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“Lovely hotel, lovely staff - great location”

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Saigon Mini Hotel 5
Ranked #158 of 458 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Melbourne, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
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“Lovely hotel, lovely staff - great location”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights during the beginning of our Vietnam adventure from South to North. A perfect, central location in the backpacker district of Saigon - staff were very helpful, warm and friendly and helped us sort out transport, tours etc. Hotel rooms very comfortable and good air con was greatly appreciated in the Saigon heat. Couldn't recommend this enough - a great home base for your visit to HCMC.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed for 2 weeks and had a great twin room at the back to avoid the noise from the street which the staff were happy to give us at our request. Staff were very friendly, welcoming and very happy to help us arrange tours and trips. Rooms were clean and tidy. Breakfast next door each morning was fantastic and great value for money. Very convenient location with lots of restaurants and most things within walking distance. Overall very happy with our stay. Would definitely book again if we went back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed there for 5 nights, we had a very nice hotelroom. If your room is on the street side it can be noisy. It was clean and the staff was very friendly. They wanted to take a picture with us when we left :)

  • Stayed October 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2012

We had 2 deluxe rooms, one on the forth floor and one on the 3rd floor. In total we stayed here for 4 nights. Our rooms was facing the main road and unfortunately for us, it was monsoon season so it rained throughout our stay. The staff are superbly nice, helpful and friendly. The rooms were very clean, sheets smells wonderful, but all the drinks in the fridge you have to pay for it, including mineral water. Rooms come with 2 safe deposit boxes, TV, fridge, small hairdryer, complete toiletries, and electric water kettle. The hotel is located nearby all the touristy places like Ben Than Market, Art Museum, Water Puppet Show etc. It's all walking distance from the hotel. Our rooms bathroom comes with a bathtub and shower, the water pressure is alright and there is hot water as well. Rooms also comes with air con and a wall fan. Breakfast is served on the 10th floor and it's quite decent. You can have your meals along the street but bare in mind, most Vietnamese speaks little to no English. If you travel on Monsoon season, just get a raincoat for yourself and it comes in handy. When the rain gets bad, Bui Vien Street (where the hotel is located) will be flooded, but not up to a point where it enters the hotel lobby. Please be careful on this street as snatch thieves are everywhere. Hold on to your cameras and phones and try not to flash these items as there is no way you can chase after the bikes once it has been snatched. (Bikes are like an army of ants in Vietnam!) Bare in mind that crossing the roads will be a huge challenge. Being inside Ben Than market can be 'horrifying' as most of the vendors will force you to buy things. Not only that, they pull your arms and block you so that you see the products. They can't take no as an answer but we managed to forced our way out. Only when you see something you like, you stop and ask for price and bargain like hell then you buy. They will not be very pleased if you bargain and then you don't buy the product, they will force you and make you buy and they can be quite rough. Do take the Cu Chi Tunnel tour from the hotel as Cu Chi is worth a visit. The only downside for the tour is that, the time spent at the actual place is rather short as oppose to the journey getting there and coming back. It's about 60KM away but it takes the tour bus a good 2 hours to reach Cu Chi due to traffic and for some weird reason, the tour bus don't refuel the vehicle the night before instead will fuel up after all passengers are onboard. We took a full day tour so that includes Cao Dai temple as well. Apart from interesting facts about the religion, the temple and praying way is pretty much the same to any other temples in other countries. Expect to stop at a factory (although it's not written as part of the tour) which the tour guide will tell you its a toilet break. Apart from that, they have the city tour as well. (We didnt take that tour though, because for most part, we just walked)
Overall, the hotel itself is a great place, but Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) in general can be quite a 'stressful' but fun experience. A head's up about the custom officers, they are not friendly and they get carried away chit chatting among themselves and cause the line to be long. Also, local people WILL cut your line!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2012

We booked a deluxe room with 2 double beds for a family of 4. We were pleasantly surpised at the cleaniness of the room & bathroom.
Each day our rooms beds were made and room tidied.
Everything worked well, the staff & freindliness was wonderful & helpful with any requests we made.
Great convenient place to stay as everything out of the door was there for you to explore, the best part was walking across the road for a pedicure & foot massage after a long day of walking & exploring the city.
There is a shop across the road a few doors down from the pedicure shop for food & drinks & nibbles open 24 hours & atms close by as well.
For the price you pay, it is well worth staying.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

If you are backpacking then surely this hotel is a pretty good option, it's got all the things you need - air con, fridge, wifi, decent shower, but you also get a few things you didn't order, like bugs! Unfortunately we got a bit nibbled and we were quite glad to only be staying for one night. However the staff were excellent and the locations fantastic if you want some lively night life.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

Great location
Staff very friendly and helpful
Beds and bathroom ideal
No faults at all. We were very happy with our location
With two children we had no problems with the queen beds in the room.
This is the best street. You can stay in a 5 star hotel and miss the cultural experience of daily life. Massages, dentist, barbers are all here and affordable.
Will stay here again!

Stayed September 2012
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Property: Saigon Mini Hotel 5
Address: 196 Bui Vien Street | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 848, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #158 of 458 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
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Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Highly convenient and accessible, SAIGON MINI HOTEL 5 is centrally located in the heart of the backpacker area on BUI VIEN Street. The location offers varied choices of eateries and shops, as well as various sightseeing offices and departure points for out-of-town tours and short trips, all within walking distance (some are just across the street). So, there are plenty of choices even late into the night. Also, the famous Ben Thanh market (around 15 minutes walking) and other well-known places of interest are all easily accessible. ... more   less 
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