Aug 12 2013
Over the past few years, hostels and guesthouses with dorm beds have been popping up around Saigon. While most are on the newer, cleaner side of the spectrum, few offer the trendy digs that one can find in the fancier hostels of Singapore and Bangkok. However, at Townhouse 50, you’ll find something that raises the Saigon hostel bar.
Townhouse 50 is one of Saigon’s first modern hostels; it isn’t just a converted guesthouse, like Long Hostel. Instead, you’ll find a trendy building, decorated with dark woods, sleek, modern furnishing and bright colours. The downstairs lobby is filled with plush couches, a bunch of tables, books, magazines and a big shared kitchen — it’s so pleasant I wouldn’t mind swinging by just to hang out. Staff are also top-notch, being well spoken and eager to make sure you’re enjoying your stay.
Choose between separate or mixed dorms, with the mixed rooms having 12 beds instead of eight, but both being the same 200,000 VND price. Both mixed and separate dorms are as clean and trendy as the rest of the building, with dark metal bunk bed frames, wood trimmed lockers and walls stencilled with various designs. With so many beds, space is tight but manageable. Shared bathrooms are separate from the rooms themselves and are quite a bit more roomy, with shower stalls, multiple sinks and plenty of mirrors.
If you want something with more space than a dorm, the Townhouse also has a few private single, double and triple rooms spread through the building. Similar to the rest of the building these rooms are just as trendily decorated and come complete with air-con, a wall-mounted television, big windows, a desk and a small private bathroom. Starting around the 400,000 VND mark for a single (600,000 VND for a double, 700,000 for a triple), they are also good value.
While most of Saigon’s hostels are found in the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, the Townhouse is located away from this area, down a small alley closer to Ben Thanh market on Bui Thi Xuan. Although the street is no stranger to hotels, most of these establishments are higher end, which makes for a much quieter environment. And even though you are a bit further away from backpacker nightlife, you’re by no means too far away — it’s only a 10-minute walk.
Backpackers looking to party the night away should instead perhaps consider somewhere like the Saigon Backpackers Hostel, with beds that are in the same price range as other hostels in HCMC.
Right now Townhouse 50 is a steal, especially when you consider the included breakfast. Word has travelled fast and, with limited space, the Townhouse books out fast, particularly the private rooms. Although it may be possible for you to walk in and grab a dorm bed, I’d suggest booking ahead to make sure you find space.
50 E Bui Thi Xuan, District 1
T: (09) 3820 0205
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