Ho Chi Minh

The Myst Dong Khoi — A Tryst with Timeless Elegance

The Myst Dong Khoi was TripAdvisor traveler’s choice boutique hotel in 2021. It’s in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City tucked away in a quiet, tree-lined street of District 1. This cozy hotel is a hidden treasure in a crowded city.

The location is excellent for sightseeing or for a leisurely walk along the Saigon riverfront. Furthermore, Nguyen Hue Walking Street, with its café’s, bars, and restaurants, is also close by.

Whether it’s the black and white photos on the walls, reclaimed objects from an old shipyard, or even antiques, the Myst Dong Khoi has a lived-in charm.

Each room has its own design and they all have fantastic views. The Myst also has a restaurant, rooftop bar, and an infinity pool. For fitness and relaxation, there’s a gym and a spa.

A modern hotel with an old-world charm, the Myst is unique compared to other hotels in the city.

About the Myst Dong Khoi

The honey-comb facade of the Myst
The honey-comb facade of the Myst
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Something is striking about this 14-story building with dozens of irregularly shaped windows. Standing out from the buildings around it, the honey-combed façade evokes curiosity.

A cheerful host dressed in traditional silk Ao Dai greets you on arrival. As you enter, it’s hard not to miss the giant anchor that hangs on the wall of Bason Café. There are also various artifacts and antiques around the reception, and across the hallways leading up to the room.

A set of narrow (a bit too compact) elevators takes you to the higher floors. The rooms are intentionally arranged along wonky corridors to re-create a vintage feel. The galleries are painted in soothing pastel colors.

The rooms at The Myst Dong Khoi have views of the city or the lush garden, while the suites have river views. Though some rooms have a balcony, all rooms have windows with pot plants and vines. While the greenery is soothing, it obstructs visibility to some extent.

Unwind at the Myst, whether you sip some tea in designer ceramic or soak in a hot tub on your private balcony.

Personalized Accommodation at The Myst

Personalized Accommodation at The Myst
Cozy rooms
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The Myst Dong Khoi has 108 guestrooms, each different from the other. The rooms have an open plan making them bright and cozy. Arches replace traditional partitions, and the clever placement of furniture gives it a spacious feel.

We say space is personalized because the height of the ceilings and angle of the walls vary from room to room. In addition, the dark wood floors and artsy furniture contrasts nicely against the soft furnishing in brighter tones.

The wardrobes, chests, desks, and mirrors have intricate carvings. The wrought iron motifs and stained glass windows add a colonial touch. From table lamps, vintage telephones, and vinyl records, each room is tastefully furnished. The rooms have large beds with soft pillows and come with standard in-room amenities.

Outdoor hot tub at The Myst
Outdoor hot tub
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The bathrooms have a separate shower area and a Japanese toilet with heated seats. The humid weather and a neighborhood of high-rises may not be apt for an outdoor bath, but there is a stone hot tub on the balcony with spa amenities. But for some, it might be refreshing to soak in after a day’s sightseeing.

However, many of the east-facing river view rooms will soon be blocked by the Hilton under construction. In the meantime, the noise from the building site may be a concern.

Dining Served With a Slice of History!

The Nest at The Myst
The Nest
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The Nest is an all-day dining restaurant on the 12th floor with views of the Saigon River. The restaurant has cozy indoor seating and an outdoor patio. It has Vietnamese and international cuisine and the buffet breakfast is displayed in a life-sized fishing canoe.

There is a selection of cold and hot dishes, but the pho is a must-try. Breakfast at the outdoor terrace is best enjoyed earlier before it gets too hot. The a-la-carte menu at the restaurant is limited, though.

Bason Cafe at The Myst
Afternoon tea at Bason Cafe
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The Bason Café at the lobby level is named after an old colonial shipyard. You will find many reclaimed articles merged into the décor. There is a complimentary afternoon tea every day.

Bar Bleu is a rooftop bar located on the 14th floor overlooking the infinity pool. Enjoy a drink with a river view during the day or the neon-lit night skyline of Saigon. The covered terrace makes it accessible even during the monsoons. The cocktails are great but pricey.

Design and Décor at The Myst

The Myst lobby
The hotel lobby
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The charming hotel effortlessly blends modern fittings with Saigon’s old-world charm. A handpicked selection of artifacts, paintings, and soft furnishings retain a definite sense of style.

The ceiling of the lobby is constructed with salvaged parts from the Ba Son shipyard. A large anchor hangs from the wall at the Bason Café. The corridors have exposed ceilings and countless curios designed to replicate the city’s backstreets and alleyways. Even the room numbers are vintage-style plaques.

Unlike most hotel lobbies, the Myst Dong Khoi has a singular one. The low ceiling is designed with reclaimed material from the old shipyard, French colonial-era tiles, and rusting iron girders.

