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Accommodation

Introduction


A few good family-style guesthouses in Saigon
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20

Before the new crop of hostels in Saigon emerged, the best deals for a bed in the city were found at guesthouses. While guesthouses may no longer be the cheapest places to sleep in HCMC, they still offer some of the best bang for your lodging buck. If you value your privacy and want to stay somewhere up a notch from a hostel, here are a few family-run guesthouses worth hunting down.Doesn’t... Read our full review of A few good family-style guesthouses in Saigon.

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Renting an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City
Backpacker - Under US$10
369/6 Do Xuam Hop Phuoc Long, D9
T: (090) 398 901

When you visit a city like Saigon sometimes your initial short stay can become a more permanent re-location. With new apartment buildings being constructed at a breakneck pace, the housing market here has plenty of openings, and most are furnished, making getting set up a rather simple affair. Here are some some tips and some things to expect during your search. There are several ways to find... Read our full review of Renting an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City.

Saigon's best hostels
Backpacker - Under US$10

A relatively new craze sweeping Saigon’s accommodation scene, particularly in the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, is the hostel — it seems that every month a new one opens its doors. With similar prices, amenities and general location it may be difficult to pick one hostel from another. Here are our nominees for the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City.Look at all the fun you could be... Read our full review of Saigon's best hostels.

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Pham Ngu Lao: Cheap hotels and guesthouses

This is the heart of Saigon's backpacker district with loads of cheap hotels and guesthouses to choose from.


Long Hostel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
373/10 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3836 0184

Formerly known as the Long Guesthouse, Long Hostel has moved into a new, larger building in Saigon’s Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area. While the location has changed, walking into the Long Hostel is still like walking into someone’s house.Don't judge a book by its cover.Long Hostel doesn’t actually look much like a hostel and in fact there is only a single, five-person dorm room at the... Read our full review of Long Hostel.

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Ly Loan
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
241/11/2 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3837 0067

Ly Loan, a family-run guesthouse down an unexpectedly quiet Pham Ngu Lao alley, is a stand-out in an area crowded with competition. Rooms here are large compared to what you typically get and are very clean with air-con, WiFi, fridge, new furniture and Western-sized bathtubs. The balconies are also quite large and good for a relaxing sit. Linens and towels are changed daily. Service here is... Read our full review of Ly Loan.

Ngoc Thao Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
241/4 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 8337 0273

Sharing an alley off Pham Ngu Lao with some similar themed hotels, Ngoc Thao Guesthouse is good value and one of the few guesthouses that offers a breakfast with the chance to meet fellow guests. Like other hotels nearby, the guesthouse offers little in decor and presentation, but does offer friendly service from the small staff and a family atmosphere missing from other guesthouses. This is one... Read our full review of Ngoc Thao Guesthouse.

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Phan Anh Backpackers Hostel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
373/6 Pham Ngu Lao
T: (08) 3920 9235

Down a narrow alley, hidden behind a market in Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, Phan Anh Hostel is a top example of a new wave of HCMC budget lodgings and is worth considering if you’re after a cheap bed but aren’t too fussed about socialising with other travellers.Not too much going on in the lobby.A little hard to find due to its hidden location, from the outside the hostel looks... Read our full review of Phan Anh Backpackers Hostel.

Thien Hong Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
241/34 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3920 6078

In the middle of a tight Pham Ngu Lao alley in the centre of Saigon’s backpacker district, the Thien Hong Hotel has found one of the few quiet spots in the area and offers great family-style service, with better rooms the higher up the hotel you trek.Crafty use of the Windows logo.About 50 metres off the main road, the hotel will be hard to find on your first and probably second go. The alley... Read our full review of Thien Hong Hotel.

Vietnam Inn Saigon
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
200 Le Lai, District 1
T: (08) 3925 4348

Vietnam Inn Saigon is among a new breed of hostels blowing in to Saigon, offering more stylish digs and traveller friendly atmospheres, and adding some much needed competition to the backpacker end of the accommodation market.A streamlined operation.While technically not in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area, it’s just on the opposite side of 9/23 Park on Le Lai, so Vietnam Inn Saigon is still... Read our full review of Vietnam Inn Saigon.

