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Golden Central Hotel
Ranked #84 of 458 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Dunedin, New Zealand
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“beautifull hidden treasure with a great views from resturant”
Reviewed January 26, 2011

This place was great. Best breakfast in vietnam and the views from the resturant were amazing. rood to floor windows and the staff were amazing. Our room was also great with an amazing shower. The pool was refreshing after a hot day. Only about a 5 minute walk to the main market. Great location adn quiet. The staff were amazing and so so helpful (they even went and got me a top up card for my phone) and they spoke good english

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2011

Clean and nice rooms. Ok location, service sufficient and pretty nice pool area on top of the building with 360 views. Breakfast clearly sub-par and better to go somewhere else to eat. Real "tourist"hotel with socks n sandals and predominantly French, German and Eastern-European guests.

  • Stayed January 2011
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

This hotel was fine, but really not a four star hotel. It is more like a 3-31/2. The staff was not very friendly. When we arrived we asked for a room on a higher floor and we were told there were none available. Our room smelled like smoke (this is a non-smoking hotel) and the bell boy called downstairs to have our room switched. We were moved to a higher floor (although they said they had none.) When my spouse requested a smaller pillow they said "no problem" and an hour later we called downstairs to find out why we didn't get the pillow and they said they were sorry but the hotel was full and there were no more pillows. No pillows!!?The staff would not allow us to have a late check out, not even one hour later, even though our flight was at midnight. They said it was because the hotel was full, but if we wanted to pay for another night we could do this (isn't the hotel full???) I know this sounds petty, but we have stayed in four star hotels before and this is not the service expected. We also asked if they had a room we could take a shower later..they said no. Overall, the rooms are nice (but my spouse compared it to a holiday inn), the hotel is clean and comfortable. It is just not a four star hotel. Lastly, do not book a tour from this hotel the price is much more than you will pay outside (example, mekong delta- $68, outside-$10).

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed January 16, 2011

Please don't stay at this hotel.....staff are incredibly rude and unhelpful. When we arrived at HCMC we waited 2 hours for our transfers from the hotel however after no-one came we got a taxi. When we arrived and explained this to the staff they apologized and said we had been informed that no-one would be there to meet us (absolute rubbish, we were never informed). worked out for the best considering hotel charged $30 US each way, each person for transfers and a taxi is about $10 US.
Add to this, breakfast is fairly ordinary. There is not a lot of selection at all. Each time we approached staff for assistance and guidance they were of very little help. If you want to book a tour, do not go throughout the hotel. To see the Cu Chi tunnels they charge $46 US each and although the tour may be private you can get it so much cheaper. If you walk down to Tulips hotel they will organise it for you at a cost of $7 US plus entry fee which is approx $3 US........so much cheaper!!
Finally do not organise taxi's through this hotel as they have an arrangement where the driver will rip you off and give the hotel a commission. They charged us $12 US for what should have been a $2 US fare.
Only good thing is how close it is to the market, though I am sure you can find better. As they say, staff can make or ruin an experience and they certainly did that for us! Do not stay here, wish we knew this before!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2011

We arrived in Saigon to another cheaper hotel and made a made dash to an internet cafe to re-book any hotel we could get on short notice. This one appeared great....but apart from the location I'd defiantely stay elsewhere next time!!

The rooms are SMALL. We had 3 people, so three beds and literally had to stack bags and furniture to move to the bathroom which is also super small.

The hotel really smells. Not just a little waft but awful. It smells like a combined waste/sewer issue - we were glad to get outside to the smog. (This was not just us that noticed this - we met other travellers and all mentioned the same thing!)

The breakfast is also of a low standard - we ate a French cafe down the road each day as we weren't into mashed potatos, boiled pasta and ice tea....

The pool looks lovely in the pics - its just an big cold spa and the lounges didn't have covers on them the 5 days we were there and getting a towel or drinks was nearly impossible - one day we were even told they had no ice so we couldnt order drinks!

The gym is approx 6 pieces of equipment next to the pool in the lovely smog.

The highlight of this hotel is the location and the concierge staff were nice.

There is a booking service (Sea Change Travel) in the foyer - Trang and her team were excellent - they are not associated with the hotel.

I would look elsewhere rather than stay here again - there are dozens of hotels in the area that for starters didn't smell!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

We stayed 4 nights in this hotel, occupying 5 deluxe rooms for the 13 of us. The hotel 's location was good, about 5 minutes walk to Benh Thanh market.

Room is clean and nicely decorated, but very small for deluxe rooms. Beds are also on the small side. Bathroom is also spotless. This hotel is rated as 4 star (perhaps self rated ??) but is no where on par with the international 4 star in terms of facilities, customer services, and dining experience.

Breakfast was dismal. The dining room was small, sitting about 50 - 60 guests at a maximum. It is also located on the top floor of the hotel, where there is no lift access to the the floor. Instead, the hotel lift stops at one floor below the dining room, and guests have to climb using a narrow stair to the top dining floor. On all the 4 mornings that we were there for breakfast, there were not enough seats, not enough plates, cutleries to service the hotel guests. What's more, food was not replenished, and empty plates were left on the food service area. There was only one pot of coffee and another pot of tea. If this runs out, then expect a 10-15 minute wait for the next coffee to be brewed.

One could at least understand the lack of service and facilities if it is a 2 - 3 star hotel, but for a 4 star hotel, where breakfast is an extra $8 , it is just a rip off.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

I am impressed with the service of this hotel. The only two downside is that, firstly, the rooms are a little small of which its not a problem if you are staying there for a few nights and secondly there is a weird smell in the bathroom of which is manageable/endurable. Not an issue at all. Other than that, it has one of the best locations in HCMC and its super duber near to the markets. the hotel is within walking distance to a lot of places of interest, coffee joints, restaurants and to the river. There is free wireless internet access. So yes, bring your iPhone, iPad or your laptop with you. The hotel staff are friendly and they speak good english. I will highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Golden Central Hotel
Address: 140 Ly Tu Trong Street | Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
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Business Center with Internet Access Swimming Pool
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Ranked #84 of 458 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
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Hotel Class:4 star — Golden Central Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 120
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