I booked at Cat Huy Hotel based on Tripadvsior reviews, which were pretty accurate. This is a great hotel for the money. It's located up a small alley, but we'd organised an airport transfer through the hotel so had no problems finding it. I loved the alley location - there was a small market in the alley every morning which was fascinating to walk through. All the major tourist sights around Ho Chi Minh are in walking distance and there are some great restaurants and bars nearby.
The rooms were massive, spotlessly clean and really comfortable. Free Wifi was great, fast and reliable. Free drinking water, a mini fridge with cheap minibar. Aircon was effective, and our room had a balcony overlooking the alley and the neighbouring rooftops. The hotel was really quiet at night, but it seemed like a very safe area and there was always a member of staff on duty. Breakfast was included and the Pho was excellent, but there was western options too like omelette with delicious fresh baguettes.
We also booked a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels through the hotel. It was a bit more expensive than the backpacker cafes along Pham Ngu Lao advertise - US$7 compared to US$4, but the group was much smaller and our tour guide (Chi) seemed much more engaged than others we saw. So the $3 premium was definitely worth it. Also ask about the boat back to HCM from the tunnels, a much more interesting ride than the bus!
Overall a great hotel - would definitely stay there any time I'm back in Vietnam.
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