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Giang Son Guesthouse
Ranked #29 of 924 Ho Chi Minh City B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 13, 2013

We spent two nights (18$ per night) in a double room in the Giang Son guesthouse. We made a reservation by telephone two days in advance. On the first attempt we went past the small alley the hotel is situated in, but found it on the second attempt. The staff was english-speaking and very nice and helpful. The rooms were clean and too spacious but had enough space for our 2 backpacks. It has a nice terrace on the sith floor where you have nice view over the surrounding buildings and is perfect for a having a last beer of the day ! It is very close to the park and most of the sights are in walking distance. Around the corner the street is full of nice bars. We booked the Cu Chi tunnel trip through the hotel which was fine. After the trip we were allowed to take a shower despite we weren't going to spent another night in the hotel. The hotel also arranged transportation to the airport. Overall we were very satisfied with this guesthouse!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Giang Son is situated just on the edge of the heart of the Pham Ngu Lao district in a back alley, so you are shielded from the craziness of the city, but still very much within walking distance of all the action.

The hotel and the room is great value for money, clean beds, decent size, very very clean and beautiful toilets (the best we had seen throughout Laos and Vietnam), they had computers to use and a nice dining area. You also need to leave your shoes downstairs which helps with the cleanliness.

The staff are helpful, however the lady at the front desk spoke limited english which made it difficult at times.

Try to avoid booking tours through them as they take about a 30% cut (our Chu Chi tunnel tour was 126,000 VND wherelse other tour operators were offering 90,000 VND).

Apart from that, it was a great stay but don't go with high expectations of the front desk people.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

We are a family with 3 children and when i've read on TA about overbooking I thought that there is a lot of people complain about a lot of thing, but finally, they are leave us without a room!!!
I sent them about 10 mail in 3 monts cause i've reserved in September to stay in Christmas time, and I wish to be sure about the existence of rooms.
We came here and first 3 days everything was ok about our rooms reservation also if the hotel is very cheap, the breakfast too basic, the personal do not anything to upgrade the shabbiness , but the hotel is quiet .Tthe hotel is like all the others in BP zone , despite LP said, It hasn't anything better, apart quietness .
Then we went in central vietnam and when we come back they gave again the rooms. When we went in Mekong delta and we came back instead they said us there is no availability!!! Aftter a reservation of three monts old , that I have renew a lot of time and at a family with 3 children!
So they have take us to a near hotel ( dirty and noisy, terrible!!!! ) so, finally when we are told them I will review on TA they said us to not pay the night.

So I think they make all time overbooking and do not anything to improve situation. Anyway, the hotel is very shabby , and the rooms without windows are claustrophobics, also if is clean, but LP review is overstimate.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

I stayed in four guesthouses during my time in District One in Saigon. All of them were of similar quality, but this place was just lacking in effort. It is ranked like number one in the LP Vietnam book so of course no matter how staff behave or act they will get customers. That clearly shows. They don't even try. The other places i stayed at at least made an effort. This place could have a dead body in its lobby and backpackers would still check in.

My concern is that like other top rating places in LP, this guesthouse will just get worse and worse. It has no incentive to try anymore. It's a decent choice right now (clean/quiet/good Wifi/location) but if you walk around the area you can find stuff just like it, only newers with staff that maybe cares more. So anyway, I would just look around cause I imagine this place is going to go downhill over time.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We chose Giang & Son because it was top pick in the Lonely Planet and it lived 100% up to our expectations. For a mere 20$ you get a nice, clean room with window view. Excellent and very helpfull service. The reception girls are hotel managers, travel agency, taxi company and bank all in one :)

The location is right in the middle of the backpack area, but hidden away so you don't have any of the noise at night.

Thanks, we had a great time!

Room Tip: Take a room with window, only small surplus charge. Ask advice on anything, we were never disappoint...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

My boyfriend and I spent two nights at Giang Son 2 to start our trip in Vietnam and it exceeded expectations. For $22/night we had strong AC, hot water showers, friendly guidance from the receptionist in English and a simple, filling breakfast. They also cleaned our room between nights.

While some folks complained about a lack of window, we loved having an interior room because it meant we could sleep in dark, peaceful quiet each night, while still being able to pop outside into the mayhem of Ho Chi Minh whenever we wanted. It is definitely no frills spot but you will be comfortable and well taken care of here.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great guesthouse in Pham Ngu Lao off a quiet alley way but very close to other HCMC sights.

Very affordable, and includes a simple breakfast of eggs, juice, and bread. Our room was very clean and great for the price. They also let us stayin our room till 8pm as our flight was at 11pm for a nominal fee.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 14 283, D Pham Ngu Lao, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
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Ranked #29 of 924 B&Bs / Inns in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: $17 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Giang Son Guesthouse 1*
Number of rooms: 8
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