Living in Hong Kong gives you the added benefit that you’re always just a few hours away from South East Asia – which is the paradise for having a short break. And one of those places that I’ve always wanted to visit was Vietnam. We had already booked a trip to Hanoi for later this year, so for an impromptu weekend trip, we decided to go to Ho Chi Minh (also known as Saigon) instead – being an IHG member, we settled on the Intercontinental Saigon.
The hotel is about 50mins from the airport and since that we were arriving in the evening, I decided to book the hotel car so that they’ll know when we’re arriving and we can get checked in asap. Check-in was smooth and done at the Club Lounge (more on that below)
The Room – Executive Suite
Normally for short trips, Ms. Buddha and I tend to get a bigger room so that we can just chill out a little and stretch out during a break. We went with the Executive Suite this time – and in hindsight, it was honestly a bit TOO big for the 2 of us. The living room area has a proper 8 person dining table and a sitting area – it was a great place to lounge around and relax none the less.
When we entered the living room, there was also the soft touches ready for us such as some snacks and Ambassador member gift.
Now onto the room itself, compared to the living area, the room as actually surprisingly “small” – that said, the bed and bathroom was very adequate to accommodate the 2 of us, especially when the bed was super comfortable!
Ms. Buddha also loved the pillow menu though! Although she didn’t end up ordering a different pillow.
The Executive Lounge
Booking the suite also gives you access to the Executive Lounge, which is great because it gives you an additional place to just relax and have free drinks and a few nibbles. The lounge wasn’t big, but the food was nice and service was really attentive – to the point that the staff remembered I liked sparkling water after I first asked for it during check-in. During evening cocktails, there’s a fairly decent selection of hot food – which is always great with drinks.
Breakfast and the rest
With our room, we had the choice of either having breakfast at the club lounge or the restaurant downstairs – we had breakfast downstairs and the selection of food was good, but wasn’t as great as other reviews I’ve read, for those who like Pho – their one is quite good for breakfast.
And for those like me who feels the need to burn off the large amount of food we tend to consume during trips – the gym at the Intercontinental Saigon was excellent and very well equipped!
In terms of Intercontinental Hotels go, the IC Saigon was very good and the service was impeccable (especially the Executive Lounge staff) – it’s close to a lot of attraction spots and is definitely a great spot to stay at if you’re thinking of visiting.