Central and affordable
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.
Just a five-minute walk from the backside of Ben Thanh market on busy Le Thanh Ton, Bloom Hotel is tucked between some bigger neighbours. It’s in good shape, with large clean windows running its length and a downstairs, wood-trimmed lobby boasting a desk of guest-usable computers and non-lacquer furniture.
Bloom has four different room options, ranging from standards to a couple of top-floor suites. The majority of the hotel is made up of the two entry-level options, standards and superiors. You’ll likely find a stay in a 25 USD standard to be tight on space; the bed basically touches the wall on three of its four sides. Still, they squeeze in a small desk, wall-mounted TV, air-con, a small private bathroom and, most surprisingly, a window.
Stepping up to a 35 USD superior will give you a bump in overall floor space, not enough to have a hoe-down but at least you can walk in front of your bed. Here you’re getting the same amenities but you’ll also discover a table and chairs.
The deluxe rooms and suites are the best bargains though. At 40 USD and 45 USD respectively, these rooms are ridiculously big and have much bigger bathrooms — with bathtubs — and huge, street-facing windows. Comparing these rooms to something you’d find at Saigon’s four- or five star establishments isn’t that much of a stretch. Regardless of the level of room you choose, everything inside is clean and well kept.
Being outside of the backpacker haunts keeps things at Bloom quieter than your average Saigon hotel and the higher the floor your room is on, the quieter things become. You are located on a street filled with restaurants and bars that stay open late, but if you’re really wanting a party atmosphere where you’ll meet fellow travellers you’d likely be better off staying somewhere a little more youthful, like the Saigon Backpackers Hostel or Vietnam Inn Saigon.
Quiet and cleanliness aside, location is the biggest selling factor at Bloom. You couldn’t be much more central, making this a great spot for families, business folk and travellers looking for a slightly more chilled environment. Booking ahead is recommended, especially if you want a deluxe or a suite.
By Max Murta
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.