A bit of spunk
Flashpackers will appreciate Town House 23 Saigon’s spunky rooms that use contemporary design tricks to maximise a tight space while keeping everything feeling light and uncluttered.
These tricks include platform beds (the in-room safe built into the platform), a floating vanity/sink, wall mounted flatscreen TV, built-in shelving and reading lights. Decor in the form of wall graphics and fun pops of colour livens the space up and makes the stay more memorable than the average boring hotel.
The cheapest private room does not have a window, while all others (double or twin) do. Rooms also come with a desk, WiFi, air-con and bathrooms with shower, toiletries and hair dryer. There’s a computer in the lobby free for guests to use.
Best of all is the location. Town House 23 is on a quiet street running off Calmette St, around the corner from Maison Marou Cafe and Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum. Metro construction is a minor obstacle/annoyance to getting to Ben Thanh market, which is only 300m away. You wouldn’t realise it since the street and hotel is so low-key, but backpacker street Bui Vien is just 500 m to the west.
When we inspected in June 2017, we noticed one room had some rainy season water damage and another looked like it could use a fresh coat of paint. On that note, we couldn’t see their one dorm—accommodating 12-persons—because it was being renovated, so they do invest in keeping things maintained. Overall, it’s a great location and tidy, clean, quiet hotel.
Address: 23 Dang Thi Nhu St, District 1
T: (28) 3915 1491;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º41'50.21" E, 10º46'10.16" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|Superior double room|
Street view, $37 for a twin
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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