A hotel can be much more than just a place to sleep. It can also be an icon introducing visitors to the colours and visual artistry of a city. Integrating local motifs into its interior design, all while maintaining its international brand and ensuring that guests get the best service available.
Le Meridien Saigon, a 5-Star, 343-room Starwood property built in 2015 and located along Ton Duc Thang Street in Saigon’s District 1 is targeted to the curious explorer with a taste for new cultures and experiences and is the perfect example of how this blend can be executed seamlessly.
The hotel is located along the bank of the Saigon river, a beautiful view that can be enjoyed in the majority of guest rooms. Once you enter the lobby, you’ll be struck by the visual spectacle around you. Plush sofas, seats of varying sizes, shapes and colours are scattered throughout, and the floors and walls are filled with curvilinear patterns, an ode to the nearby Saigon River.
Featuring a nice mix of bold colours like red and yellow with neutral and darker earth tones, the overall ambience of the lobby itself invokes a sense of curiosity, drawing you in to explore even further.
Checking in is a breeze, as not only do you get prompt, responsive service from the staff — you also get it with a smile throughout. The level of professionalism evident here will comfort even the most demanding traveller.
The real fun begins when you’ve gotten your keycard. As you make your way towards the lifts, you’ll walk past Latitude 10, a dining space that’s coffeehouse by day and cocktail lounge by night. With soft lighting and plush seating, it’s the perfect place to sit with your laptop and some Illy Coffee to get some work done during the day (if you have to). By night, you can come here to have a nice sip of wine and enjoy a good conversation.
If you’re waiting for the elevators, you’ll also notice a nice little establishment right behind you. Art Cacao is a grab-and-go station offering chocolates, croissants and some seriously mouthwatering pastries.
In the lifts, you’ll see two sets of doors with respective options of floors. One serves the floors that are accessible to the public, namely the ground floor, the mezzanine level where Latest Recipe restaurant is located and level nine, where you’ll find the Bamboo Chic restaurant, the spa, fitness centre and swimming pool... The other doors go straight to the hotel rooms.
Once you get to your desired floor, you’ll be greeted by a large glass tank containing a work of art. These stunning visual displays, which are present on every floor, were all commissioned to local artists and range from sculptures to wire art highlighting the development of Saigon at various stages. These special touches are unique to Le Meridien Saigon, as part of its mission to promote local art and artists.
Not only is the room spacious and comfortable, you also have everything you’ll need. From a well-stocked minibar to complimentary fruits and a bar of Marou chocolate, the attention to detail for a refined user experience is captured to perfection here.
Individual light switches and a master light switch on either side of the bed; a stunning panoramic view of the Saigon river; noise-proof windows; a bathroom that cleverly utilises space — you’re not just in a hotel room, you’ve walked into a piece of art.
Another feature worthy of highlighting is the bed. Le Meridien custom-makes all their beds, with rigorous sleep tests done to ensure quality. This has resulted in a mattress that’s designed not to disturb your partner if you happen to move; it’s perfect for light sleepers.
There are plenty of culinary options available in the hotel, from Japanese-Cantonese fusion cuisine at Bamboo Chic to the delightful buffet offers at Latest Recipe.
You also go to Latest Recipe to have your complimentary breakfast. Featuring a buffet spread of essential breakfast favourites like cold cuts, a variety of pastries, breads, salads, Japanese fare and, of course, a choice of coffee or tea. It’s the best way to start your day.
On level nine, you have the Explore Spa, the saltwater-based pool, and a well-equipped Fitness Centre, both overlooking the Saigon River. The spa includes a range of services from aromatherapy massages to saltwater facials. The full description of the updated promotions available can all be found in handy, well-laid-out pamphlets in your room.
Le Meridien Saigon’s wedding and business facilities feature a harmony of contemporary design and modern equipment, a balance of form and function which falls well in line with the hotel’s trendy, luxury standards.
What Others Say:
The hotel scored 4.5 out 5 on TripAdvisor, and 4.6 out of 5 on Le Meridien’s Facebook page. Most reviewers praise the unique art decor, the view from the room, the convenient location and the excellent service
City Pass Guide Says:
Sophisticated, pleasant and fulfilling would be the three words to describe the Le Meridien experience in Saigon. The overall experience is enhanced by the artistry of the decor, the tech-friendly in-room features, the stunning view, comfort and, of course, the excellent service from a dedicated and knowledgeable staff who are on-hand to help you.
