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Blue River II Hotel
Ranked #164 of 835 Ho Chi Minh City B&B and Inns
Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
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“Clean, modern, friendly staff and affordable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2010

We stayed at the Blue River hotel for 1 week. The location is in a very quiet alley (good because its very noisy from the traffic in the rest of HMC), there is a short walk to the city centre and the largest market in town. The room was very clean with AC and daily cleaning. Breakfast was also included in western style: bread and eggs. It was also possible to have a traditional breakfast such as noodles.

The staff was very helpful with booking trips and buses/flights, much more than we could ever have expected. Ha (manager) also gave us a tour of HMC which was a big plus.

We stayed in four different hotels in Vietnam (one was 3 stars) and this is the absolute best of them all. Recommended!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2010

When we arrived little bit uncertainly that this hotel was a good chose. The hotel is at the and of a small strange dead end back-alley, but when reached the hotel everything gone good. The room was very nice and clean. Thanks for the alley it was quite too. The hotel staff was extremely friendly. They are try to help in everything. They was the most friendly staff along our trip in Vietnam.
Only one negative thing is the boring breakfast.
I definitely recommend this hotel for everyone.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2010

This hotel is certainly nothing special, but if you are looking for a very clean and affordable place with free Wi-Fi and no motorbike noise at all, the Blue River II Hotel is definitely a good choice. We were happy to stay in a calm part of Saigon and not in the heart of the backpacker area where you only find western restaurants and white faces. Everything in District 1 could easily be reached by foot. The staff of the hotel is friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2010

I spent a few nights here. I was originally booked with Blue River 1 but was moved to Blue River 2 after the first night as they were full.

I thought Blue River 2 was really lovely and much nicer in fact than the Blue River 1. It's a couple of blocks away from the back packer main drag, and it was nice to walk the streets and see the Vietnamese living their lives away from all the tourists.

My room was $25 (cheaper were available) and for this I got a large, clean, quiet, sunny room overlooking the courtyard with air con, tv, good bathroom. The breakfast is usual eggs and bagette combo, but all in all great value.

The staff are kind and helpful. Excellent customer service.

Would recommend this hotel

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  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2010

We took 4 rooms for a week while in Saigon and found the time at the Blue River 2 entirely enjoyable. I read some of the critical reviews and I ask myself just what people want for such a reasonable price. EXTREMELY clean, accommodating and friendly staff and much better included breakfast than at most places, with a choice of an American breakfast with fruit and tea, coffee or juice or a traditional Vietnamese soup breakfast. This is a modern, new hotel offering what would be at least a 100 dollar room for 25 bucks. And they have loaner bikes. Loved it and I will return on my yearly trip to Vietnam.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2010

If you want a hotel that is spotlessly clean with new furniture and relatively spacious rooms in a central location in HCMC then this is the place for you. When we arrived at night, the taxi pulled up on a dark street with a sign for the hotel on a dirty building. We thought about not getting out of the taxi and finding somewhere else to stay but since we had already booked a room we reluctantly got out and walked to the hotel. When we walked through the alley which is actually a family compound of apartment buildings that gives you a sense of the lives of ordinanry Vietnamese, we found a hotel that literally sparkled it was so new and clean. Inside it was even better, I could even smell the faint smell of floor cleaner which is a rarity in Vietnam and the lady at reception was incredibly helpful. She couldn't do enough. It is close the centre and near the big markets but the street itself is quiet.. For that reason it might not suit backpackers who might prefer the crowded and noisy backpacker area but for other tourists this is a great option for a clean and comfortable and cheap base in HCMC as they see the tourist sights. Breakfast was basic but for the price they charged, I was surprised to get any breakfast at all.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2009

I have been travelling around the world for a while now, and have been to many different hotels. Blue River II has by far the best customer service I have come across. It is run by a family who makes all efforts to make you comfortable.
We had no idea of where to stay when we arrived in HCMC. We read in Lonely Planet about Blue River, and asked where it was at a travel agency. They called the hotel, who very helpfully sent a taxi to pick us up (free of charge). The hotel receptionist carried 3 people's rucksacks, even though we insisted we were alright.
We had collected a few leaflets on tours around the town, but the hotel staff arranged all our tours for a better price. We were picked up and dropped back at the hotel in all occasions.
There is free internet and free wifi!!! The staff keeps on checking if you're comfortable, and goes an extra mile to sort any queries or problems you may have.
BRII is situated at a walking distance from a big market with food stalls, a typical vietnamese restaurant where I had a delicious meal, a KFC, Lottery (fast food chain - beter than KFC), a frozen yogurt restaurant (excellent!!) etc.
The hotel also offers laundry service and motorbike rental, and they lend bicycles and guidebooks for free!
I could go on forever on how the staff is always smiling and always extremely helpful...
One last thing: don't be put off by the alley entrance!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Blue River II Hotel
Address: 13 54, Ky Con St | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
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Ranked #164 of 835 B&Bs / Inns in Ho Chi Minh City
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Number of rooms: 9

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