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“An ok hotel in a perfect location” 3 of 5 stars
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Little Saigon Boutique Hotel
2.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   36Bis/ 2 Le Loi Street, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam   |  
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Ranked #23 of 701 Ho Chi Minh City B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“An ok hotel in a perfect location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This hotel is very average - we had a room with no windows. Initially the room we got had strong cigarette smell (on the 3rd floor). Given we were both non-smokers, we asked for another room, and were switched to the 5th floor room in the same line, again with no windows. The room was small and cramped. There were a couple of harmless house lizards in the room, if that bothers you. The bathroom in general was very clean. The hotel is located at the back of a tiny alley - so you have to walk through the alley pass some vendors, small shops and a parking lot full of 2-wheelers to get to it. I wasnt too thrilled with this entrance, however, once we figured out how close we were to the happening part of Saigon, it didnt bother us anymore. We could walk to all the best restaurants and bars and good shopping within 2-5 mins. We were about a 3 min walk to the famous Ben Thanh market; right across the Saigon center market; and a block from the bright and happening avenue with top restaurants and bars - Dong Khoi street. We were also able to walk around for a full day to check out the historical sites such as Jade Pagoda, etc. Had a great time. This is in reality a 2 star hotel, but I gave it a 3 star primarily for the location and the cheap rate.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Phuhao, Manager at Little Saigon Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Dear Writer,

Many thanks for your selecting our hotel as your home away from home during the recent TET festival in Vietnam and we believed that you completely enjoyed and appreciated with our central location whereas you just walked a few steps to the Ben Thanh market and all key tourist attractions in this vibrant city.

You are definitely correct as we have 3 type of rooms: Standards ( 22 sqm ) - tiny window, Superior ( 25 sqm ) - large window and Deluxe (28 sqm) - private balcony and all rooms with a private bathroom.

Thank you very much for your constructive comments and we look forward with pleasure to welcoming you & your friends back with us in the coming time.

With best regards/ John La - Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Our first destination. Arrived tired and jet lagged to find they were double booked and had no room available for us. At best this was incompetence, at worst a deliberate policy of overbooking and then farming out the last arrivals to another hotel. I note this problem has been reported before at this hotel. This is why I have scored them "terrible".
Didn't see the rooms so can't comment. They farmed us out to their sister hotel, Little Saigon Corner boutique hotel which was clean and comfortable but not in the location we wanted to be: some 10 minutes walk further away from the centre.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Phuhao, Manager at Little Saigon Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
Dear Writer,

On behalf of the Little Hotel Chain, I sincerely apologize for your inconveniences & not satisfactory when we accommodated you at our newly managed Little Saigon Corner Boutique hotel that is a higher standard than our Little Saigon one.

That was definitely our mistake for not properly explained to you from our staff as you need a large window room and a full buffet breakfast since our new hotel can accommodate your inquires and both hotel's location is just around Ben Thanh market ( the symbol of Saigon ).

Nevertheless, since you are not completely satisfied with our level of services, even you appreciate our good location & the cleanliness of our rooms, please accept our sincere apology for this inconveniences and we look forward to having another chance to service you for your next trip in Saigon.

With best regards/ John La - Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Down an alley, hidden away from the bustle and noise this reasonably priced boutique hotel was in the best area of town and in walking distance of everything you'd want to do and see - the staff were absolutely lovely and did everything to make our stay and it was almost embarrassing how much they smiled - we have travelled a lot and it was so wonderful to be in a big city where we were made to feel so welcomed! Comfortable, clean rooms, delicious coffee and eggs for breakfast - couldn't ask for more.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Phuhao, Manager at Little Saigon Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 23, 2013
Dear Writer,

Thank you very much for your fantastic comments on our boutique style hotel and what you have commented is exactly as what we want to offer to our valued guests.

Yes, our location can't beat as we are the only Hotel located on the Le Loi Boulevard and you can access any key tourist attractions within a walking distances and we are in short alley, therefore, you definitely have a good and sound sleep as It blocks all of the noise from the busy street outside.

Once again, thank you and look forward with pleasure to welcoming you and your friends back with us the coming time.

With best regards/ John La - Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

You can't get a better location. Great service, we upgraded to the penthouse for $7 US was outstanding. (Room 602)
Louis is great fun and extremely helpful, as are all the staff. Great breakfast, cheap laundry service.
Located at the end of a small but busy lane with sandwiches, hairdressing, homes and businesses. An authentic flavour of HCM City. Great value thoroughly recommended.

Room Tip: Worth finding, tricky location but make rhe effort.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phuhao, Manager at Little Saigon Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Dear Writer,

Louis and our "little" TEAM feel very encouraged & motivated with your GREAT comments on everything during your recent stay with us and we can't be complacent, but still have a long way to go and our aim is to make any single guests who select our Little Hotel Chain as home away from home.

