Now you can see hotels appearing everywhere in Vietnam, 1 star to 5 stars, but do you know which hotelsare the oldest up to now?
The French have brought the hotel business into Vietnam since the 80s of the nineteenth century with the construction of the first hotel is in Saigon, and the next onesare in Hanoi and Hue. However, through the historical events, only some hotels preserve the old and continue to grow to this day.
1. Peace Hotel
The hotel starts with a brasserie named Le Coq d’Or located at the corner of Carreau and Henri-Rivière Boulevard (Ly Thuong Kiet street and Ngo Quyen street today). In the early twentieth century (1917 – 1918), the French decided to build a 2-storey, French-themed hotel called Le Coq d’Or with 56 Rooms, including 12 suites.
Initially, the hotel had only two floors, which were only for French officials, one of the oldest hotels in Hanoi. The architecture of the hotel is a characteristic feature of the French style architecture has created its own unique and attractive. In 1926, the hotel was renamed Splendid (meaning Huy Hoang).
After the liberation of the capital, the hotel was renamed Hoa Binh. Since then, the hotel has had a number of renovations. However, the architectural imprints of the French colonial era still have been preserved.
2. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Built in 1901 by two French investors, Metropole is the first five-star hotel and one of the oldest hotels in Hanoi.
During the war against America, the hotel became a place of welcome to politicians, diplomats and famouspeople who are interested in the Vietnam War. At that time, the hotel had to build a bomb shelter, which was rediscovered when the building was restored in 2012. As the war is about to end and Western countries open diplomatic relations with Vietnam, this is where many countries choose to place the embassy temporarily.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Metropole now has 364 rooms including 32 suites. The hotel is divided into two areas – the old Metropole and the new Opera area. All rooms except Premium rooms have an extra bed and can accommodate up to 3 guests.
3. Saigon Morin Hotel
Located in one of the best locations in Hue, with four façades of Le Loi – Hung Vuong junction, Hoang Hoa Tham – Truong Dinh, next to Truong Tien bridge and romantic Perfume River. The Saigon Morin Hotel is renowned for its French architecture, luxurious amenities and high level of service. Built in 1901, Saigon Morin Hotel is not only known as the first hotel of Central Vietnam but also a historical symbol of Hue tourism and Vietnam tourism.
Saigon Morin Hotel
Not only brings customers professional products and services, Saigon Morin hotel also offers visitors an exciting experience of more than 100 years of hotel’s history here.
4. Continental Hotel Sai Gon
Hotel Continental Sai Gon is the most famous old hotel in Saigon with more than 130 years old. Inaugurated in the 1880s of the 19th century, the Continental Sai Gon Hotel offers classic French-style romance and has hosted many celebrities including President Jacques Chirac, British writer Graham Green, model Kate Moss,…
Continental Hotel Sai Gon
With 4-star standard, the hotel owns 86 guest rooms, in-room facilities are designed in a classic style with woody material, giving a cozy feeling, intermingled present and past. In addition, the hotel also has 2 restaurants, 2 bars and many other services located in the heart of the city, convenient for tourists and businessmen to work in the city.
5. Majestic Saigon
One of the most famous hotels in Saigon and a symbol of Saigon’s splendor at the time. Since its construction, Majestic hotel has witnessed and passed many of the historic changes of Saigon.
The person who paid for the construction of the Majestic Hotel was the most affluent Vietnamese American merchant of Saigon – Gia Dinh at that time, Hui Bon Hoa (also known as Fire Champion) who was ranked among the richest in Saigon. At that time, his wealth was associated with mysterious anecdotes, his name associated with many monumental works such as Museum of Fine Arts, Tu Du Hospital, Sai Gon Emergency Center, Guest House Government, Binh Tay market …
Over the historical events after the unification of the country, Majestic Hotel was renamed Cuu Long, but the name was still Majestic, under the management of the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Department. By 2007, this hotel was recognized 5 star standard by the General Department of Tourism.