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Hotel Majestic

A walk down memory lane

1 Dong Khoi St, District 1 T: (28) 3829 5517

Hotel Majestic

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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.

Now that is a bed.

Now that is a bed. Photo: Cindy Fan

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.

Setting the scene.

Setting the scene. Photo: Cindy Fan

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.

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Walk-in rates at Hotel Majestic

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
Superior double room
City deluxe
Deluxe double room
Pool deluxe in the old wing
Saigon River Deluxe
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$140, high season US$140. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$150, high season US$150. Notes: City deluxe
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: US$160, high season US$160. Notes: Pool deluxe in the old wing
Room: Suite, low season: US$180, high season US$180. Notes: Saigon River Deluxe

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Where is Hotel Majestic

Hotel Majestic
1 Dong Khoi St, District 1
T: (28) 3829 5517
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º42'22.67" E, 10º46'21.76" N
Room rates: over US$100

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