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Age-old Majestic Hotel thrives on its charms

Age-old Majestic Hotel thrives o

Age-old Majestic Hotel thrives on its charms

Among the numerous modern-day hotels in HCM City, the Majestic Hotel is special in the city's hospitality industry, not due to its luxury but rather its age-old architectural features. The hotel overlooking the Saigon River welcomes guests into its stunning French colonial architecture, and invites them to discover the charms of Saigon. Voted one of the top ten hotels in Vietnam, the newly renovated Majestic Hotel retains its original old world charm and impeccable elegance all reflecting the classic French colonial era.

The four-star hotel is situated at a prime location in downtown HCM City and faces the Saigon River. Built in 1925, Majestic is one of the oldest hotels in the city, together with the Continental (1880) and the Grand (1930), and is a member of the "Legends of Indochine" hotel group, together with 11 well-liked hotels in Southeast Asia.

The Majestic Hotel had been managed by many before it was turned over to Saigontourist Holding Corp., the largest tourism company in Vietnam.

In 1994, the hotel had 122 rooms. It was expanded in 2003 as part of Saigontourist's plan to prepare for the 22nd SEA Games held in Vietnam at the end of the same year. The expansion project not only helped improve standards at the hotel's rooms, restaurants and other services, but also added more than 50 rooms to take the total to 175 now. In the hotel there are four restaurants - Cyclo Caf�, Serenade, Bellevue Bar and Breeze Sky Bar.

In December 2001, the Majestic was one of the first hotels in Vietnam to apply the ISO 9001:2000 environment protection standard. Recently, it and many other Saigontourist's hotels received the ISO 14001 certificate for good sanitation management. "All this has been done for only one purpose, to offer our customers with better services," says the hotel's general manager Tao Van Nghe.

Nghe says the hotel's guests mainly come from France, Germany, the U.S., and Japan. He explains the Majestic is the venue of their choice because of its prime location as well as its French-style architecture, stylish decoration and cosy atmosphere.

But that's not all. The hotel has also impressed visitors with food programs and promotions. Its prestige has been built through such gastronomic programs as Huong Vi Ba Mien (specialties of Vietnam's three regions), Com Dap Com Nieu (clay urn-baked rice), and Mon An Huong Vi Que Nha (delicacies of one's native land). In addition the Huong Vi Chau A (delicacies of Asia), which was launched in late May at the Breeze Sky Bar with focus on grills and hot pots, also got the thumbs-up from many locals and foreigners.

"In our business strategies, we always focus on the boutique hotel type to meet the increasing demands of our international customers," Nghe says.

The Majestic celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. The hotel's management and staff are rolling up their sleeves to prepare for the event. "We will try to create a space for cultural features of old Saigon to both satisfy our customers' nostalgia and consolidate our brand name in the market," says Nghe.

Last but not least, the Majestic has won many prizes in recent years, including the Asia Energy Award in 2002, the Labor Order Third Grade in 2003, Vietnam's Top Ten Hotel award between 1991 and 2001 and The Guide's award in 2001 and 2002.

Majestic Hotel, 1 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, HCM City. Tel: (08) 829 5517.

Email: majestic@majestic; Website: www.



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