Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City! Find out what my favorite hotel in the city is and why I loved it so much (hint: It wasn’t just for its stunning rooftop pool).
Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel was by far one of the best hotels I stayed at in Asia. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam and wondering where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, I’d recommend checking out Liberty Central.
From the moment my friend Kelsey and I stepped into the Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel, we were welcomed as valued guests. After check-in, we grabbed fresh guava juice from the downstairs bar and sighed into our cushy chairs, taking in the expansive and open lobby with neutral tones and clean design.
Yes, we could definitely stay here for a while.
The constant push and pull of the motorbike traffic outside, the oppressive heat, and the slight hangover from the night before all faded away when I stepped into that cool lobby. The place exuded relaxation and I felt my body respond to that laid-back ambiance.
I could feel my heart slowing down from the hectic street crossing that happened just moments before I reached the hotel. I felt at peace and ready to chill out and rejuvenate.
Sometimes you need a touch of luxury in the midst of a crazy city like Saigon to truly appreciate the vibrancy and energy that it encompasses. Spending two nights at Liberty Central in Saigon did that for me, and it made me appreciate Ho Chi Minh City on a whole new level.
I’m an extroverted introvert, so I need my time to recharge and disconnect from people and busy atmospheres. In most big cities in Asia, with their frenetic nature, my ability to recharge is important to avoid traveler burnout and anxiety. This is why it was vital to choose the right place to stay in Ho Chi Minh City for this trip.
I realized during my stay at Liberty Central how much I need to recharge at a nice accommodation now and then to keep on my feet and keep my mind clear.
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Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel
As I mentioned above, the staff went over and beyond to make Kelsey and I feel welcome. I specifically want to mention Lien and Phuc, two staff members who I interacted with the most and who gave me a great impression of the hotel.
Lien, who works at the front desk, was helpful when I had questions about central Saigon and the other districts in the city, even random ones like where to find the best hairdresser in Saigon.
Phuc was the fun and friendly porter who always had a smile on his face. We ran into him a few times throughout our stay, mainly in the elevator, and it always brightened our elevator rides.
The lobby at Liberty Central Saigon is bright and clean with just the right amount of creative design, but not too much to make it feel cluttered or busy. I especially loved the light installation above the front desk and the fountain in the middle of the lobby.
The art in the lobby was tasteful and added a small touch of color to the neutral tones, as did the comfy chairs that I took advantage of while I was staying there. The lobby connects to the downstairs bistro and is actually a hotel lobby that you’d want to hang out in, which is sometimes harder to find than you think.
If location is important in your search for where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, you can’t beat Liberty Central in district 1.
Situated right on Pasteur, a street that is near many most interesting places around Ho Chi Minh City and the popular Le Loi Boulevard. We were within walking distance of pretty much all of the tours we booked for the two days we were there. It is truly in the middle of all the action.
Best restaurants in the neighborhood
The hotel is also right next to a little restaurant called Búnn.Oi that serves my beloved bún cha, potentially my favorite dish in Vietnam (but more commonly found in the north).
Also located right next to the hotel is The Old Compass Cafe. Like the hotel, this calm cafe is a sanctuary among the chaotic heart of Ho Chi Minh City. They serve coffee, craft beer, wines, home cooked Vietnamese dishes and more.
The Alley Cocktail Bar & Kitchen Restaurant is another great restaurant option that is right by Liberty Central Saigon. This is the perfect spot to enjoy food during the day and a sophisticated cocktail in the evening as you are surrounded by good decor, people, and music.
I adored the color accents in my room. The yellow, turquoise, and white brightened up the neutral colors that you find throughout the hallways and other parts of the hotel.
Although I didn’t have an amazing view of Ho Chi Minh City, just some construction and rooftops down below, the window was huge and provided plenty of natural light. The bed was one of the comfiest I’ve come across in Asia. I was sad that I had to wake up early both days because I seriously wanted to sleep until noon in those comfy layers.
Perhaps my favorite part of Liberty Central Saigon CityPoint and a big factor in deciding where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, was the stunning rooftop pool and bar. I’ve seen a few rooftop pools in my travel blogging days, and the Liberty Central Saigon pool was one of my favorites.
This rooftop pool in Saigon is in the middle of the city, so you get to look out at all of the action below while being very far up and away from it.
You get to feel like you’re a part of the skyline on the roof because you literally are. And as an added bonus, there were plenty of lounge chairs and fun sprinklers to cool off in when you got too hot.
There’s the Sky Bar at Liberty Central right next to the pool, which we experienced during Ladies Night (every Wednesday) and where we treated ourselves to half off drinks. The cocktails were actually very tasty, my favorite was the Missing Sai Gon, with rum, passion fruit juice, raspberry syrup, and lime juice.
