Pham Ngu Lao in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City is the destination for most tourists.
The Guesthouses are stacked deep in this area and the mid to high range hotels are only a few blocks away.
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No hotel in Vietnam is obligated to comply with international hotelier standards.
Vietnam does not recognize their authority.
Do not take the star ratings at face value while in Vietnam.
There are certain laws to take note of before booking any Hotel in Vietnam.
Each law was written by Vietnam's Communist Government and often enforced by the Police.
Vietnamese couples are required to provide proof of Marriage to stay together.
Many Hotels will not allow a Vietnamese 'Guest' into your room.
It is an actual law. It is often ignored, but not always. Always ask the rules before you book a room, anywhere in Vietnam.
You can enter your hotel after 11pm without a problem. The doors will be locked up, though.
You only need to ring the doorbell and one of the hotel staff will let you in.
Not an issue if you are only staying a few days.
The police periodically visit hotels latte at night to make sure all guests hold both a valid passport and current Visa.
Offer a photocopy of your passport and Visa to the hotel. They usually accept.
Vietnam is a communist country, but there is always a way around issues. The police often leave tourists and expats well alone.
The Bich Duyen hotel is located in a small picturesque lane in the heart of the Pham Ngu Lao.
The Bich Duyen is managed by a great fellow that gets things done. His name is 'Chanh'.
He'll get you anything you need, the rooms are spotless and not overpriced.
Low season costs are $15USD a night but when it gets cold where you are, prices go up.
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(91% Approval Rate)
It's an honor to tell anyone about this Hotel. I can see the owners face now. I'll never forget what he did for me when I lived in Ho Chi Minh City.
We get many comments on the friendly nature of the staff at Luan Vu Guesthouse. It's rare for any of the Ho Chi Minh City Hotels to avoid criticism for so long.
The Luan Vu is a close runner up to the Bich Duyen Hotel for best of the Ho Chi Minh City hotels.
The Luan Vu is right on Bui Vien street. The noise is reasonable considering how close it is to the noisiest area in Saigon.
Another problem is that some of the rooms lack windows. Make sure to request a window when booking.
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(90% Approval Rate)
The Blue River Hotel is in a quiet alleyway back off of the main road in District 1, near Bui Vien Street
The rooms are always quiet, shockingly nice for the price, and with friendly staff.
I always loved the big fridge the morning after a night out with my friend 'Beer'.
It easily makes the top 3 Hotels nearest the nightlife, and major sites in the main area of Ho Chi Minh City.
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(Approval Rate 88%)
Liberty 1 is located in District #3. It's and upscale area as compared to Pham Ngu Lao in District #1 but only a short distance away to the same amenities.
The rooms are very new and thus very clean and sharp. The beds are also new and very large. There are nice views of the city from the balcony or through the large, abundant windows. The food in the Hotel's restaurant is quite good and not overpriced like most hotels.
The best part may be the free buffet breakfast that is included with your stay. One of the best of any hotel Saigon has to offer.
Learn more about the Que Huong - Liberty 1 Hotel.
This hotel is right next to the Bich Duyen Hotel but is a less expensive place and thus you do get less.
Clean rooms that are small but with air conditioning and a small T.V., it's really all some people feel they need. It's another option for those planning on spending less time in their room than they have to.
$8USD-$10USD a night is what they wanted for a nights stay the last time I asked.
The Que Huong - Liberty 2 is a fantastic hotel located very near Ben Thanh Market, so many food options are nearby. The hotel serves a good breakfast and the staff are some of the best around.
The elevator is slower than being stuck behind an 80 year old man climbing a narrow stairwell but If you're carrying a lot of bags it sure beats the stairs.
Be aware that the rooms in the front of this hotel are very noisy. It's a shame because these rooms have balconies with great views of the ceaseless traffic and chaos of Ho Chi Minh City. The rooms on the opposite side of the hotels are quiet but little to see but a few rooftops.
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The rooms at the Evergreen Hotel are kept clean and are quite large as far as Ho Chi Minh City hotels go. There is a little rooftop terrace that makes for a great spot to eat anything you want (the restaurant is very good also).
There is a nice park right across the street that is great for a stroll or doing some of that Tai-Chi you always said you were going to try. Located on busy Hai Ba Trung street but the rooms are fairly quiet.
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The Que Huong - Liberty 3 is located on Pham Ngu Lao street, in the center of the backpacker district. Everything is within walking distance but the street can be noisy and rooms facing the street are not the quietest of the Ho Chi Minh City hotels.
The rooms are a little on the worn out side with some of the ugliest colored fluffy blankets of any of the hotels Saigon can offer. But the sheets as well as most of the rooms are clean.
The Que Huong - Liberty 3 is regarded as a friendly and comfortable place to stay for a night or two.
Like the ugly girlfriend your friend keeps trying to hook you up with. Steady, comfortable, reliable but not the most beautiful.
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This Ho Chi Minh city hotel refused to quote me any prices unless I stayed there. I did not understand at first but they are better off getting you to pay before you see the room.
They must figure you'd be less likely to ask for a refund.
I did eventually get to see the rooms though. They offer air-conditioned rooms or rooms with just a fan, T.V., Hot water and a small tiny fridge.
They also rent motorbikes but they wanted $8USD a day and I pay $4USD a day with a better bike somewhere else. Their prices seem to be according to what they figure they can fleece from you, what time of day it is and how booked the other Saigon Hotels are.
Most people use words such as adequate, basic and pricey to describe this Ho Chi Minh city hotel. The lobby and entrance way of the Liberty 4 hotel is small but the rooms are a good size and they keep the rooms very clean.
The location is good for those who want to be within walking distance of the Backpacker / Tourist areas without suffering their crowded bustling fate.
