HCMC – The Caravelle Saigon, a partner of Saigontourist, has celebrated its 60th anniversary, marking a milestone in the hotel’s development and contribution to tourism.
From quaint streets filled with bicycles and a practically non-existent skyline to today’s fast-paced metropolis, HCMC’s evolution during the past 60 years has been profound. Throughout all the changes, one thing that has remained constant is the Caravelle’s role as a luxurious place to stay, meet, work and celebrate.
Its perfect combination between luxury, modernity, elegance and respect towards historical and cultural values has won the heart of tourists, media, businesspeople and celebrities.
To honor the Caravelle’s 60th anniversary, the iconic hotel has hosted a large party at the ballroom to review its achievements over the years and look forwards to new services it will be bringing to guests in the future.
The party featured music performances by Swingers Club, who are familiar musicians at the hotel, and swing dance and melodies in the 1950s style.
Addressing the Caravelle’s 60th anniversary ceremony, Pham Huy Binh, Chairman of Saigontourist and Chairman of Chains Caravelle, briefed guests on the hotel’s role and contribution to the tourism development of HCMC and the country as a whole over the past 60 years.
Denby Fawcett, one of the first female journalists who stayed at the hotel, rewound her memories of the very first days she came to Vietnam. The Caravelle was that time the highest hotel in the city and was home to many journalists.
“In the evening, you can enjoy a cool drink and the romantic night views of the city. In the mid-1960s, the Caravelle is the second home of journalists,” she explained.
She highlighted the hotel’s electricity system, excellent telephone line and bullet-resistant glass. This was also the first hotel in the city equipped with air conditioners. Its convenience and safeness have contributed to historic news and the works of famous journalists.
Super model Vu Ha Anh said the Caravelle Saigon is her top choice after oversea shows to relax, refresh, meet her friends, or enjoy Sunday brunch with her family.
John Gardner, general director of Chains Caravelle, said the recent renovations for the hotel’s rooms and event spaces help maintain the hotel’s position as one of the leading five-star hotels in the city.
“This year has been all about bringing back the nostalgic memories of the first days of the Caravelle and as we like to say “putting a new dress on the old lady” by completing our renovation. While everyone now has elevators and air conditioning, we are very proud of what we have accomplished this year and believe that we have given the hotel back its shine,” said Michael Robinson, general manager of the Caravelle Saigon.
In celebration of Christmas and New Year, the hotel has launched numerous festive promotions. “We have lights and trees, carols and tunes, and a whole host of culinary adventures lined up for you including the biggest Gingerbread house we have ever attempted, yes even bigger than last year,” Robinson said.
Nineteen Restaurant will put on its most sumptuous buffets with visits from Santa Claus along with Christmas crackers, while Reflections Restaurant will serve an exquisite set menu complemented by live music and Saigon Saigon Rooftop Bar will throw its usual 24th and 31st parties.
The Caravelle Saigon is located at 19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC.