Vietnam inaugurates its first ever five-star hotel using a six-story boat fixated in Hero Square. Along with its belief for a stronger economic campaign and the removal of troops from Cambodia, it expects a boost forits foreign business.The Saigon Floating Hotel is actually one among the best 5 star hotels in Ho Chi Minh City that has opened its way for travel-weary executives.
The new hotel promises superior services for its guests at a cost of $150 to $600 per night. The hotel’s management say the hotel is not intended for Vietnamese, as they can’t afford the rates of the hotel. “You’ll surely hear from some locals say that the hotel is intended for foreign investors visiting the country,” said general manager Patrick Imbardelli. “Well, they are practically right.”
To remain one of the most exclusive 5 star hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, Imbardelli said, the floating hotel will surround its tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool with an elegant partition high enough not to have curious Vietnamese peep through.
Vietnamese out for weekend esplanade have already stopped to take a look at the hotel’s modern white structure above the dilapidated French colonial buildings. Not many of themwere interested in the way the hotel was designed. However, it is there to impress foreign investors with world-class service.
Ho Chi Minh City is such a beautiful city. In 1990, Vietnam declared it “Year of Tourism,” despite having only 1,500 hotel rooms. The hotel is expected to add another 201 rooms; however, Imbardelli emphasizesthat it hopes to accommodate high-end business people on more expensive accounts.
As one of the 5 star hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, the hotel operationis a joint venture with the Vietnamese Overseas Finance and Trade Corporation (OFTC). The said hotel aims to attract foreign investors to help boost Vietnam economy, which currently is struggling.For more than a decade the country was economically isolated by most Western countries after its invasion of Cambodia in 1978.
“With the unique floating hotel, Vietnam is inviting Western business to come and visit the country.