This hotel is a hidden gem in Phu Nhuan district, 5 min drive from the airport. However, like other members mentioned, it was not easy for the cab driver to locate the hotel as it’s located in a small alley way, Nguyen Dinh Chinh. Our taxi almost got into an accident as the alley only allowed one car to enter and there was another oncoming vehicle which jammed up the road. In the end we were stuck on the cab waiting for the vehicles to clear before we could get past, which resulted in our cab fare being twice as much as it would have been.
Anyhow, the hotel itself is charming with the little garden and the library backdrop. The room (alcove queen) was clean and basic, but we felt there was more potential for it in terms of deco and space allocation. The water pressure from the tap was intermittent, at times strong and at times weak, which was a little awkward and uncomfortable when taking a shower. Hardware aside, the hotel is filled with a lot of human touch and service was top notch. The front office staff (Clarkson and Ms Moon) knew us by name and served with a smile all the time. My mum and I went on a rugged motorbike tour after checking out on our last day and upon return to the hotel to pick up our luggage, the staff allowed us to shower in one of the guest rooms before going to the airport. It was a nice finishing touch for our stay there. We wouldn’t be keen for a return visit if not for the awesome service.
Just newly opened in October 2012, we wouldn’t fault the hotel for the lack of character in the guest rooms. However, we were really looking forward to some nice book shelves, or photo frames of HCMC/Vietnam on the walls in the rooms, just like the lobby itself. Maybe this is something the management can look into.
Overall it was a pleasant and worthy stay, comparable to other 4-star boutique hotels in downtown areas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Alcove Library Hotel, an unrivaled boutique hotel experience in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. We opened our doors in July 2012 and are located just off Nguyen van Troi street, the main avenue connecting the Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the city centre. This prime location offers great convenience to our guests, as the airport and the city are usually only 10 to 15 minutes away by taxi, depending on traffic conditions. Nestled in a charming and quiet neighbourhood street, The Alcove Library Hotel also offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, and yet represents a perfect base from which to explore the excitement of Saigon.In keeping with our name, The Alcove Library Hotel offers a sanctuary of deluxe accommodations, architectural elegance and timeless style. Our rooms feature supremely comfortable beds and pillows, over 70 channels on flat screen TVs, and a range of amenities designed to cater to the needs of discerning and savvy travelers.Our hotel is meant to be enjoyed, experienced and rediscovered with each visit. We have an extensive library that offers a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books for guests to borrow during their stay with us. High-speed wireless Internet connectivity is also available free-of-charge in guestrooms and throughout public areas. Our concierge service can also help tailor a personal itinerary, offering recommendations on places to visit. Our restaurant on our fifth floor, the Roadhouse Saigon, aims to offer the best burgers and contemporary fare in town. Guests can eat in air-conditioned comfort or enjoy the outdoor terrace overlooking neighboring rooftops. At The Alcove, a new level of hospitality in Saigon awaits you, where smiles abound, the service is gracious, your needs are anticipated, and your comfort is our top priority. ... more less
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