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The Alcove Library Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   133A Nguyen Dinh Chinh Street | Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   |  
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Ranked #43 of 383 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Melbourne, Australia
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“Comfort and proximity to airport ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed here for one night. Arriving late and flying out the next morning mate The Alcove Library a great choice for me. The room was clean, the bed was comfortable and breakfast was great. Oh and the staff were lovely.
Personally I wouldn't stay in this area for a holiday but it's perfect for business or for ease of the airport.

Stayed March 2015, traveled solo
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my 4th trip to Vietnam. The Alcove is a great choice for the following reasons: First, it's clean, well kept and has a professionally trained staff. The rooms are comfortable. AC works well (a must in Saigon). Breakfast includes both Vietnamese and Western choices - and is excellent. The restaurant is on the top floor with a descent view of the city. It serves lunch and dinner as well. The hotel is well situated for the following reasons: It's 10 mins from the airport (not more than a $4.00 cab fare) and about 10 mins from downtown. It's also off of the main street (Nguyen van Troi) which means it's really quiet. For someone who needs their sleep and wants to escape the drama and noise of the city - this is the place! It's my favorite hotel in Vietnam (including N. Vietnam as well). The only downside for some would be that it does not have a really large, flashy lobby and the rooms are a bit on the smaller side. Like all hotels (that I've been to in VN) the staff takes care of you - and is a great help. Finally - don't forget to visit the 'Fig' - 5 mins walk and S Cafe (10 mins walk) from hotel.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HotelAlcove, General Manager at The Alcove Library Hotel, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear pscline,

We are pleased to read that you have thoroughly enjoyed your stays with us, especially for the breakfast. Your review will surely delight my chefs and my other team members, so thank you for taking the time to leave these words here with us. It is great that you enjoyed the coffee shops in the neighborhood. They are garden style coffee shops, and there are many of cool places like this around the area.

It is our pleasure to have you stayed with us and we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the near future.

With our best regards,
The Management Team
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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at The Alcove Library Hotel in April 2015 for two nights as the first stop of our Honeymoon in Vietnam. We were delighted to receive a free room upgrade and welcome cake, along with rose petals on the bed and swan-shaped towels. These little touches made us feel very special. There are cool pictures and quotes from authors around the hotel, and the rooms are 'themed' on a particular book (insofar as there's a picture and quote on the wall and a copy of the book in the room). The staff were always very helpful with suggestions for places to go, ordering taxis, and giving advice on finding our way around Ho Chi Minh City. The breakfast was a nice mix of Vietnamese and Western and left you feeling satisfied. The location is tucked away down a little side street, so we weren't bothered by any noise or traffic. There's a cute little cafe down the same street where you can get your fix of their iced coffee for very cheap! It's still situated not too far from the central city, but you do need to get a taxi (not too expensive: between 50k - 80k Vietnamese Dong) to go exploring. We went on a tour of the CuChi tunnels organised by the staff which was very good. The staff also very kindly booked our overnight train journey to Nha Trang, which was incredibly helpful. Overall a great experience and would recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: 4th floor - Alice in Wonderland room was a lovely one
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelAlcove, General Manager at The Alcove Library Hotel, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear Lauren C,

Congratulations on your wedding.

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay with us. We have shared your feedback with my team, and we all feel very encouraged to know we have provided you with a memorable stay.

Once again, thank you for recommending us to other travelers and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Best regards,
The Management Team
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I decide to stay at this hotel because it's offer a good concept, "The Library". It was a small boutique hotel in HCMC with clean room, good breakfast, comfort bed and I like the Library concept where they're really take care in details. I had a good rest when stay here. I will definitely come back here on the next journey to HCMC.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelAlcove, General Manager at The Alcove Library Hotel, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear Sumartok,

Warm greetings from The Alcove Library Hotel.

We would like to express my appreciation for your recent review. It brings me great pleasure to read that we were able to exceed your expectations and that you were well looked after.

We look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable experience.

