We could not have been happier here. The hotel's emails were prompt and that impressed me right away. Without me asking offered our 6 nights at $30/night for the deluxe room with balcony.
The hotel was hard to find at first so make sure you have the address written down properly. However, the location was good for our first visit to Saigon. On the edge of the backpacker district, allowing access to amenities while being a bit removed from the hectic core of Pham Ngu Lao down a residential alley that sees only locals and a wet market every morning.
The room itself is incredible, the best part of the hotel. The furnishings are IKEA-style and so new the wrapper was still on some parts. It's odd staying in such a new place, no lived-in feel. Ours was the largest room they offer, about the size of a studio apartment. It is separated into two distinct spaces divided by a wall. One space contains minibar/frige, computer desk, and balcony. Our balcony overlooked surrounding buildings and had a great view of the clutter of corrugated tin roofs. The other space houses the bedroom with large bed with hard mattress, large wardrobe, tea table and chairs. Tea kettle and blow dryer are both provided. The television is a good LCD, and the A/C is powerful. You can really feel at home and stay a long time here. We even had a picnic dinner with cheese and bread and beer in the room.
Internet connection is hard wire. We work while we travel so this is ideal for us. We have our own WiFi router so in-room wire is the way to go (fast, more control over security). This was probably one of the best things about the hotel for us. Those who do not use a router might find it awkward, only because the computer desk is not near the wall cord. Those without computers can use the terminal for free in the lobby.
The shower was another highlight of this incredible room. You could literally fit three people inside. It's a modern stand-up with plexi door. The water pressure is strong and the hot water can cook a lobster. Bathroom has enough space to spread out toiletries which is a real treat in most hotels. Unfortunately, the toilet is leaking but that probably just involves some simple tightening or a new washer.
One of the best things about the room is the bright lighting. The large windows let in loads of natural daylight. Then there are track lights all around the "apartment" as we called it, plus bedside, wall and other hanging lamps. It is safe to say I have never stayed in a hotel room with such options for stunning indoor lighting. That makes such a big difference to us, since we often work in the room.
We loved this place and only have minor complaints. One time the housekeeper took a large bottle of water from my bedside table. We had just gone out and counted on that liter being there, otherwise we would have bought more. Even if there was just a tiny bit of toilet paper on the roll housekeeping did not provide a new one and we’d have to run down and get more. But whatever…no big issues.
I will say, this hotel isn't for everyone. It's probably too quiet for backpackers and not sophisticated enough for mainstream business travelers. They also aren't a total full-service establishment. They don't take credit cards, they don't have a restaurant although they do cook a basic breakfast included in the price. A staff member will call an agent for you but can't give you any tourism information. They offer a per-piece laundry service, so that's only useful in case of emergency. FYI there is a cheap laundry right around the corner from where the alley lets out on the side street.
But for all this the hotel does have what a lot of others don't--a gigantic, well-priced, brand new cheerful room that is highly conducive to long peaceful hours inside. I could stay here for a long time. I would highly recommend this to others who have similar needs for a killer room in Saigon.
Wired Internet, Bright lights, Giant room, Quiet
Hard to find, not full-service for tourists
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