You will even come across Cham sculptures of Hindu gods in the lobby. The whole design concept is brilliant. History meets modern-day Saigon is presented flawlessly.

Modern Features and Facilities

Despite its old-world charm, The Myst Dong Khoi has modern facilities and offers the best of both worlds. From a relaxing spa and a rooftop pool to a gym, you have everything you need. Also, it has a great meeting venue for small events of up to 100 people.

KL Spa at The Myst Dong Khoi

KL Spa at The Myst
Foot Reflexology
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Take a break and disconnect from the surrounding bustle. It’s not an elaborate spa set-up, but has four treatment rooms and a team of skilled therapists.

Treatments available at the spa include foot reflexology, head massage, and some therapies inspired by traditional healing rituals. The spa products are locally sourced to promote homegrown brands.

Not to forget, some suites come with a hot tub and complimentary spa products. One thing to note is the spa rates mentioned don’t include tax and service charges.

Staying Fit at The Myst Dong Khoi

Fitness at The Myst
The fitness center overlooking the pool
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Work out with a view at the Fitness Center at The Myst. Though the gym is small, it has the essential cardio and strength training equipment. They even thought of a massage machine to relax post-workout.

Also, you can use the sauna room free of charge. The highlight, however, is the location. Overlooking the infinity pool, the gym has views of the Saigon skyline.

Rooftop Pool

Rooftop Pool at The Myst
L-shaped pool

There is an L- shaped infinity pool by the rooftop bar. While it may not be ideal for serious swimming, it’s nice to plunge and cool off from the heat. The pool has views of the busy streets of Saigon and the river. With loungers and private cabanas, it’s a great place to chill and soak up the sun.

Bar Bleu by the poolside ensures you have a ready refreshment and drinks menu available.

Celebrate at The Myst Dong Khoi

Ballroom at The Myst
The ballroom
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The boutique hotel also has an event space that can accommodate a reasonably large audience. It’s ideal for small conferences, parties, and product launches. The elegant décor, state-of-the-art stereo sound, and adjustable lighting make it a preferred choice for big cosmetic brands like Kiehl and Estee Lauder.

Neighborhood Around The Myst Dong Khoi

Saigon Opera House
Saigon Opera House
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The boutique hotel is located in the heart of Saigon at the end of Dong Khoi Street. In the vicinity are plush (and overpriced) boutiques, art galleries, bars, and restaurants. Popular among these is a 1940’s residential block — Café Apartment that houses Vietnamese fashion designers and hip cafes.

A short ride takes you to French colonial landmarks such as the Saigon Opera House and the Notre Dame Cathedral. In addition, the War Remnants Museum and the Jade Emperor Pagoda are within a 10-minute walk of the hotel.

For history buffs, the Museum of Vietnamese History is just a 5-minute walk. And if you are keen on a local shopping experience, the famous Ben Thanh Market is close by. The hotel staff also help with organizing river cruises at an additional cost.

There is a lot of construction on this street due to the upcoming metro, and to escape it all, head to Nguyen Hue Walking Street. There are many upscale restaurants with international cuisine. However, for an authentic experience, try some Vietnamese Street food. As you walk through these alleys, you savor the sights, sounds, and smells of the city.

The Historical Connection

Historical Connection at The Myst
Artifacts from the Ba Son shipyard at the cafe
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Across the hotel and especially at the café, one comes across reclaimed material and maritime artifacts. These re-designed pieces are from the Ba Son shipyard. The old naval shipyard dates back to 1790. Founded by the famous Nguyen Dynasty of Hue, this was a central shipbuilding facility.

Later under the French rule, this was further expanded, and so the architecture has a French Colonial influence. In 1993, Ba Son was declared a national historic monument by the Ministry of Culture.

Sadly, though, it was demolished (2015-2016) over the later years for redevelopment. Of what remains now, some pieces of heritage adorn the Myst.

Why Choose The Myst Hotel Dong Khoi?

Why Choose The Myst Hotel Dong Khoi?
Warm and welcoming

The Myst creates a longing for the past. Looking at its unique façade makes you want to step in and discover. And what lies within leaves you impressed. It’s a modern boutique hotel to be enjoyed with a story to tell.

If you like sightseeing, it’s a great choice or even if you prefer quietude and a piece of heritage.

The Hits:

  • Great Location
  • Bespoke décor
  • Personalized rooms (some with a balcony)
  • Rooftop infinity pool
  • Complimentary afternoon tea
  • Heritage-inspired hospitality

The Misses:

  • Noise from ongoing construction
  • Soundproofing
  • Small spa and gym
  • Price point

The Myst Dong Khoi is currently closed. Like many other hotels, it has been affected by low footfalls and imposed restrictions due to the pandemic. The good news is, they plan to re-open by the end of the year, as confirmed by the hotel.

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