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Saigon Backpackers Hostel @ Pham Ngu Lao
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

Amazing hostel. Cheap,clean and everything you need. Lovely people who run it. You really can't go wrong with this place.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Thank Chris P
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

It wasn't too difficult to locate, very friendly staff, good english speaking staff, clean rooms, nice food, good entertainment, wifi, very helpful and overall amazing stay! :D

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

Stayed for one night here as my favorite hotel (Hello Hotel on the same alley) was full.
Its a nice place with acess to the internet and a Pool table in the lobby. The room was clean and the bed was really comfortable. Breakfast was good and the price was reasonable $20 US for a double en suite. There are cheaper dorms available.
Situated in a quiet alley close to the bars and restaurants of Dist 1.
I would recommend it .

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

For $8 per night (booked via Agoda.com) I got a big bed in a very clean dorm room with a hot shower, locker and AC. A simple breakfast was also included and the staff were very helpful. You are staying in the heart of District 1 but just away from any main road so you have a little sanctuary from the madness of HCMC. I also met some nice people chilling downstairs.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

During my 2 nights stay here, I heard of 3 people who were bag-snatched in the alley to get to the hostel! Need to be very cautious here, as the hostel is located in an alley and it is very easy for a motorbiker to take your bag from your shoulder.... The hostel is not very central, therefore if you are a lonely traveller like me, better try another place. I arrived here in mid-night and was really afraid to get into the alley so I paid the taxi driver to take me there. The rooms are clean and big, I stayed in a shared room with bathroom and aircondition, and this was absolutely fine. The room was in the 5th floor which is not easy to climb after a long day. Breakfast very basic. Free internet with good computers in the lobby area. Friendly staff.

Room Tip: Not very high floor, the steps are pretty steep.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Rehber
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

I stayed here for one night & paid $9. It was extremely clean & the lady at reception was quite helpful with booking an open tour bus ticket. The dorms are very clean & spacious. A large locker is provides & a blanket & towel. I asked for a female dorm, but apparently none were available, so I had mixed dorm.. This was fine. Everyone is really friendly. Free breakfast is provided, just basic food. I had a baguette & spreads. There is fruit available on the table to take. Check out was quick & easy. Overall my stay was pleasant & I'd highly recommend staying here. There's also free wifi throughout the building.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Thank L_o_z_124
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

Pros : rooms were clean
Location is ok
The main area, however small, is quite enjoyable. But it is not there you will meet other travelers!

Cons : breakfasts are too small
I could not be seated in my bed because the roof was not high enough
Staff do not understand English properly
I was in a girl dorm, and one morning there was a guy in my room.... Awkward and the staff could not do a thing about it!

I would not recommend this hostel, one of the worst I've been in whilst in Vietnam.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Thank Caroline B
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Additional Information about Saigon Backpackers Hostel @ Pham Ngu Lao

Address: 373/20 Pham Ngu Lao | Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 731 Specialty Lodging in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: $11 - $21 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Saigon Backpackers Hostel @ Pham Ngu Lao 1.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Saigon Backpackers Hostel Chain has been the first hostels in Ho Chi Minh City since 2009. Inspired by the energetic spirit of our guests, Saigon Backpackers Hostels is our latest and nicest hostel addition to Saigon's active backpackers' scene. Our hostels are located at the fringe of the city. To several budget travelers who just cannot get enough of Saigon, it's no secret that Saigon Youth hostel has the best location that you may ask for. The city center is just 5 minutes on foot. And just stone throw away is the Bui Vien street, another great area to explore. You will be stimulated by choices of Saigonese cuisine in the vicinity. It is undeniable that wonderful selections of food that can be nice alfresco roadside dinning and variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. At Saigon Backpackers hostel, we trust the environment will be the perfect place for you, foreign travelers, to meet friends from all over the world. We are obsessed in ensuring that our guests get more than just a bed with us with cozy atmosphere with color themed room design of Saigon culture. Saigon Youth hostel is a good place to feel home away from home. ... more   less 
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