Location, location, location
If Ho Chi Minh City were a Monopoly board, a property on Dong Khoi St would be the equivalent to coveted Park Place and Hotel Catina is a hotel in the French colonial heart of Saigon for under US$100.
Dong Khoi was known as Rue Catinat in yesteryears. Step out of Saigon Catina and the Opera House is to your left, Hotel Majestic is down to your right and Nguyen Hue Blvd is behind you, not to mention all the western cafes, restaurants and cocktail bars in all directions.
The hotel is a compromise. It’s a great location but the hotel lacks the charms associated with boutique hotels—it even lacks a traditional lobby and bellman. The access is via a jewellery store and the reception is just one person at a small desk—so don’t expect red carpet service.
Dimly lit hallways lead to tidy, well appointed rooms with a city hotel feel like beige carpet, white walls and wooden furniture. Rooms have amenities such as in-room safe, mini bar, kettle, desk, TV, WiFi, bedside reading lamp and modern bathrooms. They have bathtub/shower combos though some do not have a curtain which means water everywhere when taking a shower. Superior and Deluxe rooms do not have windows while the more expensive rooms have a view of the famed street and sleeker bathrooms.
Without the location it would be overpriced for what it is. This hotel is for someone who values a convenient situation in Saigon’s commercial centre above all and doesn’t need typical hospitality services. Rate includes breakfast.
Address: 109 Dong Khoi St, District 1
T: (28) 3829 6296;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º42'14.87" E, 10º46'30.65" N
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Room rates: US$50 to 100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||1,335,000 dong||1,335,000 dong|
|Deluxe double room||1,558,000 dong||1,558,000 dong|
|Deluxe Suite||1,780,000 dong||1,780,000 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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