Christian Stan, at 5 Jan. 19, in Designer Hotels, Hotels, News

Bach Suites Saigon is a contemporary homage to the French colonial Vietnam of yesterday and the modernism of today. This rare boutique bolthole in Saigon is an intimate 29-room, seven-suite property that echoes the elegant style of the neighborhood.

Located on Turtle Lake, a famous city roundabout and favorite hangout among urban locals, the hotel is within walking distance of many historical sites including Notre Dame Cathedral and the former Presidential Palace, making Bach Suites a perfect gateway for authentic Southeast Asian experiences.

Defined by a feeling of nostalgia that recalls this region’s past, the building’s architecture by Felice Iacobellis and Lam Nguyen contrasts a white exterior and rounded corners with windows and balustrades of crisp black steel. Inside, marble floors, paneled walls, and handcrafted furniture—accented by traditional Vietnamese dark lacquers, brass, and leather—are balanced by blonde herringbone wood floors and a predominantly monochrome color palette.

The same colonial French style runs throughout the 36 rooms and suites, which range between 30 and 87 square meters, all offering generous king-size beds, kitchenettes complete with minibars, and varying city views. The two-bedroom Bach Suites also boast two bathrooms with bathtubs, separate living and dining rooms, are reminiscent of the tales of French aristocrat Monsieur Garnier, who first built his luxurious residence on the site of Bach Suites in 1902 and became known for entertaining guests.

The hotel also offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a restaurant that has been artfully designed to reflect the original ambiance of the mansion where parties were once thrown. An open kitchen island allows for a chef’s table experience where guests can gain a greater understanding of the ingredients and methods of preparing iconic local dishes such as the Gỏi cuốn (Vietnamese fresh spring rolls), as well as having the option to customize and prepare their own rolls.

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