Upscale BMT option
It’s impossible to miss Saigon-Ban Me Hotel.
The 17-storey building towers over the entire city and it has an unbeatable central location right at the victory monument roundabout, across the street from the church. Despite the cheesy lobby and incredibly slow lift, rooms are of a decent calibre. Rooms are furnished and designed in a typical city hotel fashion, where everything is practical. You get a large bed, armchairs, dark wood bedside table and desk, big bed, lamps, tea/coffee station, flatscreen TV and your stock standard city hotel bathroom with granite countertop and bathtub/shower combo. You also get air-con and WiFi. The carpeted floor could use a good steam cleaning. Deluxe rooms are situated in the corner, offering two windows and double the view. If you really want to splurge, the bathroom in the pricey suite is unexpectedly swanky -- marble countertop with double sinks, modern fixtures, a shower and a large tub with a view.
The English-speaking reception staff are eager to please and there’s a business centre and a Jetstar booking office in the lobby. Saigon-Ban Me has a great location, but newer, glossier and more expensive Hai Ba Trung has the edge.
Address: 01-03 Phan Chu Trinh St, Buon Ma Thuot
T: (0500) 3685 666; F: (0500) 368 5888
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º2'40.61" E, 12º40'50.02" N
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Room rates: US$50 to 100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||1,150,000 dong||1,150,000 dong|
|Deluxe double room||1,350,000 dong||1,350,000 dong|
|Suite||2,300,000 dong||2,300,000 dong|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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