Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Majestic
My husband and I stayed for four nights at The Majestic on two separate occasions in May. The hotel looks very impressive from the exterior and is in a great location - right by the river and within easy walking distance of some great shops and restaurants. The lobby could be improved if there weren't vendors (hotel run) inside the entrance selling souvenirs. However, that aside it's a great hotel with an excellent selection for breakfast. If you want a quiet room (the street view rooms can be very noisy from the early hours) ask for one with a pool view - I'd recommend that you ask for a high room though as our first stay was in a pool view room on the pool level and, therefore, quite dark during the day. The pool is quite small and doesn't get a lot of sunlight during the day but has sunbeds around the outside, along with a pool bar. Our second room was on a higher floor and very light and airy. The bathrooms are very big although the shower heads are quite low so you do feel as if you're doing a limbo to wash your hair! If you want to do a tour to the Chu Chi Tunnels I would recommend booking an external trip as we paid just $4 pp this way rather than the $80 that the hotel wanted for a private car - it was good fun going on the trip with other travellers as it's great to swap tales and tips! All that aside, the 'wow' factor for The Majestic is the roof top bar on the 8th floor ... forget the outside bar at The Rex Hotel (not as high anyway) ... this bar has terrific views and can be enjoyed both during the late afternoon sun or at night looking at all the lights across Saigon and down the river. An excellent place to stay for good service and value for money.
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at the Majestic on our honeymoon in December 2005. One of the reasons we chose the Majestic was because it was not a chain hotel. We wanted somewhere with some character and that is what we got. The Majestic is a stunning building with amazing open plan lobby area. Our room was lovely, hard wood floor, wood panneling and huge bed. The bathroom was a good size but would have benefitted from a better shower.
Breakfast was an event not to be missed, with a huge selection of everything from eastern to western cuisine. The food in the resturants was good and there was a choice of bars on different floors, a couple of them open air (with great views).
We found the staff friendly and helpful and would certainly recommend the Majestic.
Good value, nice location
If you prefer a hotel with some history over a new shiny luxury chain, this might be a good choice. Really grew on us over the 5 days we stayed. Breakfast was good, Pho very good usually. Room quiet, restored wood walls, floor. Multiple roof bars with nice cool breezes and views. Not luxurious, but not budget either.
Terrible service, rude staff
from A TripAdvisor Member
I had been looking forward to staying at the Majestic because of the great reviews from online sites. I was really surprised how terrible it was as an experience. Though the rooms were nice enough, I found the staff very unpleasant. They were really rude to me and and my husband, and they were extremely disorganized. I stayed there, and friends stayed on another ocassion, and we had similar experiences. I had thought maybe my friends' experience was a fluke, but the same thing happened to me. They kept moving me because they claimed rooms I had booked were booked previously.They kept charging the wrong amount for the room instead of the amount I booked it for, and acted as if I were doing something wrong when I showed them my faxed room rate. In the end, I ended up moving to the Hotel Equatorial, where the services were better, the staff was a lot nicer, and the pool sunlit all day. It's a shame, because it could be a nice place. I go to Vietnam a lot, but I will never stay at the Majestic again.
Majestic is nice but a little overpriced
We stayed in the Majestic Hotel in Saigon in February 2006, and liked the hotel overall. The hotel is in one of the nicest areas in Saigon (Dong Khoi), and walking around the area feels very safe. The rooms are very comfortable (polished wood floors, nice furnishings, and good bathroom) - If you pay more for a "Saigon River View", you get a good view and a balcony, which you do not get with some of the cheaper rooms (we had friends staying in another room). The breakfast is good quality - plenty of choice of Western and Asian food. There is a small swimming pool, which is nice after a day sightseeing. My only critcism is the price, which does seem a lot compared to other hotels in the area. I guess you pay for the overall ambience of the place rather than the facilities.
lots of character
I thought this hotel had alot of character. Reading many reviews, I requested a room on the old wing, and it was lovely. The room had hardwood floors. I thought that it was an excellent value at a good location.
Not up to expectations
We stayed on the Executive Floor. Our room was wonderful, very large and nicely decorated. However, paying so much (I think around $40) extra for the Executive Floor is really not worth it. The seperate breakfast-area is not too nice, as is the breakfast itself. There really are no extra's (unlike many other hotels with executive or club floors), except for one cup of free tea and one free drink. The pool was very small, with hardly any sun. All the sunloungers would be taken early in the morning by people who would 'reserve' a chair by putting down their towel or book and then go off to come back much later. A lot of tour groups stay here. At a $140 I found the Majestic overpriced, especially considering the much nicer 5-star Park Hyatt was only $160. We wouldn't stay here again.
Glamorous yet unpretentious
While the front desk was not top-of-the-line, everything else certainly was. The fruit basket was a really sweet touch.
We managed to score a deep discount on the river-view suite...just ask when you book. There was no problem with noise at all.
Their gym is well equipped too!
The Majestic is majestic
from Nige and Jane
The Majestic has a striking external presence in a superb location at the end of Dong Khoi and overlooking the Saigon River. It has recently had a complete facelift, but has lost nothing of its colonial character. It is a historical landmark and feels it in a very positive way. The lobby area continues the impression of majesty, and the rooms are superb - a great combination of character and modern comfort.
The staff are genuinely helpful and welcoming, and the usual opportunist cyclos and hawkers outside are nothing more than a minor irritant. The 5th floor bar is superb, with a tremendous view of the river and its boat life, and if you have read Greene's "Quiet American " you can imagine yourself there as Fowler and /or Phuong.
Rooms are tremendous value, and we enjoyed the whole experience. Finally, a lot of rubbish is written in guidebooks about safety in HCM generally and Dong Khoi specifically. It feels much safer than an English city, I understand crime levels are low and that the warnings are about 10 years out of date.
N.B. If you want a fabulous dining experience, get the Concierge to book you a table at the Mandarine ( about 5 mins by taxi ).
Good Hotel, Great Location
I really liked this hotel. I really liked the location. I really liked the people. I really liked the room. I really liked the bar upstairs. Elevators are small but that is OK. I see where people talk about noise. It took me a few days to understand the noise but what I think it is.....is when someone is staying on the 4th floor, the bar and on the fifth floor is outside and has tile floors and maybe the kitchen and other meeting space is there and the noise consist of tables and chairs being moved. It is not bad and not upsetting or anything, but that is what I heard. The bar closes fairly early so it is not bad and even with the noise, you can fall asleep quickly. Maybe ask for a room on the 3rd or lower. But I really liked this hotel. Go to the bar on the top floor at night and sit and watch the river and ferries cross.
Top Local Tips for Ho Chi Minh
Get your price before getting in, meter or not. The cleaner the taxi the cheaper and more honest the driver. The white taxis are good. Don't think you get a better deal with a scruffy taxi, we tried that ! Had an involuntary circular tour of Saigon's smoggy environs.
seeing the historical sights
Our experience has always been to arrange an interpretor and driver and avoid the group event. It cost about the same and you get the one-on-one experience and don't have to deal with the diversions of other travelers.
Breakfast or drinks on the 5th floor of the Majestic should not be missed!