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I wanted khổng lồ visit The Myst Dong Khoi, a new hotel in downtown Saigon, before it was even finished. While it was under construction, its unusual, enigmatic appearance caught my eye. Then, when it opened, it was the name that intrigued & excited me: The Myst. I hadlớn visit, had to stay here và write about it.The Myst is a br& new, quirky, yet elegant and comfortable, high-over hotel in the centre of town. From its perplexing, asymmetrical exterior to its eccentric and stylish interiors, the Myst is a unique, bold, concept-driven boutique accommodation. A theme runs throughout The Myst: an idea that the khách sạn stands for. Personally, I interpret this theme as: Hidden Corners of Old Saigon. As such, The Myst really stands out among muốn the growing number of bl&, boring luxury hotels that surround it.

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Bold & eccentric, elegant và stylish: The Myst Dong Khoi is a chất lượng boutique hotel in downtown Saigon


Address:6-8 Ho Huan Nghiep Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minc City <MAP>

Price:$100-$140 | Phone:(+84) 8 35đôi mươi 3040| www.themystdongkhoikhách sạ

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Located on narrow Ho Huan Nghiep Street in the heart of Saigon’s downtown District 1, The Myst Dong Khoi is a white-painted, 14 storey structure punctured by dozens of irregularly shaped windows. From the outside, it looks like the pieces of a child’s puzzle, or the honeycombed facade of an ancient burial ground where tombs have sầu been hewn out of a roông chồng face. It’s not necessarily a pretty sight, but it’s certainly a quality & intriguing one: what could this strange, unfathomable structure be, & how does it function? Another thing that grabs your attention about The Myst, is the shower of greenery cascading down the facade of the building from all the potted plants, creepers, và bougainvillea on the balconies. It’s a striking sight (at night it’s beautiful and mysterious) và sets the tone for what awaits you inside the khách sạn.


Enigma: from the outside The Myst is a jumble of asymmetrical windows, angles & showers of greenery

The entrance is also the site of the hotel’s Bason Cafe. Named after the old naval shipyard (just up the Saigon River from here) that was recently demolished to lớn make way for a new apartment development, the coffe is replete with maritime artifacts, all of which were salvaged from the shipyard before it was torn down. A large anchor hangs from the wall, bearing down on attractive wooden furniture arranged in the shade under plants & flowers dripping from a couple of suspended wooden canoes. Inside, the lobby & concierge is a strangely confusing space. There’s no high-ceilinged hall hung with elaborate chandeliers (as there is in many similarly-priced Saigon hotels); instead, a slender desk at the kết thúc of a hall beneath a low ceiling fashioned from more Bason shipyard objects – French colonial-era tiles và rusting iron girders – is where reception staff greet you and serve sầu the welcome drink. With Cyêu thích sculptures of Hindu deities lining the hall, I find it rather confusing, both practically và aesthetically: it feels more lượt thích a museum. But it certainly makes a change from the generic Saigon khách sạn lobby, most of which feel as though they’ve been ordered out of a catalogue.


The Bason Cafe, named after the old shipyard (now demolished), is furnished with salvaged objects

Elevators (rather small ones) take you up khổng lồ the rooms, which are arranged along deliberately wonky corridors painted in light pastel tones. All rooms have sầu windows & balconies which either look over the sweep of the Saigon River or across the thành phố to the high-rises và rooftops of downtown. Plants grow from every window & balcony at The Myst. This is a wonderful idea, however it does obscure the views slightly.


River views are excellent although partially obscured by the foliage which cascades down the exterior

Balconies are furnished with wooden rocking chairs, tree trunk stools, & outside stone bathtubs (a very nice touch but, with several high storey office blocks surrounding the khách sạn, it can be a bit public. Also, the roar of the city is loud and the heat of Saigon is such that a hot bath outdoors may not appeal khổng lồ you – but, personally, I really enjoyed it). However, privacy won’t be an issue for long, because all balconies are caged in with floral-patterned railings acting as trellises for the cascading foliage to grow over: pretty soon the greenery will provide a screen behind which you can bathe in private.


