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Where To Stay In The Mekong Delta: 7 Best Boutique Hotels

Sampan in the Mekong Delta canal

The Mekong Delta forms the far southern region of Vietnam and is the rice bowl of the country. Dominated by the Mekong River and its many tributaries, the surrounding lands are comprised of low-lying paddies while the rivers are bordered by dense mangroves and palms. The tributaries form a vast, dizzying network of canals, channels, and waterways, offering leisurely exploration of the Mekong Delta.

The best Mekong Delta hotels are located in Ho Chi Minh City, but some 4- & 5-star properties can also be found in Can Tho. Here are a few of the best hotels in the Mekong Delta, offering easy access to tourist sites and activities. Whether you are about to embark on the Mekong Cruise or spending your holiday in Vietnam, you simply must visit the delta. Here are some fabulous places to stay in.

The Reverie Saigon

Positioned in the 39-storey Times Square building in the heart of District One, which is Ho Chi Minh City’s business and tourist center. The Reverie Saigon revels in flamboyancy. As you enter the reception area you will be greeted by 16-foot-long couch, handmade in Italy and a 10-foot-tall emerald-green carriage clock, surrounded by Italian marble and gilt, while guestrooms are replete with gold rococo flourishes. There are 62 suites in 12 categories and no two are the same. All have king-sized beds draped with soft linen sheets, while bathrooms come with tubs and showers, heated bidet-toilets and Italian designer toiletries.

The panoramic suites have two walls of room-high windows offering at-your-feet city views, and mosaic decoration. Additionally, the hotel has three fine dining restaurants serving sophisticated French cuisine at the Café Cardinal, bold Cantonese offerings at The Royal Pavilion, and home-style Italian dishes at R&J. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center and a large outdoor pool. Alongside the gym is The Spa, with 10 treatment rooms, separate men’s and women’s steam and sauna facilities, a beauty salon and a comprehensive menu offering a mix of Asian and Western-inspired treatments.

Park Hyatt Saigon

This luxurious, colonial-inspired hotel was a base for the US military during the war, and sits right at the historic heart of Ho Chi Minh City, with contemporary comforts including a world-class spa. It is just 10 minutes walk to District 1’s most iconic landmarks, including the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace, the high-end shops and galleries of Nguyen Hue and Dong Khoi streets, restaurants and cafés. The hotel’s Park Lounge is characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows and glittering chandeliers, original paintings and antiques, including painted lacquer chests, and bespoke hand-woven carpets.

The large outdoor pool sits in the middle of landscaped gardens, where you can lounge in a cabana or dine al fresco. The award-winning Xuan Spa is inspired by the riches of the Mekong Delta, offering all kinds of pampering treatments, from an all-natural Vietnamese papaya body polish to massages with lotus essential oils. There’s also a fitness center and hammam steam room. The guestrooms are light and bright, channeling the old-world charms of colonial Saigon, with polished wooden floors, louvre windows, ceiling fans and embroidered silk cushions, while hi-tech additions include Bose Bluetooth speakers, iPads and a Nespresso coffee maker.

Plush king-sized beds are covered in crisp white linens, and sparkling white marble bathrooms come with tubs and separate rain showers. Square 1 Restaurant serves up a gourmet mix of Vietnamese and French-influenced dishes from its five show kitchens. The all-day Opera restaurant serves Vietnamese and international classics, with an Italian menu at lunch and dinner; the bar boasts a 1,500-bottle wine cellar, while 2 Lam Son attracts a glamorous crowd with its signature martinis and live DJs.

Hôtel des Arts Saigon

This art-filled boutique hotel is a swanky art deco haven in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, showcasing a stunning blend of French colonial and contemporary Vietnam charm, complete with world-class dining, an award-winning spa, a rooftop pool and a buzzy bar. It is a 30-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute walk to restaurants, shops and key sights, such as the Saigon Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. The building itself is a work of art even before you step through the enormous wooden doors and into the gorgeous triple-height lobby.

