From a rather unlikely entrance, through a motorcycle filled corridor, and up a dilapidated stairwell
on to an open balcony
there emerges the most delightful of cafés, L'Usine.
Where quite delicious homemade food and freshly brewed coffee swirl the senses.
As we were following our own pace, we would wake and then swim, by which time it was too late for the hotel's breakfast schedule. But we were so glad of that and of the recommendation from friends who live in Saigon. L'Usine serves all day breakfast. It is housed in a French C19th colonial building which, according to their blurb has endured the ravages of two wars and been reincarnated as a ballroom, a boutique hotel, an apartment building and government offices. Now this...vestige of Vietnam's colonial heritage has been re-imagined anew...as a 1930s French garment factory.
The rooms have long industrial era inspired furniture, hand built using authentic materials such as cast iron and wood reclaimed from old weaving looms.
The young and friendly staff are efficient, charming and refreshingly sincere. L'Usine has one balcony, visible from the street, below
and the views from the balcony are of the opera house, to the left of which was our hotel.
Stay tuned for more of sunny Saigon, the hustle-bustled Ho Chi Minh City.