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252A1 Co Bac Co Giang Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000 Vietnam
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Mémoires de Saigon is a friendly boutique hostel located right in the heart of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, only 1 km from Ben Thanh Market and 500m from Bui Vien - the best backpackers’ nightlife hub in town. Situated in a quiet street off the main road, Mémoires de Saigon offers a soothing night sleep after your strenuous journeys. Don’t forget to also check out various food outlets, cafes, gyms, spas and convenience stores just around the corner. The entire hostel has been recently refurbished, featuring air-conditioned rooms with flat screen TVs, refrigerators, comfortable beds and private bathrooms. Facilities are tastefully appointed to our distinctive retro style of old Saigon, offering travel lovers unforgettable memories of Vietnam now and then. As part of the refurbishment, we have added unique dormitory rooms with fully-partitioned bunk beds to enable budget travelers to travel in style, enjoying maximum comfort and privacy.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free internet
Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
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The hotel is above a restaurant and you have to pass through it to reach your room. On the key it's written that it's open till 11.30 pm and nobody warned about this when we checked in. We also asked esplicitally because we had to check out very early next morning. Surprise: when we arrived at 10.30 after a day around Ho Chi Minh there was a guy locked inside which didn't had the key to open. We waited one hour in the street with our baggage and passports locked inside and no clue from anybody. Then a grab motorbike bring the key, but we had the fear to loose our transport the day after and we lost our sleep.
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Review of private room not dorm room. I will start with the positives about this place, as there are many: Location in the tourist district. Close enough to walk safely between hotel and bustling bars (“Walking Street”) yet quite enough at night for a sleep. Good pillows, clean bedding, clean-ish bathroom. We did have to ask for the room to be cleaned on day 3 and it took until day 4 before they did it. Removing the empty toilet roll and forgetting to replace with a new one. There have been reviews making negative comments about the bathroom. It’s small granted and may not be what some westerners are accustomed to. By any other name, it’s a wet room. It has a shower mounted close to the toilet and the shower drain is in the floor beyond the toilet. This sounds to some as a poor design, in fact this is a very good design and use of space. The toilet may get wet but it gets a clean each time you do. It’s also a very good use of space. The suite may be a fetching shade of royal blue, that is purely aesthetics and I’ve seen a lot worse maintained hotel/motel/guesthouse bathrooms. The room A/C is nice and cold - quiet in use too. There is a fridge, microwave combi, induction hob, coffee machine, kitchen units & sink and plentiful cups, glasses etc. Filter coffee (good Vietnamese stuff) is supplied. No milk or sugar though. A pair of sealed 500ml bottles of water in the fridge too. The room boasts a small balcony from which you can watch the going’s on in the street below, whilst not having to be in the middle of it all. There is a great view looking across to the Bitexo tower. The washing machine is to one side of the balcony, which we were told we could use at will. Best to ask first out of politeness. On the first floor, is an Italian restaurant. Fish and seafood dishes are on offer. The calamari, lasagna, seafood risotto were all amazing and at such a keen price. Beers 20-25K (compared with 60-70K in Walking Street). I highly recommend this restaurant even if you are are not staying in the hotel. This would be a lovely place to stop this review, however: Upon arrival, nothing signifies you are at the hotel. The old sign in one of the reviews has been replaced by one advertising the above Italian restaurant - Mr Lim. The first confirmation of being in the right place, is some two flights up the stairs. It’s quite a trek up to the second floor to check in. Shoes litter the floor as you negotiate the stairs with luggage. There’s a shoe rack but it’s already full of shoes that seemed unused our whole stay. We had chosen this hotel party because it included breakfast and partly because, although we had a private room, we hoped to bump into some of the back packers over breakfast and pick up tips or add travel companions for excursions. Nothing on Booking com advised us otherwise. We had also requested late check out for the last day. Upon checking in, we were told that breakfast would not be supplied. Apparently there were “alterations” going on. We were offered a small discount to compensate for the breakfast. The room photos do look better than the actual room. It’s ok and ok for the price, just not as “boutique” as the listing implies. We had a brief moment where we debated finding another hotel but decided, on balance that it wasn’t that bad. We were advised that the front door to the street was locked every night at 10pm. A bell summonses a member