We arrived in Saigon as part of our one month honeymoon throughout Asia. I requested a pickup at the airport for $20, and the hotel is 30 minutes away (private shuttle back to airport is $10 from hotel - just book at front desk).
Located in downtown Saigon within a very busy alleyway, we enjoyed the authentic experience of the alleyway location. Once you exit the alley, there are main streets full of shops, restaurants, and traffic; so thank goodness we had the alleyway to block all the craziness.
Staffs at the hotel were great, and despite any language barriers try to do their best for you. Obviously, try to be patient as they do their best to speak English. We walked everywhere and there is plenty to see within walking distance, including a large market at the turning circle 10 minutes away. TNK Travel is around the corner for your touring needs.
The rooms are small (typical of Asia), and can be quite loud if you’re facing the alley. To my surprise, the restaurants within this alley are excellent, cheap, with lots of variety. The hotel itself has an excellent menu, but it’s difficult to stay in one place when you’re travelling.
Rooms come with a small desktop computer connected to the internet. Bathrooms are small but clean, and beds are hard (typical of Asia). Overall, I would recommend this hotel for its location and friendly staff.
Best part about this hotel is location, away from the rich tourist area where prices are 5-10X higher. Although everything is within walking distance, you'll see more of Vietnam here in the "Backpacker's" district than you will staying at the Sheraton surrounded by Gucci and Prada stores.
The only problem I had was returning from my day out to find 5 men invaded my room with their construction boots, working to take down a sign in front of my window. We had the "Do Not Disturb" sign on our door and were not pleased. I told the manager that it was not acceptable, considering the sign out front does not pose an urgent matter and we got no notice in advance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Saigon 3 Hotel is located in the Saigon back packers head-quarters area (Pham Ngu Lao – De Tham – Bui Vien – Do Quang Dau Streets). We are about 20 minutes from Tan San Nhat international airport, 10 minutes from Saigon train station and 5 minutes from the famous Ben Thanh Markets. It’s walking distance to the famous Ben Thanh Market as well as a number of great restaurants, bars and numerous shops and shopping centers as well as good public transportation and tour operators. Beautiful Saigon 3 Hotel has 24 spacious rooms that are elegantly designed with modern facilities which provide for a comfortable stay. Under the management of Beautiful Saigon Hotels Group, our team at the Beautiful Saigon 3 Hotel offer international standard rooms and friendly service with a smile to make you feel at home on your holiday in Ho Chi Minh city – Vietnam. ... more less
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