And if you thought the Liberty Central rooftop bar and its views of the city were beautiful during the day, it’s even more stunning at night with a cocktail in hand, looking out over the lit up skyscrapers and traffic below.
I could’ve put the movie theater in with the rest of the hotel amenities, but I wanted to mention it specifically because it’s such a unique facet to a hotel. In fact, Liberty Central is the only hotel in Saigon that has a movie theater in it.
So, that alone should be a factor when deciding where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City. 😎
I love going to movies, even (or maybe especially) when I travel. I didn’t get to experience this movie theater first-hand because I was busy sightseeing around the city, but my friend did and she loved it.
They play recent movies, prices are comparable to what you’d find at any large movie theater in the city, and the usual food can be found (i.e. lots of popcorn!).
I just love the fact that you can go to a movie without leaving your hotel.
We lucked out and were upgraded to Executive Lounge privileges during our stay because of a luggage mix up when we first arrived. It opened up my eyes to, first of all, what an Executive Lounge actually is, and just how good those perks can be.
The Executive Lounge on the 16th floor is reserved for guests who book above a certain floor – aka the fancier rooms at the hotel. I’d say that the extra perks you get from the Executive Lounge would more than make up for the cost of a more expensive room though, especially if you actually use them.
We enjoyed a complimentary breakfast both mornings in a quiet lounge that was devoid of most other guests. I was impressed by the fact that they cook your eggs to order, even making Eggs Benedict when we asked.
We also enjoyed a couple of complimentary cocktails and snacks (ahem, all of the desserts) in the evening.
If you’re staying at Liberty Central Saigon for business or for a bit longer term, the Executive Lounge is also a perfect place to get work done. It is quiet, comfortable, includes the good WiFi that can be found throughout the hotel, and the view is spectacular. There’s also a conference room that business clients are welcome to use.
And the perks didn’t stop there. I was also able to get two items of clothing washed per day for free with Executive Lounge benefits. This was awesome since I was only traveling with a small duffle bag for my two-week trip, and I only had about five items of clothing to begin with.
They even offer daily complimentary shoe shines, turndown services, afternoon tea, and late check-out with advanced notice. I was more than a little enamored with all the perks that can make a hotel stay memorable.
I’ve already mentioned the rooftop pool & bar, movie theater, and Executive Lounge, and there were a few other amenities that made Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint stand out when choosing where to stay in Ho Chi Minh city. Namely, their spa.
Most people who know me well know that I have a thing for smells. I used to joke that I could smell a BBQ in Australia when I was little, and although my jokes weren’t all that funny when I was a young one, I do take pride in my sense of smell.
I’m that weird girl who smells books and magazines just because I love the smell. I’ll smell clothes to decide whether or not they should go in the wash. I use my smell, as much as my taste, to determine whether a meal is ready.
All this is to say that I LOVED the concept of the spa at Liberty Central Saigon. Although I didn’t get to experience one of their spa services first hand, I did tour the spa and it was one of the most tranquil and peaceful places I found in Saigon.
All of their individual spa rooms are differentiated by smell. There would be a lavender room, another one for cinnamon, or lemongrass. There were countless rooms that all had different smells, depending on which smell you preferred for your treatment.
It was such a fun and unique aspect of the spa. Having the right smells in your life can be therapeutic, after all.
The spa offers traditional and modern body treatments, foot reflexology, sauna facilities, hair wash, manicure/pedicure, and facials.
In addition to the spa, there’s a gym on the 18th floor that has a stellar view looking out over the city, and a purple-hued Central Restaurant on the third floor where the daily buffet breakfast and dinner and weekday buffet lunch are held.
You can probably tell that I enjoyed my time at Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel. From the friendly staff to the calm interior, comfy rooms, and perks from the Executive Lounge, there was plenty to love about this place.
Liberty Central likes to think of themselves as a hotel for business travelers, and I can see that side to it. It’s very clean, professional, and has good business amenities and WiFi.
However, I found Liberty Central to be more unique and friendly than most business hotels I’ve been to in the past. There were personal touches everywhere instead of the corporate uniform feel.
I was there for a fun girl’s weekend and I found it to be the ideal place to relax, have fun, and take a break from work too.
And the best part is that even though it’s a 4-star hotel, the value of nice hotels in Vietnam is so good that it’s still affordable when comparing hotels of the same caliber in California. Rooms start at just US $100/night.
Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint is a hotel that I’d seek out again when I’m needing a little luxury and relaxation for a future return trip to Vietnam. If you’re wondering where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City and you’re looking for an affordable, clean, and comfortable option, this is a great choice.
The hotel is run by Odyssea Hospitality, so I’d be interested in experiencing their other properties as well to see if they’re just as good as Liberty Central.
Many thanks to Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint for hosting my stay, all opinions, as always, are my own.
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