Majestic Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City $$$$
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Opened in 1925, the Majestic Hotel retains a retro glamour, with wooden louvers, original hardwood floors, and old-fashioned bathroom fixtures. The guest list here has included François Mitterrand and Catherine Deneuve, who stayed in room 502 while filming Indochine. In 2003, a 53-room addition, done in the same style as the original block, brought the inventory to 175 rooms. However, the older (or "colonial") rooms, which have 13-foot-high ceilings, seem more open, especially those with river views. While the Majestic refreshed its look in 2007 with new paint and linens, the government-owned enterprise still misses on a few points, like furniture (clunky) and showers (temperamental). However, the riverfront location at the foot of Dong Khoi Street is unrivaled. Tackle the huge buffet breakfast on the fifth-floor terrace and watch the morning bustle as the streets fill with scooters and ferries swarm across the Saigon River. At night, the terrace holds the Breeze Sky Bar, an ideal base for happy hour.
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