The Park Hyatt Saigon Review is part of the Trip Report: The $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World which covers 5 Continents, 13 Countries, and 17 Cities.
- Tokyo, Japan
- Melbourne, Australia
- Wellington, New Zealand
- Sydney, Australia
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Saigon, Vietnam
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Hong Kong
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Knysna, South Africa
- Durban, South Africa
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Doha, Qatar
- New York, New York
- Helsinki, Finland
Getting There: I took a taxi from the airport to the Sheraton Saigon (my first hotel in Saigon) and consulted my Blackberry for a reasonable fare. Google said $10 so I like to bargain for $8 and go from there. On the way back, I took the taxi called for me by the Park Hyatt.
It’s perfect. There’s no other way to describe the Park Hyatt Saigon than by using that word. Everything about the hotel is 5-stars.
No matter where I go, it seems a new tower is being constructed. Though a skyline helps define a city, it isn’t what makes it unique. From Yangon to Saigon, the essence of a city is captured through the historical buildings that have persevered through time.
The Park Hyatt Saigon is the site of the 1964 Brinks Hotel bombing, an attack on the South by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Though the Park Hyatt is not the original building, it was constructed in a way to preserve the French Colonial charm.
Though not a Diamond suite upgrade, the room overlooked the pool and had spectacular bathrobes.
There’s plenty to see and do in Saigon which becomes difficult once you lounge at the Park Hyatt pool. It is hard to imagine there is so much chaos within meters of your location.
Saigon is insane. Motorbikes, street vendors, and everyone in between live in this densely populated city. It can be exhausting to simply cross the street. Retreating to the refuge of the Park Hyatt Saigon restores the balance that is lost from trying to navigate the bustling metropolis.
If you do choose to leave the peaceful premises, you are minutes away from all the sites and sounds and more sounds of Saigon. Like I said, it’s the perfect hotel.
When I booked, the room rate was a ridiculous $400 a night. As of writing this, the daily rate is $329 for the month of December. I used 12,000 points to book the room which has now gone up to 15,000 since it is a Category 4 hotel. Alternatively, the cash n points option is 7500 + $100 which is a great deal. It does qualify for the annual Chase Hyatt free night certificate as well.
Looking for some late night Pho? Why wander back alleys when the Park Hyatt’s room service provides it. It’s quality and quantity pho from the comfort of your own room.
If you’re going to Saigon, stay at the Park Hyatt. Enough said.