Bich Duyen Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
283/4 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3837 4588

Located in the heart of Saigon's backpacker area, Bich Duyen Hotel is somewhat the missing link between the smaller guesthouses or hostels and the larger hotels in Pham Ngu Lao. While it is smaller, with only 12 rooms, it looks more like a hotel, complete with a proper lobby. Rooms come standard with private bathrooms, cable TV, air-con and mini-refrigerator, however the single rooms, located in... Read our full review of Bich Duyen Hotel.

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Bizu Hotel District 1
Midrange - US$20 to 50
198 Bui Vien, District 1
T: (08) 3838 6009

In the middle of Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, the Bizu Hotel District 1 on busy Bui Vien offers a clean, affordable option for flashpackers and families.As the name would suggest, HCMC is home to several Bizu Hotels, most of which are relatively close together, but offering different amenities and prices. Bizu Hotel District 1 is among the best of the lot, with an easy to find... Read our full review of Bizu Hotel District 1.

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Hideout Hostel Saigon
Backpacker - Under US$10
281 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: (08) 3838 9147

Located in the heart of backpacker haven Pham Ngu Lao, Hideout Hostel ups the ante for dormitories in the area by offering near spotless rooms, complimentary breakfast and some of the cheeriest and helpful staff this side of Bui Vien. An untypical hostel in a typical skinny building. Walking through the front door, you are greeted with a huge black signboard with information about tours,... Read our full review of Hideout Hostel Saigon.

Kim Hotel 1
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Mini-Hotel Alley, 40/18 Bui Vien St, District 1
T: (08) 3836 7495, 09 8959 9416

Kim Hotel, hidden among several other spots, is a budget-friendly hotel that has become popular for its clean rooms and quiet atmosphere. It's run by friendly Mrs Kim who is more than happy to help with queries. Rooms facing the front of the hotel are slightly larger, and more expensive, than the back-facing rooms and have a small, two-person balcony overlooking the quiet street. All rooms have... Read our full review of Kim Hotel 1.

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Kim's Place
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
28/4 Do Quang Dau, District 1
T: (09) 1363 6737

A cheap spot for a bed in Saigon's busy backpacker area, Kim's Place sits just 10 metres down an alley off Do Quang Dau. Four-bed dorms, with a small, shared bathroom, as well as private rooms are available. For the low prices you actually get quite a bit as rooms come with air-con, fan, TV, WiFi and breakfast. The private bathrooms are very small, with a shower that taller travellers will... Read our full review of Kim's Place.

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Koniko Backpackers Hostel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
149 Bui Vien, District 1
T: (08) 3836 9548

Packed onto the busy street of Bui Vien in Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, Koniko Backpacker Hostel, also known as Binh An Hostel, is one of the only hostels in town not located down a narrow alley. With its low prices and overall cleanliness, you may not want to hunt the others down.Not much going on in the lobby.From the outside, Koniko looks bigger than most hotels on Bui Vien, as... Read our full review of Koniko Backpackers Hostel.

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My My Arthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
219/8 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3836 7937, 0122 7741 1972

My My Arthouse is a clean, friendly guesthouse tucked a short walk down an alley off busy Pham Ngu Lao. Offering a variety of rooms from five-bed dorms through to private singles, this is a good spot for backpackers. All rooms are on the small side but are clean, with linens changed regularly, and come with air-con and free breakfast. While the bigger street facing rooms have balconies, rooms in... Read our full review of My My Arthouse.

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Ngoc Phan Guesthouse
Midrange - US$20 to 50
35/12 Bui Vien, District 1
T: (09) 0367 0293

A short walk down an alley off of Bui Vien, in the middle of Saigon’s Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area, few spots in the city could offer a more convenient location than what you’ll find at Ngoc Phan Guesthouse, a six-room flashpacker operation with great friendly service.Looks professional for a guesthouse.Saying a guesthouse is down an alley in HCMC can mean that you’re in for a long walk... Read our full review of Ngoc Phan Guesthouse.

