The hotel’s strong points are its (i) location, (ii) free wireless internet, and (iii) very friendly and accommodating staff which really make a lot of difference.
(i) Location. Hotel is located in the popular backpacker’s area and walking distance (esp .if you love to walk) to key tour sites like Ben Thanh Market, Saigon Square, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, and the Reunification Palace.
(ii) Free Wireless Internet. Free wireless internet was very fast.
(iii) Staff. Staff were very accommodating and helpful esp. Thu. She provided us with suggested restaurants to try and directions to take to go from one location to another. In addition, she also arranged for our Mekong Delta River tour.
In addition, the hotel is clean and safe (they have CCTV cameras scattered around the building).
However, the hotel is not perfect. Some minor points wherein the hotel can improve on are on the following:
(i) Toiletries. The room assigned to us did not have any toiletries except for a roll of tissue paper. I might be wrong but it seems that it is more expensive in Ho Chi Minh City compare to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city. When I stayed in Hanoi 6 months ago, for the same rate, I was able to get a room with complete toiletries, free bottled water and 3-in-1 coffee (daily).
(ii) Breakfast. Breakfast food was very limited to French bread and two eggs (cooked fried or omelet). Hotel staff said their kitchen staff are still new and adding ‘complicated’ menu might confuse them. I hope they consider adding some meat (e.g., ham or hotdogs) in their breakfast options.
Other than the above, I guess the hotel needs to do daily cleaning services. We stayed for a total of 3 days and our room was cleaned I think only once. An almost filled trash bin stayed as it is for 2 days before it was picked-up.
In general, Blue River Hotel is a good place to stay while in HCMC
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue River Hotel is a newly built and refurbished hotel which combine Vietnamese hospitality with international and welcome atmosphere. All room offer a choice of queen or twin beds, window with nice view, air conditioner, flat screen LCD TV, free wifi, in-room safe, private bathroom, hair dryer.Whilst the room rate is budget, the facilities are clean and definitely comfortable, with a light breakfast included and friendly staff who are always willing to go the extra mile to help with tour bookings, hire cars, taxi’s and any other help you may require.Every room has a private bathroom, hair dryer, mini-bar, air conditioner, flat screen LCD TV with international channels, wireless internet access, IDD telephone and in-room safe.Blue River Hotel take pride in pampering our guests with service such as safe deposit box, luggage storage, laudry, DVD players as request and airport pickup & transfer service. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Asiatravel.com Holdings, HostelWorld, Agoda, HostelBookers, Travelocity, Despegar.com and Odigeo so you can book your Blue River Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Blue River