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Hotel Continental Saigon

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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 The bathroom is outdated, although still functional.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

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Health club

Located in Core area of Ho Chi Minh City, Hotel Continental Saigon is next to Opera House and Parkson Plaza. This 80-room, 4-star hotel has 2 restaurants, free in-room WiFi, and a health club. It's in central Ho Chi Minh City and also a short walk from Ho Chi Minh City Hall Square and Vincom Center Shopping Mall.


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

All 80 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and free weekday newspapers. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Other amenities include free bottled water, safes, and phones.


Property features

At Hotel Continental Saigon, guests have access to a health club, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. Transportation is made easy with a train station shuttle. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a meeting room, a business center, and free newspapers.

Room options

Deluxe Room, City View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Opera View Suite

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Opera View Room

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Room, Garden View

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Hotel Continental Saigon

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

3

average stay

Families

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

By on May 28, 2014

3

ok hotel but beware there are rooms without windows

BusinessTravelers

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.

By on Feb 21, 2014

5

hotel continental

Families

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.

By on May 12, 2013

4

a bit of old saigon

Singles

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.

By on Apr 30, 2013