Caravelle Hotel Undergoes Renovation Works

Vietnam’s iconic Caravelle Hotel, located at the busy Lam Son Square in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, has embarked on a major renovation project.


Made famous as a preferred haven of the international press corps during the Vietnam War, the hotel’s enhancement is its biggest in 15 years, when the modern 24-storey tower was added to the original wing. Taking place in 4 phases, the work covers the entire property and is targeted to be completed by mid-2016.


The first phase sees the hotel’s lobby, and Nineteen restaurant relocated to the third floor, where guests will be greeted by a redesigned reception from September 2014 onwards. The vacated space will be used for the expansion of the lobby cafe with the addition of a champagne corner and tapas kitchen overlooking the Saigon Opera House. The second phase of the enhancement works will focus on upgrades to the 335 guestrooms and suites, before moving on to the remainder of the public areas.


The Caravelle Hotel’s renovations coincides with the anniversary of its soft opening in May 1959. For the past 55 years, the property has stood witness to key turning points in Vietnam’s history and hosted numerous luminaries including journalists Walter Cronkite, Malcolm Brown and Peter Arnett, former US President Bill Clinton, the UK’s Princess Anne and South African President Thabo Mbeki.


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