I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
— Jorge Luis Borges
Library lobby entrance at the Alcove.

Library lobby entrance at the Alcove.

Arriving at the Alcove Hotel was a huge relief after multiple flights and visa adventures en route from Penang, Malaysia. (Note to future travelers - a letter of approval to receive a Visa on Arrival is required for boarding). Nestled on a tiny side street not far from the airport, its all-white structure stands out on the residential road. A smiling, welcoming porter came rushing to to help me with my suitcase as I paid the cab driver.

I stepped into the namesake of the hotel, the lobby library. With floor to ceiling mahogany shelves lined with books (arranged neatly by category and letter) it was a casually stylish gem in the middle of busy Saigon. I immediately felt welcomed at reception, as if visiting the perfectly decorated home of a long lost friend. 

I loved the speedy wifi (it's always a good sign when each floor has it’s own network name) perfect for anyone trying to get some work done during their stay, as i had to send a few large image files later that evening. 

After a restful night, I rose early for breakfast at the Roadhouse, Alcove's restaurant on the 5th floor with views of the city's rooftops. An airy industrial space with brick walls and balcony seating, I sat windowside and braced myself for a generous breakfast spread (included with the price of the room). To start, fresh baguette with three types of fruit jam- watermelon, passion fruit, and dragon fruit. Then tea, an essential part of my morning ritual wherever I am. The main entree - French toast on crispy fresh baguette.  I dove into my meal, savoring the open city view and wandering thoughts of my next destinations in Vietnam.

Roadhouse Saigon

Roadhouse Saigon

French toast for breakfast.

French toast for breakfast.

Unfortunately, it was a short stay; after breakfast I headed back to my room to work and pack before an eastbound domestic flight to Danang. Like check-in, my departure was just as sweet, and I have fond memories of my time at the Alcove, a lovely boutique experience. 

View of the lobby from the 2nd floor.

View of the lobby from the 2nd floor.

Stay tuned for more adventures in Vietnam coming up!

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