We loved this hotel! The rooms have nice new furniture, crisp white sheets and are much more than basic. Marble in the bathroom and everything is spanking clean. We took a small room so the shower was essentially open and next to the toilet so it's just a question of trying not to wet everything in the bathroom. But lots of nice touches - slippers, a safe in the closet, free wireless and excellent service from staff whose English is better than most. The breakfast included is standard simple western fare like most hotels in Vietnam but served promptly and by a really friendly guy. They let us leave our luggage for almost two weeks and i knew it was safe cause i saw it rigged up, locked and hanging from the ceiling protecting it from theft, dirt or flooding. There's an air of elegance and they try really hard to make it feel upscale which is a marked difference from the hotels surrounding it on Bui Vien St which is basically a giant strip of low-middle end hotels.
The area is very loud, bustling and FULL OF TOURISTS. It's authentic in some ways and absolutely a tourist trap in others. Loud music coming from bars all night. If you're looking for a place to party - go no further. But if you want a genuine Saigon experience - maybe better to stay in Chinatown (Cholon), which we will do next time despite how much we loved the Beautiful Saigon. The area is convenient for its proximity to the Ben Thanh market but there are equally good markets in other parts of the city which won't try to rip you off as much (ex: Cholon's Binh Tay market).
Note: The cost to the hotel from the airport in a taxi should be no more than $7 (about 100 to 150 000 VDN depending on traffic) - do not let them make u pay more or any "airport fees". In fact, tell them to put the meter on and you won't get ripped off. The best taxi service to use is VINASUN.
They opened a Beautiful Saigon 2 just before we left Vietnam which apparently has a restaurant as well. Am sure its just as great. This is great value for $30USD/night.
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- 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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