Novatel has announced it will open Novatel Saigon Center in the city centre of Ho Chi Minh City in 2012. The Novatel Saigon Center will be located on the current site of the Metropole Hotel. The three star Metropole will be demolished to make room for the new hotel, whose construction is scheduled to begin in February 2010. This downtown location will prove convenient for travellers, as it is near major retailers and just steps from the Ben Thanh Market on the road that connects the market to China Town. It is also located near the Saigon River, and will offer visitors beautiful views of the river and of downtown Saigon.
This will be the fifth Novatel hotel in Vietnam, making it the largest operator of 4 star hotels in the country. Saigon has seen a need for new upscale hotels for the last several years, so the Novatel Siagon Center will be a welcome addition to the cityscape.
The new hotel will have 350 rooms, two restaurants and two bars. One bar will be street level and the other a rooftop bar. The hotel will also feature an outdoor swimming pool, kids’ pool and a fitness centre. Business travellers will find a business centre with all the amenities needed to conduct business on the road, in addition to plenty of meeting space.
Like other Novatel hotels, this one will feature modern interiors, including 32 inch LCD televisions. The hotel is being designed by Japanese architect Kume Sekkei, and will be the first on the Saigon skyline to incorporate louvers in the exterior design. The louvers are being included to improve energy efficiency, in keeping with the Green Global Sustainable Tourism standards.
Vietnam’s four Novatel hotels are managed by Accor, which has 10 other hotels in Vietnam. Novatel has 82 hotels throughout Asia Pacific, and is committed to development of 28 more over the next few years. Both Accor and Novotel have shown a commitment to fulfilling the need for upscale hotels in Vietnam’s business and pleasure travel regions.