Caravelle Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
In the heart of Ho Chi Minh, the Caravelle is one of the best-value luxury hotels in the city. Built by a French company in 1959, it became the hangout of foreign correspondents during the Vietnam War, fell into disrepair, and then underwent a magnificent renovation in 1998 (subsequently it was used as a film location for the 2002 adaptation of Graham Greene's The Quiet American). Business travelers are drawn by the Signature suites, with fax machines, computer hookups, broadband Internet access, and CD players—as well as the Club Vegas casino on the first floor. The hotel's 19 Restaurant, formerly the Port Orient Restaurant, serves international and Vietnamese cuisine (reservations are advised). The open-air Saigon Saigon bar has rattan shades and lazily rotating ceiling fans and retains something of the romance of 1930s Vietnam.
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