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.