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“dirty - and the cockroach made us leave....”
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Orient Hotel
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Orient Hotel
Ranked #331 of 454 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Copenhagen, Denmark
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“dirty - and the cockroach made us leave....”
Reviewed March 5, 2010

We had booked a room for four people for 4 nights on the internet at USD 40/ night. We were offered a first floor room with two queen size beds - no soap in the bathroom and no toilet paper either. The room was tiny so we placed one of our bags on top of the closet - there was a huge cloud of dust accompanying it when we took it down a few hours later. Apparently dusting had not been done in our room for a long time. The room was really worn down.
We left our luggage and went out to see the city - when we arrived later in the afternoon we were met by a cockroach in the bathroom which was disgusting - and the drop that made us leave. We took our luggage and went down to the reception where we were offered another room but not the possibility of a refund. The staff was polite but not friendly - there wasn't any smiles on their faces at any time. We just left and decided to forget about the USD 40 we had paid for nothing. We found a brand new three star hotel at USD 60/night for the four of us to replace Orient - only 10 minutes away. We ended up spending 4 super nights there (Blue Diamond).

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Perth, Western Australia
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25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2010

US$25 per night including breakfast for a room with a window. Make sure you ask for a quiet room at the back of the Hotel as the traffic starts at about 3am. Walk to Ben thanh markets, Museum and coffe shops for time out. Nothing flash but well worth the money.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank lyndapia
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NYC
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35 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2010

I stayed at the Orient for 2 nights. I paid $25USD for a room with a private bath. The room is basic, no frills, but it was clean and the shower was hot. The location is right in the heart of the Pham Ngu Lau area. Centrally loacated near plenty of tour operators, cafes, bars, restaurants and a 5 minute walk to the Ben Thanh Market. The staff was very friendly. My only problem at this hotel was with the transportation to the airport. I had to leave around 4am for the airport and the front desk receptionist told me she would arrange a car for me to the airport for $8USD because it might not be safe for me as a single woman to hail a taxi myself at that hour of the morning (fyi - metered rate is probably about $5USD). She told me my car would be ready at 4am, so I went outside to wait but no taxi arrived. I went back inside to wake up the sleeping night staff and the guy comes out and hails me a taxi.....the same type of taxi his colleague told me would not be safe for me to hire. But in the end I arrived at the airport safely.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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Thank LIVS2TRVL
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australia
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2009

A great value for money hotel in a fantastic location right in the heart of the backpacker area. The rooms are basic but very clean but at about $20 USD per night, greats ized rooms with everything you need.
Can be a bit noisy at times but you step out your door and everyhing you need is at your fingertips

Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
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chicago
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2009

A group of us stayed at this hotel for a month. It was basic but clean with air conditioning and hot showers. The staff at the front desk were extremely nice and helpful. I left my laptop, cash, and passport in their care when I left to go traveling over the weekends and everything stayed safe. Overall I would recommend as a great place for budget travel.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
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Thank travelchi_9
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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51 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2008

Stayed for one night in a windowless room with breakfast for one person for only $17 a night direcly to the hotel (i should've bargained, but i forgot.. well 17 bucks was cheap anyway).

the room was very clean, towels (inlcuding the small ones) were clean, aircon was cool and tv has good channel selections. The bed was a double bed, bit hard but still comfy.
I am glad i chose the windowless room, cos it was practically insulated from all the chaos, and completely noiseless!!. so i slept like a baby, completely uninterupted, unlike my friend who stayed in a grander room facing the yard (and had to wake up everytime drivers honk). The other upside of staying in windowless room, they put plenty of room freshener, so my room smelt great. Though bit depressing not to be able to see anything but your room's wall.

What i love the most about this hotel is its location, 10 mins walk to benthanh market, 20 mins to water puppet show/notredame. If you plan to book tours through sinh cafe (cheapest), the travel agent is less than 1 min walk. plenty restaurants, internet cafes nearby. Highland Coffee cafe (with pc for surfing internet) is next door, vinasun taxi stop (the best taxi service in HCMC) is opposite of highland coffee. i

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
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Thank safircraze
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burleigh heads
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2008

We only had a night stay at this hotel, otherwise I would of checked out, our flights took us home the following day. The hotel is clean and well positioned for all you need in HCMC, but if you need sleep I suggest another hotel. We had a large room for the 4 of us ( family ) which was good, clean and cheap. Their is a Cafe across the road which seems inocent enough until 9-10pm when they AMP up the music and it turns into a nightclub. At one stage the room seemed to vibrate! This continued until about 2am. We asked if we could move into another room, but as their was 4 of us there was no other room large enough except near the windows, and as the higher floors did not get any better we just had to put up with our mistake. O'well, we just turned on the TV really loud and watched that until we all dropped off in exhaustion. It appears they have done a recent reno to the facade of the building not sure why they did not consider double glazed windows. So dont be put off by appearances - it does look good from the outside.

  • Liked — location in the backpacker district
  • Disliked — near a (loud) nightclub
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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Thank walkersBurleighHeads
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Property: Orient Hotel
Address: 261 Hoang Van Thu Street, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
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Ranked #331 of 454 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Number of rooms: 272

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