Yes, our location can't beat as we are the only Hotel located on the Le Loi Boulevard and you can access any key tourist attractions within a walking distances and we are in short alley, therefore, you definitely have a good and sound sleep as It blocks all of the noise from the busy street outside.

We look forward with pleasure to welcoming you & your friends back with us in the coming time.

With best regards/ John La - Manager
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

My wife and I stayed here a few weeks ago during our time in Vietnam. Our started our stay in Saigon, and after traveling north to Hue and Hanoi, planned on staying 3 nights again in Saigon before heading to Hong Kong.

We booked our first few nights in Saigon here at the Little Saigon based on the positive reviews here on TripAdvisor, but left our options open for our second stay in Saigon. We scoped out several hotels while we explored other nearby hotels in District 1 but the friendliness of the staff really set this place apart from the other hotels so we booked the rest of our days in HCM here at the Little Saigon.

We had the superior room with windows and a small balcony. The room was nice, large bed(my wife though this was the best bed she slept on out of the 3 hotels we stayed at), TV with great reception(the channels are in alphabetical order, not numerical), ample shower and overall, clean and modern bathroom. The room itself is not small, but not big by any means. Big enough for the two of us to have our luggage out, without tripping over each other.

The location is perfect as others have noted. Ben Thanh market, Saigon Square, the cathedral, post office etc are all within a very walk-able distance from this hotel. I can go into further detail but just read the other reviews and you'll get the idea.

What sets this place apart from the rest of the hotels in this area is their staff. We were greeted with a smile and friendly conversation every time we came back to cool off from the HCM heat and humidity.

This won't be the last time we visit Vietnam, and we will certainly stay here when we come back.

Thanks Kelly, Louis, My and Bac Tung and the rest of the staff for making our stay in HCM feel like home.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phuhao, Manager at Little Saigon Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Dear Writer,

Kelly, Louis, My and Bac Tung and our "little" TEAM feel very encouraged & motivated with your GREAT comments on everything during your recent stay with us and we can't be complacent, but still have a long way to go and our aim is to make any single guests who select our Little Hotel Chain as home away from home.

We look forward with pleasure to welcoming you & your friends back with us in the coming time.

With best regards/ John La - Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

In little lane off the Main Street - is quiet and a great location ,
We stayed in both cheapest rooms with no windows and the next price up superior - definitely pay the extra as the rooms with no windows are quite clastrophic . Big firm bed, tv bar fridge and free bottled water . No safe . Our room came with breakfast which was very good fruit cheese meat rice veggies and eggs cooked fresh coffee tea juice breads .
We pre paid for superior room yet the first night we stayed in standard room as they had obviously sold our rooms ! When leaving the refunded the difference - however initially they wanted to give us less until we pointed out the mistake .

Room Tip: Pay the extra money - well worth it for slightly better room with a window
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Phuhao, Manager at Little Saigon Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Dear Writer,

Thank you very much for your fantastic comments on our boutique style hotel and what you have commented is exactly as what we want to offer to our valued guests.

Yes, our location can't beat as we are the only Hotel located on the Le Loi Boulevard and you can access any key tourist attractions within a walking distances and we are in short alley, therefore, you definitely have a good and sound sleep as It blocks all of the noise from the busy street outside.

Once again, thank you and look forward with pleasure to welcoming you and your friends back with us the coming time.

With best regards/ John La - Manager
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Berlin, Germany
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Although located on Le Loi street, this hotel is very calm because in the backyard. Staff has been very helpfull and very friendly.
You have to know that standard rooms are tiny and have only a very little window and superior rooms are not that big either but more comfortable though. Nevertheless, furniture and design seemed to be new. Bathroom are very clean.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phuhao, Manager at Little Saigon Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Dear Writer,

Thank you very much for your fantastic comments on our boutique style hotel and what you have commented is exactly as what we want to offer to our valued guests.

Yes, our location can't beat as we are the only Hotel located on the Le Loi Boulevard and you can access any key tourist attractions within a walking distances and we are in short alley, therefore, you definitely have a good and sound sleep as It blocks all of the noise from the busy street outside.

Once again, thank you and look forward with pleasure to welcoming you and your friends back with us the coming time.

With best regards/ John La - Manager
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Address: 36Bis/ 2 Le Loi Street, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 701 B&Bs / Inns in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Little Saigon Boutique Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Little Saigon Boutique Hotel is a low rise, contemporary architectural designed building, located right in the heart of vibrant Saigon, ideally located for those who want to experience the City’s bustling shopping, nightlife, from cheap & cheer street food vendors to chic cosmopolitan clubs & lounge bars and Vietnamese local products. ... more   less 
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