A World of Art Awaits You at Hôtel des Arts Saigon

By: Molly Headley

Welcome to a world of arts at the Hôtel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection. There is more to the name of this Saigon 5-star, AccorHotels group, boutique hotel than simply being a nod to its fine art collection on display within. Hôtel des Arts Saigon is inspired by art in all its forms. From the excellent art of mixology at play at Social Club restaurant and rooftop bar, where you can expect to find the best cocktails in Saigon, to the gracious staff who have studied the essential Art de Recevoir or “Art of Hosting”, you will be surrounded by beauty in the details.

Hôtel des Arts is one of the most luxurious stays in Saigon because of the care that is taken in making sure everything in the hotel evokes a feeling of lavish relaxation. The mix of antique and modern furniture, the opulent feel of the decorative fabrics and the vibrant tones in the selection of fine art showcase world-class design for a truly special stay in Saigon.

Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Hôtel des Arts Saigon; a Boutique Hotel for Lovers of Life, Literature and Culture

Whether you sink into your room’s soft feather bed or choose a treatment at the spa, you will partake in the sacred art of relaxation. Later, at the Hôtel des Arts Saigon’s restaurants, among the best restaurants in Saigon, you can enjoy the theatrical artistry of Les Arts de la Table (Arts of the table) in the presentation of the food and the table settings that are influenced by refined European tradition. The bartenders at Hôtel des Arts Saigon will treat you to some surprising flavour combinations as they practice their Art of Mixology.

The ultimate goal at Hôtel des Arts Saigon is to create an Art de Vivre experience for all of its guests. The literal translation of Art de Vivre is Art of Living, which for the French stands for the knowledge of how to enjoy life. This commitment to enjoyment is part of what makes Hôtel des Arts one of the best boutique, lifestyle hotels in Vietnam.

Ready to learn how to enjoy life a little more? Come explore a world of 5-star refinement and beauty at Hôtel des Arts Saigon.

Arts of Design and Styling at the Best Lifestyle Hotel in Saigon

When the sky begins to darken to the starless black of Saigon evenings, the city begins its all-night shine. This is when you might notice the entrance to Hôtel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection. During the day the hotel sits a little back from the street, visibly beautiful but not advertising its presence, However, during the night this Saigon’s 5-star boutique hotel glows with a warm elegance that stands in contrast to the neon spotlights and fluorescent chaos of some of the other high-rise buildings.

Once you notice the Hôtel des Arts Saigon you will have a hard time looking away. Like a glamorous woman dressed in immaculately tailored clothing the Hôtel des Arts Saigon draws admirers with its aristocratic elegance and refinement.

The entrance to this top boutique hotel has the sculpted lines of a vintage pagoda but one that has been swept into the 21st century with luxurious touches like its creamy stone facade and towering amber-tinted windows. At night the smoked-glass allows passersby a glimpse of life inside the hotel while maintaining the allure of confidentiality that attracts VIP guests.

Hôtel des Arts Saigon

What is inside and more importantly who is inside? You might ask as you peek through the carved wooden doors.

Doormen handsomely dressed in muted tunics will usher you in for your first view of the decadent design scheme. Bordeaux velvet, crystal lamps and curvy wingback chairs will give you a taste of the opulence that abounds throughout this luxury Saigon stay while precious art and sculptures complete the dialogue between the hotel’s vintage Indochine style and contemporary French splendour.

A stone’s throw from some of Ho Chi Minh City’s iconic architectural gems, Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon and the Central Post Office, Hôtel des Arts Saigon is also a design masterpiece in itself, which has been recognized with awards such as “Best Luxury Architecture Design Hotel in Southeast Asia” by World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2017, “Luxury Best Traditional Hotel 2018” by Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2018, The “Lifestyle Hotel Of The Year” in Best of the Best Awards 2018 by Robb Report.

Australian-born, Bangkok-based architect, Scott Whittaker, is the mastermind behind the hotel’s design. He was inspired by the idea of the introspective feminine beauty that was present throughout the private curated collection of the owner of Hôtel des Arts Saigon. These personally collected works are visible throughout the hotel.

From modern representations of the female form to classical portraits of Vietnamese women painted with the technical excellence of the Dutch portrait masters, many of these works are by the “who’s who” of the international art world. The priceless collection whispers to the viewer, crafting a tale that runs throughout the hotel. Who are the women in the paintings? What are their stories? Staying at Hôtel des Arts Saigon feels like a vacation getaway to a private art museum combined with all the comfort and well-being expected of a 5-star, luxury, AccorHotels group hotel.