Saigon Backpackers Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
373/20 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3837 0230

Tucked into the middle of Saigon’s Pham Ngu Lao backpacker’s area, Saigon Backpackers Hostel is one of the few true hostels in the city. Somewhat hard to find on a first visit, the hostel is actually just a short walk down an alley hidden behind Thai Binh market.Welcome to a hostel.This is one of the only spots in Saigon with gender-assigned, bunk-bed dorms. You have a choice between staying... Read our full review of Saigon Backpackers Hostel.

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Saigon Youth Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
241/32 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3920 3665

Packed into a tight alley filled mostly with guesthouses and hotels in the middle of Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, the Saigon Youth Hostel is one of the few spots in the city that offer dorm-styled rooms.Probably a good sign if it’s full of people.Although it says ‘youth hostel’ on the can, the Saigon Youth Hostel doesn’t actually have any limitations on the age of its... Read our full review of Saigon Youth Hostel.

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Townhouse 50
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
50 E Bui Thi Xuan, District 1
T: (09) 3820 0205

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.I think Home Alone is on!Townhouse 50 is one of Saigon’s... Read our full review of Townhouse 50.

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Vy Khanh Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
241/11/6 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3837 3551, 090 8343 012

Down a busy, narrow alley, filled with dozens of other hotels and guesthouses in Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao, Vy Khanh Guesthouse has quietly become one of the area’s standout places to stay with their reputation for stellar service.Not sure why it says hostel.At Vy Khanh you will find two types of rooms: 350,000 VND standards and 450,000 VND superiors. The difference in... Read our full review of Vy Khanh Guesthouse.

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Yellow House Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
31 Bui Vien St, District 1
T: (08) 3836 8830

Yellow House Hotel sits on busy Bien Vien in a large, labyrinthine building with rooms packed deep inside. Rooms are small, uninspiring and most could use a good cleaning. Noise is an issue, but more so on the higher levels. Air-con is available in all rooms as is WiFi, however good connection throughout the building is hit or miss. A relative rarity in Saigon, Yellow House has real hostel dorms... Read our full review of Yellow House Hotel.

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Seventy Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
70 Bui Vien, District 1
T: (09) 0587 0087

In the middle of Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, on the busy street of Bui Vien, Seventy Hotel — sometimes referred to as Phan Lan Hotel — has a much desired location for travellers looking to move about the city. Although it doesn’t have the biggest rooms on the block, the hotel is good value if space isn’t your number one concern.Plenty going on in reception.From the... Read our full review of Seventy Hotel.

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Pham Ngu Lao: Midrange and up

While traditionally Saigon's budget accommodation area, there are some good midrange hotels around Pham Ngu Lao too.


An An Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
40 Bui Vien St, District 1
T: (08) 3837 8087

With an easy to find, prominent location on the busy street of Bui Vien in Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, An An Hotel is one of the better choices in the immediate area for flashpackers searching for that needle in a haystack of low-end guesthouses, hostels and dodgy hotels.It looks like there’s a hotel in the tour office.A tall turquoise and maroon building, An An Hotel stands... Read our full review of An An Hotel.

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Diep Anh Guesthouse
Midrange - US$20 to 50
241/31 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3836 7920

Small Diep Anh Guesthouse, in an alley between Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien, is a great spot to stay if you're lucky enough to snag one of their few rooms. The couple who owns and operates the guesthouse seem to genuinely care about their guests and are accommodating and friendly, offering great advice about the city and surrounds. The rooms are spacious and clean, complete with air-con and WiFi.... Read our full review of Diep Anh Guesthouse .

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Eden Garden Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
28/12-14 Bui Vien, District 1
T: (08) 3920 4899

Down a small alley off busy Bui Vien in Saigon's backpacker district, Eden Garden offers a slight step up over budget hotels in the area, still keeping reasonable prices. Formerly Lac Vien, the hotel looks like a proper hotel; the lobby is clean, the sheets and curtains in the room have some style, and the staff is courteous and helpful. Rooms are cosy, and by cosy we mean small. This is... Read our full review of Eden Garden Hotel.

