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Hotel Continental Saigon

4.0 out of 5.0

Hotel Continental Saigon

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

There are only 2 things wrong with the property or I would have given it a full 5 stars: #1, its WIFI does not work. They sent the I.T. person to help and it still did not work. I gave up trying as I was just going to be there for 1 night, so I had to learn to do without wifi. #2 was more mortal: It had No Smoking sign everywhere, but I smelled smoke upon entering its French restaurant. As i had severe allergy I asked to be seated in a true non smoking area, so we were directed to sit in an area with glass window facing the street away from main dining area. Midway into the lunch, I smelled no just cigarette but cigar, and noticed it came from 2 men seated 2 tables away. I walked by and politely pointed out to them the NO SMOKING sign on the wall, to which the smoke ignored me and waved his hand holding the cigar as if it did not apply to him. The server and captain could not do anything about it but to apologize. he kept on smoking, Front desk told me later the fellow was a government official and they could not do anything about it. I therefore subtracted a star from this property!!

the good - best location in the heart of ho chi Minh on Dong Khoi street which represents the best and most typical of Vietnam if you only have a few days to spend. great breakfast the bathroom was as modern as any 5 star American hotel the bad - air conditioning slow old fashioned wall unit. furnishing typical of Vietnamese hotels with wood chairs, quaint light control in the room.

Excellent location with great breakfast. A perfect place to stay if you like a hotel which reflects a sense of history. Beautiful wood finishes, large rooms and great shower. We also got a free upgrade.

We stayed here because of the literary history. It was the most accommodating service of any of the hotels across many cities we stayed in, in Vietnam. The location is great and the room was huge, good a/c, but this is why I didn't give it a top rating... Decor: The bones of the hotel are beautiful, old carved wood everywhere and huge continental breakfast with uniformed staff all very attentive. The updates look like they were done around the 1980's and could use some help. Our bathroom (although big) was molded plastic turned yellow and covered in black mold in the grout and caulk. The hall carpet is a crazy geometric pattern, with faux stained glass sticker decals for privacy on a lot of the glass. I only bring this up because, if you are going for the history and charm it's sort of a mixed bag. Busy ballroom/courtyard: There was an event in the courtyard every night we were there - most rooms look onto the courtyard. Every night everything finished before 10pm, and they staff did a nice job of notifying us each day to expect that. Every morning at breakfast you could see some work happening to install or clean up. Just another mood killer from the ambiance and needing to keep our curtains drawn the entire time. Merchandise: They have a great feature in the room, where you can buy anything from the coffee mugs to the embossed wash clothes. When we called to buy a few items they didn't have any for sale and offered us used ones with no discount.

I wanted to stay at the Continental since I had been there many years ago. I was disappointed that the rooms have not been updated and there was a musty smell in some rooms and the lobby. I also felt that the restaurant was not as good as it had been in the past. It appears that this government owned property has not received the updates given to other old properties like the Rex, Majestic, or Caravelle. I would choose those over the Continental for a future visit.

Old world charm, breakfast buffet was amazing, great access to opera, rooftop bars, and great food/shopping.

Good service. Nice location and friendly staffs. Breakfast was just OK.

This is a very nice hotel, but in terms of modern amenities, it needs an update. The bathroom is outdated, although still functional. I usually choose this hotel because of its location as well as its architectural beauty.

I booked the hotel mainly because of the great location, also because of its legendary reputation of being the first hotel in Vietnam. Turned out, it was not worth the money. The room had a strong mildew smell. When I asked the front desk person to change the room for me, she didn't want to, and instead suggested letting them give the room a refreshing treatment. Obviously that didn't help much. The carpet looked old and not very clean, and maybe that's where the smell came from. There was a renovation/construction going on inside the building, and no measure was taken to separate the construction area from the guest hallways. But again, great location.

The room needs TLC , hotel was historic and well kept.

The location is fantastic and overall the hotel is reasonable. But beware, there are rooms on an inside corridor that have no windows to the outside, and I got one of those. There are windows in the room, but they look out onto an inside corridor that has an entertainment venue on the other side (I could see a room with a pool table inside and neon signs). So basically you have to keep the blinds completely drawn and it can get depressing. Fortunately the ceilings are quite high, and the room overall was roomy, so it wasn't too claustrophic, but if you are the type of person who does not handle closed spaces well, it is strongly recommended that you confirm with the hotel what room you will get before booking.

