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“Average hotel on great location” 3 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   46 - 48 Hai Ba Trung St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   |  
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Ranked #274 of 422 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Pattaya, Thailand
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33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Average hotel on great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Pro's:
- Great location
- Big enough room with ensuite tub (Executive Double Room)
- Free and fast WiFi

Con's:
- Room smelled of tobacco upon entering, stench was gotten rid of later on
- Hot water in room was working only at times, mostly being just a little better than cold
- Room service seems to work on random times, and even then it's slow and the food is cold
- Staff didn't speak that much English at all

Overall for the price of $416 for 7 nights this hotel is barely acceptable, but I'm sure there would be worse options around.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

My wife and I stayed for 5 nights. It was our first visit to Vietnam. The hotel is very well placed on Hai Ba Trung, a main street of HCMC in District 1. By Australian standards our room was smallish; bigger than a bathroom (see AUSSIETONY's review) so we must have had a different room. Our room was at the rear so we had a view over the rooftops of HCMC. One wardrobe, no drawers. There was space in the bottom of the wardrobe in which bags could have been packed but since there was no-where in which to put the clothes you had unpacked, this was not much help. In the end we played "jump the bag". Clearly locals travel lighter than farangs. Having said that, the room was spotless even if the fit-out was a bit over the top aesthetically. Who was their interior decorator? The air-con was magic, the lighting very seductive :) So seductive I kept losing things. The bed was hands down the best bed we had slept in away from home, ever. The room was properly serviced each day and "made new". The bathroom was new and always spotless. Loved the toilet IN the shower recess guys. The staff were pleasant and helpful and the breakfast was more than adequate. The hotel rate was 1/4 of what you could pay for a western chain hotel room in HCMC. Very good value for money.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank damian_amanda
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Bli Bli, Australia
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162 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

It is official I have now stayed in the smallest Hotel room ever, The toilet shares the shower cubicle there is no space to leave any luggage it is like a capsule hotel, ok for one night I was bumped from the other Hotel although confirmed by Agoda the Hotel over booked, but no compensation, just a sorry from reception, and when i arrived at the hotel not of my choice they give be the broom closet
Great I do not think

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank AUSSIETONY
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ChilliGarlic
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148 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We went for a cheaper, smaller hotel as we were staying more for transit than hotel enjoyment. This hotel was perfect! Funky fit out, with quirky fun details, free wifi, great bathroom, and comfy bed. Staff were helpful and well informed, making our first time in HCMC easier than it otherwise might have been. Small rooms, but really ideal for our purpose, and exactly what was advertised. There are quite a few of these in HCMC it seems, so be very clear with the taxi driver which one you're going to! Everything was really clean, and the breakfast, included, was great for the price.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
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London
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We thought we booked a deluxe room as shown on their website, instead it was half the size and not big enough for 2 people. The staff try to be helpful but there english isn't very good. Breakfast is served in the bar below the hotel and is mostly local food but they also cook eggs as you like them. On the plus side, the hotel is in a good location - within walking distance of all the designer stores and good restaurants and bars.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Nicky2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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231 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Overall stars - 3 of 5

Hotel staff - 3 of 5
Restaurant staff - 3 of 5
Room service staff - did not use
Housekeeping staff - 4 of 5
Room - 3 of 5

Bed comfortable rating - 3.5 of 5

Room size – tiny

Breakfast variety - 3 of 5
Breakfast quality - 3 of 5

WIFI – 4 of 5, computer in room, good connection

Location - 5 of 5
Metro / subway proximity – N/A

Attractions / Sights - 5 of 5, most within 10 mins taxi ride (<US$5)

Free shuttle - no

Spa - did not use / not sure if they have

Room Tip - nil

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank LorenzSingapore
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austin texas
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39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We were surprised to learn there are 11 A&EM hotels in HCMC - we stayed at this one on Hai Ba Trung street and it was a great location in District 1. Make sure you write down the full address for the taxi driver as there are two other A&EMs within 3 blocks of this one- we ended up at the wrong one. The rooms are a bit small but typical for city hotel, but had a king bed and decent size bathroom, with a whirlpool tub which was great after long day of walking. Just down the street is a grocery where the local expats must shop - all sorts of imported foods in case you need a fix of goodies from home, and also had small bakery, fruit/veg stand, cheese section and beer/wine. Bit pricy but convenient, especially when we needed to get breakfast things to take on our day trips to Cu Chi or Mekong, which start quite early. The staff at the hotel were nice but not much English spoken. Breakfast was OK, but they had a hard time keeping it stocked and the breakfast room was really small. we got a great deal on hotels.com so thought it was good value in great location.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
1 Thank ymiabroad
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Property: A&EM Hotel
Address: 46 - 48 Hai Ba Trung St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #274 of 422 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — A&EM Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 58
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