Somerset Ho Chi Minh City Gets A Major Upgrade
Operating for over 20 years, the Somerset Ho Chi Minh City residence is currently undergoing a major makeover for a more contemporary look and feel. Furthermore, its facilities are undergoing a US$11 million renovation for an enhanced guest and resident experience.
The World Travel Awards gave Somerset the “Vietnam’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand” award for three consecutive years; the serviced residence has also received TripAdvisor’s most recent 2016 Travellers’ Choice and Certificate of Excellence awards, as well as the 2015 Golden Dragon Award.
Nestled in the heart of the Central Business District, Somerset Ho Chi Minh City is minutes away from Diamond Plaza, Kumho Asiana Plaza, Saigon Tower, several consulates and other key business locations. There have been three main focuses with this massive renovation: a more contemporary look and feel; a renovated outdoor linkway; new amenities; and a newly built residents’ lounge and renovated reception area.
Contemporary Look and Feel
One of Somerset Ho Chi Minh City’s three blocks - Block B - has already been reimagined last year, with all 198 apartments due to finish by the end of this year. Designers have chosen neutral, clean tones (off-white, beige and brown) accentuated by hues of blue and grey to create an airy and modern feel. LED lights have replaced room and walkway halogens to make for more natural and energy-efficient lighting.
Rooms now feature bamboo flooring, lending a clean, chic look, along with matching upholstered furniture. Beds have new linens and pillows, and lamps and curtains have been replaced to be more in line with the updated look. Appliances including kitchen equipment, fans, air-conditioners, and the sound system and television have all been replaced with up-to-date components. In addition the ensuite bathrooms are completely redesigned and modernised.
The luxurious refurbished apartments combine the elements of space, comfort and privacy with the services and convenience of a premium quality hotel. The overall feeling one now gets is a brighter, more open, and a more pleasant aesthetic experience. Moreover, paintings of idyllic natural life in Vietnam create a sense of ease. The fully-equipped kitchen - with white oak laminate cabinets and polished black granite countertops - and separate living and dining areas allow residents to return to a home away from home.
In a day and age where internet connection has become a necessity, newly installed optic fiber cables ensure the fastest connection possible within the entire property.
Renovated Linkway and New Amenities
The linkway connecting the three blocks and all the facilities in Somerset Ho Chi Minh City will receive a makeover to create an enhanced guest and resident experience. More green spaces, a new international indoor and outdoor restaurant, an improved children’s play area and several other areas will be the main focus of the linkway renovation. A bakery will be built alongside a renovated convenience store.
New floor tiles and a contemporary, spacious canopy will create a more pleasurable outdoor experience for guests and residents alike. The gym will be located beside the outdoor children’s play area, therefore allowing residents exercising to keep an eye on their children.
Speaking of families, Somerset Ho Chi Minh City and its sister properties have a total of 140 children - making it the residential space with the most families in the entire city. The family oriented environment now presents an even more inviting and exciting atmosphere for children and parents to live in.
New Reception and Residents’ Lounge
The reception area in Block A will be expanded and renovated to match the style of the rooms and corridors throughout the property, featuring a lotus leaves inspired ceiling installation amidst a wood finish and bronze mirrors. In addition to the space, the renovated Residents’ Lounge will allow residents to come down and watch sports or movies with an LCD projector, access one of several computers and unwind either indoors or on the outdoor porch overlooking the outdoor children’s play area.
This renovation is by far the biggest Somerset Ho Chi Minh City has had in 20 years, and from the finished rooms and corridors in Block B of the property, it looks to be one well worth the investment.