The only thing keeping the Park Hyatt Saigon off the list of historic Ho Chi Minh City landmarks is the fact that it’s brand new. But give it time. Not only is it already by a long way the top hotel in town, but its classic colonial-style facade fits seamlessly into the city’s central Lam Son Square, as though it had always been there.
When you see a chain’s name over a hotel’s door you generally know what to expect, for better or worse — in this case it’s for the better, as the Park Hyatt can be counted on to deliver subtly stylish modern-classic interiors, along with first-class facilities, and in-room amenities that are state of the art. Nods to French-era Saigon abound, from the understated to the explicit: there are period details in the décor, and the walls are hung with black-and-white photos of the city.
And the great benefit of a new build is in the physical comforts of the place. There’s room here for a top-end spa and an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a landscaped garden, and two restaurants: Square One is authentic modern Vietnamese and Opera is an impressive Italian trattoria.