The Renaissance Riverside Hotel, Ho Chi Minh

Jasmine Norrie travelled to Vietnam with her toddler son, Eduardo. Here is Jasmine’s review of their Ho Chi Minh hotel, The Renaissance Riverside Hotel:

Having decided we would stay at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city, we decided to splurge a little and booked a room with club lounge access, deeming the extra money worth it for the benefits: complimentary food and drinks all day, as well as complimentary cocktails in the evenings, free internet access, and a few other benefits that just made it worthwhile.

We also chose a room with a view of the huge Saigon River, which was an excellent decision: my son was absolutely fascinated by the constant flow of traffic on the river, especially at night when all the boats and ferries were lit up. Whenever we were in the room, he was sitting at the window watching traffic on the river.

Part of the Marriot chain, the hotel is quite westernised and fairly generic – beyond staff and the magnificent views over city and river, there aren’t any particularly Vietnamese touches to the decor – it’s very much a ‘business’ hotel in this way, and most of the food served by room service and in the onsite restaurants and cafes reflects this. It’s a short cab ride or fifteen minute walk to all the major sights of Ho Chi Minh city, has a tourist desk where you can arrange for tours to various different locations, and a great pool area on top of the building (just past the gym).

The hotel happily accommodated our request for three single beds and a cot, and while the club lounge didn’t provide a high chair, the onsite restaurants did.

Typical of Vietnam, the staff in the lounge, where we took most of our meals, were eager to hold my son while we ate, and spoiled him with chocolates and other treats from the kitchen. Similarly after a day out, we always returned to find the cleaning staff had made our beds – and stashed handfuls of complimentary chocolates in my son’s cot! Staff throughout the hotel were always friendly and welcoming and more than helpful.

The hotel boasts several onsite restaurants and cafes, including the fabulous Kabin restaurant (the only specifically Asian restaurant onsite, and it’s Chinese!), and while there’s no specific kid’s menus, there are plenty of kid-friendly options (chips, toasted sandwiches, generic pasta dishes etc).

We really enjoyed our stay in the Renaissance Riverside and I would quite happily return, but as mentioned above, it’s ultimately more of a ‘business’ style hotel. Fine for people without kids or travelling with babies, but if you’re travelling with older kids that need to be entertained, or looking for a family hotel to relax in, you could probably find something better suited to your needs than the Renaissance Riverside.