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Somerset Chancellor Court
Ranked #61 of 476 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 16, 2008

We checked in to the one bedroom apartment at the 10th floor. We were surprice with the size of the apartment and how well equiped it is. From washer to cloth dryer, from stove to microwave oven, from TVs to DVD player, from tea pot to wine glasses, from fridge to toaster, you can get almost what you want. The two TVs with 50 channels (from those Korean channel to French and Germany channel) are particulaly useful.

Stay here again? Yes. But I don't think we will visit HCMC again as the whole family was infected Hep A after taking seafood at the Ben Tahn market.

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed June 14, 2008

My husband and I stayed at Somerset for over a year and we're very happy with the service and the apartment it self. we spend a week looking for apartments when we first arrived in HCMC and somerset Chancellor court is for sure best value for money. the staffs are very helpful and the apartment it self was clean and spacious. Now we've been relocate to KL we're hoping to find somewhere just like that.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 10, 2008

Stayed here for a week. Had a 2 bed room. Furnishings were great and staff very helpful. Location next to two consular missions means lots of traffic including taxis. Once you get your bearings you realise it's only a short walk to most things around district 1 including Notre Dame, Reunification Palace etc.

Check in good, room was clean and fully equiped. Minimart, coffee shop and childcare on site. Good for families that are settling into a longer stay in HCMC or for business people that need a bit more space than the average hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 6, 2008

In addition to providing guests with clean and spacious accommodations, the Somerset has staff that go above and beyond. Upon arriving at the Somerset directly from the airport, we realized that an important piece of luggage (which contained passports and visas) belonging to my brother had been left in the taxi. The Somerset jumped into action with Somerset reception and security staff viewing their video cameras to ascertain the taxi company, contacting the taxi company and securing their assistance in tracking down the taxi driver. Although the driver was located and returned to the hotel, he denied having the piece of luggage. The manager on duty and head of security accompanied us all to the local police station to file the requisite police report; because of the language barrier, this process went on until the wee hours of the night but the Somerset manager and security staff stayed with us and translated on my brother's behalf for hours. Over the course of the next two days, they accompanied my brother and sister-in-law to each requisite embassy to ensure that their passports and exit visas were secured quickly. This assistance was not requested nor expected but generously and graciously offered. So despite the bad experience with the dishonest taxi driver, the staff at the Somerset left us with a stronger impression of the kindness and graciousness of the Vietnamese people.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 31, 2007

Unlike its sister property in Hanoi, Somerset West Lake, this hotel has a better location. Only gripe was the airconditioning in the studio room. It blows directly at the left side of the bed, and adjusting the vents did not make much of a difference. I am convinced it contibuted to my post-vacation cold.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Bearpair
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Reviewed December 26, 2007

LOCATION: Good, not excellent. It is on a street that is less crazy than most and is a15-20 minute safe walk to the main tourist sites (Reunification Palace, shops, and the other hotels ie Sofitel, Hyatt, etc.). A taxi to these areas should cost about US$1-3. Diamond Mall is a 5 minute walk and has a food court, tons of shops, and a bowling alley.

BEST WAY TO GET THERE: Taxi from the airport is negotiable and we paid around $6.00

BED/SHEETS/PILLOW: Bed has great down pillows and down comforter. Linens are very nice. Bed is soft but would have preferred a down mattress.

LIGHTING: Tons of light in the bedroom, bathroom and living room.

BATHROOM/SHOWER: This area was not remodeled and the worst part of the room. Resembles an old holiday and is complete contrast with the rest of the room which is very nice. Shower has excellent water pressure and can be made hot if desired. Shower curtain wouldn’t touch leg during showers, but still kind of gross.

TOILETRIES: Fine, but nothing special.

CLEANLINESS: The entire hotel room and common areas are spotless.

A/C: Separate A/C in bedroom and living room and it would quietly get the rooms cool quickly.

CLOSET SPACE: Tons of space for 2 or more people to unpack all items.

