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Kim Hotel 1

Revamped guesthouse

40/18 Bui Vien St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1 T: (28) 3836 7495(28) 3837 6468

Kim Hotel 1

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At Kim 1 Hotel, the grim lobby belies what is within: respectable private rooms that as of early 2017, look like they had been recently renovated.

Bathrooms sparkled and tiles had no mildew, walls had fresh paint and there were some new flashy extras (a medium size fridge for example) mixed in with the old (one room we saw still had a classic box TV). It’s certainly not as flash as the brand new boutique hostels around Pham Ngu Lao but Kim 1 Hotel has some legs yet.

Love the dual-purpose safe.

Love the dual-purpose safe. Photo: Cindy Fan

The rooms come with air-con, fan, WiFi, an enormous safety box that doubles as a bedside table and furniture like a desk and wardrobe. Like most budget accommodation in Pham Ngu Lao, there’s no lift and the cheapest rooms are compact and only suited for one person, a bit of a let down once you spy the better rooms. Paying a few dollars more means a spacious room and large bathroom. Their “1st class” room has a balcony. Whichever room you pick, the mattresses are on the thin side.

Kim 1 Hotel is located in one of the busiest “accommodation alleys” in the Pham Ngu Lao area. The alley spits you out right in the thick of things at the intersection of Bui Vien and De Tham St. This guesthouse is a decent choice for the backpacker looking for a private room who wants to stay very close to the action.

Extra points for the decor—alcoves!

Extra points for the decor—alcoves! Photo: Cindy Fan

They have a notorious reputation for overbooking and moving guests to Kim 2 Hotel, and readers have complained of reservations not being honoured, so make sure you specify/confirm before arrival—maybe twice for good measure.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
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Standard double room
Superior double room
Deluxe double room
Room: Standard single room, low season: US$18, high season US$18. Notes:
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$21, high season US$21. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$23, high season US$23. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: US$27, high season US$27. Notes:

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Kim Hotel 1
40/18 Bui Vien St, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1
T: (28) 3836 7495(28) 3837 6468
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º41'39.27" E, 10º46'5.03" N
Room rates: US$10 to 20

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