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.
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.
Stay tuned for more adventures in Vietnam coming up!