30 Nov 2015   |   Hotels

What $12,000 per night gets you in Saigon?

The Reverie Saigon celebrated its grand opening Sept. 1, 2015 as one of the most buzzed about debuts in 2015. CNN and Yahoo each hailed the hotel on its top ten lists of hotels to look out for in 2015, and the early reviews from leading English-language media travel media are affirming the forecasts: The Reverie Saigon has bested its near rivals “by a mile” as the city’s most luxurious hotel.

What $12,000 per night gets you in Saigon?

No space is more emblematic of the hotel’s grandiose, over-the-top appeal as the 2,981-square-foot Saigon Suite on the top two floors (38 & 39) of the hotel. The $12,000 per night suite’s living room soars two stories, its walls clad all the way in marble but for ample panes of glass that take in the sprawl of Saigon, one of Asia’s most dynamic cities.

Two of Italy’s leading design houses – Cassina and Poltrona Frau — collaborated on the suite’s décor, sparing no expense. Indeed, the hotel flew in one of Cassina’s craftsmen from Italy to ensure that its Veliero (Italian for sailing vessel) bookshelf was installed properly.

In the bedroom designed by Cassina, Le Courbusier’s iconic lounge chair stretches against one window, as much a work of art as a perch from which to take in the city. In a parlour of the bedroom designed by Poltrona Frau, the design house repurposed the aesthetics of a classic leather trunk as a mini-bar, a feat of imagination that one might expect from the firm that supplies leather seats for Maserati and Ferrari.

Also by Cassina are six wooden barrel chairs, surrounding a dining table as long as a conference table, all designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In the corner of the dining area is the 357 Feltri chair, made entirely of wool felt.