Saigon-Halong Hotel****

Our brief comments:
The view from the 11th floor -  the  sea is at the extreme top of the picture, but the foreshore is mud and stones The Saigon Halong was originally a small villa hotel located on a wooded hillside overlooking the bay. Built in 1997, it had five villas containing twenty-three rooms and suites.

However, a further 205 rooms in a fifteen-storey tower were added in March 2002, transforming the original low-rise, low key development into Ha Long Bay's largest hotel.

The interior of one of the villa roomsThe villas are quite attractive from the outside, but are showing their age inside - facilities are limited and furniture and decor has an institutional feel. Each villa block has a built-in garage, possibly anticipating long-stay visitors that failed to materialise.

If you can get over the 'in your face' architecture, the interior of the main block is quite good. Rooms are well above average size with decent quality wood furniture and fittings. The 'mountain' view from the Superior rooms at the rear of the building is OK, but the panorama of the bay from the Deluxe balconies makes the extra cost worthwhile. The bathrooms at both levels are small and basic. Suites are well laid out with a pleasant dining area and a larger bathroom. A Deluxe twin-bedded room

There are two main restaurants, one of which is at the top of the building with superb views of the bay. Between them, they serve Vietnamese, Chinese and western meals. The menus and wine list are somewhat limited, but prices are good. There are three bars, one with live music performances.

The pool is in front of the building - adjacent is an attractive wood and thatch pool bar that offers barbeques. The fitness room is small, and saunas are only available after 1pm when the massage area opens.

Room facilities:

Room Categories
Superior
Deluxe
Executive Suite
Presidential
Suite
Villas
Number of rooms
88
104
12
1
23
Air-conditioner
Satellite television
Shower or bath
Bath with shower
Bath + separate shower
Personal safety box
Coffee and tea facilities
Laptop connection
Free broadband access
Extra bed
Child's cot
Room size (m2)
38
41
82
164
35
View
mountain
sea
sea
sea
garden

Additional room facilities: bathrobes

Hotel facilities:

Outdoor pool
Non-smoking floor(s)
Pool bar
Non-smoking rooms only
Fitness/health centre
Vietnamese/Asian restaurant
Sauna
International restaurant
Massage
Patisserie/coffee shop/cafe
Jacuzzi
Business centre

Additional hotel facilities: ADSL (broadband) Internet connection available in the lobby, tennis court, rooms for disabled people, babysitting, bonsai garden

 
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