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Luxury Hotel Review: Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel Saigon Vietnam

Are you travelling to Ho Chi Minh City and wondering where to stay? District One is our preferred location in Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) as you are close to the major tourist sites, restaurants and bars.

If you are after luxury accommodation, centrally located, with great restaurants and bars you can’t go past the Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel.

Image credit: Agoda Pullman Saigon Centre

 

Our stay was sponsored by the Pullman Saigon Centre, but, as always, our opinions are our own.

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Is it Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon? You will hear people say both but officially since 1976, it was renamed Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate the reunification of Northern and Southern Vietnam after the end of the Vietnam War.

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PRO-TIPs on Security

In general Ho Chi Minh City is a safe city for travellers.  The concierge at the Pullman Hotel warned us to beware of our surroundings at all times.  There is a high incidence of ‘snatch and grab’ from motorcycle riders, so don’t flash your phone around in front of you and make sure that your handbag is securely fastened over your body. Keep your camera safe and close to you whilst sightseeing.

Avoid wearing singlets, shorts and revealing clothes when visiting temples or pagodas.

Ho Chi Minh City Map

Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel Map
Location of Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel in District 1

It is all about location in Ho Chi Minh City.  The best place to stay in Ho Chi Minh City is District One. One of the reasons we chose the Pullman Saigon Centre was it’s location to the major sites and being in District 1. The second reason is that we are big fans of the Pullman brand. During our time in Vietnam, we have stayed at the luxurious Pullman Danang Beach Resort and the Pullman Hanoi.

We love their tag lines “Our World is Your Playground” and “Work Hard Play Hard”.

If walking is not your thing it is easy to travel around the city by taxi.  We use Grab in Vietnam which is the Asian version of Uber.  Download the Grab App before you arrive in Vietnam, and make sure you have a SIM card. Staying in District 1 puts you right in the heart of the hustle and bustle, close to restaurants and bars. From the Pullman Saigon, the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City are in walking distance:

  • Ben Thanh Market 15 minutes walking 1km
  • Fine Arts Museum 15 minutes walking 1 km
  • The City Hall 2 km walk or 5 minutes by car
  • Opera House 2 km walk or 5 minutes by car
  • Bitexco Tower 2 km walk or 5 minutes by car
  • War Remnants Museum 2.4 km or 8 minutes by car
  • Notre Dame Cathedral 2.5 km or 10 minutes by car
  • Post Office Central 2.5 km or 10 minutes by car
  • Reunification Palace 2.5 km or 10 minutes by car

The Pullman Hotel runs a complimentary Shuttle Bus that departs the Pullman Saigon Centre:

  • 07.30
  • 09.30
  • 11.30
  • 14.30
  • 18.00

and travels to the Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House, Bitexco Tower and then back to the Pullman.

Special Events

Sign up for their special offers here to stay in touch with their special yearly events.

On Independents Day 2nd September you can view the Fireworks Display from the Pullman Saigon Centre.

New Years Eve bookings need to be made well in advance – there are only 100 spots to see the New Year in.

Accommodation at the Pullman Hotel

The Pullman Saigon has 306 signature rooms all designed for comfort, functionality and connectivity.

We sleep very well at Pullman Hotels and it is because of their Pullman Signature Beds and their crisp luxury Egyptian cotton linen. You can even design your own pillow menu from their special sleep pillow menu collection.

Superior Rooms

  • 35m2
  • 154 rooms from the 9th floor and higher
  • 40″ LED IPTV with international channels
  • City views

Deluxe Rooms

Pullman Saigon Centre - 5 days in Saigon
Our very comfortable Deluxe Corner Room

 

Our very comfortable Deluxe room.

Hot tip: Request a corner room for amazing views over the city from the bedroom and the bathroom.

  • designer bathtub with views
  • separate rain shower
  • Espresso Coffee Machine
  • 40″ TV
  • 80 rooms from the 22nd floor and higher
Views from the bathtub - 5 days in Saigon
Check out this deep bath rub and the views!

Executive Rooms

Executive Lounge - 5 days in Saigon
Canapes at the Executive Lounge
  • 55 rooms from the 25th to 29th floor
  • Executive Lounge Access with complimentary breakfast, special check-in and check out, evening pre-dinner cocktails, all-day coffee and tea, the use of the boardroom, in-room fitness for executive business travellers of a yoga mat and dumbells

Executive Suite

  • 70m2
  • private living room
  • on Executive Floors with access to the Executive Lounge
  • 46″ LED TV
  • Espresso machine
  • yoga mat and dumbells
  • a sliding partition between the bedroom and living room

Pullman Signature Suite

  • 70m2
  • 1 bedroom studio
  • private deep soak bathtub
  • 46″ LED TV
  • Bose Sound Dock
  • yoga mat and dumbells
  • Executive Lounge
  • Espresso coffee machine

Presidential Suite

  • 160m2 of sheer opulence
  • 180-degree city views on the 29th floor
  • spacious living room
  • dining area
  • study room
  • master bedroom
  • state of the art entertainment system
  • 46″ TV
  • yoga mat and dumbells
  • Executive Lounge

 

General Information on the Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel

Reception at the Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel 5 days in Saigon
Reception at the Pullman Saigon Centre

The Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel offers:

  • 306 signature rooms
  • all-day dining restaurants
  • pop up burger bar
  • free Wi-Fi throughout
  • outdoor swimming pool
  • fitness centre
  • spa
  • high tech meeting venue for up to 500 people

For Reservations

 

Hotel Address:

148 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 070000, Vietnam

Restaurants and Bars

Food Connexion

Breakfast time at Food Connexion 5 days in Saigon
There are so many choices at breakfast in Food Connexion you won’t want to leave

Food Connexion on the 3rd floor is open daily for breakfast and all-day dining till 10.00 pm.

