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Colonial charm

Released at: 23:37, 08/04/2013

Colonial charm

The Hotel Majestic Saigon has been renovated to its turn of the century splendour.

Built in 1925 the Hotel Majestic Saigon has undergone different management under different governments but its soul still carries the philosophy of Vietnamese culture with morality, ethics, peace and prosperity. 

The Hotel Majestic Saigon, with its French architecture and sitting opposite the Saigon River, is one of the most popular five-star hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. Its 175 rooms are classified into six categories. There are 121 rooms in the classic wing, which were built in 1925, all well-finished with natural wood from floor to high ceiling with a balcony and a marble bathroom. Meanwhile, 54 rooms in the annex wing were built and opened in 2013, based on the architecture found in the classic wing. Facilities in all rooms are well-equipped. “After staying at the Majestic most of our guests have usually spoken of its charm, hospitality, tradition and elegance,” said Mr Nguyen Anh Vu, General Manager of the Hotel Majestic Saigon. “I think they also tell their family and friends the same.”

The hotel retains the atmosphere of 1925 with its colonial architecture making the difference between the Majestic and other five-star hotels in the city. Most guests are from Europe or the Asia Pacific.

During their stay at the Hotel Majestic Saigon guests can access authentic local experiences such as Vietnamese cuisine at the hotel’s Cyclo Restaurant, where the real taste of Vietnamese dishes are the focus. The Majestic also has optional tours to take tourists such places of interest as the Cu Chi Tunnels or the floating markets of Tien Giang to experience how Vietnam was in the past and still is today.

The Hotel Majestic Saigon has launched optional promotions that are affordable for most travellers, such as the best deal boutique hotel for business travellers, the business summer package, the honeymoon package, and free upgrades to a colonial suite. The average daily room tariff is VND3,338,000.

According to Mr Vu, global economic forecasts are that the situation will pick up soon but that there are still problems. As the first quarter of the year comes to a close, the hotel is yet to see any such pick up. “Business so far in 2013 has been rather similar to 2012,” Mr Vu said. “We’ve actually faced a lot of challenges from the global economic crisis since the middle of 2008 until now. Many new four-and five-star hotels opening up in the city have also had an effect on our tariffs.” 

This year’s target for the Hotel Majestic Saigon is a 7 per cent increase against last year’s occupancy. “In order to achieve this we will continue to upgrade our products and services to provide the greatest level of satisfaction possible for our guests,” Mr Vu said. 

hotels & resorts in brief

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  • BMW Euro Auto and Movenpick Hotel Hanoi have marked their bilateral partnership by signing an official agreement at the “Fleet Handover Ceremony for BMW 520is” in March 2013. Movenpick Hotel Hanoi selected the masterpiece five series in line with the upgrading strategy of the Movenpick Hotel and Resort chain in Vietnam in 2013. The fleet of two BMW 520s are powered by Twin Power Turbo technology has unique five-star equipment: a connectable wi-fi system, a USP audio interface and two rear sun blinds. Moreover, customers will be impressed with the interior design by a luxury ambient light system, ECO PRO mode, and fuel-efficient auto start/stop function that have been purchased individually by Movenpick Hotel Hanoi for their VIP limousine service.  
  • Elite Fitness & Spa in Hanoi has organised a grand opening for its second centre in Hanoi at Indochina Plaza Hanoi, following its first in Xuan Dieu. With over 3,500 sq m, Elite Fitness and Spa at Indochina Plaza Hanoi houses a large variety of state-of-the-art strength and cardiovascular equipment installed with touch screen entertainment systems where every member can integrate their Iphone and Ipad, a four seasons heated indoor pool, and well designed class studios with the largest variety of fitness programmes and classes of over a hundred per week, from yoga to spin, dance and aerobics. 
  • The Singapore-based GHM, which operates some of Asia’s most exclusive hotels and resorts, including The Nam Hai in Vietnam and The Legian and The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah in Bali, has hired a sales and marketing expert in Vietnam, Ms Debbie Chee. A native of Malaysia, Ms Chee has resided mostly in Vietnam since 2000, when she was appointed assistant director of sales for the Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City. Her charge is to build upon The Nam Hai’s considerable reputation in central Vietnam, which is experiencing tremendous tourism growth and attracting more international hotel brands.
  • The Metropole is offering its legendary cheese buffet from April 1 - 10, embracing the epitome of French culinary excellence. With the finest varieties of cheese from around the world plus an amazing dessert buffet, this is a wonderful way to sample the richness and sophistication of world-renowned delicacies such as Bleu d’Auvergne, Epoisse, Mont d’or, Raclette, Reblochon, La Sainte Maure de Touraine, Valençay, Appenzeller, Chimay, Gorgonzola, Gruyère and many others. And as an extra treat, guests can experience the surprising freshness of biological cheese, made from Ba Vi mountain goat milk by Metropole chefs, which is guaranteed to charm with its unique taste and aroma.

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