Arts de la Table at Hôtel des Arts Saigon Restaurants

Once your appetite for artistic beauty is sated, move on and indulge in earthly pleasures at Hôtel des Arts Saigon’s four drinking and dining venues. Here you will discover Les Arts de la Table. This art form encompasses all the elements of a beautiful meal from the presentation of the glassware and porcelain on the table to the way the food is presented and plated to the immaculate service and hospitality of the staff. These venues are consistently ranked among the best restaurants, rooftop bars and Sunday brunches in Ho Chi Minh City, so they are definitely destinations in themselves!

Café des Beaux-Arts

On the ground floor, the staff at Café des Beaux-Arts will welcome you into the salon and treat you to the best afternoon tea in Saigon in a surrounding inspired by 1930s French-Vietnamese artwork. The tables are set with long stemmed champagne glasses, perfectly pressed white napkins and immaculate plates that help the emphasise the brightly coloured desserts that are available at the sweets buffet.

Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Saigon Kitchen and Social Club Restaurant & Rooftop Bar

Saigon Kitchen, an all-day dining restaurant,which celebrates regional delicacies, fine wine and top-notch service, will wow all five of your senses with their inspiring lunch and dinner buffets.

Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Social Club Restaurant and Rooftop bar were both designed by the highly sought after Japanese design firm - Super Potato. When you walk into the restaurant on the 23rd floor, the first thing you’ll notice is the massive, circa 1910, Victorian bar, which the owner purchased at auction in London. The restaurant’s decor, cuisine and cocktails are a fusion of classic European opulence revisited with modern Asian touches. Whether you are dancing to the musical stylings of the DJs at one of the best rooftop bars in Saigon or relishing a bite of Social Club’s creamy truffle risotto you will be treated as an honoured guest. Social Club Restaurant is also known for being one of the best restaurants in Saigon, and that is certainly partially to do with the fact that it is known by Saigon brunch addicts as having the best Sunday brunch in town.

Hôtel des Arts Saigon

The Art of Relaxation in Ho Chi Minh City at Hôtel des Arts Spa

Stepping into a room at Hôtel des Arts Saigon is like entering into another realm of hushed grace and luxurious amenities. As the door closes behind you, you may be tempted to close your eyes for a moment and breath in the complete tranquility. Authentic colonial period artwork and furniture custom-designed by Vietnamese artisans will take you on a journey to the bespoke beauty of 1930s Indochina.

The light that filters down through the floor-to-ceiling windows reflects off of the white Egyptian linens and invites you to sink into the bed. It’s the moment to indulge in your “staycation”.

Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Daydream about the life that is unfolding in the city below secure in the knowledge that there is nothing to plan or prepare. After all room service is just a phone call away.

For those who want to sink into complete bliss, head to Le Spa des Artistes on the 3rd floor. Here, in this haven of calm, you can appreciate the skills of the Hôtel des Arts Saigon’s expert massage therapists who will ensure that your senses are soothed while your mind, body and soul are treated to the art of complete relaxation. Any trip to Ho Chi Minh City deserves a singular spa break at Le Spa des Artistes.

The Art de Vivre Experience at Saigon’s Best Boutique Hotel

The staff at Hôtel des Arts Saigon will guide you on your tour of artistic pleasures while receiving you in utmost style. Known in French as the Art de Recevoir, the ability to host guests with discretion, attention and finesse is instilled in the staff from the moment they join the team and is an essential part of creating a luxury stay experience in Saigon that goes beyond just being a place to sleep, eat, and drink. The comfort of knowing that you are well taken care of during your visit at this lifestyle hotel will make it all the easier to enjoy your adventure.

Hôtel des Arts Saigon

In French culture, there is a certain respect for the finer things in life. Taking pleasure in every possible moment of life is part of the Art de Vivre experience that Hôtel des Arts Saigon strives to create. Inspired design and nostalgic beauty beckon you to see the world through new eyes. You can indulge your inner gourmet or world-class oenophile at some of the best restaurants in Saigon, lounge in hedonistic rapture while drinking excellent cocktails, or simply sit and observe the beauty of everyday life. This is one place that ensures you will revel in the art of making every moment memorable with the signature Hôtel des Arts Saigon’s boutique spirit for absolute luxury.

