I had booked the hotel considering price and location. I can say that it has met my expectations and slightly exceeded them in terms of how great the location was for this hotel. The place itself has its charms as it is decorated in a shabby-chic manner what with its yellow walls, fuschia pillars, old-school lock and key system and sewing machine legs for their tables in the dining area. The place has a fashion boutique on the ground floor, the dining area on the second and 2-3 more floors up for the rooms.
I had stayed in the small and simple rooms which went for $30 at the time I booked it and I'd say it's worth the price for the following reasons: wifi was available (only sporadic downtimes, which I am not too happy about, but I still got a whole lot if internet time while I was there.)
Second reason is the location as it is right around the corner of Dong Khoi, Le Loi and Le Than Ton streets. Don Khoi street has the little fashion boutiques and lovely little restaurants, Le Loi is a main street where you can find the famous Trung Nguyen and Highlands Coffee places and art galleries, and Le Than Ton is a left turn from Dong Khoi and as you keep walking it leads you to the City Hall and the Ben Thanh Market. The street of the hotel is also home to an Aussie-owned sportsbar, a posh little bar with good wine and music (also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with free wifi!), Thai, Japanese and Indian restaurants, Hair Salons, and Saigon Tourist taxi stop.
Third reason is that the experience in the hotel has a very homey- feel. I'd hope to see more cleaning on the antique furniture that designs the place, but I guess they didn't make that as a priority. Their priority was to make sure your toiletries were re-filled if used, towels and sheets changed (I had noticed they changed my towels twice!) The AC and showers all working perfectly (the shower was good what with various settings and heat!) They keep your passport and key safe for you as you head out for the day and not worry about losing them while you travel around the town. Breakfast is ok - Vietnamese Crepe was a refreshing, filling and tasty meal in the morning, and the coffee hot and ready for you as well. I was only worried about one night where I came home late and found the entrance closed - all you gotta do is knock as there is always one member of the staff who stays up to attend to their guests' midnight troubles! The staff also help you with getting information for tours you can go to (although you book it yourself) and do their best to attend to your needs. All you gotta do is smile and ask!
Some guests stay here for extended-stays (weeks!) and some do stop overs and some stay a week. Place is good for solo travellers and couples. This may be a little too high end for those who want to go the backpacking road (I think areas in Bui Vien have those types of hostels) and may be too shabby for those who want their creature comforts and regular hotel look and feel.
I liked the "quaintness" of this place.Yes, it's small. Yes, it can get tiring going up those stairs. And that darn key can get frustrating to use, BUT I don't mind going back and staying in the not so Ordinary bed and breakfast in my next trip to Saigon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Saigon Hotel, perfectly located right in the commercial and tourist district of Ho Chi Minh City, is a great choice of 3 star hotel for both business and leisure travelers who want to experience Saigon’s bustling life.You can easily find most of the tourist attractions, shopping centers as well as various country restaurants in just a few minutes walk. The elegant decoration of Saigon Hotel makes a great impression on you about the culture and history of a well-known place: “Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City”.Your Warm & Friendly Saigon home! ... more less
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