Reunification Palace, also known as Independence Palace, became part of history in 1975 when a North Vietnamese tank crashed through its main gate, signifying the end of the long-running war. The official handover of power also took place here.
Originally it was the site of the Norodom Palace, which served as the home and workplace of the French Governor of Cochinchina. Today it is like a time capsule frozen in 1975, with two of the original tanks used in the capture of the palace parked in the grounds.
Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the palace hides secret rooms, antique furniture and a command bunker within its eerie corridors. It is still used occasionally to host government functions, including APEC summits and national events.
I enjoyed staying 2 nights with my friend here. The staff welcomed me with cool drinks during check-in which was very nice. The hotel offered me early check-in kindly, and that was really nice service since I was very tired of red eye flight. I also liked the tasty breakfast which has mix of American and Vietnam food.
We booked the larger room for 3 pax. Stepping into the lobby was like entering an oasis from the bustle outside. Nice deco, Japanese touches. Same for the room. We loved how big it was, perfect for 3. Comfy beds, even the extra mattress.