Historical Traveller Reviews of Saigon Morin Hotel
A lovely hotel ...
A very enjoyable stay. The room was huge (accommodating both a double and a king size bed) and very comfortable with large windows and a balcony overlooking the river and main bridge. The road is a bit noisy but not so much at night that it bothered us. Pool area really nice and the garden lovely, providing a good setting for their gala buffet dinners. These have traditional entertainment, but note that if you have seen the show in the theatre in the citadel, it is the same one. Service throughout was excellent. We needed housekeeping on two occasions and they arrived almost immediately. Breakfast good. Beware the foot massage - it is not for the faint hearted!
Scrabble in the Lobby!
We caught a few rain squalls in Hue. When we did we would sometimes retire to the lobby, sit in a booth overlooking the street just outside the hotel and play Scrabble. It was so pleasant watching the people of Hue as they went about their daily lives.
The Morin has great location to so many of the sights we thought were important to see. We loved breakfast on the inner courtyard of the hotel. The staff always seemed to make sure we had what we needed to be happy. Our room was cleaned promptly each day.
We will use this hotel when we return to Vietnam.
Wonderful hotel full of charm
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for two nights during our 2 week holiday in Vietnam. We booked the airport transfer which was a smooth service and on arrival were allocated a superb room with a great view across The Perfume River. The room was full of character, with a lovely wooden floor, tasteful furnishing, complimentary water, tea & coffee and a great bathroom with separate walk in shower. The rooms that face the road/river can be noisy but it's compensated by being able to sit at your window and watch the world go by - a great way to relax after a busy day - or go to the bar which also has a great river view. The staff were all friendly and helpful. We didn't eat in the hotel as there are so many lovely restaurants outside to visit and we also booked our city tour at a local tour office as it was such good value - $4 pp for a full day tour including lunch, bus tour and boat trip (excl entrance fees ... be warned, they soon mount up but when you've only paid $4 pp anyway, it doesn't matter). We would definitely recommend this hotel and stay there again - it's in a great location (a short cyclo ride to the train station where you can catch the train to Danang) and the historic frontage is very impressive. The only warning - breakfast finishes at 9am so don't be late or you'll discover they're clearing it away!!
Nice room, enjoyable enough place. Doesn't warrant a long review, stay here if you want something above average and don't mind paying.
Charming, but watch out for details
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Saigon Morin hotel for three nights on our recent trip to Viet Nam in early April 2006. We found the hotel, which has an excellent location, truly "grand" in appearance, full of Old World charm, and rich in history. Its large rooms are comfortable and the staff make every imaginable effort to make you feel at home. However, some of the details of service that make a hotel truly excellent were missing: it was sometimes difficult to make ourselves understood in either English or French and a wake-up call request was not carried out. Also, though the garden restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere and beautiful concerts of Vietnamese classic music, its menu was rather disappointing. Perhaps the only real negative, however, was the hotel's definition of a "tour" to the Citadel and royal tombs, which includes neither guide nor entry fees, but is merely a car service which can be had from the local taxi operators at one tenth the cost. The hotel has no double glazing, so noise from the street intrudes from the early morning. It's therefore best to request a quieter room at the back or facing the garden, a request the hotel will readily comply with.
old world charm
We stayed for only two nights and are very pleased with the services provided by this hotel.The Mercedes minivan which picked us up at the airport is brand new. The driver was very polite and drove safely during our trip to various imperial tombs and to Hoi An. The tour guide provided by the hotel was excellent and very knowledgeable. Services through out were good. They even thought about bringing raincoats and umbrellas for hotel guests!. Breakfast was very good .
However the room was average, although very large. Furniture in the room lacked the finishing touch.
There was free wi-fi service in the hotel lobby, complementary fruit basket everyday. All in all, this hotel is better than many on this trip along the river that we had stayed a few years back.
Attractive hotel but could be better
This hotel is in a lovely old colonial building with attractive courtyard and garden and has a great location opposite the river. The room was enormous with equally enormous beds (one 4' double and one 8' double). However, the carpet was not very clean and the shower didn't work properly and when we reported it nothing was done about it. The maid did the minimum in the room, ie made the bed and tidied the bathroom. I agree with the previous reviewer about the large groups staying in the hotel so sometimes the lobby is rather chaotic. Breakfast was similarly chaotic and the choice was very poor. Overall this was the worst hotel of our stay in Vietnam - but I have to say that all the other hotels had been exceptionally good. Like the previous reviewer we did not find Hue particularly exciting but that might have had something to do with the poor weather.
Good hotel - didnt like Hue!
Having come from the Majestic in Ho Chi Minh (see my review ) which was top banana - it felt as if the Morin was a poor imitation ..the 'marketing'/style of toiletries /menus etc - are identical - as if the same chain owned them (which they dont seem to do..but the Morin must have had a good look at what the Majestic was doing when they refurbed..). The room was lovely -all dark wood and very high standard of decor .. with shutters between the bathroom and the bedroom so you could watch TV for the bath! The sevice was good - and when i was ill (from the prawns in the very dull resturant??) they sent up an (extra..) fruit bowl (perhaps they had a few guests that day who had eaten the same starter??) . The breakfast was average and the breakfast buffet room a bit chaotic - warning ..a lot of groups stay here - and the reception is like Grand Central station in the morning as they all wait to go off for the day...I didnt like the city of Hue at all so three days was too much but the hotel was the nicest thing about Hue! (noise, squalor and not much to see in my opinion - although day trip to DMZ very good..)
Charming Hotel with History
Very charming hotel. Good location in the city centre. Large rooms. Nice garden with restaurant and pool inside. The best hotel on our trip to Vietnam.
from HR Dude
While we only stayed here one night as part of our tour of central Vietnam we found the hotel to be above average. The outdoor restaurant was very nice. The room however was what will be remembered the most. You have to see it to believe so I have attached a photo.
Top Local Tips for Hue
Go cyclo in Hue
We negotiated around 25,000 dong per hour each for cyclos to take us around the citadel and out to the pagoda. We were with them for about 3 hours and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Hue was less busy than the main cities so the ride and traffic were comfortable.
Even though Hue has an international airport, it is not very big and not very well organised. I recommend that you arrive a bit earlier than you normally would to have enough time to check in.
Hue is a small town and easy to walk around not a great deal ofshopping except for the markets and shops on the river. You must see the walled city by cyclo and work out the price before starting off. We hired one each for my husband and I and the drivers were great with their war knowledge as they had both served in the army. Hue is quiet in comparison to Hanoi and a easy pace, A river cruise is a must. We were appproached by many boat owners who live on board with their families so this added to the interest. The night markets are great but be prepared to get rushed when you walk through the doors. Just smile and have fun haggling its a laugh and cheap