Other excellent on-site facilities include a luxurious Shanghai-style Mandara Spa, indoor and outdoor pool, a funky gym, and a JW California Grill. Nha Trang is a bit like the Pattaya of yore, minus the sleaze, the drug-laced transvestite nipples, the sanitation problems, the crime, the bars, the neon and badgering trinket vendors.
Danang is a a brisk commercial gub but a relatively small city with eight bridges soaring across the Han River, a fact that every local will point to with pride.
Shopping galleries beckon big spenders, while the roomy person ballroom aims squarely at the MICE market comfortably positioning Indochine Palace as one of the best central Vietnam conference hotels and a top choice for corporate meetings in Hue.
Hold on for dear life if the wind is up. Other historic memorabilia can be found in the lovely Peace Museum, hidden up a narrow staircase from the lobby.
This is a breezy and panoramic setting for tanning or reading a good book. Other items on the must-see or perhaps-see list include Son Tra Peninsula a short hike northeast or a quick motorcycle jaunt with its tall statues and lookout parks, Da Nang Museum, and the small but characterful Da Nang Cathedral.
At the top end there are sq m villas with private pools. This is a pretty child-friendly hotel that works well for the family as well as for the corporate meeting crowd.
Rooms starting at 48sq m offer cherry wood walls, cream carpets, brown silk cushions, large switches, flat-screen television, large flat safe and iPod dock. Not Vietnamese, but contemporary and comfy without any hysterical in-your-face stuff that comes with many newer offerings.
The combination of dark stained wood floors and cream upholstery creates a faux-Dior impression that is regal in its simplicity.
While the residences are a little more understated, the hotel rooms are fun and flirtatious, with pops of canary yellow and porcelain blue, and very exposed bathrooms. The original Peace Hotel spent several years as a drab Communist government office with former staff working feverishly to hide any original ornamentation that the Red Guards might have set an axe to.
Mark it down for that dog day afternoon. The Cachet Lounge on the third floor with its informal seating, tea and snacks,also has a tucked away meetings room for 10 persons. The pioneering luxury property completed a multi-year overhaul of its rooms, restaurants and public spaces inand its lobby in The smart French brasserie and bar sports black patterned floor tiles and marble and can double as a small event space for a posh gathering.
At many places there is not a road sign to be seen for miles yet "tea money" is being earned by the bushel by hard-working men in uniform. The hotel also has a Chinese and French restaurant and a clubhouse with indoor pool and gym. The original castle-like building now contains pricy restaurants and overblown function rooms leading out to a pretty garden.
Nearby is the four-star pink-hued low-rise room Hotel Saigon Morin.
The hotel occupies the fourth to 37th floor of the building but, even so, higher floor rooms are welcoming of light with open city views. This is a well-run and convenient Shanghai business hotel. The raised bayfront pool offers view of the arcing sands and the resort rising up the hill.
Expect a flat-screen TV, DVD player, gauzy mosquito net, wooden furniture, almirah, work desk with two multi-pin electrical sockets, a bathtub with a window looking onto garden and free WiFi. Mark this down on your list of the best Shanghai boutique hotels. Grab a taxi and head off.
The adjoining International Convention Palace with the sq m Da Nang Ballroom that holds persons theatre style makes this a useful choice among the top Vietnam conference hotels with a resort setting.
Its main claim to fame is the hole golf course, the first in this area. The large flat-screen TV is concealed in a cabinet. Pick an Ocean View Pool Villa to really enjoy the space - luxe bathroom with sunken tub and rain shower, cool ceramic tiles underfoot mixed with wooden floors, and comfy sofas.
Facilities include a writing desk with fax machine, flatscreen TV, small bath and separate rain shower, coffee facilities, iron and ironing board and laptop-size safe. The place is clean, neat, stylish and wonderfully simple.
Choose a package or go a la carte. This is a Shanghai luxury hotel that stands out, all the more so for its refined quiet. Or unwind with a range of massages and scrubs at the Vedana Wellness centre.Review of top Vietnam beach resorts, we compare luxury hotels from Danang to Phu Quoc, by Vijay Verghese, and more from Smart Travel Asia and Dancing Wolf Media.
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