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Sweeter Dreams at Caravelle Hotel Ho Chi Minh

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Latest Travel News Send to Friend Wednesday, 13 August 2008

The prospects for sweet dreaming improved considerably at the Caravelle Hotel last month when the landmark property in the heart of Ho Chi Minh (also known as Saigon) finished moving new beds into all its 335 rooms and suites.

Beginning in March, the hotel swapped 428 mattresses and their attendant pillows, linens, comforters, duvets and silks. The 33cm Posturepedic mattresses, manufactured by the renowned U.S.-based company, Sealy, Inc., are eight inches deeper than the old Caravelle mattresses and now boast pillow tops.

Each bed offers a 10cm feather comforter, a duvet cover that features a 350-400 thread count and both synthetic and feather pillows.

“At the most fundamental level, a hotel is a place to sleep,” said John Gardner, the hotel’s general manager. “With these Posturepedic beds, and these linens, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better night’s rest in Vietnam.”

The new beds at the Caravelle are part and parcel of a two-year refurbishment that will makeover the rooms throughout the hotel, which next year celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Opened on Christmas Eve in 1959, the Caravelle won enduring fame during the American War (known as the Vietnam War in the West) when correspondents watched the conflict erupt on the fringes of the city from the hotel’s rooftop terrace and filed stories from bureaus located within and around the hotel. In 1998, after more than two decades of operation on a shoestring budget, the aging landmark was resuscitated with a complete renovation and a complementary, 24-storey tower.

In the past two years, the hotel has completely revamped its ground-floor dining venue as Nineteen. The hotel’s signature restaurant was recast as Reflections, and the Saigon Saigon Bar has won renown as one of the premier rooftop bars in the city.

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