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First Hotel
Ranked #98 of 457 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Adelaide, Australia
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“great hotel near airport”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

This hotel was perfect for me and my wife as we were coming in and out of ho chi min city. We stayed three separate nights and really enjoyed our stays.All the staff were friendly and would do anything they could to make our stay comfortable. They have great restaurant outdoors next to a great pool with well priced food.They also give you free transfers to and from airport would recommend to everyone.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

I had to stay over night here due to an airport closure. But upon the late night arrival the small group was greeted by a warm friendly atmosphere - the smiles from the greeting doormen, and the glow of the lights shining off all the marble and glitz of the foyer.
THe room was very comfortable and clean, not much of a view but I didn't mind as I was leaving early in the morning.
I wouldn't write a review normally for something ordinary but I just needed to mention that the service here was really exceptional. There was terrible communication problems particularly in the dining room, and in the morning when an order for just a cup of tea took 3 people to translate, I abandon any thoughts of ordering something else and said my thanks and waited in the foyer for the airport bus. As I was waiting one of the restaurant staff came out and handed me a little bag. In it was some fruit for breakfast, because of the confusion earlier.
THis was a very considerate gesture and made my day.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

This was our second visit to this hotel and the staff made us very welcome once again. We were picked up from the airport which is very welcome as the airport can be a bit overpowering after a long flight. On arrival we were quickly in our room. This is small but well appointed. We had a problem with our mobile phone and the staff were so helpful. Even a fellow traveller joined in the hunt to find a way to get us connected. It's that sort of place.
Breakfast was good and the evening buffet was tasty and excellent value.The staff are this hotels biggest asset. The best hotel for any one transiting and yet only a short taxi ride tothe city centre

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Nice hotel to stay at- with many restaurants and facilities to choose from. Currently they have a buffet with more than 50+ items to choose from at 11USD; really a spoilt choice for the evening. They take care of guests liternally. concierge desk has a good taxi and not so good taxi numbers so that they are sure- no one falls in bad hands. has karoke pub nearby and several street pubs and food joints to enjoy. There's convention centre just a stone's throw away for business travellers too. Airport-pick-up and drop was arranged with 2pieces complimentary laundry at rate- less than USD70 and thus was a good deal !

Room Tip: Several rooms to choose from as per budget. Several food choices; restaurant choices; Ideally this h...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

This was our last night in Vietnam and with a flight at 7:10 am we decided to stay close to the airport. The hotel is a little confusing as we drew up at one entrance but were shooed over to the other side of the road. It was a little like walking into a Government office. The front desk staff there courteous but there were procedures and rules and they needed to be adhered to. They did warm up and we went up to our room. It was tiny with twin beds but we didn't mind. We had to be up at 3:30 am anyway and it was clean. We ate dinner across the street in a huge restaurant attached to the hotel which turned out to be excellent. A little more expensive that we'd encountered elsewhere but great food and it was fun to sit and people watch. Since we had to be at the airport so early, the hotel arranged a taxi for us and also packed a little breakfast, which was much appreciated. All in all, everyone was very kind. The configuration of the various buildings was a little weird but reading other reviews has helped.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Was in Nha Trang and needed a place to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, and reading reviews this place seemed the best fit. When we landed domestically, the hotel sent a 15 seater bus, to come pick us up which was fantastic. The receptionist was not all that fantastic because he seemed annoyed with the questions we had to ask. There is something that people missed, or probably didn't get asked but we needed to either put down a whole room payment, or give them our passports for us to even stay at the room. That is, give them the money in full plus a little extra, or give them our passports to hold. This was a huge surprise cause I stayed at brilliant hotel and all they needed was 1/2 the cost of the first night as a down payment and the final cost would be calculated when I check out. Angered and it was only just approaching midnight and I sucked it up and gave them what little money I had in their currency as a deposit.
Another fact to remind travelers is that this hotel is divided up to like three buildings. Superior rooms are in one building, deluxe and anything above are in another building. What was fantastic about this hotel is the free buffet they offer at First Hotel, which was delicious. The restaurant (which also does room service) have three breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets which are all awesome. Never order room service tho, because three items on room service equals the price of admission for a buffet. There is great Korean and Japanese restaurants nearby. There is a huge enough outdoor pool, but never used it because the weather wasn't so good. The biggest benefit of this place is that it has a CASINO, a legit casino. With roulette, and all the goodies, just electronic. It is only opened to passport holders of foreigners. You do have to cross a sort of busy street, but First Hotel solved this problem by hiring security/walk guards, that legit stops traffic for you to cross which wasn't a huge biggie. The view of from the rooms was a 2/5, which is not the hotel's fault because everything beside it was just taller buildings. There are some rooms whose view was just a giant white cemented wall. I would not stay at this hotel again, unless they mandate some changes to their policies.

Room Tip: Definitely ask what the view is like, because some rooms have a cement wall view.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

This is the second time we have stayed with First Hotel. It's so convenient to the airport and with complimentary courteous pick up and drop off easy for short stays.
Very comfortable beds rarely found in HCM and proper pillows. A welcome drink and a smile. My partner had hurt his foot and needed medication which they arranged for us with efficiency. The delicious breakfast is also included. Best choice by far in HCM

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: First Hotel
Address: 18 Hoang Viet Street | Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#34 Family Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#57 Luxury Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — First Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 108
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