A walk down memory lane
Dating back to 1925, Hotel Majestic sits at the corner of Rue Catinat (now Dong Khoi St) and Quai de Belgique (Ton Duc Thang St) which runs along the river, and like Hotel Continental, Rex Hotel and Caravelle, Hotel Majestic is considered to be a Saigon landmark.
Hotel Majestic is owned by mega Vietnamese tourism conglomerate Saigon Tourist. We were skeptical of the hotel, especially since we had just inspected same-owned Hotel Continental, another historic hotel that’s in desperate need of TLC. However, they’ve done a far superior job with Majestic.
Despite a series of renovations, most recently in 2003 when a new 8-storey wing, restaurant and rooftop bar were added, the Majestic has a good deal of French colonial charm remaining. They’ve taken liberties with the style and the period—the lobby has been opulently embellished with Art Nouveau stained glass and liberal amounts of black and bright gold (subtly isn’t really Vietnam’s style). However, it’s hard not to get a little swept up in the old world fantasia under the glow of chandeliers as a pianist plays The Way We Were on a baby grand.
There are 175 rooms in total. We were shown rooms in the old building and were smitten with the dated parquet flooring. Rooms are spacious yet manage to feel cozy and comfortable. The full marble bathrooms are over the top and appears like new. There’s a TV, minibar, kettle, in-room safe and WiFi. Rooms along Ton Duc Thang boast river views.
There’s a decent-sized gym. An L-shaped pool sits at the centre of the original hotel building and it is a fine spot to while away a few hours with a good book (Graham Greene perhaps). The author (and his characters) frequented the hotel bar and other notable guests have graced the ledger: Somerset Maugham, Catherine Deneuve and Prince Andrew among others. Otherwise, head up to the ninth floor rooftop M Bar for a grand view of the river.
We found the staff to be courteous and professional. Shop online for a discounts off the rack rate.
Address: 1 Dong Khoi St, District 1
T: (28) 3829 5517;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º42'22.67" E, 10º46'21.76" N
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Room rates: over US$100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$140||US$140|
|Superior double room|
|Deluxe double room|
Pool deluxe in the old wing
Saigon River Deluxe
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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