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Elegant Inn Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
140 Cong Quynh, District 1
T: (08) 6291 2860

At first glance, Elegant Inn Hotel doesn’t look like anything special but one shouldn’t judge this book by its cover — and what you find inside is great. Not much from the outside. Nestled on the outskirts of the Pham Ngo Lao backpacker area on Cong Quynh, it’s far enough from the hustle and bustle of Bui Vien but close enough to walk to the thick of it. The building is your typical... Read our full review of Elegant Inn Hotel.

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Happy Inn
Midrange - US$20 to 50
Mini-Hotel Alley, 40/13 Bui Vien St, District 1
T: (08) 3836 9048, (08) 3920 1525

Happy Inn has two locations on Bui Vien Street. This one, a 10-room spot on Mini-Hotel Alley, instantly stands out among its surrounding competition with a real hotel lobby. The rooms are nicer too, with air-con, mini-fridge and well-kept furniture. The modern Western-style bathrooms are big for the price range. It is worth your while to pay a few extra dollars so you can secure one of the rooms... Read our full review of Happy Inn.

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Saigon Zoom
Midrange - US$20 to 50
102/1A Cong Quynh, District 1
T: (08) 3836 1008

Slightly removed from the central backpacker area and its noise, Saigon Zooom is marketed as a business-oriented hotel. The staff is very professional and they are among the few in the city who won't overly try to sell you tour trips. Rooms are simple and clean, boasting some of the bigger bathtubs that you'll find in Pham Ngu Lao. Most of the rooms catch a good dose of this light and air — but... Read our full review of Saigon Zoom.

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Aston Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
27-29 Bui Vien, District 1
T: (08) 38383 9898

With a prominent location on busy Bui Vien, which runs down the middle of Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, the clean facade of the 2012-opened Aston Hotel stands out among some of the dingier competition — and it represents great value compared to its neighbours as well.A lobby and dining room in one.From the outside, the Aston looks like a seemingly high-end establishment — except... Read our full review of Aston Hotel.

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Beautiful Saigon Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
40/27 Bui Vien, District 1
T: (08) 3920 4874

Beautiful Saigon Hotel, spitting distance from the heart of Pham Ngu Lao, offers rooms and service beyond typical backpacker fare. Rooms in the front of the hotel are light and airy, complete with air-con, cable TV, and a computer in each room for internet access. Rooms in the back aren't quite as good, being simple and a little drab, smaller, and getting less light through the windows. Still,... Read our full review of Beautiful Saigon Hotel.

Duc Vuong Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
195 Bui Vien St., District 1
T: (08) 3920 6991

On the quiet end of Bui Vien, Duc Vuong Hotel makes you feel like part of the family. The friendly, helpful staff provide exceptional service for a midrange stop. The rooms are clean and adequately furnished but are very compact. Duc Vuong prides itself on the many free amenities they offer including WiFi and water on every floor. The best of these freebies is a family-style dinner, held on their... Read our full review of Duc Vuong Hotel.

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Elios Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
231-233-235 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3838 5584

Sitting tall — very tall — on Pham Ngu Lao, the namesake street of Saigon’s backpacker district, Elios Hotel is one of the area’s few options for those seeking a more traditional, midrange hotel experience.Fancy for backpackers.The building is massive compared to the majority of guesthouses and hotels in the area and with a uniformed doorman greeting you as you enter, it’s obvious from... Read our full review of Elios Hotel.

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Green Suites
Midrange - US$20 to 50
102/1 Cong Quynh, District 1
T: (08) 3836 5400

Green Suites, a new and modern addition to the Pham Ngu Lao area, has quite large rooms and the decor offers a much higher end atmosphere than other hotels in the price range. Bathrooms are also an adequate size, complete with new fixtures. Another rarity for the area is the suite's elevator; but make sure you pack your earplugs because noise can be a issue, mostly between floors rather than... Read our full review of Green Suites.

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Liberty 4 Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
265 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3836 4556

One of the bigger buildings in Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao, the Liberty 4 Hotel is among a small group of midrange accommodation options in an area dominated by smaller guesthouses and hostels.Kind of like a ballroom.Compared to its neighbours, the extra wide, cream-coloured hotel has well-dressed doormen ready to grab your luggage as soon as you walk through the doors into the... Read our full review of Liberty 4 Hotel.

