Newly-built in 1996, the Empress is small, modest hotel whose hallwark is service. While not luxurious, it boasts some upscale touches like terra cotta tile and marble. Rooms are cozy (read that as small !)but well laid out. Bachelor rooms are tiny, but are priced as loss leaders and always sold out. Deluxe rooms are available with two twins or one queen bed. Of course at these prices, you can splurge on a Deluxe Suite, with a small living room, bedroom and two baths ! (There are only four of them, so be sure to reserve them well in advance!) the Empress also boasts a small fitness center, restaurant & Bar, and function room, every bit as the guest rooms. Rates include a cooked - to - order American breakfast.
While technically in District 1, the Empress is about two kilometers from the prime tourist are. If you're like me and prefer to walk everywhere, it is really convenient; you also avoid the beggars, petty thieves and con artists that stroll Le loi and Dong Khoi streets. While most bussiness travelers will seek out the bigger and more fashionable hotel in town, leisure travelers will appreciate the Empress' modern amenities, personal service and cozy feeling.