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Hotel Des Arts Saigon — Luxe Affair with a French Flair

The Hotel Des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection is a lifestyle boutique hotel in District 3. It feels like a walk through a gallery with bespoke artefacts and a private collection of Vietnamese lacquer paintings. With an old Indochine charm, it features 21st-century amenities.

Its central location is excellent for sightseeing. As a luxurious hotel, it gives reprieve from the hurried pace and humidity. Inside, you are witness to theatrical artistry in hospitality at its best, from décor and dining to opulent living.

During the day, the boutique hotel sits discreetly off a busy street. However, it’s only at night you see its elegance contrasting against the fluorescent chaos of neighboring high-rises.

Walk in and experience Art de Vivre (Art of living in French).

About Hotel Des Arts Saigon

Hotel Des Arts View
Executive Studio Suite with a view

Hotel Des Arts Saigon is an award-winning hotel situated in District 3 of Ho Chi Minh City. This hotel is within walking distance of most major attractions. With subdued flashes of style, it’s timeless yet contemporary.

It has 168 guest rooms, including luxurious suites and deluxe rooms. 24-hour in-room dining and exclusive onsite parking are added benefits. The hotel has wheelchair accessibility, and some rooms on the 5th floor have roll-in showers.

Other hotel features include a fitness center, spa, and elaborate meeting spaces. True to a lifestyle brand, it has upscale bars and restaurants. The deal clincher, however, is the rooftop pool with a swim-up bar.

This is one of the few 5-stars that’s pet-friendly. It allows dogs or cats (one pet per guest) up to 6 kg, but at an additional cost. However, pets are not allowed in the restaurants, pool, or spa.

Equipped with ALLSAFE Accor pandemic prevention certification, Hotel Des Arts is a top hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Acclaimed and Awarded Hotel Des Arts

The boutique hotel has won many prestigious awards over the years for design, lifestyle, and luxury. Some of these include:

  •  “Best Luxury Architecture Design Hotel in Southeast Asia” by World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2017,
  • Luxury Best Traditional Hotel 2018” by Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2018,
  • The “Lifestyle Hotel Of The Year” in Best of the Best Awards 2018 by Robb Report.

Luxurious Rooms and Suites — The Art of Hosting

Hotel Des Arts Deluxe Room
Deluxe Room

Though the entry-level rooms are small, the suites are very spacious. The Executive Deluxe Rooms have the best views, especially the corner ones. If you are traveling with children, we recommend booking a suite to easily accommodate a rollaway bed.

Some key features include reliable WiFi and standard in-room amenities. Also, the clever positioning of the power outlets works for charging multiple gadgets simultaneously.

The beds have Egyptian cotton sheets, while the bathrooms have a separate wash area and toilet. In addition, the upgraded rooms have a carved claw foot bathtub. The only downside may be a curtain separating the bathroom from the living area.

All rooms are marble-clad with large floor-to-ceiling windows, vintage furniture, and rosewood flooring. Adding a personal touch are the treats left in the rooms.

Exclusive Executive Rooms with Lounge Access

Hotel Des Arts Exclusive Lounge
Exclusive Lounge

The Executive Rooms are located between the 18th and 22nd floor with great city views. It’s perfect for business travelers who want additional privacy.

Some key benefits include express check-in/out service as well as breakfast, all-day refreshments, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails in the exclusive lounge. Other privileges include complimentary use of the business center and meeting rooms. However, booking in advance is preferable.

The Art of Fine Dining at Hotel Des Arts Saigon

Hotel Des Arts Artisanal cuisine
Artisanal cuisine
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The dining experience is transformative — from the menus to the ambiance. The restaurants and bars are counted among the best in Saigon and offer both Vietnamese and international cuisine.

Café des Beaux-Arts on the ground floor recreates the nostalgia of the 1930s. The famous Paris-Saigon Afternoon Tea is served with period music, Vietnamese canapés, pastries, and heaps of chocolate. You can also ‘take away’ your tea for later. Or pick a book from its private library and relax at the salon. 

Hotel Des Arts Kitchen
Saigon Kitchen

Saigon Kitchen is all-day dining with a design inspired by traditional Asian street food markets. Furthermore, it has an excellent selection of Vietnamese regional specialties. Another highlight is a customized cake menu to celebrate birthdays in style.

Hotel Des Arts Club
Social Club

Social Club and the Rooftop Bar on the 23rd floor were designed by Super Potatoes (Japanese Design House) in a classic ‘members club-style.’ As you walk in, it’s hard to miss the beautiful Victorian Bar.

Try the cocktails and the European seafood — though our top pick is the truffle risotto in a creamy sauce. The Social Club has one of the best Sunday brunches and also private dining. However, prior reservation is a must.

The Rooftop Bar along the infinity pool is a key highlight. With panoramic views and live music by a famous DJ, it’s ‘the’ place to hang out. But, the consecutive placement of speakers makes the area a bit too loud for some.

