24 Hour Staycation at The Hammock Hotel Fine Arts Museum Ho Chi Minh City: Saigon's Trendiest Boutique Hotel

by - July 05, 2020

The staycation is the new vacation for every travel lover as of late. And you know what? I love it. There’s nothing more exciting than exploring your own backyard and spending a few afternoons enjoying the bliss of doing nothing in a fabulous hotel.

Don’t get me wrong, everyone loves a vacation. I totally get it. I am that person. But, my vacations aren’t always the most rejuvenating experiences to say the least. And to be honest, I typically need a vacation from my vacation which is never an option. Because, life.

I’ve always been a fan of the staycation, so really there was no better time than now to book into Ho Chi Minh City’s trendy and central Hammock Hotel Fine Arts Museum! Nestled in the lively and vibrant District 1 beside Saigon’s very own Fine Arts Museum, The Hammock Hotel is the trendiest hotel to check in to in the center of Ho Chi Minh City. 

Usually I never get the time or chance to stay downtown Saigon because I’m either too busy living life, working or prepping to take a vacation anywhere else besides Ho Chi Minh City. I mean, I live here, why would I want to stay here? Isn’t that most people’s mentality anyway? But, to be honest our little staycation could not have been more of what we needed! So, whether you’re looking for fun staycation ideas in Saigon or a fabulously located hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, keep scrolling to find out how you can have a dreamy staycation in the city too.

Checking-In to The Hammock Hotel Fine Arts Museum

Checking-in to The Hammock Hotel instantly gave us those vacation vibe tingles. Stepping out of the taxi we were first met with the neon Hammock Hotel sign, an elevator and a hip little waiting area, but where on earth was the front desk? Aha! We quickly realized checking-in meant riding the elevator to the 9th floor. Cool. This hotel was already ticking my trendy box.

Once we reached the ninth floor we were warmly welcomed by the front desk who checked us in and gave us the grand tour of this chic boutique hotel. From the rooftop, complete with a billiards table and a forest green Honda Cub, to the dining area, which included complimentary all-day free flow drinks and goodies, to their comfy NEST rooms, which all come equipped with a cozy little hammock, this weekend was definitely going to be a girls getaway to remember!

There are so many corners of The Hammock Hotel to appreciate. The rooftop terrace offers up some gorgeous views of Ho Chi Minh City and allows you to bask in all its glory. The huge free-flow fridge is a neon drink mecca. I’m talking beer, pop, water, energy drinks and milk for absolute days. The all-day instant noodle station and cereal bar are also a nice touch if you’re in need of a little afternoon snack! You can chill out in their little graffiti nook or challenge a friend to a game of foosball (which I totally crushed!). The options are endless and there is so much to do at The Hammock Hotel leaving may not even cross your mind.

With such an incredible location, where you can almost reach out and touch Bitexco Financial Tower, it would be a shame not to wander the streets, at least for a little bit before returning to that cozy hammock in your room!

Rooms & NESTS

Our room, or our NEST as The Hammock Hotel calls it, was fully loaded with everything we could possibly need for our staycation in the city. Each NEST comes equipped with an incredibly comfy hammock, a large comfortable bed, air conditioning, WiFi, toiletries, hair dryer, safe, TV and do-it-yourself laundry. A mini fridge and an open-concept wardrobe are also awesome features to these cute little boutique rooms.

A Tasty Breakfast With Terrific Views

After a much needed sleep-in we were ready to take on another gorgeous Sunday in Ho Chi Minh City! But first, brunch. 

As we sipped our cà phê sữa đá we hummed and hawed over their 3 stellar breakfast options. Lee opted for the cơm tấm (pork and rice) and I decided to go with the chicken quesadillas. The cơm tấm was accompanied by a side of delicious scrambled eggs, a veggie spring roll and fresh yoghurt. The chicken quesadillas also came with a side of scrambled eggs, tasty pumpkin soup and a delicious coconut cream pudding. There is no better way to start the day than with a fantastic breakfast. The Hammock Hotel definitely knew how to send us off into the streets of Saigon on the right foot and that's with a full belly!

Massages & Bath Bombs at Blush Spa

I’m a big fan of the colour pink. But I’m an even bigger fan of the colour pink paired with a 60 minutes full body massage! Welcome to Blush Spa! Located directly beside The Hammock Hotel, they provide a variety of signature massages, each of which comes with a hand-made bath bomb to soak your tired feet. 

After we were so warmly welcomed into the gorgeous Blush Spa, we were asked to choose which essential oil we’d like to use during our 60 minute full body massage. I went for the coconut oil and Lee opted for orange. Although we were very tempted to try out either the chocolate or vanilla oil! Both of our massages were fantastic and we could have happily stayed there all day unwinding! 

