Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa, Saigon

First published October 2016 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle

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Pseudo-colonial decor, a very central location, good river views, and a lush rooftop bar and spa make Silverland Jolie a cosy nest in which to base yourself while visiting Saigon. In an area that’s home to at least a dozen similarly-priced, similarly-styled mid-range hotels, Silverland Jolie has an edge over the competition when it comes to character and comfort. Prices are at the higher end of the mid-range scale for Saigon hotels, but they’re about right for what you get. [You can check current rates, availability and make a reservation for Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa HERE]

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Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamColonial decor, cosy rooms & a rooftop bar make Silverland Jolie Hotel a good Saigon mid-range option

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Address: 4D Thi Sach Street, District 1, Ben Nghe Ward, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam [MAP]

Price: $70-$120 | Phone: (+84) 8 3521 8999 | Website: www.silverlandhotels.com

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Squeezed into a narrow but deep space just a block from the Saigon River, the Jolie Hotel & Spa is one of five Silverland hotels in Saigon. The Jolie property is relatively small, giving it a more intimate, boutiquey feel than other mid-range accommodations in this area, such as the Northern Hotel. Although, from the outside, it may look like a typical Saigon townhouse, once you climb the steps and enter the lobby, it’s a classy mix of dark-wood paneling, wooden furniture, leather sofas, antique trinkets, sculpted busts on bookshelves, and a chandelier looming over the concierge.

Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh CityThe lobby is a classy arrangement of dark wood and European-style furniture

Rooms are a good size, with large windows looking out over the city or across rooftops to the broad, brown smudge of the Saigon River. There’s a chaise longue next to the window on which to lay out on and enjoy the view. (Note: the cheapest rooms have no view at all, so it’s always worth paying the extra $10 or so for an upgrade). Like Ma Maison Boutique Hotel, room decor is elaborate but elegant, and the theme is European-colonial. White-washed wooden furniture has painted floral gold trim; there are faux crystal lamp holders, faux wooden floors, cushioned headboards, and there isn’t a straight chair or table-leg in the room: they’re all curved. But it all comes together nicely to create a comfortable and characterful room.

Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh CityRooms are large and comfortable with big windows and good views

Lights are controlled by a bedside electronic central control panel, which is one of those ‘conveniences’ that turns out to be anything but. The beds are good and not excessively soft. (A mistake many hotels make, in my opinion, is thinking that the softer the bed the more comfortable it is. But some of the worse nights’ sleep I’ve had have been in ‘luxury’ beds like these.) The rooms are very quiet thanks to double-glazing. However, if you have a river-view room, there’s a chance that the dance music from the Apocalypse Now nightclub next door, may seep into your room and disturb your sleep. Bathrooms are large: equipped with big, Jacuzzi-style bathtubs, a weighing scale, and there’s even an iron and board.

Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh CityDecor is faux-colonial, but it all comes together well to create a cosy space

Take the elevator to the 9th floor and follow the wooden stairs up to the excellent rooftop bar, plunge pool, and spa. Every Saigon hotel should utilize their rooftop space, and Silverland Jolie has maximized the potential of it’s relatively small rooftop. The snug little bar is cluttered with attractive antique bric-a-brac and serves a good range of cocktails (don’t miss the 2-for-1 happy hour from 2pm-6pm). To the right of the bar is a steam room and sauna, which guests can use for free, and a spa offering massages and various beauty treatments. To the left of the bar, a few steps lead onto a wonderful wooden deck, shaded by fragrant frangipani and Rangoon creeper bushes, where cushioned chairs and loungers are set around a pretty little pool/Jacuzzi. The views over the city and the Saigon River are great.

Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh CityThe rooftop bar, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and spa is great place to relax and look at the city

The Silverland Jolie is very centrally located. Key sights, such as the Opera House, Dong Khoi Street, the riverfront, and Nguyen Hue Walking Street, are literally a 5 minute walk away. However, as this is District 1, there isn’t much in the way of local life in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. There are lots of restaurants and bars, but they’re aimed at tourists and expats. This is fine if that’s what you’re looking for, however if you want to find some Vietnamese street food you may be disappointed. But this is the price you pay for staying downtown rather than in a more local area, such as Ma Maison Boutique Hotel.

Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh CityView from the rooftop bar: Silverland Jolie is very centrally located; 5 minutes walk from most sights

Complimentary afternoon tea is served every other day in the lobby from 3pm-5pm. This is a nice touch, including cakes and savoury bites, but the quality is only OK: I get the feeling this is a way of using the leftover produce from breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, it’s included in the room price and served in the lobby restaurant from 5.30am-10am. There’s a good spread, including European-style cooked breakfasts, pastries and some Vietnamese and Japanese dishes too. Quality is good but the coffee is very weak. [You can check current rates, availability and make a reservation for Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa HERE]

*Please support Vietnam Coracle: I never write a review for money: all my content is free & independent. You can support the work I do by searching & booking your hotels via the Agoda links & search boxes on my site, like the ones on this page. If you make a booking, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you). Any money I make goes straight back into this site. Thank you.

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Silverland Jolie Hotel & Spa, Saigon, Ho Chi Minh CitySilverland Jolie is a comfortable, characterful hotel in which to base yourself in Saigon for a couple of days

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