Continental Saigon Hotel

Continental Saigon Hotel
Address: 132 - 134 Dong Khoi St., Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Phone: +(84-8) 38299201
Email: continentalhotel@vnn.vn
Web: hotels84.com/hcm/hotel-continental-saigon.html
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The Hotel Continental Saigon is situated on Dong Khoi Street, one of the oldest and most central streets in Saigon.  In the old days, Saigon’s streets were simply named by ordinal numbers.  Starting from the Saigon River bank, Dong Khoi was the Sixth Street.  In 1865, the French Commander De La Grandiere renamed these roads and Sixth Street became Rue Catinat, a busy place, especially during the French Colonial Era. "Rue Catinat" at one time was a very bustling and crowded place, especially with the French. Later on, across the street from the Continental the first foundations and floors for factories were built, the first one for Denis Frere. Next was the first drugstore in Saigon, the “Solinere Pharmaceutical,” which opened in 1865.
 
In 1878, Pierre Cazeau, a home-appliance and construction material manufacturer, started building the Hotel Continental with the purpose of providing for the French traveller, a French style of luxury accommodation after a long cruise to the new continent. This project took two years, and in 1880 the “Hotel Continental” was inaugurated. 
 
The same generation that saw the Hotel Continental Saigon being built also saw: Notre Dame Cathedral, under-construction in 1880 (only a 5 minute walk from the hotel), the Postal and Telegraph Office, built in 1886 (which is now the Saigon Central Post Office), and the Hotel de Ville, built in 1898 (which is now the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City). The latter was design similar to the Paris City Hall.
 
In 1911, the Continental was sold to Duke Montpensier. In 1930, the hotel had a new owner, Mathier Francini, a gangster from Corsica, who ran the hotel until 1975. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Saigon Government commanded all signboards be written in the Vietnamese language; therefore the name “Hotel Continental” was changed to "Dai Luc Lu Quan". 
 
However, it is the Continental that holds its place in Saigon history, not its past owners. It continue to hold its fame through out time.
 
By the beginning of World War II, the Hotel Continental hosted the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore (who won the 1913 Nobel Prize for literature), the award-winning writer Andre Malraux, whose “Man’s Fate” won the 1933 Prix Goncourt, and then the British writer Graham Greene (long-term guest in room 214) who wrote the well-known novel “The Quiet American” about the transitional period between the French Colonialnist and the United States of America in the Vietnam War. The Continental features prominently in “The Quiet American” in both the film and book.  The Continental also is a central locale in the movie “Indochine” which won two Academy Awards and one Golden Globe. 
 
The Hotel Continental was frequently referred to by the phrase “Radio Catinat”, since this was the rendezvous point where correspondents, journalists, politicians and businessmen talked about politics, the business news, and current events. It’s not by coincidence that the phrase, if the walls of the Hotel Continental could speak, they could tell you many stories.
 
During the American period, Catinat Street was known as Tu Do Street.  Following liberation in 1975, the name "Tu Do" was changed to "Dong Khoi". This history turned to a new period, and many outstanding people such as Jacques Chirac (Mayor of Paris during that period), the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, and many other politicians have stayed at the Hotel Continental to exchange views on the future of a new Vietnam.
 
Nowadays, the Hotel Continental remains nestled among the classical buildings of old Saigon such as the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, facing the future without forgetting the past.  While Dong Khoi Street continues to hustle and bustle, the Hotel Continental Saigon still maintains the charm and majesty of its classical past. Inside this venerable building,  a new generation of staff are dedicated to offering travellers a peaceful and relaxing stay in Ho Chi Minh City, one that they will remember fondly for a long time.
 
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Rooms
From the very beginning the design of the hotel was important. The architects of the 1880s thought to take advantage of the tropical climate, such as natural light and wind to make the bedrooms bright and cool, so each of the hotel rooms are spacious, 4m high ceilings, thick brick walls to prevent solar heat in summer. The rooms are always filled with sunshine from the balconies or windows over looking the Opera House, hotel’s courtyard or city view. The architect also designed inside bed rooms for those do not like being bothered by sunlight when they not ready to welcome the new day.
 
In order to make our rooms comfortable, each of them is equipped with:
Air-conditioning, LCD screen TV,
Cable/Satellite, In-House Movies
High-Speed Internet access, IDD telephone,
Security Keycard, Safety box,
Fire alarm system, deadbolt in room
Bath Tub, Shower, Hairdryer, Bathroom amenities,
Bathrobe, Towels, Slippers
Mini bar, Coffee/Tea, Daily newspaper
Baby Cot
 
We have many room types for you to choose from. Please click on the link below to see a detailed description for each type of room:
 
Superior
Superior room's feature: 35m2 (389 sq ft), Superior rooms (window, no view) are located in the area where daylight dimly reaches, suitable for guests who need a day’s sleep after a long flight, or for those who are not used to the new time zone, who prefer not to be woken up by tropical sunlight.
 
Superior rooms are non-smoking, however, for people who smoke suitable rooms can be obtained by leaving a note on the reservation form.
 
Deluxe
Deluxe room’s features: 40m2 (430 sq ft), with variety of view choices for those who prefer a classic view can choose a Deluxe room with balcony over looking the Opera House (1890); Deluxe rooms with a window over looking the modern shopping mall Vincom Center A (10/ 2012) are most suitable for those who are used to the animation of big cities and to admire the activities of Saigon from Dong Khoi Street,  while romantic people always book a Courtyard view Deluxe to fullfil their morning wake-up by the fresh green of the hotel’s old frangypanies.
 
Deluxe rooms are non-smoking, however, for people who smoke suitable rooms can be obtained by leaving a note on the reservation form.
 
Junior suite
Junior Suite’s feature: 45m2 (500 sq ft), the Junior Suite with balcony over looking the Opera House receives most sunlight from the front balcony and from the flourishing terrace at the back. The Junior Suites are recommended for those who are fond of the early pure dawn and the tranquility of the sunset.
Junior Suites are non-smoking, however, for people who smoke suitable rooms can be obtained by leaving a note on the reservation form.
 
Premium suite 
Premium Suite’s features: 55m2 (611 sq ft) and offers a nice view over the Opera House from the balcony and a quiet and pleasant sense for those who expect relaxing accomodation.
Premium Suites are non-smoking, however, for people who smoke suitable rooms can be obtained by leaving a note on the reservation form.
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