This is a good, clean hotel, but has many drawbacks.
The Good: Ibis is a clean, standard hotel brand that has the same rooms and layout in the majority of their hotels around the world. This hotel was no exception and was clean, well staffed, and the hotel layout was roughly the same as most around the world.
The Bad: The following are not bad, but merely things to note when booking the hotel:
Location: Most tourists like to stay in "District 1" in Ho Chi Minh (the main shopping, business and entertainment district). This hotel is 30 minutes cab drive south east of District 1 (Novotel and Sofitel are in District 1), and one hour drive from the main airport.
Price: Hotel is around $70 USD/night before taxes. Competitors in Accor Group Novotel is $100 and Sofitel is $120 (approximately). Novotel and Sofitel are in District 1 and Sofitel is about three times as nice as Ibis.
Service: Overall good service but with a few hiccups. Front desk asks to hold your passport overnight to "check with the local police security bureau" which is somewhat annoying. Breakfast will add meat to your omlet even if you ask for Vegetarian. Front desk speak english but not perfectly.
Decor: Hotel was only two months old at the time of my visit (October 2012) and the carpeting still seemed old, and the shower was not fully constructed properly.
Not a bad hotel, but consider other options (such as Novotel or Sofitel) if you want a more centrally located hotel and a slightly more western experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Saigon South is located in front of Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC) and only 15 minutes from the city centre. The 1st International 3 star hotel in Saigon, it is within walking distance to Global Corporate Offices, FV hospital, Medical Centers and Shopping Malls. It features 140 stylish designed rooms with timber floors, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, 1 restaurant/bar/3 meeting rooms. Free Ibis shuttle available to and from the hotel to major corporate offices and city center. ... more less
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