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AccorHotels has announced the opening of Hotel de Arts
Saigon, a member of the MGallery Collection. The newly built
hotel is centrally located in the most vibrant district of Ho Chi
Minh City, just steps away from Notre Dame Cathedral, the
Opera House, the historic Saigon Central Post Office and other
key tourist attractions.
“MGallery hotels offer savvy, bold travellers inspiring and
singular hotel experiences, and Hotel de Arts Saigon provides
guests with a uniquely modern twist on Saigon,” said Mr.
Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for AccorHotels Upper
Southeast and Northeast Asia. “We’re proud that it’s the fifth
MGallery in Vietnam and the fifth AccorHotels property in
Ho Chi Minh City.”
Hotel de Arts Saigon evokes a time when a voyage to the
Far East was a luxurious privilege for the most sophisticated
members of society. The guest rooms and suites are elegantly
designed with traditional Indochine elements elevated in
timeless French style with eclectic touches of custom-painted
furnishings and 19th century French herbs that have been
pressed and framed. Crisp white linens, goose feathered
comforters and plush beds envelope guests in decadent
comfort. All of its 168 luxurious rooms and suites feature the
most modern of conveniences such as complimentary WiFi,
50-inch LED TVs and signature amenities.
Four dynamic restaurants and bars serve up a range of culinary
experiences at the hotel. Social Club restaurant and lounge on
the 23rd-floor is poised to make its mark on the city’s dining
and nightlife scene, attracting hotel guests and in-the-know
Saigonese alike. Conceived by the internationally acclaimed Super
Potato design firm of Japan, Social Club’s gorgeous sumptuous
interior is reminiscent of 1930s Indochina. Here guests can
enjoy delicious casual European cuisine, paired with an array of
spirits, fine wine and Champagnes as well as artful, handcrafted
cocktails from the stunning oak wood bar. The alchemy of Social
Club extends to the stylish Social Pool Bar, an outdoor lounge one
floor above Social Club, featuring breath-taking views of the city.
On the 2nd floor, Saigon Kitchen offers authentic, street food-
inspired Indochine and European cuisine with an opportunity to
view chefs in action at its open kitchen. Café des Beaux-Arts on
the ground floor is where guests and Saigonese relax, discuss
business or socialise over coffee or cocktails.
Bar & Grill Voted
New Zealand’s Best
Wellington steakhouse Portlander was named ‘number one’ in
the country after winning the ‘Best Restaurant’ category in the
Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence.
Operations Manager Antonio Abbate attributes listening,
learning and evolving as the key to the win. ”There are no
shortcuts, only passion and perseverance,” he says. His
colleague, Sales Executive Rhiannon Beavan agrees, “it’s all
about getting back to basics really. We all have the same vision
and take a huge amount of ownership.”
The winning formula was a deft combination of uncompromising
service, strong team camaraderie and innovative marketing
which showed an excellent operation centred around what makes
customers tick. Taking care of the locals ‘old school hospitality
style’ has led to the Featherston Street business dominating the
steakhouse niche locally since its inception in 2012.
Choosing to submit a savvy digital entry instead of a predictable
paper presentation meant that Portlander’s ‘vlog style’
submission was one of a kind from the start. It documented the
path to excellence through candid video cameos of staff and
real life customers sharing their thoughts about why Portlander
meets the standard of excellence.
Operational innovations include developing a free coffee and
burger ordering app and involving locals in the compilation and
development of the wine list.
It is the first time Portlander has won the prestigious national
award. Bruce Robertson Chief Executive, Hospitality New
Zealand says they rightly deserve to be recognised as the best in
Hotel des Arts Saigon, MGallery
Collection debuts in Vietnam
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