Caravelle Hotel, with its Italian marble facade and bulletproof glass windows, became the best hotel in Vietnam and one of the most popular in Southeast Asia almost 50 years ago. After the liberation of Saigon in 1975, the hotel was purchased and operated by the Vietnamese government as the Hotel Independence. In 1998, it returned to its old name, and is once again considered the best hotel in town. The famous terrace bar is still standing, offering the best views of the city, and serving their famous cocktails. The rooms are great - the biggest beds I've ever seen, with comfortable mattresses and all the details and luxuries you could imagine. It has a great location, right in the centre next to the Opera House and across from the Hotel Continental, setting of the film The Quiet American. It celebrated its 50th birthday in May, 2009.
A & EM is a famous chain of Vietnamese hotels that are small and affordable. I stayed in one of the many that are in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The rooms are clean and meet the needs of the traveler, but they are small and there weren´t many luxuries that one might expect. They are often in different locations in centric areas. There is internet in the rooms and wired computers in the lobby and there are also "Business" rooms (are twice as expensive but are exterior, making them larger and brighter). An average room costs 20-25Euros per night and the "business" about 40, if you book several rooms for several days you can renegotiate the price, but given the good value for money, that´s usually not a problem.
This hotel is situated in the center of the city, near the Cathedral of Notre Dam, on a very wide avenue. It is a modern hotel, equipped with everything you could possibly need. It has two great restaurants, a gym, spa and pool on the 18th floor offering great views of the city. The rooms are very spacious as was the bathroom, which like most of the 5 star hotels in Vietnam has a bath and shower. The hotel staff are very friendly and willing to help.
What I liked most about Saigon was this hotel. A part of the Park Hyatt chain, the place is very nice. It has a very nice lounge with music, and a bar open until 2 am with a DJ, a snack menu and cocktails. The restaurant Square One is very good and has a great variety of food on the menu. The rooms start at 34 square meters and are beautiful - wooden floors, marble bathrooms, very clean and fully equipped with an all the good stuff (40-inch LCD TV, air conditioning, hairdryer, morning newspaper, etc.) Highly recommended.
Like many houses in Ho Chi Minh, and throughout Vietnam, Thien Hong was made into a kind of small hotel. It is quite new and with well-equipped rooms, and it is cheap. In 2009 I ended up paying € 7 night for a single room (with hot water, fan, bathroom and refrigerator). It is in the area of accommodation, restaurants, cafes and travel agencies near the area where buses leave backpackers. It was in one of those alleys, almost impassable, and almost pedestrian, connecting a wide street with another. Tad hard to find, but you can ask. Worth it just for the everyday life near these streets.
This was one of the best hotels of the many I visited in Ho Chi Minh. Since many of the hotels are very similar, we basically chose this one for the price. The rooms were restored and had a retro decor with upcycled furniture. They´re more than complete with everything you´d need. The service is also very good. Free wifi and a travel agency are additional perks. A single room costed $8USD in 2009.
This hostel has a great location, just off the main street of Ho Chi Minh City. This does mean that the prices are a little bit higher than the average, but the rooms are in good condition and air-conditioned. One night costs 5 dollars (single bed), 14 dollars (double bed), 17 dollars (two beds), or 20 dollars for a private room. They have laundry service and very polite staff, always at your disposal and happy to help with organising excursions or private tours around Vietnam and Cambodia. All the information is organised through Golden Sand Travel, right next to the reception.
The Rex Hotel is a must if only for his legendary and beautiful "art deco" style This would be a great way to start a holiday. Do not miss the terrace and enjoy a sumptuous buffet of local dishes, seafood in abundance, etc. The hotel is surrounded by an atmosphere of jazz music.
Bizu Boutique Hotel - District 1 is the best option in this area of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), known to backpackers for its economic accommodation. This small hotel is located in the central area, and has all possible facilities for a low budget. There are three types of rooms, with varying prices: the standard room costs $20 a night in high season, including breakfast. That's served from 6 - ideal for those leaving early for tours - until 10 in the morning on the seventh floor, which offers a good view of the city. It's not a buffet breakfast, but you can choose from seven different menu combinations. There's a router for the free wifi on every floor. The staff all speak passable English, and are very polite. They offer an airport transfer - a good service, but expensive. The only negative note is the proximity to one of the most popular restaurant-pubs in the neighbourhood, so some rooms are noisy.
This modern Novotel is ideally located in Ho Chi Minh City, near the train station. It has a good price for the quality on offer. Among its services include: restaurants, bars, and a health and fitness centre, with pool, gym, sauna, and spa. The rooms are comfortable, and the service is good.
This hotel is a bit older than the ones I had stayed at in Ho Chi Minh City, but the location is perfect. It’s in the heart of District 1 but away from all the noise and closer to the financial section of downtown.
The room was small but worth it for the good price.
It is located in District 1 of Saigon in a great, central spot, 100 metres from Ben Thanh market, Notre Dame and Dong Joi street. The hotel offers free Wi-fi, and 72 comfortable rooms spread over 9 floors. They serve an international buffet breakfast.
The Empress Hotel Hochiminh City (Ho Chi Minh City - Ninh Thuan - Vietnam) was constructed in the year 1996, and although it is not fancy, it has some upscale touches like terra cotta and marble tiles. The rooms are cozy, and have either two twin beds or a double bed. It also has a luxury suite with living room, bedroom and two bathrooms (there are 4 available) They hotel offers a small gym, restaurant as well as a bar and lounge.