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.”
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Xuan Mai