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Where to stay Ho Chi Minh, Saigon

Like everything else in Ho Chi Minh, you will find yourself spoilt for choices when it comes to finding a place to stay. From the shoestring traveler to those planning a luxurious experience to be pampered during their stay, the city offers you a wide variety regardless.

Budget

The main backpacker hangout is Pham Ngu Lao in District 1, a 15 minutes walk from Ben Thanh Market. The small lanes in the area between Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien are packed with budget hotels (5-10 rooms) with prices starting from US$6. However, if you keep heading southwest away from the backpacker hustle closer Ng Thai Hoc, you’ll find the hotels in the area gets more peaceful and owners more approachable.
Sometimes, there are ‘agents’ offering you rooms at attractive rates as you disembark from the buses, do not be pressured to get a room on the spot even if they tell you other hotels are fully booked as there are may choices available in this area. If you decide to book a room through them for convenience, do not hesitate to ask them to show you the rooms personally first before paying as they can look quite different from the picture shown.
• Ly (rooms from $13-15), 84/24B Bui Vien Street, District 1, HCMC (A small alley off Pham Ngu Lao St), ☎ 08.38364794 (hanhbtx@yahoo.com). Wonderful guest house with very friendly staff who speak good English. The rooms are good size and come with AC, hot water, cable TV, baggage storage, laundry service, big beds and some with balconies. It may take a bit of navigation to find this place, but worth every bit the effort when you do.
• Duna Hotel, 167 Pham Ngu Lao. Tel: 8373 699. Prices range from US$12 for a single room with no window to US$30 for a triple with a window facing the street. All rooms have A/C, satellite TV, a fridge and are very clean for the price. The staff is pleasant and there is an elevator. The only complaint is that the front door is locked as early as 11 or 12PM and to get back in you must wake the staff sleeping inside by banging the door(loudly!).
• Me Them Hotel , 203 Pham Ngu Lao. Tel: 08 6 2915 407. Me Them B&B provides weary travellers a warm and comfortable place to stay. A home away from home, everyone is very hospitable and makes you feel like family. It’s definitely a good way to interact with the locals and learn about their culture.
• Xuan – Spring Hotel, 185/34 Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1, ☎ +84-8-8372115 (manager@springhotel.net). Reasonable priced accommodation with good service, price range from $14.00-$D17.00 per day for double room. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioner, refrigerator, cable TV and private bathroom with hot shower. Internet is provided for free.
• Nguyen Khang Hotel (below$15), 283/25 Pham Ngu Lao. Tel: 8 373 566, nguyenkhanghotel@yahoo.com.vn. In a small and quiet alley that links Pham Ngu Lao and Do Quang Dau. This particular hotel has a nice vibe, helpful staff, free Internet and free breakfast. Recently renovated, the rooms are clean, tastefully simple in decoration with window, air-con, fan, TV and fridge (those at the front have nice large windows).
• Ngoc Minh Hotel, 283/9 Pham Ngu Lao. Right next to Rainbow Hotel this clean hotel with friendly staff and free wi-fi is a good alternative. Prices start from $12 for a room with no windows.
• An Phuong 2 ($15), 295 Pham Ngu Lao. Tel: 08. 920 5509 / 08.836 9248, anhphuong2@yahoo.com. Situated directly across from where the buses drop tourists, it is a friendly family-run guesthouse, very clean and homely. Free internet, cheap laundry and all rooms have double glazing.

