It was pleasantly reassuring that what attracted us to the Park Hyatt Saigon when it originally opened and on subsequent visits remained pretty much in evidence upon our return again. The city has gone mad with construction, some of it good, and some of it not. But the manicured strip of lawn outside the hotel's front
is repeated by the poolside, seen from our room. This was a strategically important view, in that it allowed us to check whether the pool was being used, and if not, as was the case every morning before ten, we hot-footed it down to plough through 60 lengths. Doing so meant missing breakfast, but as we discovered L'Usine, this proved to be a delightful alternative, which much better suited our schedule.
The Lobby Lounge is a rather gracious affair
and is adjacent to the front entrance, beyond which is one of the restaurants, with its glass-shelved wall which doubles as a wine rack.
And the Reception desk is discreetly position behind pillars opposite the entrance. The entire public areas are adorned with rather good pictures, both oils by Vietnamese artists and old photographs of Saigon and Indochina, and some pretty passable European and Chinoiserie style furniture.