Opened in 1925 as the city’s finest abode, the Majestic has gone through several reincarnations over the years, changes that reflect the tumultuous history of Vietnam. During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army used this French colonial structure as a military barracks. During the Vietnam War, it was frequented by foreign correspondents and espionage agents.
2003 A new wing was melded into the existing building, adding 54 rooms making 175 rooms in total. Also added were Spa, Serenade Restaurant, M.Bar, Catinate lounge with Free Wireless Internet Access.
Down along the waterfront, I find an exquisite hotel called the Majestic. Opened in 1925 as the city’s finest abode, the property has gone through several reincarnations over the last 75 years, changes that reflect the tumultuous history of Vietnam.
And coming full circle, it’s now one of the country’s best hotels again, with a particular reputation for gourmet dining. I’m disappointed to learn that the hotel’s famous Cyclo Café no longer sports the “grenade grilles” that decorated its façade during the American era. But then again, without thick-steel barriers, you’ve got an excellent view of the SaigonRiver from just about any table in the house.