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California Guesthouse

"Such a lovely place..."

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Clean and comfortable, strange vibe
Pleasantly located on a quiet connecting alley between the Co Bac and Giang streets. Homey to the po...

By Lother

What we say: 3.5 stars

The anchor of Co Bac alley, the California is a fairly large spot that's divided into two buildings set across the alley from one another.

Guesthouse 1 is the larger, more noticeable section, while California 2 has slightly cheaper rooms with older furniture and fewer windows. In both you'll find relatively spacious digs with air-con, old TVs, desks, fridges and cramped but functional hot water bathrooms. Rooms in the main building are accessed via a narrow staircase, then a long corridor/balcony from where you can watch life go by in the alley down below.

While the rooms are fairly average, the California gets you a bunch of extras, including free laundry, a well equipped shared kitchen, a shared rooftop garden area and free WiFi. Despite a limited online presence, the guesthouse has fostered an excellent word-of-mouth reputation and is often full. Should this be the case, the friendly staff can find you a room at one of the area's many other guesthouses -- or you could walk yourself over to nearby Ngoc Hue Hotel or Miss Loi.

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171A Co Bac, District 1.  T: (08) 3837 8885 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double 260,000 dong 260,000 dong Small building; main building is 300,000VND.

Added to Travelfish on: 23rd December, 2006
Last visited or updated on: 4th July, 2013

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Clean and comfortable, strange vibe
By Lother, 25 January 2010
4.0  stars

run away!! quick...
By saigonjack, 01 August 2009
1.0  stars

what a landlady!!!! run away!!
By saigonjack, 20 May 2009
2.0  stars

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