We arrived at this hotel three weeks into our trip through Vietnam, with a four day stay in HCMC, so we hoped for something comfortable, convenient and relaxing. Convenient it is, with a great location but once you get past the lobby, things are pretty tatty here. The rooms, unless you have a suite overlooking the front, are small, tired and with a decidedly grotty bathroom plus a view of the neighbouring hotel's window, all of 4 feet away! We asked to move after the first night as the air con blasted us with diesel fumes and cigarette smoke as we tried to sleep. Above us, someone was playing musical chairs. We were relocated without so much as a raised eyebrow, so maybe this is a frequent request, and moved two floors up to an identical room with identical view but with a bathroom featuring an interesting mould pattern and a plethora of long black hairs....nice. The breakfast was ok. Disappointingly no "egg station" and the TV badly tuned and blaring out in competition with the Richard Clayderman CD that played endlessly. When we asked if it could be turned down or off the manager refused point blank. It has to be said that we found the staff to be a little surly to the point of insouciant and we didn't feel particularly welcome. With four days in this amazing city it was a shame that we didn't have a nice place to crash from time to time. We spent as little time in the hotel as possible and would certainly have opted for a shorter stay and a nicer hotel had we had the option, and the knowledge that hindsight brings!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ...peaceful in saigon center With 99 rooms fully equipped at 3 star international standard, 100% room with nice view and large window, proposed in Superior, Deluxe and Suite categories, Northern Hotel is designed to provide comfort and style with personalized service and convenient amenities, you can enjoy simple comforts and stellar convenience at the best place in Ho Chi Minh City Located in Saigon’s central business district, we are just a short walk from the major entertainment and shopping districts including Opera House, War Remnants, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office… Take a stroll and explore! ... more less
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