Warm regards,
The Management Team
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were there for 2 nights for our 1 week honeymoon in Vietnam. HCM was our last pit stop before heading home. I must say it was a lovely and quiet place for honeymooners. The reception staff, Vivian and bell boy, Jake welcomed us warmly and were very friendly and helpful with our queries around town. The rooftop restaurant was also a delight where we had our breakfast and dinner. Portions were big and delicious! The waiter whom I can't recall his name was very attentive to us even though there were others dining too. They also gave us a cake and a rose for our honeymoon stay at the hotel. Such a sweet gesture! My overall review is that this is a great hotel to be away from the bustling city center if you are looking for peace and relaxation in HCM. If you're there to shop, you may need to cab down to most shopping areas.

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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HotelAlcove, General Manager at The Alcove Library Hotel, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear rheatoreque,

Thank you very much for your comment on Tripadvisor, regarding your stay at The Alcove Library Hotel. We are so honored to read that you had an enjoyable honeymoon with us. We really appreciate the time and dedication it took you to write this very personalized messaged about our great team members. Recognition is very important to us and I am delighted to see that we exceeded your expectation.

We cannot wait to see you again for another great stay when in HCMC.

Best regards,
The Management Team
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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Alcove definitely lived up to reviews we read. It is a fantastic little hotel with plenty of character and charm.

The location for us was great as it was slightly out of the city which made it quieter at night compared to similar hotels in the city. Plus a cab from the center is only 60-80 Dong ($3-4). On the plus side the hotel is close to the location.

The rooms were extremely clean with everything you need, a little on the small side but we didn't spend much time in the hotel. One improvement they could make is to the shower neither of us worked out how to use it without getting the floor pretty wet.

The staff were all extremely helpful and spoke excellent English, also they were always on hand and offered recommendations about where to go, eat and excursions worth doing and ones you don't really need a guide for.

The Bar/Restaurant has a nice outdoor section good for an evening drink,
Breakfast was fresh and made to order with a selection of fruit to start with. Had a mix of Eastern and Western foods to start the day.

Wish we would of stayed when we came back to Ho Chi Minh

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelAlcove, General Manager at The Alcove Library Hotel, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Adrian315,

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience on TripAdvisor. Your patronage and support is greatly appreciated and so is your feedback which is most welcomed and valued.

I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay and service provided by our staff members. Regarding your comments about our shower, please rest assured that this has been addressed to our maintenance department.

We pride ourselves on creating an enjoyable experience for our guests and I do hope that we are able to welcome you back in the future.

Best regards,
The Management Team
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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This location is a nice retreat after a day out on the town. It's a quaint location tucked down an alleyway. The high ceiling lobby makes me think of Mr. Higgin's lovely, library office out of the movie, My Fair Lady. The staff speak English well and are super helpful. King room was clean and beds are comfortable. Great air condition and hot water. However, dividing glass pane from bathroom to bedroom doesn't allow much discretion as far as noise and privacy.

Rooftop restaurant upstairs has a nice breakfast. We also tried their Pho noodle soup (delish) as well as their burger ( a little pricey), which were both good. Not many other dining options in the area aside from a nice 2 story restaurant w/indoor & outdoor seating down the alley and around the corner.

The two of us hopped on a scooter taxi to get around town. Yes, that's three of us on one little bike! Great adventure, cost effective and fun if you dare. Otherwise, get a cab into town. If going to the Cu chi Tunnels, the company you arrange with will pick you up from the hotel.

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelAlcove, General Manager at The Alcove Library Hotel, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear D L,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your most recent stay with us.

We were delighted to hear of your enjoyable stay with us, and especially enjoy our breakfast which also have been received many great comments from travelers. It was also great to read that you did experience Vietnam in a “local way” with a scooter. It is indeed a great adventure and it is very safe as long as you had a helmet on.

Actually around the area, you get to taste many of the local food, but not too many high class restaurants. As you had mentioned, it is very easy to take a cab and only 5 – 10 minutes to get to the center.

Hope to see you again very soon at the Alcove Hotel for another amazing time!.

With our best regards,
The Management Team
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Address: 133A Nguyen Dinh Chinh Street | Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #43 of 383 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Alcove Library Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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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