Balcony bathtubs are a nice touch, even if it is a little hot, humid and public out there

There are four main room types – Dong Khoi, Saigon City, Verdant Calm, và Serene Corner Suites – all ranging from 40m²-50m² and between $100-$150 per night (however, read the details carefully, because sometimes the lower rates vày not include breakfast). Room kích cỡ, thiết kế, decor and comfort are excellent. There’s a lot of dark, heavy, real wood in the rooms – floorboards, wardrobes, desks, chests, stools, chairs, benches, lamps, mirrors, curtain rails. The colours are muted Vietnamese imperial tones: purples, oranges, blues, yellows. It’s not garish or vulgar; it’s very, very tasteful, serene, và controlled. But at the same time it’s eccentric & playful: floral patterns are carved inkhổng lồ some of the furniture, ceramics and plant pots adorn tabletops, wrought iron motifs và stained glass windows decorate the walls. Stylistically it’s urban-chic meets William Morris, Art Nouveau meets traditional Saigon.


Style & elegance: there’s a lot of wooden furniture in the rooms, pastel tones & floral motifs

Most guest rooms are open-plan – with arches rather than walls, & furniture rather than partitions, separating the different parts of the room – which makes them bright, homey, & spacious. Beds are large và soft with big pillows, and, as well as the outside bathtub, there’s a separate shower room và nhà vệ sinh. The decor and design is deliberately asymmetrical – ceilings are at different heights, walls are at different angles – so as lớn give sầu the impression of individuality & not to appear too neat và generic. The effect is the feeling that, despite being in a hundred-and-something room hotel, your room is not the same as your neighbour’s. This is something that Ho Tram Beach Boutique also succeeds in doing. The aesthetic is very refined without taking itself too seriously. Most importantly, the rooms are lovely, cosy, comfortable, attractive sầu, và cool places lớn be.

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Comfortable & unique: guest rooms feel as though they have a personal touch; not generic

The Myst is part of the Silverlvà hospitality empire. They have sầu lots of good chất lượng properties in the nearby area, including the Jolie. But The Myst feels different: the other Silverl& hotels are decorated in a Japanese-chic-meets-French-colonial style. The Myst is the only one that takes its inspiration from Saigon, more specifically a nostalgic fantasy of ‘old & hidden Saigon’. This is a concept that’s been growing steadily with the rapid modernization of the đô thị. Saigon coffe culture in particular is all about a longing for the past.


Penchant for the past: a nostalgia for ‘old Saigon’ is a theme that runs throughout The Myst

But it’s not just fantasy: pockets of old Saigon still live on – intriguing old apartment buildings with crumbling shopfronts connected by narrow, twisting stairwells with pale painted walls and peeling plaster; a maze of mezzanine floors & a labyrinth of antechambers. Some of these have sầu been colonized by cafes và fashion boutiques, và become trendy icons of old Saigon, not least the Cafe Apartment at No.42 Nguyen Hue Street (the back of which can be seen from the south-facing windows of The Myst). And it is this aesthetic that I think The Myst is trying khổng lồ recreate. The excitement of an old, enigmatic building; a warren of corridors waiting khổng lồ be explored, revealing its secrets little by little, but remaining unfathomable, from the outside & in.


Hidden: The Myst captures the feeling of discovery & excitement you get when exploring ‘old Saigon’

This is all the more poignant because it comes at a time when the Cafe Apartment & other buildings lượt thích it are under serious threat from local authorities: it seems inevitable that they will soon go the way of the Bason Shipyard and be demolished. The Myst, with it’s mysterious exterior and asymmetrical interiors, old và salvaged objects, & emphasis on the past, the ‘hidden’ and the ‘secret’, is trying khổng lồ emulate the essence of what most appeals khổng lồ people about these emblems of ‘old Saigon’.


