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Cat Huy Hotel
353 / 28 Pham Ngu Lao | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   |  
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Ranked #18 of 362 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Moscow, Russia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Service, service service! Location, location, location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We could not have been happier with our choice. We stayed nine nights and after booking a room at the hotel with a room on a lower floor, I read more reviews. A few of the guests talked about staying in an apartment owned by Mr. Tan a few blocks away. I wrote and we changed from the hotel to the apartment; yes, it was a little more money but very very reasonable. The apartment was also on a carless alley about a 5-7 minute walk away - or more if you stopped to look at the market.

We are NOT backpackers and generally do not stay in backpackers areas and so this was a stretch for us to decide to stay here. I would never stay anywhere else in HMCM! Mr. Tan politely and promptly answered every question I had before we arrived and during our stay. Perhaps the most challenging for him was: Where can we watch the Superbowl at 6:30 a.m. on a Monday morning. He gets an A+ for his answer and his service. At 5:40 a..m. we were sitting at Phatty's Bar and by 6:00 the bar was full.

Most mornings we walked from the apartment to Cat Huy for breakfast - and I concur with one of the other writers. The pho was "the best"! Breakfast was just enough to get us going for the day and we had the added pleasure of the market outdoors. If you are a market person, Cat Huy in the morning is a real treat. Cat Huy's neighbor immediately across the street is a family that sells mainly fish, crabs, squid, snails, some greens and some coconuts. It is clearly a popular shopping choice and we enjoyed watching the family sell their fresh seafood. The alley was always busy in the morning with shoppers - a true local authentic experience.

The apartment was spotlessly clean, to our surprise serviced every day except Sunday. When we came home our beds were made, we had fresh line dried towels, the A/C worked perfectly, as did the wireless internet. Everything was modern. IT WAS QUIET! And it was safe and secure. It was probably two days before we realized that we didn't really have windows except at the back and the front of the apartment. The lighting was so well planned that it never seemed dark and we never felt like we had to have a window where we would see out. We also weren't there much of the day as the location provided us easy access to taxi's, to the park across our nearest street, and to the noisy, frenetic backpackers an easy .distance away.

We arrived at 2 a.m. and departed at 4 a.m. days later using the airport pickup service from Mr. Tan. To our delight it all worked. Miss Mai, Mr. Tan's sister, lives on the first floor. We always enjoyed talking to her and to some of the neighbors in the building as we would come and go.

Every one of the five stars is well deserved and we miss being in our HCMC neighborhood.

Room Tip: If you don't like to climb stairs ask for a room on a lower floor.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We stayed in the hotel for three days two nights before the start of a bike trip. We found the room clean and well maintained, with good bedding and AC, and a well stocked minibar. The hotel is down an alley which makes it a little tricky to find but the location is great. We walked around the city to various attractions and places to eat (though our favorite was an alley 'restaurant' with locals and no English). My only caution would be about the stairs. Our room was on the 4th floor, no elevator. Not a deterrent for us at all.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Yes this hotel is down an ally, but it should be noted that this ally also provides access to many shops and homes and also is transformed into a market place in the morning. As such, the ally access to the hotel is safe and has the added bonus of lessening the traffic noise, meaning peaceful sleeps. The rooms were large and the breakfasts were great. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We have been travelling through Asia for 4 weeks and this was one of the best places we have stayed at.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

I spent most of my time in this room while in Ho Chi Minh City. Suffering from a parasite I wanted no more than to lay in a big clean bed, air conditioned room, watch television and have access to a clean and modern bathroom. Cat Huy provided all of that. The location is easy to navigate to from the bus station, I can't say much about the location to other places of interest since I rarely left hotel.

The staff is helpful and friendly and the included breakfast was good and the iced coffee was great.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

The receptionist speaks English fluently, and dealt with the emergency really well.
Pho bo(rice noodle with beef) as breakfast was the best among those I had in Vietnam.
The room was clean and hair dryer in there was really useful.
The road to Cat Huy is little bit narrow, but you will love it when it turns out to be a traditional local market in the morning.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sderot, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Nice stay in Ho Chi Minh, good choice. Hotel staffs were very polite and helpful at recommending day activities, restaurants, arrange tour. Our room was not very large but nice, clean. Location was another good point, in walking distance of many attraction, just a few steps you can find local shop selling souvenir, handmade stuffs. Really value for money, highly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Don't be put off by the lane way this hotel is located in. In the morning it is transformed into a local market that offers a glimspe into vietnamese city life aswell as providing you with some good photo ops'.
The fact that there isn't a lift wasn't such a big deal for us because we were only on the 4th floor and the staff carried our luggage up and down for us. We found them to be very helpful, especially the young man who slept in reception on new years eve as he had locked the front doors for security reasons and waited up for guests ariving back a the hotel throughout the night. The only small let down was that the breakfast wasn't as god as we have had in other hotels during our time in vietnam.
I would recommend this hotel for budget travellers wanting a little bit of luxury.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 353 / 28 Pham Ngu Lao | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Room Service
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Ranked #18 of 362 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
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