After a 5 night stay in the 'posh' area (very sanitized and international), we wanted our kids to experience getting in and amongst it in Pham Ngu Lao. We stumbled on Golden Wind and were impressed with the rooms and price. The labyrinth of alleyways gave great insight into how HCMC inner city locals live ... kids playing hopscotch; Nana's wandering in their pajamas's; religious celebrations; music; people clipping their toenails in their underwear, sharing meals ... real life!
The rooms were pleasant and well equipped, the price was good and the staff were the most exceptional we have encountered in Vietnam. They were proficient in English, had a great sense of humor and went out of their way to assist us. We loved the simple breakfast: a crusty baguette, spectacular pho and eggs any way you choose - perfect way to start the day.
I cannot fault this hotel ... we traveled with 3 children aged 14 - 7 and stayed in adjoining rooms. It was clean, safe and walking distance to a myriad of restaurants, bakery's, shops and spa's. Each night after dinner we would sit in the park over the road and watch the locals play soccer, badminton and practice dance routines.
If you want to be clean and safe but amongst the hustle and bustle of Saigon this is a well priced hotel with great staff in an exceptional location!
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