It was a great hotel for the price we paid. Very good value. We were comfortable. It was strategically located in the middle of everything especially shopping, hotel staff were very pleasant and helpful and the breakfast buffet was sumptuous. I would highly recommend this hotel to family and friends.

The Continental is no longer one of the very top hotels in HCMC, but it still has a touch of class that makes staying here worth while. Rooms are very large and well furnished. The breakfast room is elegant with a full buffet breakfast to suit any taste. And nothing beats sitting at an outdoor cafe table sipping a drink with the old opera across the street.

Excellant hotel in ho Chi minh, close enough to walk to all the tourism attractions in the city. Rooms very spacious and clean. Breakfast buffet very good and staff very helpful and friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

Continental Hotel Saigon hasn't changed too much in forty years, and that is a good thing. My wife and I stayed there while exploring HCMC for a weekend, and the historic hotel and its great location really rounded out our experience. We loved the old colonial elegance of the place with tall, breezy corridors and breakfast in the courtyard. Fine classical accents in wood and plaster plus the double-height ceiling of our room made us feel like we had come to Vietnam on a steamship. The sandy ashtrays in the corridors and the radio built into our bedside table made us feel like war correspondents swapping gossip in halls. All that old-style character did not prevent the hotel from providing modern comforts. We slept comfortably in firm twin beds and never worried about insufficient air conditioning or hot water. The deep retro bathtub, complete with foam and salts, was a big plus for my wife, a connoisseur of baths. Unexpected pleasantries included an easy-to-use wifi connection and a bowl of tropical fruits, lovely green bananas, a pomelo and a dragonfruit. We were awakened early by an 8:00 AM concert on the steps of the theater across the street, but we stepped out onto the room's balcony to listen a bit and spied local attendees parking their motor scooters beneath the stairs to watch from their bike seats. After that it was time for a good breakfast with plenty of sweet coffee. Once fed we could walk from the hotel to just about anyplace on the tourist trail. We saw the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace, but we came back to the area around the hotel for shopping and food in the evening. The Continental added a nice sense of time to our exploration of a fascinating city space.

Good location. Not too far walk to War Museum and Reunification Museum.

Very helpful and friendly staff. Great location for food and shopping. Right next to the opera house.

hotel is located in the middle of everything, on city's main square. close to markets and shops and restaurants, as well as other 5 star hotels of Saigon.

132 - 134 Dong Khoi St., Dist 1 Ho Chi Minh City

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Saigon River and Opera House
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Dong Khoi, Hotel Continental Saigon is next to popular attractions like Saigon River and Opera House. This 80-room, 4-star hotel has 2 restaurants, free in-room WiFi, and a health club. It's connected to a shopping center in central Ho Chi Minh City, and also a short walk from Vincom Center Shopping Mall and Ho Chi Minh City Hall.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 6:30 AM to 9 AM. Enjoy dining at La Fayette Restaurant, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or entertain your taste buds with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café.


Rooms

Guests can enjoy an LCD TV and stay connected with free WiFi. The bathroom offers free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Other standard amenities include a minibar, a coffee maker, and free weekday newspapers.


Property features

Hotel Continental Saigon features a health club, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. Transportation is made easy with a train station shuttle. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a business center, free newspapers, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Deluxe Room, Garden View

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room, City View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Opera View Room

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Opera View Suite

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Guest reviews for Hotel Continental Saigon

Everyone (7) Business (3) Couples (2) Family (2) Other (3) Friends (1)
4
Business Business Travelers

There are only 2 things wrong with the property or I would have given it a full 5 stars: #1, its WIFI does not work. They sent the I.T. person to help and it still did not work. I gave up trying as I was just going to be there for 1 night, so I had to learn to do without wifi. #2 was more mortal: It had No Smoking sign everywhere, but I smelled smoke upon entering its French restaurant. As i had severe allergy I asked to be seated in a true non smoking area, so we were directed to sit in an area with glass window facing the street away from main dining area. Midway into the lunch, I smelled no just cigarette but cigar, and noticed it came from 2 men seated 2 tables away. I walked by and politely pointed out to them the NO SMOKING sign on the wall, to which the smoke ignored me and waved his hand holding the cigar as if it did not apply to him. The server and captain could not do anything about it but to apologize. he kept on smoking, Front desk told me later the fellow was a government official and they could not do anything about it. I therefore subtracted a star from this property!!

