Swiss chain Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has assumed management of the Omni Hotel Saigon, which opened in 1994 as the Ho Chi Minh City’s inaugural international-standard hotel. Now called Mövenpick Hotel Saigon, the landmark is undergoing upgrades and changes that will bring it into the high-end category.
Alterations include a high-tech gym and open-air bar slated for the rooftop, and a collection of boutique shops and a European-style gourmet café. All guest rooms will be restyled. The original gym will be turned into rooms, boosting the total number to 267.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts' arrival in Ho Chi Minh City is the first in a series of steps the group plans in Vietnam. A similar overhaul-and-operate strategy has been plotted at the former Guoman Hotel in Hanoi, starting in January, as well as the development and handling of up to three more hotels in Vietnam by 2010.