Beautiful Saigon Hotel outshines its surrounding competition by far. It's a clean, pleasant hotel staffed by friendly and helpful people who offered assistance above and beyond the normal call. Thankfully their English was much better than my Vietnamese, making requests and information easily available.
The superior room was exactly as depicted on their website with good A/C, nice television and channel selection, well-stocked mini bar, and fast wireless internet, which came in handy when researching maps and attractions on my iPod.
The included breakfast offered a good selection of high-quality food and efficient, friendly service.
The only downside for me was location. However, that opinion reflects more on my traveling style than it does on the hotel. I wasn't a big fan of the Western backpacker district (even though I was a Westerner with a backpack!) because it was...well...too Western. There was plenty of authenticity in the area and it is pure Saigon, but much of the establishments around the hotel catered to Westerners, were slightly more expensive due to the tourist population, and were too reminiscent of home for my taste. It wasn't the cleanest area of town either, and BSH certainly deserve better surroundings that what it has.
One final note: despite the bevy of bars and activity on Bui Vien St. and our street-facing window, it was actually quite peaceful in the room, and we had no trouble resting at any hour, even with a monumental street celebration following a soccer victory over Singapore! (see photos)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Saigon hotel is centrally located at the heart of the city approximately 20 minutes from the Tan San Nhat international airport. The hotel is within a walking distance from the Ben Thanh market, the Saigon River, as well as many other tourist attractions such as the War Museum, the Notre Dam Church, and the Reunification Palace. The location of the hotel provides you with an easy access to the public transportations, tour operators, restaurants, bars, and shopping centers. 24-hour front desk. ... more less
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