of staff to let you in. We used this one night and a member of staff appeared quickly to let us in. Unfortunately the bell is on the inside. One morning we found ourselves locked in at 8am on our way to a booked excursion. There is a reception bell on second floor and we were quickly on our way. These could all be regarded as little niggles and to be expected from a small hotel. Nowhere, absolutely nowhere should have staff like one we encountered. He giggled with a look of derision when we asked which currencies they accepted. He was adamant that 12 noon was the check out time with no extensions available. When we asked for him to check with, or summon the manager, he said his English was better than hers anyway and HE knew all about bookings. A day later, we were out until about 10:30 at a new Irish Bar a block away (seek IT out) and came back to have an early night before our flight the next day. We rang the night bell and waited politely 5 minutes before pressing again. After 10 minutes, a face appeared at the stairs; fully seeing us waiting outside. Then nothing. My partner tried phoning the manager, who didn’t pick up. By 15 minutes (both now needing a bathroom) we resorted to ringing the bell continuously. We could hear the bell ringing inside and it must have woken all the guests. Finally I started shaking the doors to get someone’s attention. At this, a neighbouring trader intervened. He also phoned the manager and kindly put out two chairs for us to wait. After a total of 35 minutes, the member of staff who had been so rude before, appeared. He didn’t open the door, instead conveying that his manager had the key and was out. When questioned as to why he had taken so long to respond, he said he couldn’t hear us... then smiled with a contemptuous smile. There was no way he could not have heard the bell. He stood behind the doors just looking out at us. My partner and I concluded that the story of the manager having the key could not be true. The only way he could cover that story would be for the manager to come behind us outside the doors. Therefore we were not surprised when he “found” the keys on the counter. He unlocked the door, smiled smugly and turned his back as we entered. His manner was far worse than a staff member who may be tired or just having a bad day. My partner and I both have years of experience in service and hospitality. Even on our worst days, we would not display such contempt nor abandon our guests or customers. Such was the attitude of this member of staff, I felt that he had some kind of vendetta following our confrontation. I turned the room key to prevent another key being inserted. Every little noise had me on edge and consequently slept no more than an hour on our last night in Vietnam. It spoiled completely our hotel stay and tainted an otherwise very enjoyable Vietnam experience. Most of the people we encountered were genuinely friendly and helpful. This one bad apple should not be working in a customer facing role. We gave up on asking about our late check out before we went to bed. Thankfully we got the manager to check us out in the morning. She was very apologetic and asked why we were checking out before 12 when our booking allowed late check out. She clearly knew the booking (apart from the breakfast thing) We lodged our complaint but just wanted out of there! We spent two hours in a nearby coffee shop before our ride to the airport: utterly exhausted and jaded from our experience.
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We booked a horrible room next to Bu Vien. We had to emergency evacuate ourselves from there. So we'v been browsing for some guest houses and hotels half a day. On our way to one of the guest houses we just randomly stumble upon Memories De Saigon. We though it was very cute little place not far from city centre but on a quite street. We check the separate room. It was nice and clean with absolutely beautiful balcony. We paid fair 22$ for one night and were very happy. In general super friendly staff, nice and neat place decently recommend as value for money!
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Tiny four story building with narrow winding staircase. The breakfast was very basic and the room lacked a table (desk) for using a computer. The 20.00 price seemed reasonable but the bathroom had a shower sticking out of the wall with only the floor to catch the water. I was told that there would be parking space for a motorbike and there wasn't.
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we found this place by accident while we tried to check another hotel nearby. the entrance is completely open with a cool little counter at the end and one communal table in the room. the rooms are located upstairs, 2 per floor. some of them are shared rooms and some private. the we stayed in the private room, not too shabby with a french style windows (and a tiny terrace, with a view to the street) clean and farely okay for the price (22 dollars per night). the area is not noisy. the day before we got out of a horrible airbnb in bui vien so this was a nice change. the place is farely old but well maintained with a charming entrance - communal area
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$25 - $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
VietnamHo Chi Minh City
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