Thursday, 30 July 2020

This stunning hotel in Saigon is a study in upscale Italian design

*Produced by SilverKris for The Reverie Saigon*

Beyond the sleek edifice of the Times Square Building lie the decadent interiors of The Reverie Saigon, an upscale hotel occupying the top floors of the mixed development skyscraper. Situated by the Saigon River, the property is designed by chief architect Kent Lui, in collaboration with Italy’s most prominent furniture and interior designers.

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The lobby on the first floor is quite a sight, with chandeliers and marble accents. Photo credit: Matthew Shaw

Upon entering the lobby on the first floor, guests are greeted by expanses of marble, clusters of chandeliers and palatial furnishings. The main reception area on the seventh storey boasts a more contemporary look, juxtaposed with statement pieces such as the 3m-tall Monumental Clock, custom-made by Italian luxury brand Baldi with emerald green malachite and gold accents.

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Visitors are greeted by a palatial and grand reception area on the seventh floor. Photo credit: Matthew Shaw

Other highlights include the baroque-style sofa, featuring an intricate, gilded frame and purple ostrich leather upholstery, and the iconic winged cherry wood console, hand-painted and embellished with semi-precious crystals – both of which are from Italian furniture-maker Colombostile.

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The Saigon Suite’s Parlour boasts a more modern look. Photo credit: Matthew Shaw

The Reverie Saigon houses 89 residential-style suites and 286 rooms and suites, each one designed to reflect a unique interior style ranging from European classic to contemporary chic. Every suite is furnished with designer pieces from Italy’s top names such as Giorgetti, Visionnaire and Poltrona Frau Group.

The Designer Suite by Giorgetti, for instance, boasts a striking mosaic wall depicting golden peacocks that inject a dose of drama and elegance. And while the Liberty One-Bedroom Suite evokes glamour and nostalgia with Art Nouveau-inspired textiles, The Saigon Suite combines the works of Poltrona Frau and Philippe Starck to create a modern, artful haven with touches of the avant-garde.

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The spa is equally magnificent. Photo credit: Matthew Shaw

The hotel’s extravagant design continues at its sixth floor spa, with over-the-top architectural details including a grand, marbled staircase and whimsical ceiling alcoves. Here, guests get access to plush treatment rooms, a hair salon and a wealth of Southeast Asian and Western-style wellness treatments. Also on the same floor is the gym and pool, which features mosaic art and is equipped with an underwater sound system.

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The resplendent La Scala Ballroom is perfect for weddings and special events. Photo credit: Matthew Shaw

The property comes with an abundance of function rooms, event spaces and ballrooms, the most extravagant of which is the pillarless La Scala ballroom on the fifth level, laden with ornate carvings and clad in hand-woven Venetian wall-coverings.

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Enjoy a sumptuous Italian meal in an intimate setting at R&J. Photo credit: Matthew Shaw

Treat yourself to gourmet Chinese delicacies and dim sum at The Royal Pavilion, or dig into Italian favourites such as Wagyu osso buco and squid ink tagliolini at R&J, an upscale lounge and restaurant with a refined yet eclectic decor. Café Cardinal, on the other hand, offers all-day dining against a backdrop of white marble and a trio of upcycled glass light installations by Brazilian duo Humberto and Fernando Campana.

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You can take a dip in the 24m-long swimming pool and wind down at the jacuzzis. Photo credit: Matthew Shaw

In line with the latest health measures, the hotel has installed hand sanitiser stations at all lift and building entrances. Temperature checks are also administered before anyone enters the premises. Guests are required to observe safe distancing while in the hotel and submit a health declaration.

Each room is disinfected with hospital-grade cleaning agents before check-in and after check-out, while shared facilities are regularly sanitised as well. The hotel’s white glove service also ensures minimal contact between the staff and the guest’s personal belongings.

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