Park Hyatt Saigon: Escape from the Present

Visited December 2017

  • Award booking: 15,000 Hyatt points per night
  • Booking method: Booked 4 nights using cash + points; complimentary upgrade to suite
  • Breakfast: Excellent, especially the pastries
  • Location: Excellent, easy walk to waterfront, Binh Tay Market and restaurants
  • Service: Excellent, highly attentive and proactive
  • Extras: Globalists get free breakfast and welcome bottle of wine
  • Overall experience: 10/10
  • If I could pay cash for the experience, I would do it assuming that we still had Globalist status or can book through American Express FHR for breakfast and hotel credits

Saigon is quite a hectic city, but when you step into the Park Hyatt Saigon, all the noise remains outside. The hotel is located near the main plaza and shopping district, however, inside, you’re transported back to a colonial interior that is period yet feels current.

Park Hyatt Saigon Welcome Fruit
Local fruit welcome plate

Our room overlooked the pool and outdoor garden. Although I’m more into minimally styled interiors, I really liked the soothing, floral yet muted tones. It’s also really nice when a hotel provides a welcome gift of local fruits or other treats (there was also a bottle of Bordeaux for us). You can see the room interior in the below video.

Suite
Park Hyatt Saigon Opera Trattoria
Bright and airy restaurant

My favorite part of the hotel was the breakfast at Trattoria Opera which is light and airy. We enjoyed the space, service and range of local and French treats. We thought the fresh whole young coconut was a nice touch and appeared to be what everyone else was taking. The available choice of Vietnamese food was good, though after our first day, we mainly used the breakfast for smoothies, pastries and other items that were either not available outside or relatively expensive. We went out for noodles or other local food.

On January 1, they had us go to Square One for breakfast and that was more of a dinner atmosphere with its dark warm tones. It was a beautiful space, but not the kind of place I like to start my day. The rooftop pool and garden with secluded sitting areas contributed to the hotel as a welcome reprieve from the heat and congestion.

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