Hôtel des Arts Saigon for Lovers of Life, Literature and Culture
Welcome to a world of arts at the Hôtel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection. There is more to the name of this 5-star, Accor-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.
When you enter the hotel, you will be met and served by gracious staff who have studied the essential Art de Recevoir or “Art of Hosting”. You will be surrounded by beauty in the details present in the Art of Design in the structure of the rooms, the mix of antique and modern furniture, the luxurious feel of the decorative fabrics and the vibrant tones in the selection of fine art.
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, 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.
Ready to learn how to enjoy life a little more? Come explore a world of refinement and beauty at Hôtel des Arts Saigon.
Arts of Design and Styling at Hôtel des Arts 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 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 in Saigon.
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 the 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.
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 luxury that abounds throughout the hotel 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, Accor-group hotel.
Arts de la Table at Hôtel des Arts Saigon
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.
On the ground floor, the staff at Café des Beaux-Arts will welcome you into the salon and treat you to a gracious high tea 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.
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.
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 rooftop DJs or relishing a bite of Social Club’s creamy truffle risotto you will be treated as an honoured guest.
The Art of Relaxation at Hôtel des Arts Saigon
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”.
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.
How to Create an Art de Vivre Experience for Hôtel des Arts Saigon Guests
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 hotel experience 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 stay will make it all the easier to enjoy your adventure.
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, lounge in hedonistic rapture, or simply sit and observe the beauty of everyday life at Hôtel des Arts Saigon. This is one place that ensures you will revel in the art of making every moment memorable.
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