Mid-range

The area around Ben Thanh market along Le Thanh Ton and Ly Tu Trong has many reasonably priced hotels with clean rooms in the US$25-35 bracket.
• Ngoc Ha, 53, Le Anh Xuan. Close to Ben Thanh market and the New World Hotel. Clean and decent rooms, air-con, fridge, Wi-Fi in the lobby. Rooms price range from $25-35 including simple breakfast.
• Hotel Bi Saigon , 185/26 Pham Ngu Lao (in alley #185). Tel: 8360678. Offers a “Superior” room for two costing US$27, but clean, comfortable and terrific staff. In-room Internet access costs $3/day. Situated at the lobby – the La Table De Saigon restaurant serves great food and is perfect place to get a snack before heading out on the town.
• Y Thien, 247 Ly Tu Trong. Tel: (84-8) 824 8176. This full service hotel is 5 minutes from Ben Thanh Market and offers a wide range of rooms from tiny and windowless to nice rooms with a full wall window overlooking the city and streets below. Rooms are clean, bathrooms are large and recently upgraded, cable TV, air-con, fan, fridge, elevator and safes in rooms. If you don’t want to stay in the backpacker area, and are willing to pay a little more, it’s a good option.
• Spring Hotel , 44-46 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1. Tel: (84-8) 829-7362. This boutique hotel is clean and within walking distance to major attractions like Ben Thanh Market and Cathedral. Prices range from $32-$74.
• An An Hotel 40 Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Tel: (84-8) 3837-8087 this hotel is clean, popular and offers comfortable rooms in the centre of the action on De Tham, free wifi in room and lobby. Prices range from $40 for a Superior Double room to $50 for a Luxury Double room. It is probably wise to book ahead as they are usually fully booked.( email: ananhotel@anan.vn)
An An also have a newer branch – An An 2,216 De Tham Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Tel:(84-8) 3838-5665 about 20 meters down from the original An An hotel. Rooms range from standard to luxury, $22 (with window) for standard single ,$25 for double and $36 to $50 for superior and luxury with balcony and their service is excellent.(email: anan2hotel@anan.vn)
Many of Saigon’s historical hotels are controlled by the Vietsmile, the former state monopoly. Thanks to recent competition, service and facilities improved vastly though still not quite up to modern standards. But if you want to experience a little colonial atmosphere, they are by far the best choices.
• Continental Hotel, 132-134 Dong Khoi Street. A geographically located old-school colonial hotel dating back to 1880 and the setting of Graham Greene’s The Quiet American. Lovely breakfast garden, huge rooms, nice balcony views though slightly expensive at $60 onwards. On the minus side, there is no pool, and traffic noise can be irritating.
• Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard. Found in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, next door to the People’s Committee Hall. This is the former haunt of the press corps and site of the daily news briefing during the Vietnam War. The 5th floor beer garden (Rooftop Garden) is famous with its symbol, the golden crown. Slightly more expensive at $70 onwards, but the rooms are very pleasant. There’s a swimming pool on the roof and an excellent buffet breakfast.

High End

With the fast paced development of the city in recent years, international hotel chains are quick to jump on the wagon and make their presence felt in Vietnam. These luxury hotels are mostly located in the heart of the city centre.
• Park Hyatt Saigon ($220 – $520), 2 Lam Song Square (Adjacent to Opera House), ☎ +84.8.824.1234. Newest 5-star hotel at the tourist center of District 1. Quiet and sophisticated with no tourist club/bar. Breakfast buffet is world-class.
• Caravelle (prices from $188), 19 Lam Son Square @ Dong Khoi, across from the Opera House. This Hotel with more than 50 years of history was home to many war correspondents during the war and the rooftop bar back then was their local “watering hole”. Offers in-house restaurants and spas. Ideal location downtown and only a short drive from the airport.
• Mövenpick Hotel Saigon (Prices from US$120), 253 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Phu Nhuan District, ☎ +84 8 3844 9222 (hotel.saigon.reservation@moevenpick.com, fax: +84 8 3844 9200).The only 5-star hotel in the Phu Nhuan district, this hotel is located near the exhibition centre and airport and some 20 minutes from the city centre. The 251 rooms and suites are designed to accommodate both short- and long- staying guests. Broadband Internet is available in all rooms.
• Windsor Plaza Hotel, 18 An Duong Vuong, District 5, ☎ +84 8 38336688 (reservations@windsorplazahotel.com, fax: +84 8 38336888). The first domestically owned 5-star hotel in Vietnam. This grand 405-room luxury hotel is in Cholon, the historic China Town making it accessible to many pagodas, temples and the famous Binh Tay Market. Resident restaurants features an extensive Western and Asian buffet on 4th floor, a Chinese restaurant serving live seafood, southern Chinese cuisine and dim sum, and a rooftop international restaurant that has panoramic views of Cholon. Guests can take the free hourly shuttle provided to the business district.
• New World Saigon Hotel, 76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, ☎ (84 8) 3822 8888. A single bedroom suite on the Executive Floor costs US$250 including butler service, free flow of food and beverages during the day, and unlimited drinks in the executive floor lounge every night. The wide spread selection the seafood dinner buffet in the Park View Coffee Shop for US$20 is fantastic. On the downside, the rooms can be noisy, and the air conditioning is weak in some rooms.
• Park Hyatt Saigon, 2 Lam Son Square, District 1 (central downtown), ☎ +84 8 824 1234 (saigon.park@hyattintl.com), 5 star hotel with a collection of contemporary art and a variety of dining options including al fresco. They also have a 20m pool and the popular Xuan Spa.
• Sofitel Plaza Saigon (prices from $160-$300), 17 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1, ☎ +84 8 8241555 (reservations@sofitelsaigon.com.vn, fax: +84 8 8241666). Compared to other top-end hotels, the Sofitel is closer to the universities and consulates of District 1, and farther from most of the shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.

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