Mandarin Oriental Announces New Hotel In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Date: May 2018

Location: Union Square Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – a commercial building in the heart of the city, that is currently under renovation.

Name: Mandarin Oriental, Saigon – opening 2020, five star

No. of Keys: 227 guestrooms and suites, six restaurants and bars, a range of meeting and banqueting spaces, a fitness centre, a Spa at Mandarin Oriental and an outdoor swimming pool.

Owner: Union Square Co. Ltd., the hotel will be situated on the upper floors of the mixed-use complex, which will also house a variety of international luxury retail outlets.

“Ho Chi Minh City is the leading commercial hub in Vietnam and at the heart of the country’s rapidly growing economy. We are delighted to be opening a hotel in such a prime location in the city.

We look forward to working with our partners to create a world-class experience and to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s renowned level of service excellence to Vietnam for the first time,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental.

“With its exceptional design, locale, history and culture, Union Square Saigon is destined to become a landmark destination.

We are delighted to welcome Mandarin Oriental to this project, which will not only raise the level of luxury hospitality in the city, but will also increase awareness of Vietnam internationally,” said Jonathan Au, General Director of Union Square Saigon.

Mandarin Oriental, Saigon is adjacent to the Saigon Opera House and the People’s Committee Building and within walking distance of most of the key landmarks in the city. Its position is ideal for guests wishing to enjoy the city’s vibrant dining and shopping areas.

Mandarin, having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 31 hotels and eight residences in 21 countries and territories and has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development.

THPT Comment: Interesting that Mandarin, part of Jardine Matheson, has chosen to use the old name of Saigon in the hotel name, rather than Ho Chi Ming City that was the rename in 1975…for the benefit of western travellers?

Although in fairness Wikipedia tells us that even today, however, the informal name of Sài Gòn remains in daily speech both domestically and internationally, especially among the Vietnamese diaspora and local southern Vietnamese.

First Seen: Mandarin Oriental website