Hotel Continental in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, Vietnam

A Landmark of History and Luxury – Our Review of Hotel Continental Saigon

We couldn’t resist the long and epic history of the Hotel Continental Saigon. Opened in 1880, it’s the oldest hotel in Vietnam. Presidents, gangsters, artists, spies, and many historical big shots have slept here. In its prime, Hotel Continental was one of the best hotels in all of Asia.

Those days are long gone, but the rich history, classic beauty, and colonial charm of Hotel Continental Saigon make it one of our favorites in Ho Chi Minh City.

It’s no cookie cutter hotel that could be in any city in the world. Hotel Continental Saigon symbolizes, represents, and embodies the history of its city and country.

Hotel Continental in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, Vietnam

Hotel Continental Saigon is more than a hotel. Along with City Hall, the Opera House, and the Post Office, Hotel Continental is a true landmark of Old Saigon. It reflects some of the prime French Colonial architecture in the city.

 

Hotel Continental Historical Allure

Its historical legacy makes the Hotel Continental unique. We’ve stayed at several great hotels around Ho Chi Minh City. Some were more modern or more luxurious or more affordable, but no other hotel in the city has the exhilarating sense of historical importance.

The rich history of the Hotel Continental Saigon drips with political intrigue. From the late nineteenth century through the war with the USA, Hotel Continental was the “it” place in Saigon and “the” meeting place of the elite, the powerful, and the bold.

From 1930 – 1975 the hotel was owned by Mathier Francini, the notorious Corsican crime boss. Within its walls, politicians struck up deals, journalists spun stories, and revolutionaries hatched plans – and all of it affected millions of lives.

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Our Room

  Huge Room – 40 Feet From Door to Balcony at the Hotel Continental Saigon in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

Huge Room – 40 Feet From Door to Balcony

We were amazed at our massive room. We had a Junior Suite and could have thrown a party.

Simple, Elegant Room with Sky High Ceilings at the Hotel Continental Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Simple, Elegant Room with Sky High Ceilings

The best part of the room was the 4m (13ft) tall ceiling. It made the room feel so open and had a very classy, colonial style.

French Doors and Vietnamese Fruit at the Hotel Continental Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

French Doors and Vietnamese Fruit

We really loved the look of the tall French doors and windows. We literally said “whoa” when walked in to scope the room for the first time.

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Hotel Continental Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

The bathroom also had a classic style but was very modern and convenient. The bathroom had an enclosed stand-alone shower and a separate bathtub. The included toiletries weren’t the best we’ve seen, but they were very nice.

 

Sleep Quality

The bed was huge, incredibly comfortable, and we slept like babies. The linens were very luxurious. It was like sleeping on a cloud. Despite being in the heart of busy, noisy Saigon, we didn’t hear a peep from outside the room.

The original architects used extremely thick walls to keep the rooms cooler in a time with no AC. Today, the rooms have AC to keep them cool. Those thick walls just keep the rooms nice and quiet. The sleep quality was excellent.

 

Location

The location is ideal. Hotel Continental is in the heart of Saigon’s Downtown and in a very upscale and beautiful neighborhood. Most of Ho Chi Minh City’s major attractions are a short walk away. And the shopping and restaurant scene near the hotel is the best in town.

View of Opera House from the Hotel Continental Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

View of Opera House from Hotel

Hotel Continental is right next door to the gorgeous Saigon Opera House and many rooms have a view of it. When we stayed at the Hotel Continental, we saw a performance of the famous AO Show at the Opera House. It was an amazing, Cirque du Soleil type of show about the evolution of Vietnamese culture.

 

The Facilities 

Continental Palace Restaurant

Continental Palace Restaurant at the Hotel Continental Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Continental Palace Restaurant

The breakfast buffet is served in the lovely Continental Palace Restaurant. The restaurant has indoor seating in a beautiful dining room and outdoor seating in the garden courtyard.

Breakfast in Courtyard at the Hotel Continental Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Breakfast in Courtyard

Eating breakfast in the peaceful and pretty garden courtyard are some of the best moments of our stay. The central features of the courtyard are 3 frangipani trees planted in 1880. The trees are almost 140 years old and are local celebrities.

Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel Continental Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Breakfast Buffet

The breakfast buffet is excellent with a wide selection of Western and Vietnamese food.

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Le Bourgeois Restaurant

Le Bourgeois Restaurant at the Hotel Continental Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Le Bourgeois Restaurant

The luxurious fine dining at Le Bourgeois was a nice contrast to the Vietnamese street food that we love so much. We felt like royalty and loved every bite. They specialize in western cuisine, but there are a few Vietnamese dishes on the menu. Le Bourgeois has huge bay windows and fantastic views of the Opera House and Dong Khoi street.

 

Jamsine Massage

Hotel Continental doesn’t have a full spa, but they do have Jasmine Massage. We had a couples massage here and enjoyed it. Jasmine Massage is a bit more expensive than many massage places in town, but they are extremely clean and totally “legit.”

 

Service

Hotel Continental Lobby at the Hotel Continental Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Hotel Continental Lobby

Overall, we were very pleased with the service. We did have a slight hiccup at check-in that took longer to fix than it should have, but for the rest of our stay the service was excellent. Everyone from the doormen to the restaurant staff to reception was very warm, friendly, and professional.

 

Come Again?

We would definitely stay at Hotel Continental Saigon again. It is a beautiful hotel with elegant, classical style and atmosphere. Best of all, the hotel is itself a landmark with a place in world history in addition to being gorgeous, luxurious, and comfortable.

Have you stayed at Hotel Continental Saigon or another historic hotel? What was your experience like?

 

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66 Comments
  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:22h, 10 February

    Hi Cat. The location was so convenient. It gets hot here, being able to pop in to cool off and freshen up was a treat.

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 23:47h, 22 February

    This looks like a great hotel. I’ve always been a fan of historic hotels. I am impressed by that buffet.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:55h, 22 February

    Hi Amber. It just exudes its history. It was a great time.

  • Katherine
    Posted at 00:17h, 23 February

    This really makes me wish we had gone to HCM when we visited Vietnam last month! We would definitely have stayed here after reading your post – your pictures of this historic hotel are stunning 🙂 Plus the fact that the beds are comfy/the room is soundproof is a HUGE bonus.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:22h, 23 February

    Hi Katherine. It so cool that we in HCMC at the same time.

  • Leah | KidBucketList
    Posted at 02:44h, 23 February

    Well, I think I know where I want to stay when I head to Vietnam. The only question I have is, do you think it’s suitable for families?

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:55h, 23 February

    Hi Leah. Absolutely. It’s great for families.

  • Doreen Pendgracs
    Posted at 08:34h, 23 February

    I have never been to Vietnam, but do have plans to go. when I visit HCM, I will look into the Hotel Continental Saigon. It looks like a magnificent place!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:44h, 23 February

    Hi Doreen. That’s great. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

  • Author Brandi Kennedy
    Posted at 10:53h, 23 February

    This looks like a great place to stay – the hotel itself is beautiful, and I love historical buildings myself. The breakfast bar looks delicious too, and the outdoor seating area looked like a wonderful place to spend some downtime.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:00h, 23 February

    Hi Brandi. Breakfast really was a highlight. So Yummy.

  • Kimberly Hsieh
    Posted at 11:07h, 23 February

    Wow this hotel looks so amazing!! It is beautiful and historical.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:11h, 23 February

    Hi Kimberly. It is definitely both and so comfy.

  • Wanderlust Vegans
    Posted at 12:23h, 23 February

    This hotel is amazing. If we have the chance we try and stay here. BUT not in June! Holy does the price ever jump.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:33h, 23 February

    Hi Wanderlust Vegans. We love this hotel. You can usually find a good deal even in high season though.

  • Nay
    Posted at 13:31h, 23 February

    I’ve wanted to visit Vietnam for such a long time and this hotel just looks amazing. I” sure that suite is bigger than my tiny little flat.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:33h, 23 February

    Hi Nay. It felt so huge and with the tall ceilings it felt even more spacious.

  • Jean
    Posted at 19:08h, 23 February

    I love how elegant this hotel is. I missed that old world charm when we were in Saigon! Next time you go let’s all get together and a throw a party in your junior suite! It certainly sounds like it was very roomy.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:11h, 23 February

    Hey Jean. Oh yeah we love a good party!