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Toprange - US$50 to 100
187 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3836 4556

One of the few three-star hotels in Saigon's backpacker area, Liberty 3 Hotel is one of four Liberty properties. Walking in to the Liberty you can tell you're not in budget digs, with the lobby large and well maintained and sharing the floor with an upscale coffee shop. Rooms are tight but clean and are equipped with the essentials, WiFi, air-con and private bath. Sitting on a busy corner of Pham... Read our full review of Liberty Greenview Hotel.

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New Pearl Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
266 De Tham, District 1
T: (08) 3920 9605

Practically next door to the famous Sinh Tourist on De Tham in Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao, the New Pearl Hotel is a welcome midrange alternative to an area dominated by low-end, and occasionally dodgy, hotels and guesthouses.There won’t always be flowers out front.The hotel offers three types of rooms: standard, a superior and a suite. The difference between the rooms is... Read our full review of New Pearl Hotel.

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New World Hotel Saigon
Luxury - over US$100
76 Le Lai St, District 1, Saigon
T: (08) 3822 8888

A tour group and midrange business traveller favourite, the New World Hotel's location is convenient for both Saigon's famous Ben Thanh market and the backpacker area around Pham Ngu Lao Street — it's also but a 10-minute stroll from the heart of central Saigon. The hotel is massive — some 552 rooms — all of which come with in-room safe, mini-bar, tea and coffee, IDD telephones and... Read our full review of New World Hotel Saigon.

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Ngoc Minh Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
283/11-13 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3836 5215

Just a short walk down a small alley filled with hotels and guesthouses, Ngoc Minh Hotel offers a step up from your regular backpacker digs. In the downstairs lobby you'll see a traditional reception desk and find two terminals that are free for guests to surf the internet. Be warned they can be sticklers here for shoe removal. Rooms are large and clean, with standard amenities such as air-con,... Read our full review of Ngoc Minh Hotel.

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Phan Lan 2 Guesthouse
Midrange - US$20 to 50
283/6 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
T: (08) 3837 8749, (08) 3920 2269

Located in the centre of the backpacker area, Phan Lan 2 Guesthouse, not to be confused with the former Phan Lan on Bui Vien, is another solid guesthouse at a decent price. The look is rather drab, but the rooms are decently sized and comfortable. The lack of an elevator can make staying on the higher floors a work out, but once inside you'll have most of the necessary amenities, including... Read our full review of Phan Lan 2 Guesthouse.

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Vien Dong Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
275A Pham Ngu Lao St
T: (08) 3836 8941

With more than 100 rooms available, Vien Dong Hotel doesn't appear to belong in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area. The rooms at Vien Dong are similar to other three-star properties in the area and offer similar amenities, but Vien Dong stands out from its competition with its superior facilities, which include a sauna and Jacuzzi as well as large conference and ballrooms. On lower floors street... Read our full review of Vien Dong Hotel.

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City Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
18 and 35 Luu Van Lang, District 1
T: (08) 3827 7937

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! City Hotel has two buildings basically across the street from one... Read our full review of City Hotel.

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Dong Phuong Saigon Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
274-276 De Tham St, District 1, Saigon
T: (08) 3920 3993

In the centre of the action in Saigon's backpacker area, the large Duong Phuong Saigon Hotel sits on the northern end of De Tham Street. Formerly known as the Orient Hotel, the rooms here come with the standard midrange amenities and fall on the smaller side of the scale. Those on lower floors have windows to match. Noise has been a complaint here, especially in the evening as music from the... Read our full review of Dong Phuong Saigon Hotel.

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Co Giang and Co Bac St

This excellent alternative to the Pham Ngu Lao ghetto houses a cluster of guesthouses which appeal to those looking for a more hassle-free environment, or longer term visitors to Saigon.


