Friday, September 12, 2008

Ain't Life Grand?

For our first week in Vietnam, we have been staying at the Grand Hotel, a historic hotel from the French colonial period. We are staying in the older wing, and the architecture is beautiful. Our room his very high ceilings, crown mouldings, parquet floors, crstyal chandeliers and a marble bathroom, complete with bath and shower. We chose this rather than staying at an apartment-style suite, in part to save on the cost, but we are very happy with our choice. We want to be in the same room with him at all times anyway, to keep on eye on him, so it works out fine. We have a small fridge and have had some "cheese and cracker" meals, but for the most part we go out for meals. Our hotel restaurant is good, but we've also had great Vietnamese food.The hotel is very centrally located, right on what seems to be the "Michigan Avenue" of HCMC, Dong Khoi, and we can walk to everything. Yesterday we walked to the Ben Thanh market, a huge indoor market where we got everything from underwear for Ed to alcoholic gifts. Sam was a big hit there, with tons of people asking about him, if he was Vietnamese, how old he is. People are so friendly to strangers. Everyone loves to practice their English.The staff at the Grand are, well, grand. The manager saw us in the lobby with the baby and gave us coupons for a free massage (I'd already had one. At $10 for an hour, it's a steal), a free dinner for two and free afternoon tea for two. The doormen all ask about the baby. A few days ago, a group of about 40 Australian girls on some sort of tour arrived at the hotel, but even they haven't been that bad, except for hogging the pool and giggling and screaming in the hallways.


LaLa said...

Ooo La La as Annslee would say : ) It looks really nice and from what I read online the old wing is the way to go. I admit a suite sounds nice to us but only b/c we will have a 4 year old along for the ride : ) Glad you are enjoying yourselves!

Anonymous said...

Dear Heidi and Ed,
Congratulations on your beautiful, beautiful son! We are so happy for you and look forward to meeting him and seeing you together as a family! love, Danielle and Bertold

jen said...

He looks like he is all ready thriving with all your love and attention!! The hotel looks so pretty:)