  • Jacklyn
    Posted at 19:37h, 23 February

    This hotel looks perfect! That breakfast buffet has my tummy grownling now (lol). I also totally wouldn’t mind spending a bit more on a massage if it was clean and convenient.🤗

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:44h, 23 February

    Hi Jacklyn. Just thinking about the buffet is making my mouth water now.

  • Anne Yedlin
    Posted at 20:48h, 23 February

    What a beautiful hotel. I love the hardwood floors and the architecture. I love the history of places. If the walls could talk right? Great post, thank you for sharing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:55h, 23 February

    Hi Anne. The hardwood floors and moldings were a fav of ours too.

  • Shevy
    Posted at 21:25h, 23 February

    This entire hotel looks like a palace! Had I been staying there I would not have wanted to leave. Although it is located in a busy area I’m sure you found comfort knowing that you couldn’t hear any of the noise from inside. Beautiful hotel though. The brown wood finish and interior looks rich.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:33h, 23 February

    Hi Shevy. The hotel is so luxurious and comfy. Noise is definitely not a problem.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 22:43h, 23 February

    The vintage character of the hotel comes across in vivid detail in your post. The colonial history adds intrigue to the building. It must have indeed been a unique experience to stay in the hotel. Shadows from the past may have flitted across the hotel lobby! I can see that the place is a fine blend of old world charm and modern convenience.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:44h, 23 February

    Hi Sandy N Vyjay. We’ve stayed at many nice hotels and each has its own virtue. Our stay was unique in its own way for sure.

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 23:34h, 23 February

    Looks like an awesome hotel to stay in when you’re in Saigon. I love that they have spacious room and gorgeous decor! The place is so relaxing and cozy!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:39h, 23 February

    Hi Elizabeth. Yes we felt right at home and we felt pampered.

  • Carol Cassara
    Posted at 23:42h, 23 February

    I like the old feel of the hotel from the lobby to the rooms. It’s sophisticated and luxurious. The rooms are to die for! It would be difficult to leave such a comfortable room!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:45h, 23 February

    Hi Carol. Thats how we felt. We were sad to leave this luxurious place.

  • Peng Desuyo
    Posted at 00:35h, 24 February

    This is a nice find! Good location, view, amenities… What more can I ask, right? Bookmarking this! Thank you!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:44h, 24 February

    Hi Peng. It does have lots to offer.

  • Gemma
    Posted at 02:00h, 24 February

    Wow, the room you got is HUGE! It looks super luxurious and with a rich history seems like a great place to stay. Thanks for sharing!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:01h, 24 February

    Hi Gemma. We loved it. The city can feel cramped at times and our room was an oasis.

  • Stacey
    Posted at 02:14h, 24 February

    What a lovely hotel. I love the ceilings in the dining room and the fact the notion of a lovely nights sleep in luxurious linens.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:22h, 24 February

    Hi Stacey. So true, those luxurious linens were so indulgent.

  • Jason Le Nguyen
    Posted at 06:08h, 24 February

    It is a nice city with nice people. I am from Vietnam and I love it. The pictures are amazing and beautiful. Thank you for this beautiful post 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:11h, 24 February

    Hi Jason. Sure thing. Thanks for your kind words.

  • Global Girl Travels
    Posted at 11:24h, 24 February

    You are right – this hotel does have an elegant and classical style to it. My jaw almost dropped when I saw the photo of your room. Stunning! I love to stay here when I go to Saigon too, such a lot of character to the hotel!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:33h, 24 February

    Hi Global Girl. Its one of favs in Ho Chi Minh city.

  • Miles and Ellie
    Posted at 12:36h, 24 February

    What a beautiful hotel.. I love the history that it has as well! If I ever make it to Saigon I will have to make sure we stay here!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:39h, 24 February

    Hi Miles and Ellie. That’s good to hear. Hope you like it as much as we did.

  • Nadine Cathleen
    Posted at 17:40h, 24 February

    Looks like a great hotel, maybe we should have stayed in that one when we were over there… hmmm, next time. I once stayed in a really beautiful historic hotel in Scotland – apparently it was haunted by a little girl ::) 🙂 🙂 🙂 (I love spooky stuff!)

