After a day of scouring Saigon for places to stay, I was surprised that I was offered a room after I walked right into the lobby and requested a room for the night. The front desk offered me a superior room at $40 USD and after inspecting the room, I quickly accepted only to stay an additional four nights.
The Hai Long 1 Hotel is directly across the street from the New World Hotel and about a seven minute walk to the Ben Thanh Market. There is an ATM at a 24-hour convenient store five minutes away on the way to the market. The hotel is a bit small with one elevator and connected to the Dragon Hotel through the restaurant. Breakfast was a buffet at $80,000 VND and offered quite a few selections. Inside my room there were two beds, cable television, free Internet access via an ethernet cable, a refrigerator, and an A/C set with a minimum of 17 degrees. The room was clean and the beds were simple.
Overall the hotel has nothing special. There is no exceptional service provided, no extreme amenities, nor luxurious expectations. However what the hotel lacked in impressions, it made up for with cleanliness, a decent staff, and room space. I stayed here with my significant other but booked a room here for my good friend and my brother on his wedding night. The staff always seemed pleasant and inviting, I never once worried about my belongings, and there always seemed to be a person waiting to call a taxi for me or open the door to let me in.
I recommend this hotel for travelers who want a clean, safe, decent place to stay and are not looking to stay in the room all day. There was always hot water, Internet access, and power for the cold air conditioner when I stayed. This hotel is known by regular travelers to Saigon as well as business travelers and families. I would compare this hotel to a Holiday Inn Express in the United States.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Pham Hong Thai, District 1, Hoang Hai Long hotel is your ideal destination, and just take a few walking minutes to Ben Thanh Market, City Theatre and the peoples committee.The Hoang Hai Long is centrally located in the midst of Ho Chi Minh City and within walking distance to major commercial addresses, the hotel is the perfect place for conducting business.The meeting and banquet facilities are well equipped to cater to your every need. A hotel that takes business and pleasure to heart, enjoy the best of Saigon while being pampered with super accommodation and excellent service.If you have any information need to support please do not hesitate to contact Sales Marketing Department ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hoang Hai Long 1 Hotel Ho Chi Minh City