Swiss hotelier Mövenpick celebrated the grand opening of its Mövenpick Hotel Saigon yesterday, Sept. 16, following a $15 million renovation that included each and every room, public space, restaurant and retail outlet positioned behind the property’s shimmering new modernist façade.
Located in the bustling Phu Nhuan District, just 5 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City’s international airport, the Mövenpick Hotel Saigon has been redesigned in high style — the bright, new lobby design takes shape around four incandescent, central pillars — but with the business traveller firmly in mind. Twenty-seven new rooms have been added, bringing the property’s total to 278, while a pair of new chefs have invigorated each exciting dining option.
Kiefer presided over the celebrated 2008 renovation of Mövenpick’s sister property, the Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi, and he has brought to
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts are known throughout Europe and the
It starts with the rooms, where earth tones have been accented with touches of orange and naturally lit by ceiling-to-floor windows. The bathrooms are separated from the living quarters by more glass —full-length windows with blinds — that provides privacy with the feeling of more open space.
There are five categories of accommodation in the new hotel:
“These rooms have been very well received in
This sensibility can be seen in the dining options, some of which have already debuted to great acclaim.
Iki is a new concept, a Japanese bistro where top-quality, super-fresh sushi, tempura and other East Asian favorites are served in a decidedly non-traditional setting. Japanese restaurants often reflect Japanese calm and reserve. There is nothing staid about the Iki menu, however, thanks to the flair of Chef Kittisukd Sujaritvetee, who arrives in Saigon from
Lotus Court will continue to serve what many believe to be the city’s finest Chinese cuisine, including dim sum that maintains a large and devoted following among
“Our restaurants, bars and lounges will all draw from one of the largest wine lists in
Café Saigon, the property’s all-day dining restaurant, returns with its signature elements in tact: the most interactive and vibrant buffet-style dining experience in the city. New to the Mix is the Cay Da Café, a brand new bakery that serves up homemade ice creams pastries, cakes and the best European style bread in
Kiefer added that the Mövenpick Hotel Saigon is newly equipped with all the technical amenities guests — business and otherwise — have come to expect at 5-star accommodations in
• Instead of a full-blown spa, the hotel offers a Wellness Studio that values privacy and individual treatments over sheer expanse, ubiquitous mirrors and mounted televisions.
• The work environments in each room are exceedingly comfortable thanks to ergonomically correct chairs and generous desk spaces. The latter are made possible, in part, by inconspicuous-but-comprehensive communication ports that sit just beside the tabletop, leaving workspace uncluttered.
• There is little danger the Mövenpick Hotel Saigon will relinquish its reputation as the most convenient, best-equipped business hotel in HCMC. No hotel is closer to the airport and MICE coordinators will appreciate the two large meeting rooms, a ballroom for up to 400 guests, and three boardrooms. All meeting rooms have built-in LCD projectors, motorized screens and fabric paneled walls that absorb sound.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale hotel management company with 12,000 employees, is represented through over 90 hotels existing or under construction in 26 countries with a concentration in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and