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:44h, 24 February

    Hi Nadine. Cool, we’d love to stay at a historic hotel in Scotland. That sounds amazing.

  • Honey and Fox
    Posted at 17:46h, 24 February

    This definitely gave us a sense of wanderlust. When we get the chance on a treat yo self binge, we’ll have to visit Saigon and consider Hotel Continental as one of our lodging options. The travel expenses seem rather affordable surprisingly.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:55h, 24 February

    Hi Honey and Fox. Yeah Vietnam travel is so affordable.

  • Hey Sharonoox
    Posted at 19:51h, 24 February

    This sounds like a great hotel to stay when in Vietnam. I like that the room is big with high ceiling. My favorite has to be the food and that it’s close to the opera house. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:00h, 24 February

    Hi Sharonoox. Yeah just walking across the street to the Opera House for a show was amazing.

  • Chris
    Posted at 08:37h, 25 February

    It certainly is a stunning building, but the closest we ever got was its front door!

    I’m glad you guys had a lovely stay, despite the hiccup at check-in

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:44h, 25 February

    hi Chris. Thanks we did enjoy it. We just sit around and stare at it over coffee sometimes.

  • Nadine Smith (Scenes From Nadine)
    Posted at 23:51h, 25 February

    That is a beautiful hotel! I just love the French colonial style of architecture of Vietnam’s buildings. There is something so nostalgic and romantic about them. I love your hotel room, but I think I like the bathroom the best! I only visited Hanoi but if I ever do go to Ho Chi Minh, I will check this place out. The Jasmine massage sounds fantastic too!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:00h, 26 February

    Hi Nadine. We loved the spa here. Its always convenient to get a massage in your own hotel.

  • PRERNA SINHA
    Posted at 03:10h, 26 February

    This is such a lovely heritage hotel. Can you also leave a link here of things to do in the city. I might be headed there in May.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:11h, 26 February

    Hi Prerna. We have some posts coming soon on that.

  • Allison
    Posted at 06:22h, 27 February

    I’m heading to Vietnam in May for the first time and I’m just about to look at my HCMC accommodation so this is perfect timing. The location looks prefect to be as I love to be able to walk to everything. I love how affordable 4 and 5 star hotels are in Saigon. I can’t wait to experience everything Vietnam has to offer.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:23h, 27 February

    Hi Allison. That’s so cool. Yes luxury places here are amazingly so much cheaper than in westerns countries.

  • Rajkumar Gaikwad
    Posted at 07:00h, 27 February

    Vietnam is on my bucket list, will be soon hitched. 🙂 And this is the perfect stay I seem to be when in Vietnam.
    It looks like a magnificent place! Loved the ambiance.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:05h, 27 February

    Hey Rajkumar. Thats how we feel too. It was magnificent.

  • neha
    Posted at 12:03h, 27 February

    Although the room is really big and comfortable. And the food also seems to be delicious as per your description. But I think the most interesting part about this hotel is it’s long and intriguing history. When you stay in a room, you might wonder what all meetings happened here, which might have decided the then course of the world !!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:11h, 27 February

    Hey Neha. That’s so true. We did sit in our room and wonder about what happened here in times past.

  • SindhuMurthy
    Posted at 12:42h, 27 February

    Woow! Staying in a place with a history sounds so thrilling. In spite of being the oldest hotel in Vietnam, the Continental Saigon has managed to evolve to match the luxuries of the current day and retain the old world charm at the same time. The rooms look so lavish. I would definitely love to spend a few days there.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:44h, 27 February

    Hello SindhuMurthy. The hotel has accomplished a lot by maintaining its history and high standards of luxury.

  • UK Family Visas
    Posted at 00:04h, 09 March

    The hotel and grounds look stunning, Seeing your article makes me jealous out here.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:11h, 09 March

    Hey UK Family. It is a beautiful hotel and irresistibly attractive.

  • Cat
    Posted at 02:15h, 10 March

    wow the hotel is so luxurious and looks so comfortable! It is a big plus that it is situated in downtown at such a convenient location! That breakfast buffet looks like a treat!