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City Hotel

Midrange outside the ghetto

What we say: 3 stars

City Hotel is one of a handful of decent places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City if you’re on a budget but don’t want to stay in the backpacker mecca of Pham Ngu Lao. Located just 50 metres from Ben Thanh Market on narrow, busy Luu Van Lang — or “shoe street“, you’re in a great spot to explore the city.

Follow the shoes!

Follow the shoes!

City Hotel has two buildings basically across the street from one another, the smaller at 18 Luu Van Lang and the bigger at 35 Luu Van Lang. Not much separates the two buildings, except the free breakfast is served at 35. Both are clean and in good repair, with a similar selection of rooms — standards, superiors and deluxes, with size increasing as you pay more.

Everybody seems happy.

Everybody seems happy.

Standards are 450,000 VND and though the smallest are by no means small. Located toward the back of the hotel, these are the quietest rooms, either due to their positioning or the fact that they don’t have windows. If you can stomach the absence of a window, and honestly the views upstairs aren’t legendary, these are probably the better value, as they are quiet enough to get some sleep, have plenty of room and won’t break the bank.

Not much light when you don't have a window.

Not much light when you don’t have a window.

An extra 200,000 VND buys you a window and some extra room, for wrestling or whatever people do in vast hotel rooms, as well as a bigger bathroom. A deluxe, for 800,000 VND, gives you the most additional space — almost enough to practise ballroom dancing — plus an even bigger bathroom and some extra furniture.

All rooms have creature comforts such as air-con, WiFi, TV and a work desk. Prices here aren’t the cheapest in the immediate area, but are by no means ridiculous.

One of the few orange signs in the area.

One of the few orange signs in the area.

The location is close to Saigon’s major sights and in a top spot for checking out the Ben Thanh Night Market, which sets up shop around perimeter of Ben Thanh in the evening. But what really made City Hotel stand out for us was their staff. More so than other hotels in the immediate area, the folks at City were friendly and more eager than usual to show us around and volunteer information about the surrounding area.

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Contact details:

18 and 35 Luu Van Lang, District 1.  T: (08) 3827 7937 

What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double 450,000 dong 450,000 dong
Superior - Double 650,000 dong 650,000 dong
Deluxe- Double 800,000 dong 800,000 dong

Added to Travelfish on: 19th November, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 19th November, 2013

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18 and 35 Luu Van Lang, District 1. 
T: (08) 3827 7937 

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