Designed on Feng Shui principles, it sets the tone with acres of marble, floor-to-ceiling windows, statement lighting, sumptuous fabrics and huge vases of flowers. The female staff wear traditional Vietnamese dress, and the hotel is a showcase for the owner’s gallery-worthy collection of paintings and antiques. The 168 rooms and suites are exquisitely decorated in French-Indochine style with gleaming rosewood parquet, white walls, dark-wood furniture handcrafted by local artisans, and taupe soft furnishings. East-meets-West decor includes pressed ceilings and paneled walls, custom-designed tub seats and writing desks, claw-foot baths and fabulous sleigh beds with goose-feather duvets.

Floor-to-ceiling windows with distinctive round edges are an architectural feature alluding to the art deco era. The art-filled library and lounge set around the glass-walled saltwater pool on the 24th floor, offers stunning views over the city. Le Spa des Artistes blends Asian and European techniques. The all-day dining Saigon Kitchen takes its inspiration from an Asian street food market, the buffet lunch serves up Western and Pan-Asian favorites, while dinner is à la carte, with a seafood extravaganza at weekends. The ground-floor Café des Beaux Arts has a grand piano; there is a wood-paneled Social Club on the 23rd floor, and a rooftop bar serves bespoke cocktails.

Villa Song Saigon

This charming getaway is a quiet retreat along the banks of the Saigon River, set in a leafy neighborhood among genteel villas and residences, a half-hour drive from central Ho Chi Minh City in an area known as District 2. There is not much here in terms of tourist attractions but there is a regular, complimentary, 15-minute boat shuttle into the center of the city. This boutique property is a grand French-colonial-style building that looks like it’s been a part of the Saigon landscape for more than 100 years but is, in fact, relatively new. It has 23 individually decorated rooms, all with that old-world colonial charm, ranging from the small Writer’s Room, which has a single bed and writing desk and is suited to solo travelers, to the expansive Imperial Suite, which has a king-sized four-poster bed and two balconies. All rooms have beautiful wooden floors and a complimentary mini-bar.

A large swimming pool surrounded by shaded sun-lounger pods, provides a sense of calm and relaxation as soon as you step through the hotel’s vine-draped entranceway. A small gym looks onto the swimming pool. The hotel’s spa has a substantial menu, offering various face and body treatments and some special packages too. Bistro Song Vie is the all-day dining restaurant, where some of the chairs and tables line a bank of the Saigon River, flanked by palm trees and an immaculate lawn. At lunch and dinner time, the food served at this restaurant is predominantly Asian.

Kim Tho Hotel

Kim Tho Hotel is smartly located at Ninh Kieu Quay in Can Tho and has stylish rooms throughout with most including a designer bathroom. The foyer has attractive fabric furnishings. The best rooms have stunning river views and amenities including an en suite bathroom, flat-screen TV, minibar, seating area and air conditioning. Great on-site features include an indoor sauna and hot tub facilities with a 24-hour front desk, parking, and free Wi-Fi in public areas. A relaxing rooftop coffee bar is available to guests visiting the 12th floor. The hotel is about 7 miles from Can Tho Airport, 4 miles from Cai Rang Floating Market, 500 yards from the nearest Can Tho bus station and just 300 yards from the Can Tho Museum and Ninh Kieu Pier.

Victoria Can Tho Resort

The sophisticated Victoria Can Tho Resort is styled with a French colonial look and set amid a lush-green landscape. Facilities include a riverside spa, an open-air bar and an excellent restaurant. Activities offered here include cruises on a converted rice barge, cooking classes and cycling tours. Victoria Can Tho Resort is well located within a 20-minute journey from Can Tho Airport, which conveniently connects the Mekong delta to Hanoi.

Vinpearl Can Tho Hotel

This recently completed luxury hotel in Can Tho has 131 comfortable rooms and an enticing outdoor pool, the air-conditioned rooms come with views of the river and/or the city and each of the en suite bathrooms is equipped with a bathtub and shower. The hotel has a spa and wellness center, a hairdressing salon, a fitness center, a kids’ club and a tour desk.


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This entry was posted May 31, 2021
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