The service was truly genuine and the staff was lovely to offer candy, water and tea after our massage. We used our tea break to take a closer look (and sniff) at their hand made bath bombs! These little guys smelled incredible and I so wished I had a bathtub to take them home to! 

The treatments at Blush Spa are specifically designed to offer a unique experience to each of its guests. It is truly a quality spa experience for a very reasonable price and we will certainly be back the next time we need to be pampered! 

What to Do Nearby The Hammock Hotel

Although we could have happily hung out in one of the many hammocks or stayed in bed all day we decided to venture out and take advantage of being right in the middle of Saigon’s hustle and bustle! Like I said before, it would be a shame not to explore even a little bit, so here are a couple awesome things to do near The Hammock Hotel! 

Wander Through the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum

Directly across the street from The Hammock Hotel is the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum. With its airy corridors and beautiful terraces, this 1929 colonial-era, yellow walled building is a fun little spot to wander through. With incredibly detailed tile-work throughout, it’s home to some beautiful stained glass, as well as one of Saigon's oldest lifts. There is also an impressive selection of art, much of which has been inspired by the Vietnam War, but there are also pieces dating back to the 4th century.

Drool Over Tomatito's Tapas

Tomatito’s classic Spanish bites we all know and love, make this spot an absolute must on any foodie’s list when in Saigon. We all know the importance of starting your weekend off on the right foot and that means eating to your best ability. 

They say the way to someone's heart is through their stomach. And whoever “they” are, they’re right. Nothing beats a quality brunch or extraordinary night of tapas! So, grab your extra-large glass of sangria and sip away those Sunday scaries at Tomatito!

Read more about Tomatito’s Fabulous Weekend Brunch or some of my Favourite Tomatito Tapas Bites!

Bargain at Ben Thanh Market 

It's next to impossible not to go to Ben Thanh Market when in Saigon. But, besides being one of the most famous local markets in Vietnam and a fundamental point of reference in the city, it’s an experience unlike any other!  Not only is it a great place to try your bargaining skills, but the food is tasty and the fast paced market life is fun to experience. 

Pig Out at King BBQ

With our staycation in full swing we decided to treat ourselves to a delicious Korean BBQ at King BBQ. It's often referred to as one of the most high-quality grilling restaurants in Saigon, so we just had to try it out for ourselves.They offer a wide selection of meats, seafood, vegetables and full access to a tasty salad bar, soup, and dessert buffet. Add in a bottle of Soju and you’re guaranteed to have a good night! We sure did.

Shop Vintage at Mayhem Saigon

Just getting to this hidden vintage shop is half the fun. Through an alley of nail salons and massage parlors and past a bunch of stacked motorbikes you’ll see a huge Mayhem sign pointing you up the stairs to the second story of an old apartment building! This place is definitely a hidden gem filled with an amazing collection of vintage denim including Levi’s 505 jeans and Levi’s shorts. Everything in this store is ‘on trend’ with retro tees, 90s dresses, vintage sunnies and some funky jewelry. So even if you’re not in the mood to spend it’s a cool spot to check out.

Photo by: @rannydu

Sip the Afternoon Away at Hoang Thi Cafe

Vietnamese coffee is one of the must-try drinks when visiting Vietnam, especially if you want to feel the heart and soul of the country. But, Vietnamese coffee will always taste better if you’re drinking it in a chic retro cafe. Hoang Thi Cafe is the perfect place to soak in all the Saigon vibes while slipping away at your cà phê đá.

Checking-Out of The Hammock Hotel Fine Arts Museum

With such a fabulous weekend behind us we were sad to say goodbye to The Hammock Hotel. I just cannot recommend this hotel enough. With their free 24-hour open pantry, incredible rooftop views, spacious air-conditioned rooms and of course the hammocks, The Hammock Hotel goes above and beyond. Everything is crisp, clean, fresh and the amenities help to make your stay more than perfect! 

Being nested in Saigon’s lively and vibrant District 1 beside the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, makes The Hammock Hotel a must stay in Saigon. I mean, a trendy and chic accommodation in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City? Count me in! This fantastic boutique hotel is just a hop, skip and a jump from the iconic Ben Thanh Market, Bitexco Financial Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and some of the other major tourist and shopping attractions. It doesn't get much better than this!

What You Need to Know!

Location: The Hammock Hotel Fine Arts Museum, 59-61 Nguyễn Thái Bình, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000

Find The Hammock Hotel: Instagram @TheHammockHotel, their Facebook page & at www.TheHammockHotel.com

Find Blush Spa: Instagram @TheBlushSpa, their Facebook page & at www.TheBlushSpa.com

Book A Room: Click HERE to see nightly rates and book your stay!

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