Bich Hong
Backpacker - Under US$10
171/32 Co Bac, District 1
T: (08) 3837 4260

Slightly larger than its surrounding competition, Bich Hong proudly displays that it has comfortable rooms for rent, and it does. Situated at the end of the alley off Co Bac, the property faces a different direction than its neighbours, looking out of the alley rather than across, and as a result rooms get more light and feel more airy and clean overall. The rooms have the basics, including... Read our full review of Bich Hong.

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Miss Loi
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
178/20 Co Giang Street, District 1
T: (08) 3837 9589

Tucked away down a quiet and narrow alley, just outside of the backpacker area, Miss Loi offers a great deal to those who are willing to break free from Pham Ngu Lao. Rooms include necessary amenities such as air-con, TV, private bathroom and WiFi. Breakfast is also included and served in the large foyers, a great place to meet your fellow backpackers. Reputation precedes this place and now it... Read our full review of Miss Loi.

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Ngoc Hue Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
171/22 Co Bac, District 1
T: (08) 3836 0089

Hidden down a Co Bac alley, past the California Guesthouse, Ngoc Hue is a quiet alternative to the normally hectic Ho Chi Minh City. With space commonly available due to its location don't be surprised if you meet fellow residents that rent rooms on a more long-term basis. Choose between a decently-sized double room or a more cosy single; either way you will get WiFi and private bathroom. One of... Read our full review of Ngoc Hue Hotel.

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California Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
171A Co Bac, District 1
T: (08) 3837 8885

Just a few blocks from the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, in a small alley between the streets of Co Bac and Co Giang jam-packed with yet more places to stay, Guest House California offers decent rooms but in a relatively quieter atmosphere.We think you can leave.The first building you’ll notice as you walk into the alley, California Guesthouse (also known as Guest House California) has a... Read our full review of California Guesthouse.

Guest House Thanh
Backpacker - Under US$10
171/1E Co Bac, District 1
T: (08) 3836 8469

A hundred metres down a quiet alley too small for cars to enter, Guest House Thanh does little to stand out among its nearby competition but still delivers a solid, low-budget option. Lesser known than other, more popular guesthouses in the same alley, Thanh will generally still have room when California Guesthouse or Miss Loi are full. Although the decor is simple and the halls and stairways... Read our full review of Guest House Thanh.

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Ngoc Son
Backpacker - Under US$10
178/32 Co Giang Street, District 1
T: (08) 3836 4717

Ngoc Son Guesthouse is a cornerstone of the guesthouse-filled alley off Co Giang Street, as they offer competitively priced rooms and a decently priced motorbike rental service. One of the nicer guesthouses on the strip, with their fish tank decorated lobby, they have comfortable but slightly smaller rooms. All come complete with private bathroom, air-con, cable TV and small fridge. Doubles are... Read our full review of Ngoc Son.

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Kim Loan Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
171/1 Co Bac, District 1
T: (08) 3836 8351

If you’re looking to stay on the cheap in Saigon, the Pham Ngu Lao backpackers area has plenty of low-priced hostels. However, if you’re willing to stay a little off the more heavily trodden path, the small alley between the streets of Co Bac and Co Giang offers bargain priced alternatives, such as Kim Loan Guesthouse.No lounge is ever complete without a motorbike in the middle.Just opposite... Read our full review of Kim Loan Guesthouse.

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Central Saigon: Mid-priced hotels

While the centre of Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 is the city's luxury hub, there are some mid-priced hotels available.


Lavender Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
208-210 Le Thanh Ton, District 1
T: (08) 2222 8888

Lavender Hotel is a small 66-room boutique hotel that offers a step up from other midrange hotels. Being a newer hotel has its advantages; the hotel is very modern, with an airy and spacious lobby. Rooms are spacious and well furnished. Like other hotels in the area, the cheaper interior rooms are windowless, which can make the time of day disorienting. While it has standard amenities it has a... Read our full review of Lavender Hotel .

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Mayflower Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
20 Bui Thi Xuan, District 1
T: (08) 3925 6650

Formerly the Hong Vy 3 hotel, Mayflower Hotel sits just a short walk away from the sights of Saigon. The hotel's interior is modern and charming and rooms come standard with internet, cable TV and private bathrooms that are on the small side. The hotel also has an elevator and computers in the lobby for guests travelling without PC accompaniment. Breakfast is... Read our full review of Mayflower Hotel.

