it was a wonderful stay at such a hip hotel, one of very few to be found in ho chi minh at the moment. the hotel is halfway between the airport and city centre. we didn't manage to get a legitimate taxi from the airport, so we ended up having to pay 90,000 dong from a 'saigon tourist' taxi. therefore, we ended up taking the bus for the whole trip which costs 5,000 dong per trip. and the lovely receptionist, nikko, was very helpful in advising us of the routes to take. so we do suggest taking the bus, and save your dongs for food and shopping.
although we requested a queen room with a window, as suggested by another review, but the window we got was fog stained. probably to block the view of the building next door. my guess is the rooms with proper see-through windows are on the front side of the building, and are probably the larger rooms.
the bed is comfy as. slept right through the night.
the staff are very service-minded and will definitely improve. but don't expect five star service like you get in expensive hotels because at the end of the day this is a boutique hotel not a standard chain. so please don't yell at the staff if you don't get what you expected. you can tell that the staff here are giving it their best.
the breakfast here is very good, especially the eggs and bread. only wished there was more variety. we skipped the 3rd morning for some pho in town.
it was a shame not many of the guests used the garden in front. we bought a bottle of wine one night, and enjoyed it very much.
the roadhouse serves great ribs and chicken, and i here the burgers are nice too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Alcove Library Hotel, an unrivaled boutique hotel experience in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. We opened our doors in July 2012 and are located just off Nguyen van Troi street, the main avenue connecting the Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the city centre. This prime location offers great convenience to our guests, as the airport and the city are usually only 10 to 15 minutes away by taxi, depending on traffic conditions. Nestled in a charming and quiet neighbourhood street, The Alcove Library Hotel also offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, and yet represents a perfect base from which to explore the excitement of Saigon.In keeping with our name, The Alcove Library Hotel offers a sanctuary of deluxe accommodations, architectural elegance and timeless style. Our rooms feature supremely comfortable beds and pillows, over 70 channels on flat screen TVs, and a range of amenities designed to cater to the needs of discerning and savvy travelers.Our hotel is meant to be enjoyed, experienced and rediscovered with each visit. We have an extensive library that offers a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books for guests to borrow during their stay with us. High-speed wireless Internet connectivity is also available free-of-charge in guestrooms and throughout public areas. Our concierge service can also help tailor a personal itinerary, offering recommendations on places to visit. Our restaurant on our fifth floor, the Roadhouse Saigon, aims to offer the best burgers and contemporary fare in town. Guests can eat in air-conditioned comfort or enjoy the outdoor terrace overlooking neighboring rooftops. At The Alcove, a new level of hospitality in Saigon awaits you, where smiles abound, the service is gracious, your needs are anticipated, and your comfort is our top priority. ... more less
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