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Saigon Balo Hostel

203 Pham Ngu Lao St | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 0084, Vietnam
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beware of the travel agency inside the hotel, as they sell consequently fake tickets. Train ticket for my son to Danang for $48,- soft sleeper. But in reality they issue you a hard sleeper ticket. Also my $12,-!! bus ticket to Phnom Penh was fake. They sell you a $12 VIP Luxury bus ticket but in reality you get on... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here for a couple of nights with my boyfriend. The location was great, close to bars, restaurants, street food stalls, coffee shops etc. The room was a good size for us. However, we were woken up by very loud music coming from reception at 6am. The plug sockets didn't work, i had to plug my phone in behind... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

If you book a private room here, it's quite possible you could get a room where it sounds like a large engine is sitting in the corner and where the bed is the hardest I've ever slept on (no exaggeration). I can't speak for the other rooms, but the one I stayed in was awful. I spoke to the man... More 

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

We booked a 3 bed room which was actually alright besides the terrible smell in the bathroom ( it was like sulphur) and the loud traffic right outside. Our booking said it included breakfast but when we arrived they had simply put up notices saying due to tet ( new year) they wouldn't be serving breakfast. We also booked a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here with my partner for 2 nights, staff are friendly and helpful with booking tours to the Mekong and bus transfers going north. You can opt out of breakfast as well which makes staying there about 6 US dollars a night. The dorm rooms have 6 beds and are clean. The aircon only has 1 setting which does the... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

For the 19usd/night price it could have been much worse, considering the great location. Although we originally booked standard double room but when we arrived we got the family room on the third floor, so really can't say if the price is too much for standard room. The family room had big windows and you could even open one. The... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Unfortunately this place did not meet our expectations at all. Our room was dirty and damp. Nothing like the pictured. There was no window so the A.C just pumped this awful smell around the room. We originally booked for four nights but left after one. If you are a couple wishing to stay here I would advise booking the two-bed... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

At least trip advisor has it correct it's a HOSTEL, they call it a hotel. Dirt room, rock hard bed, no hot water, bad A/C, and I got more bug bites than I can count,Wi-fi does not work, only in lobby and you have to connect to the travel agents wi-fi... Stay away

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The hostel has a very good location. Walkable from the HCMC sights like the Ben Tahn Market etc. Public transportation is also accessible from the hostel. A travel agency is located at the ground floor so guests can just ask away for assistance for trips they want to do after their stay. The staff are pretty accommodating and speaks commendable... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

Good location if you take the nightbus as all the buses stop right infront of the hotel. The rooms are are renovated and have a nice decoration. Nothing looks old or used. I got a new room after I complained about the mould in my room (as there was no window I didnt want to risk to get sick). Friendly... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Laundry Service
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Saigon Balo Hotel is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. In front of us have a big, green and quite park this is beautiful place for relax, reading and seeing people walk around or doing tai chi early in the morning. From the hotel, it takes only 10 minutes walk to the wars museums, Ben Thanh Market, Sai Gon Square, 20-minute drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Furthermore, Saigon Balo Hotel is situated near famous sights of the city as Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, City Theatre, Notre Dame Cathedral, etc. Saigon Balo Hotel offers affordable air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Providing 24-hour room service, it also has free tea/coffee at its on-site coffee shop. The non-smoking rooms come with either shared or private bathrooms, equipped with hot-water showers. A cable TV, personal safes and a minibar are included. Some rooms have a private balcony. Day trips and car rentals can be arranged at the tour desk. The hotel also provides laundry services and bicycle rentals. A Western or local breakfast can be enjoyed every morning. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Saigon Balo Hostel

Address: 203 Pham Ngu Lao St | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 0084, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: $12 - $19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Saigon Balo Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 16
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