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Ngoc Minh Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
18 Dong Du, District 1
T: (08) 3822 8889

Not to be confused with the Pham Ngu Lao hotel of the same name, the Ngoc Minh Hotel offers rooms on the opposite side of District One. Located near the Sheraton in the heart of Saigon, the hotel's 15 rooms offer those with lighter wallets the chance to stay outside the backpacker area. Rooms here are spacious, with TV, air-con, and private bathrooms, but they are sparsely furnished and the... Read our full review of Ngoc Minh Hotel .

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Asian Ruby Luxury Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
26 Thi Sach Street, District 1
T: (08) 3827 2839

The first of a now popular midrange chain, the Asian Ruby sits as the fancier flagship of the group. Located in the heart of Saigon, a few blocks from the Saigon Opera House, it's decorated with more charm than other midrange options. Rooms have a more kept and luxurious look than that of similar priced competitors and are adequately equipped with wireless, air-con and private bathrooms. Some of... Read our full review of Asian Ruby Luxury Hotel .

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Bloom Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
270 Le Thanh Ton, District 1
T: (08) 3825 8698

For travellers who can spare to shell out a few extra dollars a night, Ho Chi Minh City does have a handful of decent digs outside Pham Ngu Lao, such as Bloom Hotel, located in the centre of the city and offering well priced, quality rooms. Efficient and sparkly. Just a five-minute walk from the backside of Ben Thanh market on busy Le Thanh Ton, Bloom Hotel is tucked between some bigger... Read our full review of Bloom Hotel.

City Star Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
13 Bui Thi Xuan, District 1
T: (08) 3830 0299

City Star Hotel is a newer two-star property located in the centre of Saigon. Being new means the facilities are clean and the decor is very modern. Like other hotels in the price range the rooms aren't huge but come with the regular extras, air-con, cable TV, and internet. Unlike competitors, however, the rooms do have some charm in their decor and look more like something you'd find in a higher... Read our full review of City Star Hotel .

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Ellyse Nga Khanh Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
100 Ly Tu Trong, District 1
T: (08) 3823 2683

Although the default decision of most travellers visiting Saigon is to stay in the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, HCMC has plenty of other hotels that won’t kill your pocketbook, especially if you’re a flashpacker looking for a more desirable location. The Ellyse Nga Khanh Hotel is one such budget-friendly spot that can get you out of the backpacker area and into the heart of the city. So... Read our full review of Ellyse Nga Khanh Hotel.

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Halo Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
23 Thu Khoa Huan Street, District 1
T: (08) 3827 9888

Halo Hotel sits around the corner from Ben Thanh market. The central location makes exploring the city easy and this is good because, although they are clean and stocked with standard amenities, the rooms here are small. The private bathrooms, on the other hand, are large and modern and rival those of much more expensive hotels. The rooms can be noisy, both from the street and adjacent room so... Read our full review of Halo Hotel .

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Hampton Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
46-48 Mac Thi Buoi St, District 1
T: (08) 3827 4179

A tall, narrow building located in Saigon's central business area, Hampton Hotel is one of the few downtown hotels that accommodates travellers on a budget. Surrounded by many great restaurants and fine shopping, the location is what makes the hotel special. The exterior and decor here are plain; Hampton Hotel is more of a functional affair. Rooms are well equipped with WiFi, mini-bar and cable... Read our full review of Hampton Hotel.

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Hoang Lien Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
15 Bui Thi Xuan, District 1
T: (08) 3925 4824

Hong Lien Hotel sits a short distance outside Saigon's busier tourist areas. Rooms have plenty of extra space and they have one of the bigger standards among budget spots in the area; so big that every room has a writing desk. They are clean, with modern furniture, and internet, air-con and TV. The one drawback is that, since they are situated in the hotel's interior, standard rooms have no... Read our full review of Hoang Lien Hotel .

