Opening of the Fusion Original Saigon Center Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A big part of the charm of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam is its frenetic pace. But when you’re out of the temples, chock full of street food and super tired from cycle touring, how good it is to have a cool, quiet place to rest and relax.

The new, affordable Fusion Original Saigon Center might just be the place to be, and ideally it’s right in the heart of the action but still tucked away from the crowds, occupying the top 10 floors of Saigon Center.

Fusion Original is a new hotel brand from Fusion company, which has more than 4000 hotel rooms in Vietnam and Thailand. The goal is to be playful and youthful while reflecting the local culture, without two identical properties.

In Fusion Original Saigon Center, local references include floor-to-ceiling artwork of Vietnamese women in traditional ao dai and color schemes reflecting Vietnamese tradition.

In addition to 99 rooms including a two-bedroom suite ideal for families, the hotel is home to a Miss Thu restaurant, a bar, a fitness center, as well as a lounge, The Nest, as well as stations offering 24 hour free coffee, tea and snacks.

But perhaps the most appealing feature is the sparkling full-length outdoor garden pool on the hotel’s sixth floor — inviting to say the least, on a hot day in Ho Chi Minh City.

Downstairs, some of the city’s most impressive shopping awaits at Takashimaya Mall, while Ben Thanh Market is less than a five-minute walk away.

Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City’s first metro line will likely be in service by the end of next year, with Ben Thanh as the main hub. Once completed, the line will have 14 stations over 20 kilometers, three of which will be underground. It will be served by 17 Hitachi trains running at speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour.

Eight other metro, monorail and light rail projects are in the pipeline.

See saigoncentre.fusionoriginals.com

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