Alcoves & antique objects, circles & squares, arches và angles: The Myst creates a sense of mystery

The Nest Restaurant, on the 12th floor is a wide, bright space with good-looking wooden dining tables & chairs, & outside pattiện ích ios with potted plants and river views. This is where the buffet breakfast is served, from 6am-10am, much of which is displayed in a life-sized traditional Vietnamese wooden fishing canoe. The unique is mostly good, especially the fresh juices, smoked saltháng, & large selection of hot dishes. Get here early & enjoy your breakfast out on the terrace before the sun rises too high over the Saigon River and it becomes too hot to be outside. Complimentary afternoon tea is served from 3pm-5pm daily, và includes cakes, sandwiches, and Vietnamese delicacies. Food và drink is served throughout the day (there’s a short but decent à la carte menu with Vietnamese & Western dishes) during which time the restaurant is usually very quiet. However, the peace might be disturbed over the next few months due to lớn the construction of the Hilton hotel next door. This is something you might also want to lớn consider when booking your room: many east-facing river view rooms will soon be Hilton view rooms, and, in the meantime, the noise from the building site may be a nuisance.


Breakfast with river views at The Nest Restaurant: get here early, before the sun gets too hot

Behind the restaurant, a small lift leads up to the 14th floor rooftop Bar Bleu & infinity pool. This is a signature of Silverland hotels, but the rooftop pool (like the rooftop bar before it) has becomethething for all self-respecting high-end hotels in Saigon these days. Bar Bleu occupies a covered terrace shaded at the sides by foliage và furnished with elegant wooden chairs và stools. The city views are fantastic: to lớn the east, the broad sweep of the Saigon River; to the south và west, the glittering, glassy high-rises ofdowntown District 1 – shining like Samurai swords in the sun – and between them, way down at street màn chơi, the red-tiled rooftops of ‘old Saigon’. Cocktails are good but pricey.


The rooftop Bar Bleu has fabulous đô thị & river views & good but pricey cocktails và snacks

The bar opens out onto lớn a wooden deông xã with xanh loungers & gazebos sunk inkhổng lồ the shallow over of the pool, surrounded by bougainvillea and frangipani trees. The pool is long by đô thị rooftop standards (about 15m by my reckoning, although 24m according khổng lồ the hotel – they must be taking inlớn tài khoản the ‘L’ shape). This makes it just about swimmable, but because it’s quite narrow it can feel crowded even when there’s only a few people in it. However, it’s great for plunging, dipping, hanging out và cooling off, and kids love it too. There’s a small thể hình above the pool và I’m told a spa is on the way. It’s a stylish set-up, but it’s often ruined by ludicrously loud pop music.


The rooftop infintiy pool at The Myst is long và narrow with an attractive wooden dechồng & good views

The Myst is right at the heart of central Saigon. Narrow Ho Huan Nghiep Street, dwarfed by high-rises, connects khổng lồ the boutique-lined, increasingly plush (và horrifically overpriced) Dong Khoi Street. This shady avenue leads all the way up to lớn French colonial landmarks such as the Saigon Opera House và Notre Dame Cathedral. Branching west from the Opera House, Le Loi Boulevard stretches lớn the famous Ben Thanh khô Market. However, much of this street is a building site at the moment, due to lớn the construction of the Saigon metro. So it’s a better idea to spover time on Nguyen Hue Walking Street, promenading in the cooler evening air và paying a visit khổng lồ the Cafe Apartment (which is the kind of old Saigon edifice that The Myst harks baông chồng to). Nearby restaurants tend khổng lồ be too snazzy, pricey & international for my tastes: much better khổng lồ head along the riverfront & over the bridge to District 4’s Vinc Kkhô giòn Street, a notoriously fun và tasty food street, famous for its shellfishamong muốn other things.


View from The Myst: right in the heart of downtown Saigon, the river & many landmarks are cthảm bại by

The Myst is a breath of fresh air in a forest of increasingly homogeneous hotels in downtown Saigon. Unlike the latter, if you stay at The Myst you’ll remember it: this is a khách sạn that adds khổng lồ your experience of the city. I had a lot of fun getting khổng lồ know The Myst during my stay: trying khổng lồ work it out, explore and underst& it, just like I would with an old Saigon building like the Cafe Apartment. Above sầu all, The Myst is a very comfortable, stylish, exciting, and unique place to lớn stay. .

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The Myst is a breath of fresh air is a forest of increasingly homogeneous hotels in downtown Saigon

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