This was the 2nd hotel I stayed at in HCMC and I was there for two nights. It is in the heart of the backpacker/tourist district which is convenient for somethings, but also noisy due to several bars blasting music (despite patrons just lazily/boringly sitting around people watching).
Rooms are ok, nothing to write home about, but they were clean and reasonably new and appointed. And I never though I would say this, but it is probably better to get a room with no window, you'll sleep better and if it is just a place to crash after a long day of out and about, who cares. You don't really want a view of the backpacker district anyway. Wi-fi strength was good in the room and the lobby. Breakfast was good and convenient with good service, but relatively expensive option considering the cost of food on the street and nearby cafes.
What made my experience was the interactions with the manager (or an owners it more seems like) when I first arrived. He spoke fluent English and was very happy to provide recommendations for pho places, other restaurants (based on the dish I was looking for) and spas (I would recommend getting a massage everyday - so cheap in HCMC). He of course has tourist agency fliers like all of the other places, but he never tried to sell me (just showed he could offer that if I wanted it) and the places he recommended to eat really did seem like places he liked to go eat himself.
Overall a good experience and a good value for the money if you can put up with no window.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ASTON Hotel is a newly-built hotel 2012 located on the central District 1 and within the tourist area of the Hochiminh city. Our hotel approximately 25 mins from the TanSanNhat International Airport. There are many tourist attractions around such as Ben Thanh market (8mins walking), the Saigon River, War Museum, the Notre Dam Church, and the Reunification Palace... The famous BEN THANH MARKET (the inside opens from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm; and the outside opens from that time till midnight); you can enjoy a lot of dishes of Vietnamese cuisine; buy souvenirs or something special as gifts for family… Central Bus station(opposite to Ben Thanh Market); to go to Cho Lon China Town, take the bus number 1 to get there, or visit BINH TAY or AN DONG MARKET (wholesale; open from 6:00 am till 6:00 pm) Especially, the Bui Vien and Pham Ngu Lao bustling area (commonly known as the backpacker area), where there are lots of tourist desks, tailor-shops, coffee shops; nightclubs, restaurants, antique shops, art galleries, Banks, ATM (Commonwealth Bank), currency exchange desks.... ... more less
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