Food Connexion offers specialist dining, examples during the month we visited:

  • Seafood Buffet from Friday to Sunday nights from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm
  • Funday Brunch on Sundays from 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm
  • Flavours of Asia from Monday to Thursday from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm

You can enhance your buffet experience with their special beverages offer for the month VND350 nett for adults that includes:

  • free flow juices
  • free-flow soft drinks
  • beer
  • red and white wines

Urbane Lounge

Located on the ground floor and is open daily from 07.00 am to 11.00 pm. Check out their ‘burger of the month’ specials.

Each month the Pullman Saigon Centre creates their own Signature Cocktails at the Urbane Lounge. We loved their Blanco Margaretto which included Olmeco Tequila, Amaretto Liqueur, Orange Juice and Hazelnut Syrup.

Check out their Combo specials as well.  Whilst we were visiting they had a Hawaii Burger that included 1 glass of local beer and french fries for VND380 nett.  Make sure you are hungry when you go for the Combo burgers. The Hawaii Burger included 2 chuck roll beef patties, cheddar cheese, pineapple in a classic burger bun. Have you heard of free flow french fries? Yep, free flow. A good reason to visit the Urbane Lounge.

Craft beer is a new trend in Saigon and the Urbane Lounge was one of the first gourmet burger bars selling craft beer from Pasteur Street Brewing Co.

Pro Tip: 

Check out the wine prices.  The hotel prides themselves on keeping their wines affordable, you will find the same prices in the local grocery store and on their menus in each of their restaurants and bars.

Pool Bar

Swimming Pool at the Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel 5 days in Saigon
A swimming pool with the best views over the city, you can enjoy a snack from the Pool Bar adjacent to the pool

The Pool Bar on the 6th Floor is adjacent to the outdoor swimming pool. The Bar is open for snacks from 10.00 am to 7.30 pm. It is a great menu with items such as:

  • Poke Bowl with salmon, avocado, cucumber, edamame, radish, pickled ginger, rice, tomato and teriyaki sauce
  • Nachos
  • Smoked Salmon Wrap
  • Vegetable Chips
  • Shrimp and Avocado Salad

and if you enjoy  beer you can order a Bucket of Beer either Saigon Special, Heineken or Tiger

Mad Cow Wine & Grill

Location on the 30th Floor and open from 4.00 pm to 12.00 am. With 50 different wines to choose from, you could visit once a week for a whole year just to sample their wine delights.

Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday they have specials.

Delicious Wagyu Beef Trio - a speciality - 5 days in Saigon
Delicious Wagyu Beef Trio – signature dish at Mad Cow Wine & Grill

If you enjoy the best of meat from all around the world, you will not want to miss the opportunity of trying Mad Cow’s Mad Wagyu Beef Trio which includes:

  • Korean style brisket with gochujang sauce
  • Argentinian style flank steak skewer with chimichurri sauce
  • Mediterranean hanging tender, red wine sauce, smashed garlic potatoes
Mad Cow Wine & Grill - 5 days in Saigon
Dine at Mad Cow and enjoy the views, wine and excellent cuisine

The specials range from:

  • When you buy a signature cocktail you can enjoy 50% off all tapas for the night
  • Enjoy a bucket of 3 Pasteur Street beers for only VND400 nett
  • Choose a Mad Sharing Signature dish and supersize your bottle of wine to a Magnum
  • Seafood & Sauvignon Sunday – share a charcoal-grilled seafood board for 2 and enjoy 2 glasses of Sauvignon Blanc

Rooftop Bar

Try the Tiki Cocktails - 5 days in Saigon
You must try the Tiki Cocktails at the Rooftop Bar or whilst you enjoying your meal at the Mad Cow Wine & Grill

You can enjoy 180 stunning degree views from the Rooftop Bar on the 31st floor which is accessed from Mad Cow. You must try one of their Tiki Cocktails – they are wicked.

Tapas on the Rooftop is perfect for pre and post-dinner drinks with specials on their tapas whilst you reside in comfort in their laid back comfortable chairs. Believe us, you will not want to leave.

Happy Hours:

Urbane Lounge on the Ground Floor available from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Pool Bar on the 6th Floor available from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Mad Cow Wine & Grill on the 30th Floor available from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Rooftop Bar Cocktails & Tapas (access from Mad Cow) on the 31st Floor available from 5.00 to 7.00 pm

 

Thann Sanctuary for the best Spa Treatments in Ho Chi Minh City

The Thann Sanctuary at the Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel has been voted as one of the Top Best Spas in the world by Conde Nast Traveller.  That is saying a lot, there is so much competition these days in Spas and Wellness Centre.

During your stay, you must try their Signature Treatments.  There are two available either the Thann Sanctuary Signature Massage for 90 minutes or their Nano Shiso Therapy for 130 minutes.

Thann Sanctuary offers a range of heavenly relaxing treatments:

  • 6 massage treatments,
  • 4 facial treatments,
  • 1 body scrub
  • 4 packages that cover stress, soul remedy, unveil the beauty and total serenity.

The Spa is open from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm. Reservations are required.

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Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our article on the Pullman Saigon Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.  Feel free to reach out to us and ask any questions you may have.  We would definitely base ourselves again at the Pullman Saigon Centre for location and for luxury accommodation and great service.

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