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A & EM Hotel 132 Ly Tu Trong
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   132 Ly Tu Trong Street | Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   |  
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Ranked #142 of 616 Ho Chi Minh City B&B and Inns
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Hotel experience Ho Chi Minh”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Cannot recommend this hotel. The room was clean but very very small. That aside, the main problem was that the place advertised restaurant & a bar. In fact, there was a small dining room set up and it appeared that both food and drinks had to be brought in from elsewhere. We decided to have dinner in the hotel our first night. Drinks were ordered - my tonic arrived in about 30 mins but the gin par did not arrive until much later. My rice arrived first and it was another 45 mins before the gristly chicken curry arrived. My friends experienced similar issues with their food and drink. I know it was raining but..... The location was good.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

The hotel is located very centrally.

Unfortunately when I checked in with my two young kids, they allocated us a room which was evidently recently vacated by a chain smoker. Indeed, by the smell of the whole floor, it would seem there had been a tobacco convention hosted there immediately prior to our arrival.

They then moved us to a room that looked straight on to a dirty wall opposite.

Then to a room on the top floor - only a drama in that there is only 1 lift for a hotel with at least 60 rooms...

Finally we were settled in a room, the safe wasn't working but a bit of judicious jiggling of the batteries sorted that, and we were away.

Unfortunately it had by then started raining, but the hotel receptionists (unwillingly) lent us a shoddy umbrella and gave us (wrong) directions to a place to eat.

We ended up getting wet and cranky and finally got a taxi to where the restaurant was - and the restaurant was actually excellent - but on the way the umbrella broke.

the next morning, despite the debacle of the day before, and the fact that the shoddy umbrella was so shoddy that it broke, the self-same receptionist insisted on being paid for it.

HOWEVER: all that aside, I have to say that it was one of the most comfortable hotel beds I've ever slept in!

So, if you can ignore the really revolting chintzy decorations (think some demented combination of Louis XVI and Victorian era gilt and gold) and the poor service, you will find a place with excellent beds that is close to everything, and doesn't cost terribly much in the broader scheme of things.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Oxenford, Australia
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I'll start with the good things. The hotel is central and the rooms, although quite small, are well-appointed. However, our dining experience was an absolute disaster. We arrived too late to go out, and were assured by reception that they had a restaurant and we could get drinks. We went into a large room behind reception, but no doorways into a kitchen or cooking equipment. We placed our drink and food orders and were told it would take 20 minutes. It was only after a considerable wait that we learned that the food and drinks were coming from another of their hotels, and were delayed because "it was raining". In the end, the order came in four lots, with two of the drinks coming after we had finished. The food was very average and not helped by the fact it was cold. Also, in the middle of the wait, the power went off for a considerable period of time - no advice on the problem or candle/torch was forthcoming.

The same room was used for breakfast, from 6.30am. We had an early start and were down there by 6.45am, but the breakfast wasn't fully set out until after 7am.

Another problem was our laundry. We handed it in with plenty of time to get it back by the 3pm promised. As we were due to leave the next day, I called at 4.15pm and was told it would be back at 3pm - even they realised that was impossible! It was then promised for three further times, before coming back very late indeed. This sort of thing is very important for travellers on short stays.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dengkil
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Actually my first trip to Saigon was in September 2010 with 5 friends. Since none of us have ever traveled to Saigon, I was in charge with everything. After looking at the photos from TripAdvisor and the room rate from their website, I decided to put us up all here. All of us were very happy with this property. We had Superior Double at USD45 nett per night breakfast. The room although quite small but was very comfortable. There was TV and PC with super fast internet connection at no extra charge. My room had a standing shower but my friends' room at the corner was bigger in size and had a bathtub.

What I loved the most about my room (and still does) was that it had a small window so if you are up early in the morning, you could see and soak in the real life in Saigon. It was lovely, really. Although my room was opposite a road, I didn't have trouble sleeping (or maybe I was too tired to even bother).

The room was cleaned everyday. although the decor a bit kitschy, but it's better than those normal backpackers inns that I saw. The service was superb - they helped us with our luggage and hailed cabs for us. Breakfast was limited but don't let that deter you!

Ben Thanh market is on the right - just one minute walk away from this hotel. If you go to left, there is a small cafe that has good Vietnamese coffee.

Room Tip: Although corner room is larger & has a bathtub, it lacks view of the city. You can only see some...
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  • Stayed July 2011, 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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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

This hotel so near with Ben Than Market, you can walk to this famous market just only 5minutes by walk. Interior of this hotel is influence by the French style as many angels statue in the room and angels picture, so classic with the interior, dominant in steel ornament.
Hotels in Vietnam is support with very high internet conection, wifi in each room, if you in business trip, this is the great hotel to do your paperwork.
Near the tourist area, Notredame Church, Ben Than Market, Parlemen Building, Post Office, you can be here by taxi and is not to expensive.

Room Tip: Choose deluxe room than the superior, it have bath tub with water massage.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

i think it's ok
i only stay 1 night and late check-in
room so small and bad smell like smoke and not clean
but great wifi signal

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hamburg, Germany
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Hotel is a very good location no far from the center, market and many small boutiques in the area. Interior design of the hotel is interesting and will for sure create a smile. Rooms were clean and generally in good upkeep.
Friendly staff and good value for the price.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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: 132 Ly Tu Trong Street | Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #142 of 616 B&Bs / Inns in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — A & EM Hotel 132 Ly Tu Trong 3*
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