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Caravelle Saigon

Hotel-cum-foreign bureau

19 Lam Son Square, District 1 T: (28) 3823 4999

Caravelle Saigon

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Anchoring Lam Son Square opposite the Saigon Opera House, Caravelle has some interesting history but a recent refurbishment has firmly brought the hotel into present day Ho Chi Minh City.

When Caravelle was opened in 1959, it was the most modern, cutting-edge hotel in the city and it quickly became a political and journalism hub, the home of embassies and companies like Air France. During the war, it was the headquarters of American news bureaus, and as you can imagine, also the watering hole for journalists. War correspondents could cover the action without leaving their bar stools in the rooftop bar.

Modern city-hotel style rooms.

Modern city-hotel style rooms. Photo: Cindy Fan

Flash-forward to today and there’s nothing inside to suggest its age. Everything has been revamped. The lobby is marble and glass while the rooms are typical generic city hotel—clean, bland, functional, comfortable and overall faultless. It’s a room designed to please the masses.

When we inspected in 2017, the rooms we saw looked fresh and in great condition. Not a knick on the wall or spot of mildew on the white tiles of the bathtub/shower. Rooms have carpeted floors, a desk, flatscreen TV, minibar, WiFi, kettle with tea and coffee, air-con and safety box. Other facilities include a lengthy outdoor pool and hot tub, gym and spa.

Cool off here.

Cool off here. Photo: Cindy Fan

The Caravelle really is located in the heart of the downtown core, on one of the main streets Dong Khoi, formerly Rue Catinat, the oft mentioned road in The Quiet American. Now Dong Khoi is lined with hotels, designer shops, department stores and posh cafes. It’s not as refined or luxurious as Park Hyatt or Hotel Des Arts MGallery, but it is a good four-star with a terrific location.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Deluxe double room
Deluxe Suite
Opera room
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: US$159, high season US$159. Notes:
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: US$179, high season US$179. Notes: Opera room

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Where is Caravelle Saigon

Caravelle Saigon
19 Lam Son Square, District 1
T: (28) 3823 4999
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º42'11.14" E, 10º46'34.85" N
Room rates: over US$100

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