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Paradise Saigon Boutique Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
288 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1
T: (08) 3823 5555

Sitting in the shadow of the New World Hotel, Paradise Saigon Boutique Hotel gives travellers a high-end option that doesn't break the bank. With 74 rooms this three-star, boutique hotel provides most everything you'd find at the more expensive neighbour: a prime location, professional staff, and while the rooms may be a little smaller with less stylish furniture, budget conscious guests might be... Read our full review of Paradise Saigon Boutique Hotel.

Thien Nhan Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
230 Ly Tu Trong, District 1
T: (08) 3827 9276, (08) 3827 9277

Spitting distance from the Ben Thanh market and the other Saigon landmarks, Thien Nhan offers a place to rest your head as you explore the city and little else. One of the cheaper hotels in the area, it is commonly booked by business travellers and tourists looking to escape the backpacker area. Thien Nhan isn't an aesthetically pleasing hotel but it isn't uncomfortable; rooms are spacious but... Read our full review of Thien Nhan Hotel.

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Central Saigon: Luxury hotels

The busiest area of District One is also Saigon\'s luxury hub and it is here that you\'ll find the fanciest (and most expensive) hotels.


Hotel Majestic
Luxury - over US$100
1 Dong Khoi St, District 1, Saigon
T: (08) 3829 5517

Dating back to 1925, the Majestic sits on what was once Rue Catinat (now Dong Khoi Street) and Quai de Belgique Street (now Ton Duc Thang Street) — an area both historic and very well suited for holiday-makers and shoppers alike. Despite a series of renovations, and unlike the Rex, the Majestic remains a cohesive creation with a good deal of the original French colonial charm remaining. An... Read our full review of Hotel Majestic.

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Park Hyatt Saigon
Luxury - over US$100
2 Lam Son Square, District 1, Saigon
T: (08) 3824 1234

Quite simply, the Park Hyatt is one of Saigon's best hotels. Opened in 2005, the Saigon Park Hyatt was a decade in the making and it was certainly worth the wait. Everything from the wooden plantation shutters to the subdued Vietnamese art oozes elegance. The gleaming ivory 10-storey hotel melds classic French colonial styles with the atmosphere of a Vietnamese residence, and you're but a short... Read our full review of Park Hyatt Saigon.

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Caravelle Hotel
Luxury - over US$100
19 Lam Son Square, District 1, Saigon
T: (08) 3823 4999

Voted one of the top 100 luxury hotels in the world by the Robb Report, the Caravelle Hotel, set on Lam Son Square opposite the Saigon Opera House, is one of the top properties in Saigon. The original Caravelle was home to the offices of AP, CBS, NBC, The New York Times and the Washington Post and it was from the hotel's infamous rooftop bar that war correspondents boasted they could cover the... Read our full review of Caravelle Hotel.

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Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers
Luxury - over US$100
88 Dong Khoi St, District 1, Saigon
T: (08) 3827 2828

The Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers is one of the most popular hotels among business travellers to Saigon and boasts nearly 500 rooms. Reaching 25 storeys high, the new tower offers elegant studios and exclusive suites. Staying here gives the traveller extra benefits such as a private lounge, free local phone calls, and a free rental service for devices such as iPods and mobile phones. If these... Read our full review of Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers.

Rex Hotel
Luxury - over US$100
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1, Saigon
T: (08) 3829 2185

One of Saigon's best known hotels, the venerable Rex Hotel is a rambling affair bringing together the best and the not-so-best of Vietnamese hospitality and hotel facilities. Many US officers were billeted here during the American war, and their daily press conferences — known as the Five O'Clock foibles — were held on the hotel's spacious terrace bar. Today the hotel retains a somewhat... Read our full review of Rex Hotel.

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Hotel Continental
Luxury - over US$100
132 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Saigon
T: (08) 3829 9201

One of Saigon's historic hotels, the 1880-built Continental is probably best-known for its starring role in the movie of the Graham Greene classic The Quiet American. The Continental Shelf has long gone and though it survived the ravages of a Saigon Tourist renovation in 1989, it retains barely a snippet of its past charm. The street frontage is attractive and promises a lot, but the interior and... Read our full review of Hotel Continental.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ho Chi Minh City? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.


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