Image source: Hôtel des Arts Saigon

The Best Pool in Ho Chi Minh City?

By: Aleksandr Smechov

Hotel Equatorial’s Pool is one of the Best in the Ho Chi Minh City.

What many consider the best pool in Ho Chi Minh City is not by an ocean-side resort, on the roof of an affluent condo building, or even in an indoor gymnasium. It’s on the fourth floor of the 5-star Equatorial Hotel.

Twenty-five meters of minimal-chlorine, salt-filtered ocean-blue water stretch across the mid-roof of the hotel. Potted flora line the pool, soaking in the Saigon sun. A poolside bar awaits those who want a drink with their tan, and a delectable food menu offers guests a luxurious outdoor dining experience.

Below, the bustling streets of Vietnam fill with chaotic traffic. The Equatorial pool is a slice of paradise amidst the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle four stories down.

Two sides of the pool are flanked by floors 3 to 11 of Hotel Equatorial. The other two are open to the trees and colorful buildings that surround District 5. It’s almost surreal how close this slice of tranquility is to the urban rawness of the Ho Chi Minh City streets.

In the mornings you can spot early risers lapping the pool, with families enjoying a swim by midday and stressed-out businessmen vegetating chin-deep by nightfall. The Equatorial pool draws a diverse crowd.

What’s the magic ingredient that makes this the best pool in HCMC?

“My friends love the pool,” says Jessie, the Guest Services Officer at the Equatorial. Guests occasionally express how much they prefer the pool to any other in the city. Jessie says some believe it to be “by far” the best pool in Ho Chi Minh.

It could be that the pool looks like it was taken straight out of a music video, with its planted trees, poolside bar, clean, blue water and its location in the middle of a bustling metropolis.

Well, that’s because it was. In 2011 pop sensation Minh Hằng filmed her “Beautiful Girl” music video by the pool. You can see the clip below:

The typical scene at the Equatorial’s pool may be a little less sensational and colorful, and a bit more quiet and peaceful, as lounge music plays softly by the bar and swimmers immerse themselves in the clean, cool water, or sit sipping drinks.

The pool actually uses a salt-based filtration system, which reduces irritation and makes for a more pleasant swim. The guests sometimes have a hard time getting out of the water.

It’s not difficult to see why guests prefer the Equatorial pool over any other in Ho Chi Minh City. Its proximity to the overwhelming cityscape, its slice-of-heaven location and its features all make it the perfect getaway that’s meters away from all the action.

Hotel guests also have access to poolside events, including parties, French nights and other exciting gatherings.

The Equatorial has even come up with non-guest service packages, where those not staying at the hotel can purchase a membership to Equatorial’s Equinox spa and fitness center starting at yearly fees of VND24 million++ per person and VND51.5 million++ for families of four with two children. This includes access to the gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and pool, as well as member discounts for most hotel services.

If a non-guest is content with just the pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, prices are VND19 million++ per year for adults and VND16 million++ for children under 18. A daily fee of VND300,000++ for adults and VND200,000++ for children also gives non-guests full access to the pool.

5 Things to Do With Your Partner at Sanouva Hotel

By: Phuong Tran

We’ve all had type of days while traveling with significant others when you can’t quite get the gumption to leave your cozy bed and explore the greater world outside. Some of our readers recently had one of those days while staying at Sanouva Hotel, located right in the heart of Saigon and have packed a list of things to do for a light-up couple schedule in one of the busiest cities in Asia.

1) Food Street Food, Lots of them, Yummy!

Perfectly located right in the heart of the busiest area of the city, Sanouva Hotel is just a few steps away from heaven of street food venues. Day time or evening, Ben Thanh market is where you can always discover new dish everyday.

2) A Short Stroll Shopping

Ly Tu Trong Street is famous for its variety of fashion stores. And do not miss the best shopping mall of the city: Vincom Center on the same street.

3) Museums Everywhere.

Just a few minutes walking from the hotel and you can visit a number of the best museums in the city, including Ho Chi Minh museum, History museum and War Remnants Museum. It is also worth your time to visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House, Independent Palace and take the chance to watch a show of water puppet at Rong Vang Water Puppet Theatre.

4) A Different Nightlife

Though Ho Chi Minh City is still not a city for round-the-clock entertainment – most places close soon after midnight. But if you are seeking for a bit fun before relaxing for the next busy day, check out Lush and Apolycapse, two of the most crowded nightclubs in town.

