It was our first ever trip to Saigon and we choose our hotel based on the reviews here. We were not disappointed!! It was a wonderful 4 days.
It is a little boutique hotel located outside the city centre (only a short and cheap taxi ride away). We loved the decor especially the shelves of books in the reception area. The room was clean and comfortable.
Every single member of staff could not have been more accommodating or helpful. On arrival, the duty manager (Miss Moon?) met us and made us feel at home. A personalised list of restaurants, museums and places to visit was made along with practical advise on which taxi companies to avoid.
The breakfast menu was small but delightful. A simple and light breakfast is a welcomed alternative to greasy, buffet styled breakfast usually available from hotels in South East Asia. The roadhouse grill restaurant also serves excellent burgers. Whilst I am not normally a fan of eating in hotel restaurants, I will make this an exception despite the excellent street food available.
Each day, the staff were attentive to our needs - free flow of ice coffee, loan of umbrellas on the rainy day, etc.
The downside? It doesn't have the facilities of a 5-star hotel e.g. swimming pool. Its not within walking distance to the city centre BUT, the area around the hotel was full of life and infinitely more appealing than the hustle and bustle of the city centre. There were loads of side streets and markets to explore. The people were friendly (although they should stop riding their motorbikes on the pavements!) and the street food would rival that of Singapore, Bangkok etc for a fraction of the price.
We were sad to leave but we look forward to going back again. Highly recommended.
- 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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