Location: For those who complained about having "no view", keep looking, but if you were like us who just used the hotel to rest & sleep & you like to be near the main attractions & you like to shop at the market, this hotel is perfect! Although there are a few other hotels down, namely Lan Lan 1 & 2, Kelly Hotel to name a few. The hotel is facing the main street to the front & a back alley to the back, so don't expect any "room with a view". It's literally 1-min away from Ben Thanh Market & 5min from Reunification Palace, 10min from Notre Dame/Post Office & War Remnants Museum. Also within walking distance to Dong Khoi & "harbour" area. Location-wise, perfect for budget travellers like us who despised using taxi/cyclos as most drivers were just out to con us! Oh yes, there's a Pho24 & "I Love Bun" eateries 2 blocks away as well. We didn't use any public transport at all, besides the tour & to/fro airport (cost VND150,000 going & 100,000 coming back).
Room: Nice king bed for a superior room. Air-cond was cold & working fine. Hotel was recently refurbished as you could tell "it's new". Pillow were surprisingly firm enough for support. Bathroom was very clean with walk-in shower. Oh yes, we paid $149++ for a 3D2N package (which included room, foot massage for 2 pax, 2 sets of dinners for 2pax, & a choice of tour between Mekong Delta cruise or Cu Chi Tunnels (admission not included) tour. We chose the Cu Chi tour, it was great! Although we found out the tour was only worth USD$5-6 (admission not included) at any local travel agent.
Service: Receptionists spoke coherent English (trust me, it's very important). Staff was very friendly. Breakfast spread was decent, but probably not enough bakery products for Europeans. But bear in mind it's a 3-star hotel! We have dinner 2 nights in a row, food was great (if you like Asian food, obviously). We also had the free foot massage. The ambience was great, so were the masseuse. We gave them 15% tip. Although they did pass us a slip to write down our tips at the end of the sessions, we just slipped the notes to them (for crying out loud, a signed slip for a tip?!, what's next?!)
WIFI: Last but not least, the Wifi service was again, surprisingly fast & consistent! Best of all, it's FREE. Hope this help & enjoy your trip to Saigon!
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