Liberty 4 offers non-smoking rooms (which some people appreciate) on the 4th floor. There is wireless internet access in all the rooms and they provide a simple breakfast of coffee, bread and jam.
Learn more about the Que Huong - Liberty 4 Hotel.
This place is a very popular spot amongst the budget crowd in the Pham Ngu Lao area. But Yellow House hotel isn't a place you're going to bask in large rooms with fully functioning air-conditioning. (Air-Con is available though).
The rooms are not big enough for you and your shoes so you have to leave them outside. The rooms on the top floor are a demanding walk up the never-ending rows of stairs so try a nd bok a room on the first 3 floors.
But the Yellow House has a charm that other Ho Chi Minh City hotels seem to lack. It's a place you can still connect to other travelers. And they don't charge you for using the 2 internet access computers in the lobby.
With prices as low as $7USD a night for a private single room, Yellow House Hotel stands out for people on a very tight budget.
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The Red Sun Hotel is located close enough to the central backpacker area but is set off the main street so is nice and quiet. The room and bathroom were very clean. The room had an Air Conditioner, a Mini bar and a TV.
The staff are very kind, helpful with everything from trips to Visas to onward travel and speak great English! I do wish that they had an elevator because even the 3rd floor is rather high.
Simple breakfast or Pho or a baguette and some jam. But the coffee is very good. Better than most hotels Saigon has on offer.
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The Liberty 6 has a small facade and is in a densely packed neighborhood. The furniture is worn and some of the rooms carry the cigarette odor of past tenants. It's in district #1 but Le Tan Ton street is a motorbike taxi ride away from the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao.
This is one of the Saigon hotels that is simply not worth what you pay. There are better options. But people who've stayed in the Royal Suite at $70USD a night said nothing but good things about it. The Royal suite is a nice room that sleeps 4 and is decorated tastefully.
My advice is to find a newer hotel amongst the many Ho Chi Minh city hotels in the Pham Ngu Lao area. But if you are a group of 4 and want to be away from other travelers and taste the real Vietnam then have a look at this place.
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I drive past the Phan Lan Guesthouse on my way to work everyday. A Canadian teacher at my school married the girl who used to sleep on a mat in the lobby at night.
It was her job to open the door for guests arriving late (Anything past 11pm in Vietnam) after a night out. They invited me over for dinner one night because my friend was staying in the hotel where she worked.
It's a fairly new place with decent sized rooms that are well-furnished and clean. I never got on well with the staff and they were often rude to me, my friend, his girlfriend and everyone else. The owners are guilty of treating their staff even worse than is usual in Vietnam.
They serve breakfast that is included in the price but is little more than bread baguettes with Jam and coffee. I hear it is really plain but the coffee is so good that the whole event is nice.
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The Nguyen Khang Hotel is located in the first alleyway that runs parallel to Pham Ngu Lao Street. This alleyway has some of the best Guest Houses but current construction work makes some of them noisy.
They have wireless internet in the room, nice bathrooms and great staff. This Saigon Hotel is a great deal in comparison to other Ho Chi Minh City hotels. Most places with wireless in the rooms are $100USD a month more than what you'll get charged here.
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So there above is a list of the best budget Ho Chi Minh City hotels.
Check the availability of some of the other Saigon Guesthouses (You don't have to book with them) and if they are full then expect them all to be busy.
There are many more hotels Saigon has to offer throughout the city but District #1 is the center of it all. There are few amenities available to foreign tourists elsewhere in the city.
Maybe you were thinking of spending a few days pampering yourself in one of the Mid-Range or Luxury hotels Saigon has to offer. Below is a single sample of the best 3-star, 4-star and 5-star Ho Chi Minh City Hotels available.
I stayed in a double room at the Metropole Hotel with 3 friends and it cost us $63USD for a night. It worked out to $15.74USD each and it really is a nice place to stay. Maybe just because of the stocked mini-bar and the telephone in the bathroom!
The lobby of this Ho Chi Minh city hotel looks of average quality compared to other Ho Chi Minh city hotels. The real value is invested in the rooms themselves. They are all newly renovated to 4 star quality.
You can choose from a room with a view of the city or a room at the back of hotel which is as quiet as they get.
As mid-priced Ho Chi Minh city hotels go this one is the best value. The rooms are superb, the pool is cool and refreshing and the food and service are excellent.
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The Novotel Garden Plaza is located halfway between Tan Son Nhat International Airport and the city center. This is the most convenient hotel Saigon has to offer anyone who needs or wants to be near the Ho Chi Minh International Exhibition and Convention Center.
The trip to the airport is very short so there is no way of getting stuck in traffic in the morning on the way to the airport.
The hotel has 191 rooms and suites, fully equipped with IDD telephones, satellite and cable television, while complimentary broadband Internet access is available on Orchid Club Floors.
The Garden Restaurant and Lotus Bars are right by the lobby and there is a free swimming pool and gym available for guest use.
Learn more about the Novotel Garden Plaza Saigon.
The Caravelle Hotel sits right at the center of Ho Chi Minh City. This 5 Star hotel is arguably the best of all the Ho Chi Minh City Hotels. Here is the place to come and get pampered with luxurious modern living in sophisticated and understated elegant surroundings.
There is a fully equipped gymnasium, swimming pool, aerobic classes and a spa that caters some of the best massages of any of the Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in town.
For optimum privacy and comfort, the Caravelle Club offers separate saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzis for men and women. Class place through and through.
There are a lot of other Ho Chi Minh City hotels that I visited but I have only mentioned the ones that I feel comfortable staying in myself. In fact, I have a few Ho Chi Minh City Hotels in mind that were just awful.
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Here's a video that lets you see the many Ho Chi Minh City hotels lined down Bui Vien Street in the Pham Ngu Lao area of District #1.