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“A featureless hotel in an excellent location” 3 of 5 stars
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Golden Central Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   140 Ly Tu Trong Street | Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   |  
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Ranked #122 of 353 hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
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“A featureless hotel in an excellent location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This hotel is right in the heart of the commercial and fashionable centre of Saigon. The bedrooms are small but quite efficient and comfortable.

The restaurant for breakfast is on the 16th and 17th floors where you get good views, of course. There were not enough staff to replenish the jugs of coffee and tea for all the guests. The breakfast buffet was mediocre, nothing to anticipate with any pleasure. The staff were indifferent to us.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

We are here for 5 nights total and I have to say, the soundproofing is great as we are next to the elevator shaft and only on the5th floor but our room is very quiet.
We are traveling with our 2 year old which was clearly stated at the time we made the reservation and we requested a small cot. Not only did they not prepare one, they wanted to charge us 30usd a night for it and the room was too small. My husband worked things out with them, but all in all, not a great start after such a long journey. If you just stick to the basics, the breakfast is ok, nothing special though.
The view by the pool is great. My daughter lived splashing away after a long day if sight-seeing. Wimps beware, they keep that pool water very cold!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Small rooms, I mean tiny! But it was clean and comfortable. Staff in the restaurant were friendly when we ordered drinks and admired the views.
Staff at the front desk were ok but not really warm, as in personal. They were formal.

Food for breakfast was not great, but its convenient .
We stayed here for 3 nights and it was a good location, close to the market.
Getting a taxi was easy to other places too.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

This is the 3rd night of our stay here and we have been totally satisifed with everything about the hotel. The staff are very efficient and helpful, the room is quite comfortable the bed is even soft and the shower is the most modern I have ever seen in a hotel. The few small problems we have had were all fixed quickly and in each case somone was at our room within minutes of our call to the desk. The breakfast is quite good with a wide variety of items to choose from. Another plus is the soundproofing which blocked out most of the noise of the city. The hotel is located only a block from the market and 3 blocks from the Reunification Palace. There is even a nice pastry shop in the next block.

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

My partner and I stayed here after our travel agent had booked us in another hotel which hadn't even opened yet. Prior to staying at Golden Central we were staying at the Nikko in HCM city, which definitely lived up to its 5 stars. Golden central was one of the worse hotels ever, small and dark. Rooms are barely big enough for 1 person! Breakfast is a joke, over priced and does not deserve 4 stars! Maybe 1 star is being generous. Don't waste your time guys, pay extra for comfort.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This hotel is in a great location. You can walk to so much, when you are willing to cross the street. The amount of scooters is insane. The people at the front desk were very nice. We had a room for 3 on the 12th floor. We had 1 king or queen (I can't recall) and 1 roll away. The rollaway was a bit hard but after all the walking and exploring we did, it really didn't matter. The bathroom was a decent size and had a futuristic shower.

A breakfast buffet was included in the cost of the room. It is located on the 17th floor and had very nice views of the city. It had an assortment of food that seems to be quite typical for all the countries we visited....fruit, sliced meats and cheeses, salad, eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, typical Asian fare congee and noodles and a few breads/pastries.

All in all if you need a good hotel with more than the basics in a good area, this will suit your needs.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

The location near the market and the city views from the dining room on the 17 th floor are the best features of this hotel. The rooms are very small and musty. No opening windows and the air con wasn't doing a good job. The dining room had the great view, but the buffet breakfast was just awful on choice and taste! The pool will inevitably cool you down on a hot humid Ho Chi Minh day and this might just be enough reason to choose this hotel??

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 140 Ly Tu Trong Street | Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #122 of 353 hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Golden Central Hotel 4*
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