i really wanted to take a trip to HCMC, and when i saw the Groupon deal for Ruby River Hotel at 50% off, i figured why not take the deal. needless to say, i was really worried that the place would be disaster, but i was pleasantly wrong.
the hotel is located in District 1, the best area to stay in HCMC as its really near the restaurants and markets, and taxis know where the street is. (tip: write down the hotel address, taxis can't understand your speech, but they can read) great location.
it cost us (2 people) 10USD from the airport to the hotel, and when we arrived, it looked pretty dodgy from the outside, because its pretty much just a block in the street. the lobby is pretty small, the reception on the left, breakfast area in front, elevator/stairs for the rooms on the right, and some computers and couches.. but the staff is great. we also really appreciated the tour services they have, which saved us the hassle of going out to look for tours or to book online.
(online Mekong River tours were close to USD50, but hotel's was only USD25) so take the hotel tours!!
we checked in pretty easily, and we got the Deluxe Room, which turned out great. It was bigger than we thought it would be, and most importantly, GREAT BATHROOM. clean, new, jacuzzi, shower. we had no problem with room service and housekeeping, and we even appreciated the fresh fruit bowls replenished everyday with strawberries, rambutans, apples, bananas, and even mini oranges. 75 TV channels to choose from, mini bar, and kettle.
in terms of noise, i must point out that the hotel is next to a primary school, so it can get a little loud in the mornings. also, you can hear your neighbouring room's water activity because the piping is a little loud too. but all this doesnt matter if you just tune it out, after a while you barely notice it
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether in Ho Chi Minh City for business or leisure, Ruby River Hotel in downtown Saigon is your home away from home. Located within walking distance of District 1's main attractions, this boutique hotel features spacious rooms, and elegant restaurant, friendly staff and a relaxing atmosphere. Conveniently located in central Saigon's Ben Thanh and Dong Khoi areas, Ruby River Hotel provides graceful, air conditioned rooms with en suite bathroom and free WiFi. The hotel features a restaurant and a tour desk. Popular HCMC attractions are located nearby. Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Opera House, and the War Remnants Museum are all a quick five minute drive away. Tan San Nhat International Airport is just 30 minutes by taxi. ... more less
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