Can Tho’s best
It’s hard not to fall for the classic elegance of Victoria Can Tho, especially when you compare it to the big banquet/conference centre Vietnamese hotels that have appeared on Can Tho’s waterfront.
Located on a quiet chunk of property on the river north of the tourist strip, accessible by road bridge or the pedestrian-only bridge and path that edges the river, Victoria is Can Tho’s answer for those looking for a boutique, luxury hotel.
Friendly, smiley staff greet arriving guests, as does a breezy lobby. It’s not a flashy structure but there’s an understated beauty to the property. The low-rise three-storey building wraps around a central well-sized rectangular swimming pool with plenty of umbrellas and loungers, a welcoming place to kick up the feet after the morning market tour.
The overall feel is French colonial, with patterned tile floors, white balcony balustrade, bougainvillea, wooden furniture, open corridors and sweeping staircases. Towering palms add some tropical resort flair.
The 92 rooms are simple and sport some welcome reserve. A colourful woven bed runner gives a pop of colour against crisp white linens and warm wood furniture and floors. Rooms are equipped with typical hotel amenities and furnishings such as minibar, air-con, WiFi, flatscreen TV, desk, bedside table and lamps, as well as a modern, brightly lit bathroom, with white tile and black granite countertop. Only the eight suite rooms have something of a river view.
For guests looking for a reason to stay longer than a night, in addition to the pool, there’s a tennis court, pool table, spa, restaurant/bar at the hotel and a floating restaurant on a boat, a lovely spot for some refreshment. Best of all, there’s a free boat transfer or you have access to the pedestrian promenade along the water, a pleasant way to get into town. A sunset stroll along the walk way is a must.
Victoria is a four-star/five-star hotel brand focussed on Vietnam (they have six properties in the country, including one in Phan Thiet (Mui Ne) and Hoi An. This one is a solid four-star and for now, it’s the high-end international traveller’s best option until the luxury hotel Azerai opens in 2018. Low season rates are a steal—be sure to shop around online for the best rate.
Address: Cai Khe Ward, Can Tho
T: (0292) 3810 111;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º47'35.17" E, 10º2'22.22" N
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Room rates: over US$100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||2,603,000 dong||3,828,000 dong|
|Deluxe double room||2,870,000 dong||4,060,000 dong|
|Deluxe Suite||3,932,000 dong||5,450,000 dong|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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