On my fourth trip to Ho Chi Minh recently, I finally found an analogy for the city’s traffic: think of it as Orchard Road, and every vehicle is a human body. People surround you, and the only way to navigate through the mass of vehicles/bodies is to say excuse me. And yes, the horn is actually a polite ‘excuse me’, quite unlike how we (or I) use it in Singapore.

Eastin Grand Hotel is situated on the way to the city centre from the airport, and it only takes about 20-30 mins on average to get there by car. This being my second stay, I booked a Deluxe Room through Kaligo (for 10mpd on my DBS Altitude Visa!). Check-in was effortless, and I managed to secure a 1:00PM check-out though they seemed very reluctant with all late check-out requests.

Stepped into my room to find this luxury waiting for me:

View from the doorway into the room and from the room into the doorway. Very luxe furnishing which I love!

I think most would agree with me that toilets are a key factor in how you evaluate hotel rooms, and this one soars through the roof. Instant hot water (really hot enough, not those half-assed lukewarm ones) and beautiful furnishing. Look, you can even open the blinds and continue watching your show while you shower.

Snacks and amenities – I didn’t use any. I love room service food (read: convenience and undiscerning tastebuds) but I didn’t manage to call any this time round, mainly because of the culprit in the next photo beckoning me all the damn time..

Extremely comfortable bedding. I can’t tell the quality of a mattress, a bed is a bed for me, but this one wasn’t rock hard and didn’t hurt my back through the night either.

One of the winning points of Eastin Grand is this beautiful study table. All my trips to Vietnam are usually just to run away from Singapore so I always appreciate having a work desk, especially one of this size. The chair is made of leather and for some reason, supports my posture really well.

The one thing I didn’t get to take photos of this time was the breakfast spread. The breakfast buffet was accounted for in the room rate so I don’t know how much it costs per pax exactly, but the spread is pretty substantial. Of all these, of course the most memorable is the cheese spread, where they have edam, emmental, cheddar and gouda every morning. They also have a pancake/waffles/crepe station, egg station, congee, fruits, variety of juices, milk, and fruit-infused water. Pretty good spread if you ask me, and cooked relatively well also (some burnt items, but I’m fine with that). The hotel also has a swimming pool and fitness centre in the compound. Given that I don’t walk around the hotel area, I don’t have any advice for anything nearby. Take an Uber and go explore the city. You’ll love it as much as I do in no time.

Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon
253 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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