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Hotel Majestic - where history and luxury meet

No 3, Vol.9 , August  - September 2015

Photos: Hotel Majestic

Splendid five–star Hotel Majestic, which celebrated its 90th anniversary this year, has been justly rewarded the title of grand dame of Saigon. Together with Continental, Caravelle, Rex and Grand hotels, it has been setting standards for luxury and hospitality in the southern capital for nearly a century. Built on the charming esplanade of the Saigon River, it serves as the starting point of legendary Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) and impresses one with its finely fretted elegant façade in classic colonial French style yet from a distance.

Its columned lobby housing the atmospheric Cyclo Restaurant, Catinat Coffee Lounge, photo gallery showcasing a retrospective of changing hotel images through its long history, Indian merchants souvenir shop and reception area boast a charming flair of art deco, old-world noble elegance and that very kind of thrilling mystery sensation caused by the image of millions of guests the hotel has welcomed during its long history. It brings to mind both Maugham’s picturesque descriptions of his visits to The Ritz and Remarks’ wanderings through old Paris cafes. The labyrinths of carpeted corridors with antique Vietnamese paintings that look like real art, alternating with passages from a new to an old wing, arcs and columns, and wooden booths of attendants on every floor, are utterly atmospheric and serve as an impressive introduction into the hotel’s fancy accommodations, which range from Colonial Deluxe through Colonial Majestic Suite up to President Suite with spectacular panoramic views of the Saigon River and pool.
A long veranda with finely forged wrought-iron latticework beautifully frames the old wing courtyard and looks down on the P–shaped swimming pool with its cosy open patio sitting area/alcove with manicured green lawn right above it. Colonial Deluxe elegant interiors feature noble-looking antique chestnut furniture, ornamental carpet, wooden floors, sophisticated and century-old door-handles and water taps, altogether creating a ceremonious yet festive, cosy and intriguing atmosphere, and also a space of absolute comfort and chic in which to indulge oneself. The exquisite 24 hour in-room service menu boggles the mind with Vietnamese and French culinary delights, bringing grilled king lobster and the finest champagne with one phone call. Hotel picturesque interiors with spiral staircases and passages lead up to the stunning rooftop terrace Sky Breeze Restaurant, where gourmet buffet breakfast is served with stunning views as a backdrop; leading down to the visually delightful courtyard with open-air pool, gym, sauna and library; leading sideways to conference and ballrooms with pictures of famous guests who stayed here. One day would be barely enough to visit all of the in-house facilities, which include six thematic restaurants and rooftop bars offering almost unlimited options to widen one’s gastronomic outlook. Three ballrooms with a total capacity of over 1,000 attending guests offer an outstanding venue for various events.
The unique mix of history, architecture and famous names such as Graham Greene, Francois Mitterrand, Catherine Deneuve, Prince Andrew Edwards and Kaiko Takeshi on the list of guests are the features that make Hotel Majestic an iconic hospitality institution which offers its guests an excellent chance to discover another Saigon, elegant and aristocratic, which stands behind the bustling modern metropolis curtain.n

Hotel Majestic
1 Dong Khoi St, Dist.1,
Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 3829-5517
Email: majestic@majesticsaigon.com.vn
www.majesticsaigon.com.vn

By Nathalie Sokolovskaya
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