- Introduction, Positioning Flight to New York, and the Hilton JFK
- British Airways First Class Lounge, New York JFK
- Cathay Pacific First Class, New York JFK – Hong Kong
- The Pier First Class Lounge and Cathay Pacific Business Class, Hong Kong – Ho Chi Minh City
- Park Hyatt Saigon
- Lunch at Pho Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City
- Vietnam Airlines Business Class, Ho Chi Minh City – Danang
- Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa
- Vietnam Airlines Economy, Danang – Siem Reap
- Park Hyatt Siem Reap
- Angkor Wat and Other Temples
- Dragonair Business Class, Siem Reap – Hong Kong
- Turbojet, Hong Kong Airport – Macau and the Sheraton Macao Hotel
- The Venetian, Fernando’s, and the Ferry to Hong Kong
- Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Harbor View Suite
- Bo Innovation, Hong Kong
- Amber Restaurant, Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific First Class, Hong Kong – New York JFK
- American Airlines JFK Flagship Lounge and New York – Washington National
I checked into the Park Hyatt Saigon at about 8pm.
I approached the desk and they took me right up to the room to handle formalities.
I was surprised to be upgraded to a suite, not having used a Diamond confirmed suite upgrade — that’s not something I’ve experienced a lot at Hyatt properties (other than the Andaz 5th Avenue, but they have a lot of suites and I’ve been a regular guest). Although I was on a one night stay and that probably made it much more logical for them to do.
Here’s the living room of the suite:
And the bedroom.
I’ve wanted to stay here for quite some time, and I’ve had it on a mental list for no particular reason since I was in Ho Chi Minh City last five years earlier. On that visit I at the Sheraton Towers in a suite. That property, to this day, remains as one with about the best club lounge spread I’ve seen.
The Park Hyatt though was scheduled to close in 2014 for extensive renovations. I wanted to visit before the renovation, and will likely want to return afterward to see the difference. My impression was that I’d be staying right before the hotel closed, but there was a letter explaining that the renovation has been put off.
I went right to sleep, after traveling for an entire day to get here. I find I’m more subject to jet lag than I used to be and after a few hours’ time I woke up. It was the middle of the night, though midday back home, and I wasn’t going to fall back asleep. So I caught up on work and ordered room service. I hadn’t eaten since my flight in from Hong Kong and was hungry, and it was four or five hours at least until I’d be heading to breakfast.
In the morning I checked out the hotel a bit, and then went down to breakfast. There was a nice enough pool area for a city hotel, for instance, that I didn’t get a chance to take advantage of.
Diamonds receive breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, the full buffet plus a hot item (“Opera Breakfast”) which would otherwise run ~ US$30++ per person. It’s an absurd price for the area, and ordering a la carte even a bowl of Pho is ~ US$20++. My recollection of room service Pho at the Sheraton was more like $8.
For free, I was extremely happy — it was good and high quality. Given the alternatives in the area though, if I were paying I don’t think I’d be interested at the $30++ price point.
The ambiance of the enclosed terrace was fantastic, so I really did enjoy my breakfast. And the Saigon baguette with grilled pork, pate, pickles, chilies, and mayo was very, very good.
While I wasn’t at the hotel for long, just an overnight and enough time to make a stop for lunch the next day at my favorite place for Pho, I got the overall impression of a good quality hotel that does indeed need some capital investment.
Once I had returned to the hotel from lunch it was time to head back to the airport and say goodbye to my brief visit at the Park Hyatt Saigon.
I’m looking forward to returning once they finally do renovate the hotel.