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Hotel Nikko Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
April 1, 2012, 3:40 pm
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The Hotel Nikko Saigon may be at the fringe of District 1 and away from the main tourist attractions, but don’t dismiss it because of that.  The newly minted property (opened in Dec 2011) runs a regular shuttle service to the tourist hotspots such as the Independence Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Opera House, and more.

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More than that, perhaps because the hotel is new, the staff are earnest, smiling, friendly, and generally eager to make you feel at home.  The service is generally impeccable and thoughtful.  The number one tip is to pay for a room on the Club Floor–at a marginal premium–that entitles guests use of the Executive Club that serves breakfast, afternoon tea, evening Happy Hour, and a 3pm check-out.

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The decor is understated and classy with a balanced use of marble, glass, steel, and wood.  The overall color scheme is muted shades of pastel and grey.  The net effect is a vibe that feels contemporary, upmarket, comfortable, without bordering on pretentiousness.

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The guestroom is well-appointed, with every amenity one would ask of, and twice-daily service (morning housekeeping and evening turn-down).  The only possible improvement that the hotel might do well to consider is to have multi-standard power sockets that will charge a variety of plugs from their guests who must come from diverse parts of the world.

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The gym–more like a fitness room–is a tad small for a five-star property, but is serviceable.  The ambience at the pool is relaxing, and chilled water is delivered to guests at their deck chair.  Overall, the Nikko Hotel Saigon presents value-for-money, and its lack of propinquity to major tourist attractions is more than made up by its stellar standards of service.

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