Ho Chi Minh City Hotel Tips by machomikemd
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Oscar Hotel at Left, Palace Hotel at Right
The Huge Saigon Tourist Conglomerate owns a number of Restaurants, Bars, Tours and Hotels in Saigon and in Other parts of Vietnam ranging from the luxe like the Rex Hotel and Sheraton Saigon to the mid price like the Palace Hotel and Bong Sen Hotel and the Budget like the Oscar Hotel. Oscar Hotel is located in the center of District 1 at the Nguyen Hue Street and is walking distance to most local attractions like Dong Khoi Street, Municipal Opera, Rex Hotel, Benh Thanh Market, Notre Dame Cathedral and Bitexco Financial Tower. Oscar Saigon Hotel (formerly Century Saigon Hotel), is a three star international business hotel, is of French colonial style architecture which has been recently renovated. Its eleven floors offer 107 rooms and suites. It has one restaurant (the 68th at the top floor and one bar).
Unique Qualities: The have a rather small sized and bland regular rooms and a small bathroom (both smoking and non smoking rooms are available) but are comfortable and if you are of the no frills type and just use the hotel room as a time for sleeping, then this will just be fine. Plus, the hotel comes with the standard amenities like: 24 room service, hot & cold water, a mini fridge, coffee and tea, free bottled water, buffet breakfast at their restuarant at the 68th restaurant at the top (which serves a large selection of local vietnamese and international dishes), concierge, safety deposit boxes in the room, fitness center garden, but the best deal here is the complimentary high speed WIFI which we used frequently.
check in is at 3:00 pm and check out is 12:00 pm.
Address: 68A Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Comparison: about average
Directions: 68A Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Other Contact: (84-8) 38222958 - 38292732
Phone: (84-8) 38292959 - 38292958
The Saigon Tourist Conglomerate operates quite a number of hotels for any budget, from the 5 Star Rex Hotel and Sheraton Saigon, the 3 Star Kimdo and Oscar Hotel and the 4 Star Palace Hotel and Bong Sen Hotel to Name a few. The Bong Sen is a bland but affordable and convenient downtown operation. It always offers special rates, and especially good ones if you contact the hotel directly -- you can't beat paying as little as $56 to be right in the heart of the city in and among the likes of the Sheraton and the Caravelle. The place is always busy, though, so be sure to try to book in advance.
Rooms are large and plain, with a standard host of amenities; everything is clean and works.
Unique Qualities: Bong Sen Hotel was awarded one of top ten Vietnam hotels in 2001. the Mangostine Cafe serves International and seafood buffet; Catinat Box Bar offers a quiet place with elegant atmosphere for relaxation. The Vietnam House offers traditional Vietnamese cuisine (The BEST! see my vietnam house photos!) plus the Buffet GANH serving vietnamese buffet, also good!; The Brodard Cafe and the Delicatessen provide specialties of French, Italian Asian food with a wide delicious home-made pastries, bakeries, cakes and ice cream.
Walking distance to everything like 11 minutes to Benh Thanh Market, 3 Minutes to Rex Hotel, 2 Minutes to Municipal Theater, 16 Minutes to Parkson Mall.
Address: 117-123 Dong Khoi Street Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City, HC,
Comparison: about average
Directions: 117-123 Dong Khoi Street Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City, HC,
Other Contact: Fax : (84-8) 8298076
Phone: (84-8) 8291516
Windsor Plaza in Ho Chi Minh City is one of the new deluxe hotels in Vietnam which offers the guests sheer luxury and pure comfort of a five star hotel (although is is far from district 1, the main area of activity in Saigon, but this is compensated by a free shuttle bus to dong khoi street in district one that is available every 15 minutes). Windsor Plaza is located in the Middle of Cholon (Chinatown) in District 5 and is near Binh Thay Market. The hotel has 405 rooms and each room has creature comforts like a mini-bar, mini refrigerator, ironing board, etc.
Unique Qualities: the rooms are large and done in pastel colors and the mini bar is well stocked and they claimed that they have the largest disco in town.
Address: 18 An Duong Vuong Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: 18 An Duong Vuong Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
Other Contact: Fax: (848) 833 6888
Phone: (848) 833-6688
There are a variety of rooms, but all are large and clean, with fluffy carpets and kitschy bamboo detailing everywhere. The lampshades are big royal crowns, which are a hoot. There's good indirect lighting throughout. Some of the suites have beaded curtains and Christmas lights over the bathroom mirrors. The beds and pillows are firm but fat, and there are good views from some balconies.
The Rex is in a great downtown location, across from a square that has a lively carnival atmosphere at night. It is also known for its rooftop bar, with its panoramic Saigon view. The pool is small, just a toe-dipper, but it's in a quiet courtyard. Amenities here cover all the bases, if you can find them in this labyrinth.
Unique Qualities: During the French time, the Rex began as a two-story garage located in the heart of commercial center of Saigon. Between 1959 and April 1975, Mr. and Mrs. Ung Thi, a Vietnamese couple purchased and renovated it into a six-story building with 100 guestrooms and renamed it as Rex Trading Center and then the US Information services rented much of the premises for office and residential use. The remaining space housed three cinemas, a cafeteria, a dance hall and a library.
During the Vietnam War, the Rex was a favorite watering hole for American officers. Renovations have seen it return to some of its former splendor. Many of the city's best shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance. The hotel also has three restaurants, including the famous Rooftop Garden where you can enjoy a drink or a meal overlooking the busy streets below.
Address: 141 Nguyen Hue Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Vi 70000
Comparison: more expensive than average
Phone: (848) 829-3115
Palace Hotel overlooks downtown and the Saigon River and is perfectly located for everything the city has to offer. If you are travelling on a low budget this is the hotel for you. Palace Hotel is situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, 7 km from Tan Son Nhat International airport and right in the administrative and commercial area of the city. The rooms are very clean and offer views of Sai Gon (see my pictures) although the coffee lounge disco at the second floor can be loud at times since it is a prime hotspot for saigon's young Urban Professionals!
I Stayed here for 2 days then moves to the nearby Bong Sen Hotel at the Back.
Unique Qualities: Palace Hotel is one of the well-known and luxurious hotels in District 1. It is also near to the shopping areas of Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue Streets, like Lucky Plaza and is only a walking distance to Saigon River for a Saigon River Cruise, Ho Chi Minh Statue square and People Committee Building and many commercial buildings, traditional boutique shops and entertainment venues are all around the hotel.
There are lots of good in-house services, including a large, open pool area, a good restaurant overlooking a funky little fountain area, a big bar area, and BS massage services wherein you can get a 30% discount. The staff are used to international clients and service is quite efficient for the price.
10 Minute walk to Benh Thanh Market, 15 minute walk to Malaysian Owned Parkson Dep't Store, 10 minute walk to Saigon River and Vung Tau Ferry. 8 Minute walk to Kem Bach Chang Ice cream, Givral is just beside it and rex hotel & People's Comittee Bldg & Ho Chi Minh Statue is just a 3 minute walk from here.
Address: 56-66 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Comparison: about average
Other Contact: Fax : (84-8) 8244230
Phone: (84-8) 8292860
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