This is a good mid-priced hotel (in surprisingly expensive HCMC, $135/nt exc. breakfast is mid-priced) - my room was clean, spacious and elegant (without being particularly memorable) and the service was friendly and helpful (without being outstanding).
The main reason to choose this hotel is the location - it's in the middle of a posh frenchie neighbourhood, where the traffic is less insane than in other parts of the city, and where there are many elegant (if relatively pricy) shops, restuarants and bars (the rooftop bar at the Sheraton directly across the road is a must-see). You can walk to many of HCMC's attractions, but there's no reason to walk since cabs and motorbike-taxis are plentiful, cheap and (in my experience) reliable.
The thing I liked best about this hotel was the sound-proofing - in the windowless rooms (the cheapest rooms!) there is no road noise whatsoever, extremely rare in a country where drivers love to use their horns!
The only thing I really disliked about this hotel was the ridiculously over-priced airport transfer - firstly it took the hotel a long time to reply to my email requesting a transfer, then on departure (when I got a cab) I realised that I'd been charged 4 times the price of a cab ride!
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- The new boutique Catina Saigon Hotel offers our patrons a cozy and pleasant accommodation, with all the luxurious facilities of a high class business hotel. Located in the very centre of Ho Chi Minh city, near Ben Thanh Market, Notre-Dame Cathedral, City Theatre, Municipal Government offices, Parson shopping center, office buildings, shops, bars and restaurants, Catina Saigon Hotel is an ideal place for both businessmen and tourists. Catina Saigon Hotel assures you a comfortable and memorable stay at an unbeatable price ... more less
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