14 Stylish Boutique Hotels in Saigon, Vietnam

When I visited Vietnam for the first time, I knew I had to stay at one of the best boutique hotels in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The city’s history and the importance of art and design in Vietnamese culture lend themselves to some seriously beautiful properties (which I waxed on about in my Saigon solo travel guide).

Unlike many of the city’s large chain hotels, several boutique hotels in Saigon embody Vietnamese culture, combining it with modern luxury that’s representative of the cosmopolitan city’s future.

While in the city, I chose to stay at The Myst Dong Khoi during my first visit and the InterContinental Saigon when I returned. I absolutely loved both hotels (the service at IC Saigon is beyond amazing). Still, now that I’m home, I frequently daydream about The Myst’s balconies overlooking the city and Indochine-inspired architecture.

Although there are several incredible boutique hotels in Saigon, several don’t quite live up to the hype (which is why reading hotel reviews carefully is a must in Vietnam). Based on my experience in Saigon and guest reviews, I’ve compiled the city’s best.

Best boutique hotels in Saigon.

Best Boutique Hotels in Saigon

The lobby of Mai House boutique hotel in Saigon.
Image: Mai House Saigon Hotel

1. Mai House Saigon Hotel

Mai House is an opulent example of old-world luxury in Saigon. A large spiral staircase with a flourishy iron railing greets guests, surrounded by dark wood details, marble floors, and a large crystal chandelier.

The luxury boutique hotel in Saigon labels its rooms as “private sanctuaries.” These Parisian-inspired rooms and suites include features like clawfoot tubs, paneled moulding, and bright white bedding that balances Indochine influence with modern Saigon.

Embrace the hotel’s romance by settling in for afternoon tea at Thơm Lounge, or grab a table at C’est La Vie restaurant for breakfast, which serves rustic French provincial and Vietnamese cuisine.

In the afternoon, cool off at Mai House’s rooftop pool after a day of sightseeing in the city. As the sun sets, head upstairs to get a drink at one of the chicest rooftop bars in Saigon, featuring incredible views.

Reception at The Reverie Saigon boutique hotel.
Image: The Reverie Saigon

2. The Reverie Saigon

Undoubtedly one of the most extravagant hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, The Reverie Saigon is a sight to behold. Located on Nguyen Hue Walking Street on the top floors of the Times Square Building, the opulent 5-star hotel is almost unmissable for tourists visiting the city.

The only member of The Leading Hotels of the World in Vietnam, the hotel welcomes guests with large floral mosaics by Sicis of Italy nestled between white marble walls and vaulted ceilings. A custom-made emerald green Baldi Monumental clock stands proudly, doubling down on the hotel’s eccentric Italian-Vietnamese flair.

The opulence continues as guests move through the hotel, passing through gilded gold and blue marble hallways and underneath crystal-embellished ceilings.

Guests can choose to stay in one of the property’s 286 guestrooms or 89 residential suites. During their stay, the Reverie’s sophisticated spa, rooftop pool, and tech-forward gym are at their disposal.

If a night at this unabashedly luxury hotel isn’t in your budget, visit one of The Reverie’s upscale restaurants in Saigon. Café Cardinal is home to the hotel’s breakfast, outfitted in—you guessed it—more white marble, while The Long @ Times Square is a favorite bar for well-heeled locals looking for a stylish night out.

The Reverie is undoubtedly one of the best boutique hotels in Saigon—if not the city’s most unique. Rooms sell out quickly during peak travel months, so book yours well in advance.

A plunge pool at one of the best boutique hotels in Saigon.
Many of The Myst Dong Khoi’s suites feature balconies with private plunge pools.

3. The Myst Dong Khoi

The Myst Dong Khoi isn’t just one of the best hotels in Saigon—it’s also a favorite for locals and tourists alike to hang out on a lazy morning or afternoon, thanks to the property’s street-level coffeehouse.

Of course, the hotel’s new rooftop bar in Saigon—just steps away from its pool—makes it even more enticing for a young, somewhat affluent, trendy crowd.

I checked into The Myst after traveling over 24 hours to reach Saigon. I was exhausted, but the hotel’s exemplary staff and cozy, Indochine-inspired property immediately allowed me to relax. Most staff speak English.

When I woke up in the morning, I found myself getting excited as I strolled down the airy outdoor hallways connecting the property and headed up to The Nest, The Myst’s Vietnamese restaurant, which serves a wonderful complimentary breakfast.

When I returned to the hotel in the late afternoon, I loved being able to soak in the private pool on our balcony—a unique highlight of The Myst that other boutique hotels in Saigon don’t have. The hotel’s free wifi was strong enough to call home, and its daily housekeeping kept the room in order.

