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“The Best Kept Secret in Saigon”

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Ma Maison Boutique Hotel
Ranked #43 of 467 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

Having just stayed at Ma Maison, we can't speak more highly of this smaller family run hotel. We decided on the arrival pickup from previous recommendations - good idea though we knew would be more expensive than do it yourself. The friendly,helpful advice received throughout our stay was the best I have had. Nothing was too much trouble, from ensuring our taxi's knew where we wanted to go, early breakfasts no problem, a drink on arrival back from our touring was always welcome and a meal which was prepared by Madame Natasha was superb. In District 3 was not a problem as taxi's were approx $5. We felt that if we had stayed in District 1 we would not have seen the real Saigon. Rooms were tastefully decorated (we stayed in the Dlxe room ie top grade) large room and they look just like the pictures. Very quiet location. We couldn't get in to the hotel on the dates we wanted as hotel was closed for refurbishment. They emailed us about a month later to say the hotel would be available on our dates - we are glad we decided to chage to Ma Maison.

Room Tip: Dlxe room larger and has terrace and window view. The next grade down just slightly small size.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2011

The hotel is lovely, a real homely feel. As with most homes though, it's stairs only, with no lift if you're on the third floor!

The lemon juice is amazing, and on tap to cool you down. Just adds to the feeling that this hotel is an oasis in the middle of the bustling city.

It is some way out of town, but given the cheap cost of a local taxi (which the hotel are only too happy to arrange) don't let this put you off. I was unsure about the location, but the wife and her heart being set on the hotel won through - I'm glad it did.

Breakfasts were of a good standard, and set you up for a day out nicely.

Well appointed rooms, with nice bathrooms, comfy beds with clean linen and the ubiquitous flat screen TV with more channels than you can shake a stick at.

Room Tip: They all looked good to me.
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Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
6  Thank owain_taylor
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Reviewed July 1, 2011

I have just completed a fabulous one month journey through Vietnam and the final leg of 4 nights was spent at Ma Maison. I could not fault this charming French Provincial Boutique hotel, which is an oasis from the chaos of HCMC and sterile tourist enclaves. The beautiful French decor and furnishings create a lovely ambience. The attentive staff are extremely polite, efficient most obliging. Breakfast is excellent with a variety of choices and the entire property is spotlessly clean. The local area is full of interest and very safe to wander around. Credit must go to Natasha for creating such a wonderful and unique environment. The hotel is a little gem and the warm hospitality that I received from everyone at Ma Maison was much appreciated at the end of a long solo journey.

Room Tip: Book early
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

We arrived very late but the driver more than happy to wait for us. He couldn’t speak English but that was no problem. The staff are all very sweet, laid back and bend over backwards for you to enjoy your stay, even though many of them didn’t speak English. Uncle Ha spoke excellent English and was very kind and considerate and explained everything to us about where to go, what to see etc. I became very, very sick and they were so kind. Despite not serving dinner at the hotel, they made a delicious sandwich for me because I couldn’t go out. Seeing that I couldn’t walk downstairs they allowed me to eat in my room and brought it all up for me, gave me home-made lemonade and passion fruit juice, and didn’t let me lift a finger. Breakfast was delicious and they love to chat to you and explain how they made the food. The rooms were clean and beautiful, and such a haven from the craziness outside (my boyfriend and I both had our money stolen). We were going to stay there for two nights then go travelling in Vietnam and then stay in a different hotel in Saigon for our return flight. But we loved it so much that we decided to come back to Ma Maison.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank zenat1
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

The rooms are small and not clean, the surroundings are quite dismal and dirty. Bathroom with lots of mildew. Hotel near airport prices to pick up customers from airport is quite high.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

The Ma Maison hotel is a calm. tranquil, quiet and lovely peace of heaven in the middle of Saigon which is no small feat. The staff is incredibly kind and accomodating. The rooms are lovely, quiet and very nicely appointed. The breakfast was downright delicious. In sum, everything about this hotel is designed to make you feel at ease and relaxed. It is clear the staff likes what they do and want to make sure you are comfortable.
We, like others on this site, we a bit worried when we learned that the hotel is not in the tourist center. But trust me, thats not a bad thing in Saigon. First, the taxi ride to the touris sites is extremely cheap. Second, staying outside of the tourist center means that we got to see the real Saigon. I would reccomend Ma Maison to anyone.
The only concern I could see is for those who may be a bit older or be physically impaired as there is no elevator and all the rooms are up one or more flights of stairs.

Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
6  Thank joro16
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

This was our 3rd visit to Ma Maison and it is just as beautiful and hospitable as ever. Natasha and her staff are literally the nicest people we have ever stayed with in the whole of Vietnam and that's saying a lot because the Vietnamese we have met have always been so welcoming. We love the oasis that Ma Maison provides - it's the perfect place to come back to after the hustle and bustle that is Saigon.

We don't often return to hotels for a 2nd let along a 3rd visit as we like to try somewhere new but we really can't go past this hotel whenever we are in Saigon. Can't recommend enough.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank WellingtonKiwi77
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Additional Information about Ma Maison Boutique Hotel

Address: 656/52 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street | Ward 11, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City 0084, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #43 of 467 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: $49 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ma Maison Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a short alley from the main Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, Ma Maison Boutique Hotel caters to demanding clients of long-term expats and French art aficionados. Located in a local labor area where Vietnamese daily real life can be reflected in its most truthful way, this boutique house is brought out to be such an extraordinary in every possible way. Leaving behind the bustling daily routines, first impression would be like straying into a totally different world. Sensation of art, peacefulness and nature-friendliness may balance to fulfill its charming. Ma Maison features Provence style in which bright sunshine and decoration theme have been embraced to create a relaxed look in this guesthouse. Antique design, refinement and sumptuous materials combined with standard services and its harmony in decoration would make your stay a memorable experience. ... more   less 
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