Overall Experience: 9.1/10
There is a space in your room that can be converted into a workstation with easily accessible power outlets suited for all types of plugs, with HDMI, A/V and VGA ports to link your computer to the LED TV set.
An exciting addition to the weekly Wine+Cheese Buffet at Latitude 10 Bar+Lounge awaits your discovery in September. Besides the endless flow of extensive wine variety, the insightful suggestions of our sommelier from The Warehouse will now make your tasting more delicate. Home-made cheese fondue is another additional delight to the international selection of cheese accompanied by paté, terrine and cold cuts. Discover the exquisite pairing of wine and cheese with live acoustic music for an elegant treat to your Thursday evenings.
Time: Every Thursday, from 18:00 to 21:00 *** Live music starts at 19:00
Price: VND 600,000++/person (including free-flow wine, cheese and a complimentary glass of sparkling rosé) *** Special promotion: Come 6 pay 5. Valid on Thursdays in September only.
A Sunday well spent cannot be without some relaxing moments with good food, good view, good ambience, and your beloved family. Sunday Brunch buffet at Latest Recipe Restaurant will be an ideal option with such criteria. Feast on an exceptional selection of fresh seafood, a wide range of international cheese, cold cuts and salads, enhanced with endless flow of house wine and champagne at your choice.
For a complete experience, prepare your taste buds with free flow of Bloody Mary from 11:00 and explore our kid playground with your little ones at Latitude 10 Lounge + Bar. After brunch, visit our poolside on the 9th floor for some special drink offers and breathtaking view over the Saigon River.
Prices from VND 1,500,000++ per person Brunch venue: Latest Recipe Restaurant – M Floor, 12:00 – 16:00
Feast on Crab flavours from around the world – a distinctive treat from Latest Recipe Restaurant. From Singaporean Chilli Crabs, Wok-fried Thai Crabs, Italian Crab Cannelloni to New Orleans Crab Cake and so much more, savour a bit of each and let us know your most preferred version of crab delicacy.
Prices from VND 1,200,000++ Venue: Latest Recipe Restaurant, M Floor Time: Friday + Saturday, 18:00 – 22:00
An idea for a more meaningful Mid-autumn gift box: attach a wish to each of the mooncake in correspondence with its colour and flavour, exclusively for your loved ones. The traditional golden-brown coated mooncakes, either filled with Green Bean, Coffee Lotus or Roasted Chicken paste, stand for a wish of joy, warmth and prosperity. The bright tone of Green Tea mooncakes sends a message of good health, while Black Sesame or Takesumi Charcoal mooncakes represent a constant existence beside ones’ side when they are in need. Join Le Méridien Saigon to bring delights to this loving full-moon season by adding your own messages to our mooncake delicacies and brightening the day of those you care for.
Another dining venue in Saigon to savour Thai delicacies is now at your disposal, exclusively until September. If you are among those dinners who are tantalised by the balanced combination of strong spices and assorted ingredients in Thai dishes, let us treat you to a range of Thai recipes from Tom Yum, Gaeng Massaman Lamb, Pla Goong, Royal Pumpkin Custard and so much more, only at Latest Recipe Restaurant.
Prices from VND 850,000++ Venue: Latest Recipe Restaurant, M Floor Time: Tuesday, 18:00 – 22:00
Take a step into Latitude 10 Lounge + Bar and embark on a tasting journey of world coffee, from Costa Rica, Kenya, El Salvador, Ethiopia to Vietnam’s famous Arabica Premium and Khe Sanh. Don’t forget to treat yourself to our signature selections of egg coffee or alcohol-infused coffee for an exciting new kick.
Time: Daily, 07:00 – 23:00 Prices: from VND 100,000++
Your mid-week will be recharged with bottomless jars of refreshing mojitos and live music band Sound Session starting from this Wednesday 5 September 2018, with the launch of Mojito Mania at Latitude 10 Bar+Lounge. Our Mojitos are like no others, as each of them carries a story and personality. Explore and find the right one for you among our five signature flavours - Golden River, Green’n’Mint, Blue Ocean, Pink Lady and Red Carpet, which correspond with the five elements of universe Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth respectively. Chill out together every Wednesday with cooling flavours and energised music at Mojito Mania.
Time: Every Wednesday, 18:00 - 21:00 Price: (including free flow of mojitos + complimentary canapé) • Special launching price: VND 490,000++ person from 5-26 Sep 2018 • Normal price: VND 550,000++/ pax after 26 Sep 2018 Other promotions that further fascinate the night: • 25% off on Petite Plate • Buy 1 get 1 free beer