The Myst feels surprisingly secluded despite being in one of the most covetable positions in District 1. It’s easy to walk to several of the city’s top attractions, like Đường Nguyễn Huệ (Nguyen Hue Walking Street), which is only one block away, and Chợ Bến Thành (Ben Thanh Market) which is a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

Room at Mia Saigon boutique hotel.
Image: Mia Saigon

4. Mia Saigon

HCMC is energetic—it never seems to slow down as crowds of locals and tourists shop, dine, and whip through the city on scooters and motorbikes. I love it.

The city’s energy is addictive and one of the reasons it’s one of my favorites in the world, but it’s not for everybody.

If you want to experience the city but can’t stand loud noises and crowds, consider staying in Thủ Đức, a lowkey district northeast of the city. Just across Sông Sài Gòn (Saigon River) from District 1, the area is just far enough away to be far quieter than Saigon’s center but is still just a short drive away.

Mia Saigon is one of the best hotels in the district. Inspired by precious jewels, the luxurious boutique hotel has space for just 35 rooms and 17 suites, making it far smaller than many hotels in Saigon.

Late-risers can order complimentary breakfast straight to their room. At the same time, those willing to roll out of bed can enjoy it at Kitchen by the River, Mia Saigon’s international restaurant along the Saigon River.

Vietnamese artwork hangs on the walls of Mia Saigon’s stylish rooms, all of which have balconies.

Of course, balconies aren’t always practical in the city’s heat and humidity, which is why the hotel also has air conditioning in all guest spaces. Keep cooling off at Mia Saigon’s riverside pool, or take a cool bath in your room’s marble soaking tub.

Lobby at Bach Suites Saigon boutique hotel.
Image: Bach Suites Saigon

5. Bach Suites Saigon

There’s a certain sense of relaxation that comes with elegant, minimalist design. Bach Suites certainly isn’t casual but isn’t explicitly luxury, in the same way other boutique hotels in Saigon are either.

Instead, the 4-star hotel in Saigon focuses on simple, elevated comfort that balances traditional Western design with contemporary style. Deep blue panel statement walls accent rooms and suites, complemented by gold hardware and furniture.

A secluded rooftop pool and small gym are available for guest use, as are several common spaces in the airy, white lobby.

The hotel fits seamlessly into District 3, which is known for being more affordable than District 1 without skimping on hotspots to explore. Some of my favorite places for street food in Saigon are in this area, such as the gooey chuối nếp nướng (grilled bananas and sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves) at Chè Chuối Nướng Võ Văn Tần.

Bach Suites is a top hotel for Chinese tourists—front desk employees have been known to have knowledge of Mandarin.

6. Fusion Suites Saigon

Boutique hotels don’t necessarily need to correlate with being an expensive accommodation option compared to chains—that’s a common fallacy.

Fusion Suites Saigon proves this myth false, offering refined, down-to-earth rooms at reasonable rates. Located a 10-minute walk away from Independence Palace (Reunification Palace) and a 20-minute walk from Nhà thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn (Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon), the hotel doesn’t sacrifice location for price, either.

The hip property, furnished in light wood and decorated with white linens, embraces Scandinavian minimalism, adding a Vietnamese touch with skillfully shot photographs of the country on the walls.

Fresh Restaurant offers guests a buffet of healthy Vietnamese and international breakfast options each morning. Sit curbside at the restaurant’s al fresco sidewalk patio to start your morning with people-watching.

If you get hungry and don’t want to wait for Grab to deliver, don’t hesitate to order room service, which is notably offered to guests at no additional service costs.

The Social Club rooftop bar at Hotel des Arts in Saigon.
Image: Hotel des Arts Saigon – MGallery © Aaron Joel Santos / NOI PICTURES

7. Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Hôtel des Arts is a step back to 1930s Saigon, channeling French influence with proud Vietnamese flair for a design-forward boutique hotel. Then again, MGallery properties always are—just look at Hotel de la Coupole in Sapa.

This hotel considers itself just as much an art museum as it does accommodation. The owner’s personal collection of antiques and paintings decorates the property, using the hotel’s mod French architecture as their gallery.

Bright rooms feature oversized, peculiarly rounded windows and moulding throughout. All room furnishings are custom-designed by Vietnamese artisans, complemented by period artwork that reminds guests of the country’s heritage.

On the 23rd floor, The Social Club Restaurant and Rooftop Bar offers a view far better than most bars in Saigon. On Sundays, the bar serves a toppling brunch for the better part of the day. Downstairs, Café des Beaux Arts serves afternoon tea as the sounds of soft piano fills the space.

Making Hôtel des Arts Saigon even more desirable is its location. The hotel is just down the street from Đường sách Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (Ho Chi Minh City Book Street) and is located off of Hai Bà Trưng in District 3.

Chợ Tân Định (Tan Dinh Market), one of my favorite places for shopping in Saigon, is an 18-minute walk away from the hotel. 

