All 303 rooms in the hotel’s Opera Wing, as well as its ballrooms, meeting rooms and function areas will be refreshed over the coming months. The Caravelle’s dining outlets and Heritage Wing suites will remain open for guests. The first of the redesigned spaces will debut in the first quarter of 2019.
The long-awaited renovation is the latest in a series of improvements intended to elevate the historic property to international five-star standards, and cater to today’s modern travellers.
While the renovated areas and accommodation will debut a more luxurious, updated aesthetic, Caravelle management said the warm hospitality that’s made the hotel a favourite with travellers will remain at the heart of its appeal.
“The Caravelle has always been a property of distinction, with an unparallelled location and history,” said Michael Robinson, General Manager of Caravelle Saigon. “With this renovation we’ll still retain the hotel’s storied heritage, but we’ll be able to provide a fresh and enhanced experience to our guests and partners in the heart of the city.”
The Caravelle became famous during the war era for being a meeting spot for Western journalists covering the conflict in Vietnam. Housing the Saigon bureaus of NBC, ABC and CBS, as well as both the Australian and New Zealand embassies, the hotel was opened on Christmas Eve, 1959, and was designed by Vietnamese architect, Nguyen Van Hoa.