While being served in plastic glasses at a 5-star may surprise you, it’s intentional for safety. Broken glass in the pool is hard to see, while plastic floats and is easily removed.

A funky glass bridge leads to the adjacent building that has the Shri Lounge. While it’s not a part of the hotel, it’s easy to access another popular nightspot.

Other Amenities at Hotel Des Arts

Hotel Des Arts Les Spa
Relax at Les Spa des Artistes
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Hotel Des Arts Saigon doesn’t disappoint when it comes to modern facilities. It has a fitness center, spa, and rooftop pool. Hotel Des Arts also has multiple event venues suitable for small or large events.

Fitness and Relaxation

Hotel Des Arts Gym
Life Fitness equipment at the gym

The fitness center and spa are on the third floor of Hotel Des Arts. The gym overlooks a busy street but is spacious and airy, with plenty of natural light. The workout equipment includes treadmills, cross-trainers, bikes, free weights, and weight-training machines. Guests can also visit the steam room and sauna located at the spa.

For spa enthusiasts, the hotel has an award-winning spa. The skilled therapists blend western techniques with traditional healing wisdom. It also has an extensive menu with relaxing facials, body and beauty treatments. Though a bit pricey compared to spas in the neighborhood, it’s worth a visit.

Cool Off by the Rooftop Pool

Hotel Des Arts infinity pool
Panoramic views from the infinity pool

The infinity pool on the 23rd floor is the highest in the city. There are other rooftop pools in Ho Chi Minh, but this is one of the best. With an adjacent bar, it has panoramic views of the Saigon skyline.

Along with the swim-up bar, it has loungers and comfortable seating around the pool. So soak up the sun during the day, and see it transform into a cool hangout with live music and great vibes by night.

Elegant Event Space

Hotel Des Arts Events
Celebrate in style
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Hotel Des Arts Saigon has a unique meeting space that accommodates up to 100 people. From private meeting rooms to the large ballroom, the hotel has many options. It also has a special events team to recommend and co-ordinate to the last detail.

Like the rest of the hotel, its event space is artistically designed with great views and lots of natural light. With state-of-the-art audiovisuals and good soundproofing, it can host events from conferences to weddings.

Singular Art & Design of Hotel Des Arts

Hotel Des Arts Design
An artistic ode to femininity

From Bordeaux velvet, vintage telephones, and curvy wingback chairs to birdcage chandeliers, one comes across handpicked decor across the hotel. The Indochine style with a French charm is an absolute winner.

There is also a private assembly of art inspired by feminine beauty. This exclusive collection includes contemporary feminine representations and women of classical Vietnamese iconography. These are all the works of renowned or acclaimed artists. In essence, the art and design at the hotel are an ‘ode to femininity’.

As you step into the lobby you see a striking painting called “The Royal Life” of Empress Nam Phuong d’Annam. She was the wife of Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam. The empress was known for her dedication to country and family and her iconic sense of fashion.

The unique awning at the main entrance gently slopes down and outward, reminiscent of the Ao Dai. Coincidence or not, even the street on which the hotel is situated is inspired by a lady. Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, is revered as an early leader advocating Vietnamese independence.

What’s in the Neighborhood?

Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
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Hotel Des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection is within easy reach of many of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a short walk from iconic attractions like the Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House, and the historic Saigon Central Post Office

Moreover, there are also a couple of museums to visit in the vicinity. There is the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City Museum, and the Vietnam History Museum. In addition, within 20 minutes of the hotel, is the famous pink Tan Dinh Church, the Jade Emperor Pagoda, and the bustling Ben Thanh Market.

A unique excursion is a trip to the Ho Thi Ky flower market. To witness streets and alleyways overflowing with flowers, early morning is best. Typically, the main wholesale  business winds down by 6 am, but there are plenty of flower stalls throughout the day. Other vendors pass up space to typical Saigon street food carts and sidewalk barbers.

A visit to the market lets you watch the busy city in its moment of leisure. You see groups gathered for a game of badminton or older ladies perform the synchronized tai chi movements.

If you happen to pass by Tao Dan Park, you also see bird enthusiasts with their prized songbirds. An exciting experience since some cost over tens of thousands of dollars. An early morning excursion is a moment of calm just before zipping motorists take over the streets.

Why Choose Hotel Des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection?

Why Choose Hotel Des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection?
Award-winning hotel

French hospitality is all about appreciating the finer things in life, and Hotel Des Arts lives up to this. This lifestyle boutique hotel is a great choice for a getaway vacation, enjoying a staycation, or remote working.

The Hits:

  • Award-winning hotel
  • Centrally located
  • Rooftop bar
  • Artisanal dining
  • Great staycation offers
  • Pet-friendly
  • Wheelchair accessibility

The Misses:

  • The rooftop bar needs a canopy 
  • Deluxe rooms are small
  • Not so kid-friendly
  • Service not always top notch

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