Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Continental

132–134 Dong Khoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Fodor's Choice

History buffs head for this French-colonial-style hotel, where Graham Greene's classic The Quiet American was set and the author himself stayed (in room 214); it was also the meeting place of journalists and diplomats during the Vietnam War. The unique outdoor courtyard garden and dining area dates from the late 19th century—a delightful place to relax with a drink beneath frangipani trees, some of which were planted in 1880. Sadly, the government-owned Continental is only a shadow of its former self, and its interior style and the quality of the finishing lack the finesse of its international counterparts.

PROS

  • central location
  • it's one of the city's historic sights
  • no extra charge added to its junior suite price tag for room 214

CONS

  • rooms facing the street are noisy—ask for one overlooking the inner courtyard

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Quiet
Central
Grande Dame
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 28-3829–9201

HOTEL DETAILS

87 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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