8. Amanaki Saigon

Amanaki Saigon has understated sophistication. The well-priced boutique hotel in District 1 adorns its classic rooms with Vietnamese paintings that channel the country’s heritage.

Set steps away from the Saigon River between Nguyen Hue Walking Street and Hàm Nghi, the hotel is in a truly ideal location, surrounded by boutiques from local Vietnamese designers, amazing street food, and some of the best cocktail bars in Saigon.

Stunning views of the city are to be seen in the hotel’s Premium Executive Room, which has an eyeline to Bitexco Financial Tower. More skyline views can be observed while splashing around at Amanaki Saigon’s rooftop pool.

Amanaki has two locations in Saigon—Amanaki Saigon Boutique Hotel in District 1 and Amanaki Thao Dien in District 2. I recommend staying at the hotel in District 1, as the neighborhood is far more convenient for visitors in the city.

That said, Thảo Điền, Saigon’s expat quarter, is much quieter and more residential than D1—better for travelers who are easily overwhelmed or are especially anxious about not speaking Vietnamese.

Vinpearl Landmark 81 boutique hotel in Saigon.
Image: Autograph Collection / Marriott

9. Vinpearl Landmark 81, Autograph Collection

Believe me when I say that you’ll not find a better view of Saigon anywhere other than the Vinpearl Landmark 81.

Landmark 81, the tallest building in Saigon, towers 81 floors over the HCMC metropolis. Now, you can stay at it.

Light floods through floor-to-ceiling windows in the property’s sun-soaked rooms. 

On the 47th floor, guests can live life on the edge at the hotel’s infinity pool, then unwind with a drink at the tallest rooftop bar in Saigon. Reach even taller heights at the rooftop observation deck, which is literally in the clouds.

Book a room with club access for two hours of free wine and canapes at the hotel’s lounge and complimentary breakfast.

The Vinhomes Central Park neighborhood of Bình Thạnh, where Landmark 81 is located, could be more convenient. The city center is not walkable and is at least a 10-minute drive away, but Grab (Vietnam’s leading rideshare company) is inexpensive and easy to use in the city, so getting around shouldn’t be an issue.

Marriott Bonvoy members will appreciate that Vinpearl Landmark 81 is the only boutique hotel in Saigon that’s an Autograph Collection property—your points are eligible for free nights here.

The spa at An Lam Retreats Saigon River boutique hotel.
Image: An Lam Retreats Saigon River

10. An Lam Retreats Saigon River

An Lam Retreats Saigon River probably isn’t the type of hotel you want to stay at if it’s your first time in the city and you only have a few days. Located 30 minutes away from the city center in Thuận An, Bình Dương, the property isn’t exactly close to most tourist attractions.

An Lam Retreats is perfect for travelers looking for a few days of tranquil escape in Saigon who don’t have the time to drag themselves up to the mountains of Sa Pa or the highlands of Đà Lạt.

A 25-minute boat ride will bring you from the city to the downright idyllic luxury eco-lodge, which overlooks lush greenery. 35 villas and suites contribute to the resort’s bohemian chic glamping feel, though creature comforts like air conditioning, housekeeping, and WiFi exist throughout the property.

Relax into nature at An Lam Retreats’ jungle spa, or partake in other wellness programs such as outdoor yoga and meditation.

A stay at one of An Lam Retreats’ villas, equipped with an outdoor terrace and private plunge pool, would be ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway in Saigon.

11. Maison de Camille Boutique Hotel

Maison de Camille Boutique Hotel is one of the most affordable boutique hotels in Saigon. The homey property frequently costs under $50 USD a night. It welcomes guests with living room-esque decor that feels straight out of a quaint townhouse.

Patchwork quilts are splashed across beds in Maison de Camille’s simple, understated rooms—another nod to home. An outdoor terrace offers views of the city, while a small kitchen serves breakfast in the morning.

The hotel’s location in District 17 of Bình Thạnh is relatively convenient, as it is across the Saigon River from the city center. Just a 15-minute walk from the hotel is Phở Phượng, one of the best restaurants in Saigon for a bowl of comforting soup and a newcomer to the Michelin Guide.

Eva Phan walking in District 1, one of the best places to stay in Saigon.

12. Ma Maison Boutique Hotel Saigon

International guests often feel as though they’re staying in “real” Saigon at Ma Maison Boutique Hotel, located in a modest area of District 3, a 15-minute walk away from Bui Vien Walking Street.

The property is the true definition of a boutique hotel with just a handful of rooms in a converted family house on a tiny alley off of Đường Cách Mạng Tháng.

Chat with the owners, Miss Hong and Mr. Ha who will tell you about the hotel and the city’s history. If needed, they’ll help you coordinate airport transfers.

A porter will help you with your luggage on arrival—no stair dragging necessary. Rooms are simple, clean, and inspired by French design. Breakfast is served daily at Little Bistro, the hotel’s guest-only restaurant.

