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Imperial Hotel, Vung Tau, Vietnam

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    Imperial Hotel, Vung Tau, Vietnam

    On a recent visit to Vung Tau I stayed at a hotel I had never tried before, The Imperial.
    It is fairly new but built in a classical British Victorian style and trying to be like the old Grand Hotels in Asia in the colonial days:

    Starting with the view from the window of my room:

    Not much to brag about. What about this??:

    South China Sea as far as eyes can see:

    The night view:

    The room was nice, but the layout fairly standard.

    A large and comfortable bed with ample supply of pillows:

    Noticed the monogrammed linen?

    Writing desk:

    Mini-Bar and TV:

    A table and "bench" to sit on while watching TV:

    Wardrobe and Dressing room:

    The Bathroom:


      Nothing much different from a lot of Hotel rooms around the world??
      The difference is in the details.

      The sink is standard, but the decorated locker below is not:

      Nor is the fittings:

      Or the lamps:

      Even the pissoir in the public toilets are different from normal design:


      The signs to lead you to the right place is not standard design either:


        Some more details from the decorated furniture and fittings in the room.
        The locker holding the fridge:

        Side doors on the Mini-Bar locker:

        Bedside lamp and Tissue Box:

        Picture frams on the walls:

        Table lamp:

        Even the Dust bins are decorated:


          Yes I know it is all new and "fake", but it is different from the standard Hiltons, Holliday Inns and other "Chain Hotels.

          The Telephones are modern "touch button", but in the old style:

          ​Let's get to the public spaces. Here "The Dinning Room", which is the Coffee Shop and Breakfast Room in this hotel:

          Noticed the Vases in that last picture? Here is a closer look:


            Noticed something else?? No people in the restaurant.

            Here is a unused sitting group in the Lobby area:

            Also in the Lobby, this old BMW Motorbike:

            There were also an old Harley-Davidson somewhere around, but I did not remember to take a picture of that one.

            Outside the Main entrance was this veteran Ford car:

            No external picture and picture of the facade?? Well, I did take some, but unfortunately the lens had fogged up, coming from the "cold" lobby to the hot and humid outside.
            (As can be seen on the picture of the Ford above)

            Here is the best, which I saved:

            What is the cost of a room in this hotel you wonder??
            ​Well, it is VND 3,360,000 before Tax and Service Charge.
            Not cheap by Vietnamese standard, but not all that expensive by International standard.
            Luckily, I'm on an expense account.


              Fascinating and different hotel report, ombugge. Thanks for taking all those details photos for us.
              (Did anyone else actually turn up for breakfast I wonder?)


              • ombugge
                ombugge commented
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                Not breakfast, this was at Dinner time. At breakfast there were quite a few guests.

              Very nice applications. I wonder, why they offer just cheap trash in Europe. You can see they are able to do it better!
              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


              • ombugge
                ombugge commented
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                Yes it looks nice and retro, but is all "fake", not real "antiques".
                If you want to see a real top class hotel, check out the Imperial in Tokyo:
                I stayed there many times in the mid/late 1970s as it was the hotel of choice for Aramco, (now Saudi Aramco) who I did work for in Japan at that time. They had a special deal with The Imperial.

              What a nice hotel. Of course I found the ornate urinal/pisser most interesting.