5) Pamper yourself at the hotel

Too tired from all the above activities? Take a rest at this lovely hotel and enjoy local/international cuisine at your door with Sanouva restaurant.

5 Things the Best Boutique Hotels in the World Have in Common

By: Aleksandr Smechov

Ever wanted to stay in an extravagant palace literally fit for a king? What about running into a 100-year old tribal woman while exploring sand dunes outside a world-class luxury accommodation in the middle of nowhere? Perhaps enjoy some wild elephant gazing while you lounge in your private jacuzzi amidst an African national park?

Some of the best boutique hotels in the world aim to embark guests on unforgettable experiences, unreplicatable anywhere else. There is, however, a common thread among the cream of the crop in the boutique hotel world.

Pondoro Game Lodge

There are five essential values common in all of this year’s winners of the World Boutique Hotel Awards.

The hotel seamlessly integrates with its environment

This is so vital that it always seems understated. Rather than drone on about the importance of creating a space that compliments an excellent environment and vice versa, here are some great examples:

Set in the Thar Desert, Suryagarh is built with Jaisalmer sandstone, situated in the middle of nowhere, with stretching dunes and arid land creating a strangely beautiful backdrop. 


Embodying Paris’s inimitable combination of class, history, architecture, cuisine and art, the Grand Hotel is located in the middle of the city’s biggest attractions, including the Louvre and Opera house. With a story stretching back to the 18th century, it’s no surprise that this hotel naturally takes in the culture and feeling of the historic city surrounding it.

Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal

The service is beyond expectation

This not only means taking guest from the airport and back, or even anticipating needs. The best boutique hotels in the world have staff that are interesting personalities in themselves, making them just as memorable as the hotel itself.

For example, Pondoro Game Lodge in Africa has Robbie, the owner of the resort and your personal ranger, guiding you around the African bush in his jeep. One of the staff in Suryagarh is an expert on the theory of relativity. The owners at Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa in Bali tend to their garden themselves, including four bonsai trees over a hundred years old, and two merged frangipani trees, meant to symbolize unity.

Owners, managers and service staff at the best boutique hotels in the world are your friends and family. They genuinely care about their property and are glad to relay this appreciation to their guests - they feel like they’re at home, and make you feel the same way.

Pondoro Game Lodge

The hotel is beautiful, inside and out

This seems obvious, and, well… it is. Words don’t help as much as pictures do in this situation. The hotel must be beautiful, architecturally unique, reflective of the environment and the culture, and spotless. Here are some of our favorite examples:

Saffire reflects the natural environment it is built in: The Hazards mountains’ pink granite, the white beaches and sapphire waters, and the grey-green native bush land.


The Royal Mansour in Morocco was commissioned by King Hassan the 6th for his most honored guests. The palatial riads all reflect a kingly aesthetic - in fact, over 1,500 artisans were employed to work on the facility.

The Royal Mansour

Venetian luxury is intertwined with a relaxed atmosphere at Ca Maria Adele in Italy, where guests are meant to forget what century they are in.

Ca Maria Adele

The focus is on creating new, unique experiences

A genuinely unforgettable experience goes beyond a comfortable stay and great F&B outlets. The best hotels in the world aim to have their guests fully experiencing the environment in and around the facility.

Besides a rounded experience that includes likeable staff, great food and drinks, a beautiful environment in and out of the hotel, and so on, the key element in creating a unique experience for guests is a series of small touches and moments that make the experience unforgettable.

Some examples include:

Swimming in your private infinity spa pool while watching the sky redden and the sun set across the horizon at Spicers Peak Lodge in Australia.

Spicers Peak Lodge

Reading your favorite novel with a glass of excellent wine by the magnificent grand piano at The Library Hotel in the United States.

The Library Hotel

F&B is on par with the best restaurants in the country

For many, the food and drinks at a hotel make or break the experience. Those who can afford the luxury are more often than not serious foodies with an appreciation for fine cuisine. It’s no surprise that the best hotels in the world also have some of the best dining outlets available in the region, and even the country.

The Royal Mansour in Morocco employs three-Michelin-star chef Yannick Alléno for both of their restaurants. Chefs at the Pondoro Game Lodge in South Africa serve local cuts of ostrich and buffalo steak in generous portions. Awarta Nusa Dua in Bali has some of the best Chinese food in the country.

