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Saigon Balo Hostel

203 Pham Ngu Lao St | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 0084, Vietnam
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They took our passports hostage when we refused to comply to their demand that we pay loads more than what we had agreed upon. The staff members and the manager called me a liar to my face. I never felt disrespected or threatened as I did at the Saigon Balo Hostel. A business that wishes to upkeep its reputation does... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We stayed and had one nice room, email hotel direct and you will get a good price.The overall staff and there are a lot are friendly and accommodating.The breakfast is good fresh.The staff speak good english and helpfull,the location was perfect,we wil recomment and came back again

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The hotel is in a great location and the staff are really nice and friendly especially if you need to book transport or trips. There's a simple, fairly varied breakfast menu and a rooftop with a great view of the surrounding area. A nice place to stay for a night or 2! However, in total we stayed at this hotel... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Stayed here one night in April with my friend. Pros: good location and friendly staff. Fast wifi in the entrance. Cons: The rooms were really dirty and old, and look nothing like the pictures. The beds are really hard and the wifi is slow in the rooms. Plus it was very noisy. Also, I was resting on the bed for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The location was perfect, right in the center of the tourist district with a walking distance to all the places to be (such as the ben thanh market - even though that place turned out to be very annoying). Our room was very clean when we moved in. Even though it hasn't been cleaned within the 5 days we stayed,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

An average place. The room we stayed in was old and rough around the edges, with no natural light and noise from the street below. However, I think we had the worst room in the place, right above the reception, so others are probably better. AC worked find and was a blessing in the heat of the city! Nice rooftop... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

PRO: -Location: the hotel is right in the center of the budget hotel tourist district -Cleanliness: Room was very clean when checking in -Internet Speed: Best we experienced in Vietnam CON: -This is not a hostel. There is no social atmosphere, events, or common areas. A few bunk beds does not a hostel make! -Stayed for five nights. Room wasn't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

good hostel for layovers...checked in at 1:30am. took a quick nap and shower. (stayed at the dorm) they start serving breakfast at 7am. if you're taking a mekong bus trip to Cambodia, their ticketing office is a 2minute walk away from this hostel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I stayed in this hostel for 5 nights and had such a great time! The staff became really good friends, everything was fine about the dorm room, nothing to complain at all. Almost all the sights can be reichen by walk, the places to go out at night are almost next door.. Everytime I come to Saigon I will stay... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Location is good, right in the middle of the backpacking district so lots of cheap bars and hustle and bustle. The staff were friendly and we did the 1 day cu chi tunnels tour through them which we enjoyed. Breakfast was good, a number of options each day, the pho and goulash were delicious. Wifi was excellent, good enough for... More 

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