For the price, location, and friendliness of staff; we loved Duc Vuong.
Arrived late into HCM too exhausted to explore the town, so the rooftop bar was a perfect introduction to the city, with great views and cheap drinks and free bar snacks. Just what we needed before collapsing for the night after a long journey. (Beer here is cheaper than at the convenience stores outside on the street - about 60cents US as of August 2013 - pretty amazing. Don’t expect great cocktails though. We got swampy, murky mojitos that we couldn’t finish.)
Location is great, especially for younger travellers or those seeking a vibrant night life, as in a backpacker district, and the hotel is on a busy street where each night little stools appear out of seemingly nowhere to crowd both side of the street for drinkers (literally, on the street - traffic has a hard time getting through the throng). There's a couple of 'colourful' bars on the strip to steer clear of, but Vietnam generally does a good job of keeping its sex industry more subtle than some other nearby Asian countries, so its hardly confronting at all, and you shouldn't get harassed.
It's an easy 10 min walk to the Ben Thanh market - easy once you get the hang of crossing the HCM roads that is. (Recommend stopping in at Fanny's ice-cream on the way) and taxis are so cheap across the city no problem catching them to other hot spots around town for 2-5 $US each way.
A few reviews have mentioned noise, but you're in Ho Chi Minh, with motorbike madness around you at all times of day and night... so yes, expect some residual noise to make its way through the walls and windows. Earplugs recommended for light sleepers. Having said that, some friend's rooms were further away from the street and pretty quiet so might be luck of the draw.
Staff were super friendly and breakfast each morning was great - huge variety of Vietnamese and Western options. Room was a decent size but bathroom could have been a touch cleaner - that didn't worry us at all in the slightest so more just a warning for those who expect immaculate facilities from mid-price accom. For everyone else, this place is a gem. Loved our time there and definitely would go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Duc Vuong Hotel Situated on Bui Vien Street, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Duc Vuong Hotel is one of the busiest tourists place where thousands of people from all over the world visit each year. Duc Vuong Hotel has easy access to many tourists attraction around the City. Duc Vuong Hotel was established in 2006 with 20 rooms, and thanks to our wonderful guests and excellent attentive staff, we have now proudly expanded our family friendly Hotel to 51 beautiful rooms. We also have added an additional location in District 10.Duc Vuong Hotel's goal is to ensure our guests always have a memorable and enjoyable travel experience. Our friendly and caring staff is here to serve you and we are more then happy to assist and arrange additional requests for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations and also any other group meetings or parties. We are family! Duc Vuong's unique, charming and peaceful Garden Terrace restaurant & Lounge, offers a serene place to relax in comfort, after a long day of site seeing and enjoying your experience in our exciting and busy city. Duc Vuong's Garden Terrace restaurant & lounge is a quiet place for you to enjoy a relaxing and delicious, fresh and memorable meal, hors d'oeuvres and delectable unique drinks, all prepared with care by our phenomenal bartender and chef. This is also a brilliant place to view the sunrise, sunset and of course the very radiant moonlight! You will be amazed at the stunning view from high above the busy streets while experiencing the city lights and radiant moonlight The spacious, inviting visitors lounge always has fresh flowers, fruit and hot tea for you and your guests to enjoy. ... more less
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