- Large, upmarket hotel in prime location
- Within walking distance of visitor attractions
- Choice of restaurants, roof bar
- Swimming pool, spa, fitness centre
Caravelle Hotel is an extensive, upmarket property in a prime central location in bustling Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam. This deluxe hotel offers a high level of service along with 335 spacious rooms and suites, several dining options, a rooftop bar, a 7th floor outdoor pool, a fitness centre, and a spa. Caravelle is a contemporary, highly comfortable oasis in the heart of this thriving metropolis.
Built in 1959, the hotel was a popular haunt for foreign journalists reporting on the Vietnam War. The Caravelle has an excellent location in the city’s District 1, opposite the Opera House and within walking distance of cultural and historical attractions including Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City Museum, the Reunification Palace, City Hall, and the War Remnants Museum. Ben Thanh Market and the shopping and entertainment areas of Dong Khoi and Union Square Mall are also nearby.
Guest areas include an elegant gourmet restaurant, 'Reflections', which offers fine dining with a five course dinner menu spanning international and Vietnamese cuisine. Note a smart casual dress code applies. ‘Nineteen’ is a buffet style restaurant, especially popular for its meat and seafood specialities, and its excellent breakfasts. There is an all-day tapas bar serving light meals, whilst the hotel’s elegant café offers light meals throughout the day, including traditional afternoon tea. Caravelle’s iconic rooftop bar boasts stunning views of the city’s skyline, and is a great venue for a sundowner. The hotel also has a champagne bar and 24 hour in-room dining is available.
Facilities include a lovely outdoor pool with an adjacent pool bar in a leafy courtyard on the 7th floor. For the energetic, Caravelle’s fully equipped fitness centre is open 24 hours, or choose to relax with an indulgent massage or beauty treatment at the hotel spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
The accommodation comprises 335 stylish, contemporary rooms and suites. Room sizes range from generous deluxe rooms which offer king or twin beds, sleek bathrooms, and exhilarating views of the city or the Saigon River, to expansive suites with separate sleeping and living areas. Largest of all is the impressive Caravelle Suite, measuring a whopping 136m2, and comprising a bedroom with a king size bed and separate dressing room, a deluxe bathroom and separate guest WC, plus a kitchen, a study, a lounge, a dining room and a private terrace. All rooms and suites offer satellite TV, telephone, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and hot drink facilities. Guests staying in ‘Signature’ rooms enjoy access to a guest lounge, along with complimentary cocktails and canapes.
Children are extremely welcome. Each room can accommodate up to two adults and one child, and an extra bed can be supplied, subject to additional cost. The hotel offers a number of adjoining rooms which are ideal for families, with discounts available to guests under 12 years of age.
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019