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“Xuan Mai offers the friendliest service for its price!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Elegant Inn
Ranked #74 of 448 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
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san francisco
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“Xuan Mai offers the friendliest service for its price!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2009

A group of us traveled to Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon) in March, having already spent two weeks in Hong Kong and Thailand and were weary of the shabby conditions of these budget hotels. However, Xuan Mai Hotel pleasantly surprised us. A friend referred us to this newly renovated hotel, located just a short walk from the city center. The rooms were quite spacious and impeccably clean, completed with all necessary amenities, air conditioner, TV, DVD player, small refrigerator, and fresh flowers! Despite the noisy streets, they were surprisingly quiet. We took up the entire upper floor. Every morning, delicious made-to-order breakfast and fresh fruits awaited us on the terrace. I personally wished the vines that crawled along the wall were real instead. But other than that, the terrace was nice and clean. The friendly receptionist who spoke fluent French and English was really helpful. The manager—an American expat—helped us with tips for the local eateries, markets, and sights, and even arranged for tours and excursions. After traveling to these developing countries where everyone was trying to make quick money out of tourists, it could get very exhausting and irritating. But we felt right at home with Xuan Mai. It was definitely hard to find a budget hotel with excellent service and, did I mention, so clean. We spoke with Ricky, the manager, and he told us “I was like you guys, traveling around South East Asia, looking for nice and clean hotels for a reasonable price. I figured, I, out of all people should know what we need.”

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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5 Thank htaek
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San Francisco
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2009

The owner speaks English - he believe he used to live in the US. The staff is super friendly and very accommodating - especially with questions regarding travel in Vietnam. The rooms are immaculate. This is a new hotel. I'd stay nowhere else next time I am in Saigon.

  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank sungmbh
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London
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2009

We spent three nights in this hotel at the end of two weeks travelling in Vietnam. We were met by the proprietor, Duc, who checked us in and then gave us a run down of all the hot spots including a great restaurant tip at the north end of Ho Chi Minh park. Duc also booked us a trip to the Mekong Delta (unfortunately it rained in a way I've never seen before!!) and the Cu Chi tunnels. Transport to the airport was organised for us. The room was cleaned every day and complimentery water was left in the room. This came to sum of $22/night.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank crstein
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2009

The Xuan Mai is a great little hotel that deserves all the great reviews! The people who run and work there are always helpful and friendly and nothing is too much trouble.The rooms are spotlessly clean, there is aircon and an overhead fan, a reasonably priced mini bar and a great breakfast served on an outdoor patio area. We had a double room away from the main road so it was pretty quiet but the hotel's location is very convenient to a street full of restaurants, shops, laundry services and supermarkets. You can take a taxi for only a few dollars to bigger shopping centres,restaurants and markets if you want to explore further in other districts. The wi fi in the room was very good.
I only have positive things to say about this terrific hotel!!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank jo59oz
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Sydney
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2009

My husband found this little gem by sheer accident and what a wonderful oasis it is. The owners and all the staff are warm, friendly and really know how to look after their guests. The hotel is better than spotless and the rooms come with the little extras that make you feel like you're staying in something more than budget accommodation. The cooked breakfast is a great inclusion. The location is just right - close enough to the tourist area but just that little bit away so that there aren't heaps of tourists and noise. Another bonus is the local market - just a few minutes walk away. We would wholeheartedly recommend this lovely little place to anyone visiting HCMC.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank BubbsandJ9
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new england
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2009

I give the Xuan Mai my highest recommendation without hesitation. I was in HCMC for about a month and a half and stayed in one of the studio apartments. The room and kitchen were impeccably clean, safe, and comfortable. The location is also ideal, located just minutes from restaurants, supermarkets, a cinema, and everything else you would need. The price was the best we found. In addition to all of this, the staff (all spoke fluent English) at the Xuan Mai were wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. They went above and beyond to help make our stay wonderful. This is the place to stay in HCMC.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank klhappytraveler
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New Jersey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2009

A friend of mine who often travels to Vietnam suggested that I stay at the Xuan Mai Hotel
while in Ho Chi Minh City. This is an excelent place to stay at a moderate price. Duc,
the manager, was friendly and anxious to help me with any questions I had. Breakfast,
which is included in the price, is served with smiles on a lovely rooftop restaurant. It's only a short walk to a local market, a park, and a large supermarket. I purchased some wonderful fresh fruit and vegitables right across the street from the hotel. I enjoyed entertaining friends in the upscale restaurant, also just across the street. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who demands comfort, cleanliness, good service, friendly people.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank noodlemanrc
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Property: Elegant Inn
Address: 140 Cong Quynh | Pham Ngu Lao ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Formerly Xuan Mai Hotel)
Region: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#14 Family Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#31 Romantic Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#40 Business Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Elegant Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in a quiet backpacker's area, Elegant Inn Saigon offers air-conditioned guestrooms with free Wi-Fi. It is 15-minute walk from City Hall in Ho Chi Minh City. Room service is available 24 hours. All guestrooms come with cable TV, free bottled water and tea/coffee making facilities. En suite bathrooms are equipped with a shower or bathtub. Some rooms offer city views. Elegant Inn is 1 km from Ben Thanh Market. Airport transfers and motorbike rentals can be arranged at an extra charge. On-site parking is free. Day trips can be arranged at the tour desk. The inn also provides foreign currency exchange, photo processing services and a 24-hour front desk. A daily breakfast is available from 06:30 - 09:30 at the hotel's restaurant. ... more   less 
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