Awarta Nusa Dua

Wrapping it all up

All these five points are intimately wrapped up and interconnected with one another. Take one out, and you very likely have no chance at achieving a World’s Best title. And while there’s definitely something to be said about the boutique hotels mentioned, this doesn’t stop operators of smaller hotels, or even corporate entities, from learning from this year’s winners and employing the very same elements to make the best experience possible for their guests.

Tet Celebration at New World Saigon Hotel

By: City Pass Guide

Vietnam’s biggest holiday is approaching, marking the arrival of spring and the new lunar year. At this time, the entire country goes into a fervor, visiting family members, eating traditional meals, drinking, giving gifts and practicing ancient traditions. Special Tet foods are cooked, lucky money is given out, and the past year’s troubles are forgotten in hopes of a better and brighter new year.

Taking hold of the spring spirit at the center of Saigon, New World Saigon Hotel joins the festivities, celebrating with stunning decorations and special menus for guests.

Mai Vang and the Kitchen Gods

In a Southern Vietnamese home, an apricot flower tree (Mai Vàng) helps ward off evil spirits in the South, and a pink peach flower tree wards off bad luck in the North (Đào). The bright flowers blossom only once a year around January and early February. The tree marks a new, prosperous beginning, while also being a beautiful set piece. One central element on display in New World Saigon Hotel’s lobby this Tet is the apricot flower tree.

Colors are very important elements in Vietnamese culture. Red (including the pink peach flowers) and Gold (the yellow apricot flowers) are lucky colors in Asian culture. The trees ward off evil spirits during the absence of the Kitchen Gods (Táo Quân) who leave the family to visit the palace of the Jade Emperor, where they will report back what the humans have been up to in the past year. They travel on the backs of giant carp to heaven and back, making the fish another important symbol.

The Spirit of Spring

Bursting with flowers, beautiful decorations, tradition - Tet is in a word, vibrant. To showcase this vibrancy to New World Saigon Hotel’s guests, Citypassguide.com has for the third time collaborated with the hallmark hotel to produce a stunning representation capturing the modernity and tradition of Tet in Vietnam.

Guests will be arriving at New World Saigon Hotel during Tet to find a mosaic of lively, colorful paintings and photographs displayed over wall-to-ceiling windows, as well as areas of Parkview Restaurant. The result is a showcase of what Tet is now and what it was in the past, using gorgeous imagery and the colors of Tet to surround guests in the Vietnamese Lunar New Year spirit.

Old Acquaintances

Citypassguide.com and New World Saigon Hotel have collaborated together twice in the past, installing beautiful displays to mark special times of the year. For New World Saigon Hotel’s 20th anniversary in 2015, Citypassguide.com collected its most stunning portraits, landscape photography and paintings of Vietnam and its people, as well as art from contributing artists.

Last Christmas, Citypassguide.com took its role a step further, conceptualizing a tree composed entirely of conical hats (nón lá). The nón lá is the unofficial symbol of Vietnam, used to shade the hardworking men and women who toil in the rice fields and farms of the countryside. A hardworking face, a sweet smile and a gentle glimmer in the eyes - the spirit of the people was captured with carefully selected professional black and white photography and allegorical set pieces.

Parkview’s windows were covered in transparent images of Vietnamese scenery and life, creating an immersive and cultural experience for guests entering the lobby and restaurant.

Tet Festivities at New World Saigon Hotel

Celebrate Tet at New World Saigon Hotel this year.The hotel will be serving lunches and dinners in line with the traditions of the lunar new year. See their featured promotions below:

From 7 to 11 February 2016, Parkview is serving up fabulous lunch and dinner buffets that boast the best of traditional Vietnamese Tet dishes as well as seafood specialties to satiate the biggest appetites. Lunch buffet is priced at VND680,000 per person and dinner buffet priced at VND980,000 per person.

Meanwhile Dynasty kicks off the first day of Tet (8 February) with a lion dance and an exquisite Tet Brunch Buffet priced at VND1,088,000 per person, including house wine, beer, soft drinks, and tea, (Club Epicure priced at VND888,000 per person). Tet Dim Sum Buffet is priced at VND450,000 per person from 9 to 21 February; and the Tet Holiday Reunion set menu is priced from VND6,800,000 for a table of 10 people including a bottle of house wine, available from 1 to 21 February.

