Park Hyatt Saigon
With an enviable location on Lam Son, Saigon’s central square, this gleaming upscale hotel with colonial accents delivers splendidly assured service and has one of the finest spas in town. Each of the 120 guest rooms is swathed in tasteful beiges and glowing hardwoods and decorated with historic photographs of Saigon; some rooms and suites have terraces overlooking the busy square. And the two in-house restaurants, Square One and Opera, are standouts, with the latter serving the city’s best breakfast and brunch. If anything is out of place it’s the unusual sight on the hotel’s manicured front lawn: a plaque commemorating an infamous car bombing, carried out in 1964 by Viet Minh agents on this very site (then the Brinks Hotel).
Insider Tip: Request a deeply relaxing Abhyanga massage followed by a luxuriant Vichy shower at the pool- and garden-side Xuan Spa—one of the best treatment combinations available.
Room to Book: Ask for a Deluxe King or higher category room on the quieter, rear side of the building, overlooking the pool and garden.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.