By on Apr 28, 2019

4
Everyone

the good - best location in the heart of ho chi Minh on Dong Khoi street which represents the best and most typical of Vietnam if you only have a few days to spend. great breakfast the bathroom was as modern as any 5 star American hotel the bad - air conditioning slow old fashioned wall unit. furnishing typical of Vietnamese hotels with wood chairs, quaint light control in the room.

By on Apr 8, 2019

5
Everyone

Excellent location with great breakfast. A perfect place to stay if you like a hotel which reflects a sense of history. Beautiful wood finishes, large rooms and great shower. We also got a free upgrade.

By on Jan 21, 2019

Review comment responded on Mar 10, 2019

Thank you for your nice feedback to our hotel's location, architecture, breakfast and its history. We look forward to welcoming you back more often. Best regards,

5
Everyone

By on Nov 27, 2018

Review comment responded on Nov 27, 2018

Thank you for your good evaluation to our hotel. We hope to have more chances to welcome you back. Best regards, Le Tan Thanh General Manager

3

great service with funky vintage charm

Everyone

We stayed here because of the literary history. It was the most accommodating service of any of the hotels across many cities we stayed in, in Vietnam. The location is great and the room was huge, good a/c, but this is why I didn't give it a top rating... Decor: The bones of the hotel are beautiful, old carved wood everywhere and huge continental breakfast with uniformed staff all very attentive. The updates look like they were done around the 1980's and could use some help. Our bathroom (although big) was molded plastic turned yellow and covered in black mold in the grout and caulk. The hall carpet is a crazy geometric pattern, with faux stained glass sticker decals for privacy on a lot of the glass. I only bring this up because, if you are going for the history and charm it's sort of a mixed bag. Busy ballroom/courtyard: There was an event in the courtyard every night we were there - most rooms look onto the courtyard. Every night everything finished before 10pm, and they staff did a nice job of notifying us each day to expect that. Every morning at breakfast you could see some work happening to install or clean up. Just another mood killer from the ambiance and needing to keep our curtains drawn the entire time. Merchandise: They have a great feature in the room, where you can buy anything from the coffee mugs to the embossed wash clothes. When we called to buy a few items they didn't have any for sale and offered us used ones with no discount.

By , from new york, ny on Jan 17, 2017

3

great location in saigon

Everyone

I wanted to stay at the Continental since I had been there many years ago. I was disappointed that the rooms have not been updated and there was a musty smell in some rooms and the lobby. I also felt that the restaurant was not as good as it had been in the past. It appears that this government owned property has not received the updates given to other old properties like the Rex, Majestic, or Caravelle. I would choose those over the Continental for a future visit.

By , from Virginia on Sep 22, 2016

5

amazing to stay in oldest hotel in saigon

Everyone

Old world charm, breakfast buffet was amazing, great access to opera, rooftop bars, and great food/shopping.

By , from New York, NY on May 19, 2016

4
Everyone

Good service. Nice location and friendly staffs. Breakfast was just OK.

By on Mar 19, 2016

3

great location, but...

Singles

This is a very nice hotel, but in terms of modern amenities, it needs an update. The bathroom is outdated, although still functional. I usually choose this hotel because of its location as well as its architectural beauty.

By on Dec 14, 2015

3

good location

Singles

I booked the hotel mainly because of the great location, also because of its legendary reputation of being the first hotel in Vietnam. Turned out, it was not worth the money. The room had a strong mildew smell. When I asked the front desk person to change the room for me, she didn't want to, and instead suggested letting them give the room a refreshing treatment. Obviously that didn't help much. The carpet looked old and not very clean, and maybe that's where the smell came from. There was a renovation/construction going on inside the building, and no measure was taken to separate the construction area from the guest hallways. But again, great location.

By on Nov 22, 2015