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Continental Hotel

But a fraction of its past charm

Photo of Continental Hotel, 132 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Saigon. , Ho Chi Minh City

What we say: 3 stars

One of Saigon's historic hotels, the 1880-built Continental is probably best-known for its starring role in the movie of the Graham Greene classic The Quiet American. The Continental Shelf has long gone and though it survived the ravages of a Saigon Tourist renovation in 1989, it retains barely a snippet of its past charm. The street frontage is attractive and promises a lot, but the interior and particularly the staff don't measure up to expectations. Rooms have tall vaulted ceilings and very generous sizes, but the furnishings are tacky and border on the bizarre. All superior rooms are garden view, while deluxe rooms have a small veranda with French doors looking over Dong Khoi Street and the Opera House. It's a toss up to choose between a garden view and street view room as having a veranda is an asset, but the rooms are not all that well sound proofed and light sleepers will need earplugs. With a garden view you'll score a pretty view and relative quiet. Overpriced.

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132 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Saigon.  T: (08) 3829 9201 F: (08) 3829 0936  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Suite 130 USD 175 USD
Superior - Double 90 USD 115 USD
Deluxe- Double 100 USD 130 USD

Added to Travelfish on: 19th December, 2006
Last visited or updated on: 15th January, 2012

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