hotel_des3French classical vibe flows throughout the entire hotel which boasts luxurious functionality at its best.

Text by Jan Yong | Photography by Jan Yong & Hotel Des Arts Saigon

Imagine soaking in a luxurious bathtub, sipping wine while the sound of rain pitter-pattering outside can be heard. Soon, your eyelids feel heavy and you drift off to a tranquil place. Welcome to Hotel Des Arts Saigon – a little oasis of peace, calm and beauty in the whirlwind of energetic frenzy that is Ho Chi Minh City.

hotel_desAnd one of the vehicles that transports you to the oasis is its clawfoot bathtub. Located right behind the double bed separated by a curtain, the German-made Kohler tub is the most inviting object the moment you open the door to your room. It is clean, fits your body nicely, and your head feels comfortable resting on the edge. A relaxing dip in the hot tub after a long day in Saigon is the perfect antidote to the stresses of the day, whether you have been visiting all the famous sights in HCMC or attending back-to-back meetings.

Available only in the suites and deluxe rooms, the tub is one unique thing about Hotel Des Arts Saigon which sets it apart from many other newer hotels which have dispensed with such a luxury. The tub has proven particularly popular with the Japanese who always ask for a room with a bathtub.

The bed itself is very comfortable as can be expected from a 5-star hotel. It faces the French doors that overlook the busy street below while at higher floors, the rooms get a sweeping view of part of the HCMC skyline. A charging/socket point is also thoughtfully placed next to the bed while a variety of socket points are placed next to the table, making it very convenient for many of today’s business and leisure guests with their wide-ranging gadgets that need charging.

While many of the amenities within the room are typical of a 5-star hotel, there are a few unique touches that are worth mentioning – the hotel’s proprietary toiletries and the Toshiba flat-screen TV that’s hung up at about 15% tilt allowing you a comfortable viewing position from the bed. As befits its boutique hotel status, the furniture, fixture and fittings are emblazoned with the top brand names in the industry.

For breakfast, the buffet spread at the Saigon Kitchen was good, rated an average 7 out of 10, typical of many other 5-star hotels. No complaints there except perhaps a more varied spread from day to day would be heartily welcomed. Another enjoyable experience was the infinity swimming pool on the 24th floor which has a bird’s eye-view of most of HCMC’s skyline including the Bitexco Financial Tower, which at 68-storey high is the tallest building in Vietnam. At night, the pool’s sunken bar is transformed into a DJ’s workstation. The in-house DJ on this particular Saturday night was mixing some of the grooviest tunes to a crowd comprising some of Saigon’s hippest. The view is fantastic and there is a nice breeze while the pool acts as a sort of centrepiece giving out its good water feng shui vibe. Water, wind and wonderful views – a great combination. Not surprisingly, the Social Club bar is one of the hottest night spots in town.

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