the day.
Bedrooms and bathrooms are very spacious. Blissful retreat from the city. You can also get a speed boat from here to visit the tunnels
Moon (hotel manager) did a phenomenal job of taking 1 uber stressed individual and processing into a zen master in 72 hours. Method was adding;
- Stunning habitat
- High focus support staff
- Breakfast of champions
- Best nightlife in Vietnam
Villa Song was a great choice for our 4 night stay in Saigon. It's located on the river in District 2, an upmarket expat part of the city on the other-side of the river 25 minutes away from the craziness of the city centre.
Hotel has a speed boat to drop you into the city (15 minute trip with regular departures throughout the day). We took this twice and both times were the only passengers. It's about a 25 minute cab ride to get back.
Hotel is an old converted mansion with a very large and refreshing swimming pool at the front and restaurant with great river views at the back. Staff were friendly and helpful. They booked restaurants for us and organised transportation.
We were really happy with our spacious and comfortable room with its view to the river.
The local area has a big choice of dining options. Can highly recommend Italian restaurant "Pendolasco".
Summing up, Villa Song is a great choice for a stay in Saigon.