Lobby of Hotel Majestic, a boutique hotel in Saigon.
Image: Hotel Majestic

13. Hotel Majestic Saigon

While many boutique hotels in Saigon chase the style of the city in the 1920s and 1930s, Hotel Majestic doesn’t need to—it simply is.

Calling Hotel Majestic the original boutique hotel in the city wouldn’t be an exaggeration. Opened in 1925 by Chinese businessman Hui Bon Hoa, the hotel is now one of the oldest in the city. It still greets guests with its French Colonial style, which is reminiscent of the French Riviera.

Over the years, the hotel expanded, changing names a few times, and at one point, was converted into a government guest house. Today, the property is a 5-star boutique hotel operated by state-owned Saigon Tourist.

Courtyard of Hotel Grand Saigon, a boutique hotel.
Image: Hotel Grand Saigon

14. Hotel Grand Saigon

Hotel Grand Saigon is one of the city’s most iconic. Like Hotel Majestic, this historic hotel is one of the city’s oldest, built in 1930 by Henri Chavigny de Lachevrotière, a Eurasian journalist.

In 1997, Saigon Tourist renovated the hotel, which later underwent a full restoration in 2012. Today, 251 rooms are set just steps from the Saigon River on Dong Khoi Street.

Rooms maintain the city’s French Colonial feel, connected by open-air hallways. The hotel is divided into two wings: the Luxury Wing, which blends French and contemporary design, and the Historical Ancient Wing, which stays closer to the hotel’s original design.

In the center of the property is a courtyard pool hidden away by the hotel’s walls. On the rooftop, a bar and restaurant overlook the nearby river.

Bui Vien Walking Street in District 1, one of the best neighborhoods in Saigon.

Where to Stay in Saigon: Best Districts

Saigon is larger than it appears. The sprawling city is only growing, now embodying numerous diverse neighborhoods.

If you’re a first-time visitor to the city, figuring out where to stay can be overwhelming. The ideal area to book your hotel is between Nguyen Hue Walking Street and Hàm Nghi in District 1, which is incredibly walkable, safe, and convenient.

Staying below Hàm Nghi will begin bringing you into the red light district and backpacker territory. Though I know several international tourists who appreciate this area for the hostels, it isn’t my favorite part of the city.

Below are a few of the best neighborhoods in Saigon for tourists:

Nguyen Hue Walking Street in the Ben Nghe neighborhood of District 1 in Saigon.
Nguyen Hue Walking Street is almost more fun at night than it is during the day.

Best Overall: Bến Nghé in District 1

District 1 is synonymous with everything luxury in Saigon. It’s by far the best district to stay in the city for tourists. The high-end ward boasts many of the city’s top things to do, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife, especially in its Bến Nghé neighborhood.

When I’m in Saigon, the Bến Nghé is always where I try to stay. Da Kao, which borders the neighborhood, is also a solid option.

Even though it’s easy to spend hundreds of dollars a night on a hotel here, many hotels are still extremely affordable by Western standards.

District 1 is among the safest neighborhoods in the city. Petty crime, like motorbike purse snatching, does exist as it does all over Saigon, but violent crime is rare.

Saigon is not a walkable city, which makes the fact that several hotels are within a 20-minute walk of top markets and landmarks extra attractive.

To me, Bến Nghé’s convenience and walkability make its premium price point absolutely worth it.

Woman making street food in District 3 in Saigon.

Best for Affordability: District 3

District 3 borders District 1 and provides the best balance of affordability and convenience. Known for being a business hub in the city, District 3 is large and really changes depending on where you are.

In the northern part of the neighborhood, D3 tends to be more business-forward, marked by office buildings, luxury hotels, and top restaurants.

As you move south, D3 becomes increasingly affordable as local laborer neighborhoods take shape.

I recommend staying as far above Cách Mạng Tháng Street as you can afford, as the neighborhood tends to be nicer.

Thao Dien neighborhood of District 2 in Saigon, Vietnam.

Best for Quiet Stays: Thảo Điền in District 2

District 2 is best known for its Thảo Điền neighborhood, an expat quarter where English is seen on many more signs than in other areas of Saigon.

The neighborhood is far quieter than those on the other side of the Saigon River, like District 1 and District 3, which makes it a top choice for travelers who might be overwhelmed by the city center’s crowds of motorbikes and fast pace or are anxious about not speaking Vietnamese. My boyfriend loves District 2 for this reason.

I’ll admit: Thảo Điền is not my favorite part of the city. There’s something that feels a little neo-colonial about the volume of Australians and Americans living in the neighborhood and the fact that international schools seem to exist on every block. Plus, getting to the neighborhood from the city center can be slow.

Thảo Điền is fun to stroll around for an afternoon, but if you can brave the chaos of District 1 or District 3, I’d stay there in a heartbeat.

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