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“Beautiful boutique hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Ma Maison Boutique Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   656/52 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street | Ward 11, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City 0084, Vietnam   |  
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Ranked #11 of 383 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Beautiful boutique hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here at the start of a Vietnam tour. The service was excellent, the decor, design and build of the property was lovely. The rooms have lovely shuttered windows and all the little details and extras are taken care of; water is always in your room and after a hectic day exiting the city this is a little oasis to come back to where you are made fresh tea or coffee and fresh juice at no extra cost. Breakfast is well made and generous it didn't seem to matter which menu choice you chose; eggs / healthy or typical vietnamese you were still offered all 3 when taking breakfast either in their very pretty garden or restaurant - worth every penny, don't miss this place you won't regret it!

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed initially for two nights near the end of our 3 week trip touring the wonderful Vietnam. We booked following a recommendation from the owner, Natasha's, father Long Thang, who we met in Nha Trang at his gallery. He is a famous Vietnamese photographer. We weren't disappointed. It is a beautiful boutique hotel set in District 3 which is about a 20 minute cab ride from the main District 1. The rooms are spotless and modern. The staff are so helpful. It is reasonably expensive by Vietnamese standards but worth it for an oasis of luxury in a mad city! We booked a 1 night trip to the Mekong River while there then returned for our final night. We also did the Cu Chi tunnels. Natasha helped with these bookings along with other advice and help with the buses. We felt comfortable there throughout. It is outside the main area but cabs are around 100000VND and a bus 50000!! We used both. It wasn't an issue for us. We would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is a great little hotel with a lot of character and individuality. Set in a quiet back street a short distance from the city centre, it was a little haven away from the chaos of the city. We were so well looked after- the owners are super welcoming and made us fell so at home. Our room was beautiful and the little court yard is a beautiful place to have breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

What a lot of varying opinions about this place. We arrived late evening to be greeted by the delightful owner, a retired teacher, a respectable and gentle soul. We were welcomed and asked to leave our shoes at the door which reminded me of entering a temple and not an issue for us. We were given a refreshing glass of passion fruit juice and our bags were taken to our room on level 3. Everything about the hotel has been thought through with love and care. Our room was beautifully decorated and furnished. Yes, the location at first may come across as a little daunting but if you can embrace the fact that this is a family home that has been lovingly restored to a hotel which is located in a non tourist area of Saigon you will start to feel more comfortable. In the surrounding alleys the local people are just going about their every day lives.
If you want the Vietnamese breakfast the owners do like to know the night before so that fresh produce can be brought in and that it can be prepared ready for you. Philip tried the seafood pho which was the bes the had in Vietnam. I loved the healthy muesli yoghurt and passion fruit then beautiful warm baguettes with butter and jam. Coffee and tea are available at any time of the day/night and can be brought to your room. Mr Ha came with a map and explained the area to us and where to eat and visit in both district 1 and 3.
We decided to travel by bus into district 1 which was an adventure and really easy. One of the hotel staff escorted us to the bus stop which was really helpful. After a busy day exploring we returned again by bus. We ate at one of the local open air restaurants,Sy Phu where we were the only westerners. The menu was extensive and quite different. We had a curry cooked at the table and plenty of cold beers. We really loved the whole experience. One evening we went to the local park which has a small fun fair for locals and an outdoor theatre. There was a small circus performing. Again we were the only westerners and everyone welcomed us and we felt comfortable there. Philip went to the local barbers and had a shave (the best one he'd had) and his ears cleaned! He also went to the local Spa and had a massage which was recommended by Natasha the manager of the hotel. The Spa was clean, respectable and a fraction of the cost of the big hotels.
So overall, if you want a different experience, with a sense of adventure mixing with local people and supporting local enterprise then consider Ma Maison. If you like the security of being in an international hotel in the middle of the tourist area then perhaps Ma Maison is not the right choice for you. We would certainly go back and think that the owners have created something quite special.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We started our South East Asia trip
at Ma Maison and after a long flight, it was definitely worth the treat. The hotel's certainly on the expensive side compared to city prices elsewhere, but it was very clean, comfortable and classy. Excellent, kind, attentive service - we especially appreciated the complimentary drinks whenever we returned from an excursion. Location is approximately 20 mins taxi from city centre but we really enjoyed the authentic neighbourhood feel of surrounding alleys and streets. Iced coffee and local massage parlour come highly recommended.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

We arrived late last night, and are very happy with our room. It spacious, very clean and the air conditioning works well. We met with the owner at the breakfast, and he was very helpful with the map. Breakfast was delicious. I chose the Vietnamese breakfast while my husband selected the American one. They have three different choices for breakfast, and I like that. I also like the owner's advice to take a cab for the first three kilometers. The hotel is in district 3, and walking is not always easy as many merchants sell from the sidewalk. Ho Chi Minh is a vibrant, colorful and loud city. The hotel is in a quiet alley, and that adds to the charm.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We stayed 2 nights in Ma Maison. We were warmly greeted with juice and fresh fruit upon our arrival. Our room was up 1 flight of steps and the bags were carried up for us. There are black and white spectacular photos on all of the floors worth climbing the stairs to see. They are done by a relative, a famous photographer in Vietnam. Our room was spotless. The bed, as well, the sheets and pillows were extremely comfortable. The shower had hot water. There was 2 windows in the room. A safe in the cupboard. Tea and biscuits in the room as well.

Breakfast is excellent-pho or eggs with fresh bread and fruit..

To get this hotel, located in district 1, you have to walk down an alley. No big deal, it is dark at night but a safe neighborhood, located in a local area. The area around the hotel is heavy with traffic and chaotic with noisy streets. Once you enter the boutique hotel, it is quiet, a relief from the chaos outside. The house has a French presence.

This is a local area and we walked and ate in local restaurants down the street and it seemed we were the only tourists. Many locals were stunned to see that we were capable eating with chopsticks. Keep in mind that it is at least a 15 minute taxi ride to the "preferred" area to walk around. I was not bothered by this because I wanted to be immersed with the locals. Yet the sidewalks (if you can call them that), are an obstacle course and crossing the street is very tricky.

Two notes worth mentioning: when you leave the area and walk toward the main street, if you are a dog lover, do not turn right off the main road! The first cart we encountered were dog carcasses hanging ready to be grilled. We had no idea this area was popular for grilled dogs.

Lastly, our hosts greeted us with kindness and we were treated well. Yet, our guide that we had hired independently, was not offered the same respect. After a couple of days touring, returning to the hotel, we were offered fresh juice and our guide a glass of water. He also asked to use the washroom and they were impolite and only offered because we were standing with him. That left us with a bad taste.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 656/52 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street | Ward 11, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City 0084, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 383 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ma Maison Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a short alley from the main Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, Ma Maison Boutique Hotel caters to demanding clients of long-term expats and French art aficionados. Located in a local labor area where Vietnamese daily real life can be reflected in its most truthful way, this boutique house is brought out to be such an extraordinary in every possible way. Leaving behind the bustling daily routines, first impression would be like straying into a totally different world. Sensation of art, peacefulness and nature-friendliness may balance to fulfill its charming. Ma Maison features Provence style in which bright sunshine and decoration theme have been embraced to create a relaxed look in this guesthouse. Antique design, refinement and sumptuous materials combined with standard services and its harmony in decoration would make your stay a memorable experience. ... more   less 
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