STYLE OF ROOM: Very impressive and huge. The living room/kitchen area was massive and even the bedroom is way bigger than most standard hotel rooms. Décor was very nice with nice pictures, sofa, etc. Balcony is a nice addition. Washer (also dryer) was nice to have as well.

QUIET/MORNING LIGHT: Could slightly hear the horns of the cars on the street outside, but this has got to be the case in every hotel in this city. The morning sunlight could be blocked to make the room pitch black.

FOOD: Breakfast for one person is included in the rate. It is provided in the coffee shop accessible via the lobby. Even though the options were very limited (cereals, toast, eggs, and a few meats), the plus is that you get a great coffee. The coffee shop is Highlands Coffee which is the Starbucks of Vietnam. There is no restaurant in this hotel, but plenty steps outside the hotel.

TV/INTERNET: Flat screen TVs in both living room and bedroom. Perfect sizes for the rooms they are located. Tons of English channels with movie channels included. DVD player in the room but no movies are available at the hotel (there is a place a 2 minute walk in which you can purchase pirated DVD movies for about a $1.00 or the real deal for about $15). Internet is of average speed and is available for $5 for 2 hours (login/out saves unused time) or $11 for 24 hours. We were able to access someone else’s wireless network one night, so you can try this first.

SERVICE: Excellent! 24 hour front desk is knowledgeable about the city and is very professional and efficient.

COMMON AREA: Never saw the pool or gym, but the lobby is nice, but not a place to hang out.

ROOM & CITY TIPS: Higher rooms will have better views. 1 bedroom apartment is a worthwhile upgrade from the studio if not a huge difference in price.

SUMMARY: I strongly recommend this hotel. We were considering the much more expensive hotels in town (ie: Sofitel, Hyatt, Legend), and were so happy we stayed here instead. It may not be as central as the other hotels, but the much bigger room and huge difference cost would make me choose this hotel again for my next stay.

  • Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed November 17, 2007

I stayed at this Seviced Apartment from 12 November - 16 November - 1 Bedroom Premium.

HUGE! With a spacious kitchen, sitting room and bedroom, this is the biggest room I ever stayed in all my business trips.

Lobby areas is passable, not like the well-decorated ones (e,g. Park Hyatt) but clean and simple. The convenience store which is big and well stuffed up is just next to the lobby.

There's no restaurant but buffet breakfast was served each day of my stay. Pho 24 (a popular Vietnamese fast food white rice noodle chain is just across the apartment).

A relatively good swimming pool, steam room, business center and gym.

Room is equipped with broadband internet but you have to purchase either the two hour (within a single day) prepaid card or 24 hour prepaid card. Each retailed at reception for USD$5+ and $11+.

If you don't want to spend around USD$2-3 for each item to be sent for laundry service, you can always make use of the washing machine and ironing board in the unit.

The only complains I have:
1. Bedroom carpet smelled of 'mould' (though I seriously don't think many travellers could sniff it out)
2. My shampoo and bath gel were never refilled for two consecutive days

Overall, for a corporate rate of less than USD$135/- per night, it is really value for money - many times!!!

I will definitely want to stay in it again.

For long term stay - USD$3200 per month for my room size.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Somerset Chancellor Court

Address: 21 - 23 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#30 Family Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#41 Luxury Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#42 Business Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: $80 - $117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Somerset Chancellor Court 4*
Number of rooms: 172
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
These spacious and elegant Ho Chi Minh City serviced apartments offer you the opportunity to experience Ho Chi Minh City while indulging in the pleasures of personalised services and facilities. Enjoy the bustling Asian city lifestyle or stroll at your leisure to the beautiful botanic gardens just moments from the residence. Ideal corporate housing for the executive on project assignment or relocation, the newly renovated residence is in the heart of the business district (District 1). Whether travelling for business, leisure or relocation, the Somerset Chancellor Court provides an elegant city retreat designed for executives and international families. ... more   less 
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