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As one of the former major political centers of French Indochina, Ho Chi Minh has preserved a lot of the colonial grandeur of old Saigon. This is especially true in District 1, where classic hotels with rich histories sit by iconic monuments and boulevards. Of course, there are also more modern offerings, featuring contemporary takes on traditional Vietnamese design. All of the gay-friendly hotels below are in the central District 1, where most of the major landmarks are – choose one that sits slightly west in order to be close to both the sights and the gay bars.
Culturally most hotels in Ho Chi Minh could be described as gay-friendly although legally there is a lack of anti-discrimination protections in Vietnam. As a visitor, it is highly unlikely you will be anything but welcome, and you should have no trouble checking into rooms as a gay couple.
It is worth noting that overt public displays of affection are frowned upon in Vietnamese society, even between opposite-sex couples. Holding hands is fine, but anything more than that might be considered rude.
The Luxe is a modern gay-friendly hotel in Ho Chi Minh, just a 15-minute walk from the city’s main concentration of gay nightlife. It offers clean, comfortable rooms with minimalist decor and good standard amenities -the Deluxe Family room is a great-value option for a group of four people. The helpful and attentive staff are a highlight. Overall, a good no-frills option with top-notch service and an excellent location.
Grand Silverland Hotel & Spa is located just a minute’s walk from Ben Than Market, one of HCM’s most famous structures. Most of the city’s landmarks, such as the Opera House, Nguyen Hue Street, and the Independence Palace are nearby, and Republic gay club is under a 20-minute walk away. The hotel’s rooms and suites feature cool, contemporary interiors in tones of white and brown, great beds, large windows, and a tub (the Suite has an awesome spa bath and shower). The rooftop infinity pool, with its exceptional city views, is a highlight. The on-site food is excellent, especially the breakfast buffet.
The Myst Dong Khoi features a gorgeous contemporary approach to Vietnamese design. White structures with modern lines contrast with dark traditional wood used for furnishings, floorings, and decorative elements. Every spacious room has a luxurious, extra-large bed and beautiful artisanal furnishings, but it’s the deep stone bathtub set among relaxing gardens that will make you fall in love with the place. The large rooftop pool, surrounded by trees and loungers, is stunning. There is also an excellent spa, a small but well-equipped gym, and two atmospheric and delicious restaurants. The gay-friendly hotel is right by the harbor and only a couple of minutes from the iconic Nguyen Hue Street.
This is a beautifully designed 3-star option, featuring a serene natural-themed decor with a contemporary feel. The earth-toned rooms use textures like wood and bamboo to create a relaxing, welcoming ambiance. The Suite, with its extra-large bed, spa tub, and additional space, is a great option. The bright and airy downstairs restaurant serves up an amazing complimentary breakfast of Vietnamese, Asian, and European specialties every morning and a lovely Afternoon Tea buffet every afternoon. The rooftop infinity pool is also gorgeous, offering great city views. Silverland Yen Hotel is one of the most booked budget gay hotels in Ho Chi Minh.
Hotel Continental Saigon was inaugurated in 1880 and claims to be the first hotel in Vietnam. During the French Colonial period, it was one of the centers of social and political life in the country. It has been renovated often in order to keep up with the times, but has managed to retain its original charm and ambiance. This means the rooms are comfortable and well-appointed, but with antique furnishings and art that take you back in time. There are two restaurants, a bar, and a cafe, all rich in local history. It is located on the iconic Dong Khoi Street, directly facing the Opera House.
Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel has a more classic and understated vibe than its newer sister hotel, Citypoint, which also means it often has better rates. This great-value hotel benefits from an ideal location for Ho Chi Minh sightseeing and is walking distance to gay bars and clubs like THI, Whiskey & Wares, and Republic. Rooms feature simple design in warm earth tones, and are extremely comfortable. There’s a nice rooftop pool, a small gym, and a spa, and the breakfast buffet is excellent.
This gay-friendly Ho Chi Minh hotel features sleek, contemporary decor throughout, with minimalist room interiors and smart, well-designed layouts. All of the rooms are extremely comfortable, but the Suite with City View is a particularly good choice, complete with deep soaking tub, extra-large bed, and large floor-to-ceiling windows. All of the facilities are exceptional, from the stylish rooftop swimming pool to the pampering spa and the state-of-the-art fitness suite – there is even a cinema on-site. All of the major HCM landmarks are nearby, and the popular gay bars and clubs are about a 20-minute walk away. Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint is one of the most booked mid-range gay hotels in Ho Chi Minh.
Caravelle Saigon is known as one of the city’s most iconic 5-star hotels. It is located directly across from the famous Saigon Opera House, with most of the city’s historical points of interest within easy walking distance. The interiors have been recently renovated for a fresh feel, but maintain a classic luxury sensibility. Every pastel-hued room has floor-to-ceiling windows, a fantastic bed, a walk-in vanity, marble bathroom, and luxury toiletries – some have cozy living areas and pleasant workspaces, as well. There are several fine restaurants and bars to choose from, including a rooftop bar that has been slinging drinks since 1959.
Grand Hotel Saigon is set in a wonderfully restored French colonial building, and features classic interiors to match. The rooms are split into two wings: the Ancient wing, with original 1930s decor, and the Luxury wing, with a slightly more modern feel. You can choose between city and river views. Facilities include a lovely outdoor swimming pool set in a picturesque garden courtyard, a large gym, a casino, a spa, and four restaurants, including a rooftop lounge with exceptional views and live music every night. The hotel is located on Dong Khoi, one of the city’s grandest and most historic boulevards.
With some of the roomiest accommodation in the city and calming, minimalist Japanese design, Hotel Nikko Saigon offers a uniquely relaxing experience in the heart of the city. Each earth-toned room has a deep soaking tub and a large window with city views – upgrade to a suite for even more space, or go for the apartment, which comes with a beautiful, fully-equipped kitchen and dining area. The hotel has one of the best and most varied buffet breakfasts in the city, and is also known for its sumptuous evening seafood buffet. There is a large outdoor pool, a spacious and well-equipped gym, and an amazing Japanese-inspired spa.