Nian Gao, or New Year Cake, has a history of at least a thousand years. In Chinese, the pronunciation of word “Nian Gao” means “year high” and implies prosperity year after year – making Nian Gao a popular gift item during the New Year period.

Nian Gao at Saigon Bakery:
– Daily, 1 to 22 February 2016, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Medium box: VND 288,000*
– Large box: VND 588,000*

*Prices exclude 6% service charge and 10% VAT.

5 Ways to Increase your Hotel’s Revenue Per Room

By: Aleksandr Smechov

Revenue Per Available Room, or RevPar for short, is a crucial metric for any hotel. It’s a simple formula...

RevPar = total rooms revenue / total rooms available

… but the number you get is a good indicator of how well you are utilizing the value of your rooms. Let’s add to this another very important term: RevPor, which is money spent per occupied room. This is necessary when tracking how much people are spending on amenities - are they raiding their minibar and indulging in room service? RevPor is a useful indicator, especially in Vietnam where there are many niche hotels who need to watch their numbers closer than most mass market hotels.

Photo by: Intercontinental Asiana Saigon

If you’re paying close attention to your hotel’s booking patterns, RevPar and RevPor can determine what move you should make next to maximize revenue with your rooms. There is no concrete RevPar or RevPor that you can really aim for year round - the bigger the better of course, but this really depends on room demand during the season and other external factors.

Citypassguide.com consulted several industry professionals to finalize a list of five great methods to maximize both RevPar and RevPor. Get the most from your rooms this season:

1. Ramp up room benefits

Executive Lounge – Photo by: Hilton Hanoi Opera

Perception is reality, and if people perceive that a room is worth more than what you’re charging then it becomes an easier buying choice. This can done by adding exclusive benefits to certain rooms. For example, get the Executive Standard and get access to a private lounge with free refreshments and free flow drinks during fixed hours; free late checkouts; complimentary in-room breakfast; discounts on services like the spa or at certain F&B venues; or anything else that you can offer. While none of these are large investments, the person perceives these benefits as special treatment and values the room more than something similar but without the benefits. Ramping up room benefits is an excellent way to increase your RevPar.

2. Jacuzzi bonus

Jacuzzi – Photo by: Six Senses Con Dao

How many movies and shows have you seen where the characters enter a hotel room they can’t afford and get excited over the jacuzzi in the bathroom? No matter how overhyped, jacuzzis are what people think of when they imagine a luxury suite, a special treat they can only afford during special occasions. A jacuzzi room can be a lot more appealing to travellers than a “shower” room. Especially during colder or rainy months. This simple addition can change a regular room to a room with a taste of luxury.

3. Give them options - but limit their choices

Room with Welcom Fruit – Photo by: Eastin Grand Hotel

People like options, but they also like being told what to get. Using other items mentioned on this list (jacuzzi rooms and rooms with added benefits, for example) you can create more room options for guests. The next step would be to direct these rooms at certain demographics - if the Standard Room is now the Executive Standard, and couples have been flooding into the Standard Room this season, paint the Executive Standard as a honeymooner favorite, or something similar. This way, you get the added benefit of giving more budget options for travellers while promoting your “enhanced” rooms.

4. Stop sucking up to OTAs

Yes, there are plenty of travelers that head over to Agoda or TripAvisor or Booking.com without even looking at a hotel’s website. This can lead fearful managers to abuse their reliance on OTAs and neglect the fact that in the long-run, a balance between OTAs and direct bookings via website and phone is more profitable. This is because people on OTAs are looking for the cheapest option - meaning they are less likely to get room service, buy a bottle of wine, or even dine in the hotel. Many rooms on Agoda don’t even include breakfast - guests will be going to town to eat, not opting to laundry their clothes in the hotel, and avoiding the minibar like the plague. This is a big hit to RevPor.

5. Play with the length of stay

Photo by: Hotel Equatorial

If people are staying for a minimum of five to seven days in your hotel, give ‘em extra. Not only are they more likely to increase your RevPor by getting in-room dining and scouring your F&B outlets and spa facilities, but you will decrease maintenance costs as linens and disposable toiletries will have to be changed less. In-room breakfast, turndown amenities, better bathroom soaps and shampoos, gift baskets, welcome fruits and chocolates - these small investments make longer stays more attractive. And longer stays guarantee filled rooms, reduce costs and up both RevPar and RevPor. What’s not to like?