Great staff, great rooftop terrace
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.
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 skinny Vietnamese shophouse and gives the appearance of your typical backpacker haunt. But walking inside, you get a sense that there is something a bit more going on. Wide, inviting sofas greet you and the welcoming staff set this hotel apart from the competition. Friendly and informative, they are eager to answer any questions you have. They also have one of the better in-hotel tour desks in the area.
The 19 rooms are spaced over six floors, all accessible by a small lift. All of the rooms are spacious and come with large windows that bring in tons of light. As an added bonus, the windows have uncluttered views of the area. The price of the rooms is dependent on the floor — the higher the room, the pricier it gets. The 600,000 VND rooms on the fifth and sixth floor have single and double beds, air-con, a couple of chairs, hot water kettle, mini-fridge and a bathtub large enough to fit a couple of people.
The lower floors aren’t as spacious and do not come with the bathtub but otherwise offer the same amenities as above. These are priced at 350,000 VND. Prices include a Vietnamese or American-style breakfast served on a delightful rooftop terrace.
There isn’t an on-site restaurant, which is unexpected as the front entrance is plastered with posters of American fast-food standards. Plenty of options however abound on Cong Quynh and just around the corner on Bui Vien. Worth checking out is Espy Pizza, which has New York-style pizzas by the slice or Zeus for their addictive gyros. Make sure to book ahead as the word is out about this unassuming on the outside yet friendly on the inside hotel. If they are all booked, check out Saigon Zoom just down the road or Elios on Pham Ngu Lao.
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By Vinh Dao
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.