California Guest the lane off Co Bac St, near Pham Ngu Lau

by Rebecca

HELL, Hell, hell.....the owner and her American husband, been terrorizing the lane for years....the owners wife Loan rules the roost, and the outdoors too. a voice that would give a Tylenol a headache, she can often be heard before she is seen. She's great entertainment though when she's ranting and blowing off at neighbours....

stayed 3 hours, during one of her rants, paid and left for some peace and quiet!!


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Jul 29, 2014
Stay away from Mafia
by: LatinoSV

The owner a Vietnamese is a complete rude and nasty B*tch .

I have been staying opposite to her place back in 2013 and saw her giving the hell of disgusting time to her neighbors .

Yelling , Swearing ,etc .

She host mafia gamblers in her premises as well .

Hell No . Dont come to that place !

Jan 07, 2012
Guesthouse California, Ho Chi Minh City
by: tim

I arrived on Dec. 2 2011, i felt like the staff went above and beyond! after checking in i was given a cell phone to use in case of an emergency! i was given tons of info on tours and had ride arrangements made by hotel staff.

Hotel California had a friendly, family atmosphere. i can't say anything bad about loan, i felt she looked after us like she would a family member.

i've told everyone to go there if they ever went to Vietnam, and i plan to return also!


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Hi, Tim

We were in the California Guesthouse between December 14th, 2011 and December 17th, 2011. Maybe 3 days was too short a stay but it was enough for what we came to see.

There are just so many Hotels and Guesthouses along the road and in the alleyways of De Tham Street, Bui Vien Street and Pham Ngu Lao that we wanted to get to as many as we could.

We took a Double Room with Air-Con and a Private Bathroom at the California Guesthouse in Ho Chi Minh City. It was clean, tidy and pretty much average.

I found the beds to be too small but I have no other complaints about the room, the service or Loan.

She may have a loud voice and a quick temper but she seemed to be wary of it and took good care of us. I never saw her get loud on a customer of the hotel.

But if you know Saigon well then you know that stress can build up quickly.

Let's put this to rest once and for all.

There are no reliable consumer reviews, good information or any way to book the California Guesthouse in advance.

I came to compare the hotel to the reviews I've read and to the other 'Best Value to Dollar' hotels in Ho Chi Minh City.

Nothing else matters.

  • We want the best return on our money

  • We want to read what other guests had to say about the hotel

  • We would like to book our room in advance but want to pay on departure

The California Guesthouse gives us none of those things. The Bich Duyen Hotel does.


Dec 05, 2011
The California Guest House-Great Digs
by: Ross

Used California as my 'home' for 3 mths when a TESOL teacher in 2009 & 2009...why go back? Best value for money I have found anywhere. If anything , things have improved (last stayed Mar 2011). Sure, there is some local 'entertainment' but this is VN! If you want dullness, stay uptown. Clean, cool, excellent location extremely friendly, mgr with perfect English ('Me', not Loan the owner who can be noisy, but oh-so entertaining) family feel, opportunity to host guests in the well appointed kitchen (eating I mean...). All for $15!

Thought so much of the team there I invited them to my wedding earlier this year.

Ross Canberra Australia


Reply from

The comments I get are still short but improving. I am in Phnom Penh, Cambodia right now (Dec 5th/2011) updating and improving that section of the website.

Everyone from Vietnam is heading this way for the weekend bash at Sharky's night club because of the holidays.

I am just a $5USD bus ride away from Ho Chi Minh city and will return with the Vietnam boys to get a better look.

I plan on entering and asking for a video tour of every guesthouse in the Pham Ngu Lao area.

We'll soon see if the improvement is there. Loan still needs a hobby, though.

See you soon. Please Don't say no if someone comes and asks for a video tour of the place.

Thanks for the comment.

Mar 06, 2011
California Guest House - Post from Owner
by: Andy

I am sorry for all the bad comments on this website about California Guest house.

I think you are the person you always give trouble with the good people.

The Owner.


Reply from Travel-Budget-Asia

So I am the one you are blaming for your poor reviews? You need to look inside yourself a little instead of lashing out at everyone.

Your Vietnamese English is pretty good but with no doubt (And some IP searches) you are the Vietnamese Owner and concerned with the ratings your Guesthouse is getting.

I would be also. I just wouldn't write into this website and pretend to be someone I'm not.

I can help you with advice but have a feeling you won't listen.

Improve your service. Don't cheat by faking a post on a website or blaming me for negative comments.

You have seen the remarks against you. I have not published them all because people with negative experiences often write in to this site whereas satisfied guests do not.

I have so far held back 9 NEGATIVE posts about the California Guest House. Yes 9 Posts I have not published in the name of finding balance.

Thanks for the post. It tells me you would rather blame ANYONE than look in the mirror and make your hotel better.

I beg you. Do not take a negative post as anything but a reason to improve. It is not a time to blame others but an opportunity to improve and beat all your competition.

So, I ask you kindly and hope you go the correct route with this. I will check in on you more regularly now and if you improve, I will tell EVERYONE.

If you fake more posts to this site I will ban you and post every negative comment I get.

This website serves the potential guests of your hotel with good information. They can rely on it.

Good Luck. I wish you the best but I will bury you if you don't stop treating my readers badly.

I'll be visiting you in the next 3 months. I am looking forward to meeting Loan, Your wife. She is at the center of almost all comments I get.

Good Luck,

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