This is a tough one.
I would rate this a 5 if the prime purpose of my stay was to visit and stay in a lovely renovated house in the alleys of HCMC with delightful owners and staff and well cooked breakfasts.
However the prime purpose of my visit was to visit HCMC. And when I booked it I did not realise this hotel was a half hour taxi drive from the centre. Yes it is in district 3 but at the end closest to district 10. And that there were few things to do in the local area. And that our room on the third floor would be over 70 steps up. And there were few places to lounge around within the hotel and the immediate vicinity apart from our bedroom. The hotel is not a practical way to visit the sights of HCMC and as a first time visitor that is what I want to see. The hospitality of the hosts did not compensate for the Impracticability of the location. Maybe if it was the second or third time around this would be a better option if my aim was to explore surrounding district living.
For these reason I cannot recommend this hotel as a good place to stay for someone visiting HCMC for the first time - knowing what I know now I would not have chosen it.
Unfortunately for this reason this is only a rating 3 from me. It would be lower but the hotel itself is obviously created with care and love and for that reason I cannot give it any less. The staff are unfailing in their politeness and courtesy. Little touches like rose petals on the bed on arrival and departure do add to the charm of the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a short alley from the main Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, Ma Maison Boutique Hotel caters to demanding clients of long-term expats and French art aficionados. Located in a local labor area where Vietnamese daily real life can be reflected in its most truthful way, this boutique house is brought out to be such an extraordinary in every possible way. Leaving behind the bustling daily routines, first impression would be like straying into a totally different world. Sensation of art, peacefulness and nature-friendliness may balance to fulfill its charming. Ma Maison features Provence style in which bright sunshine and decoration theme have been embraced to create a relaxed look in this guesthouse. Antique design, refinement and sumptuous materials combined with standard services and its harmony in decoration would make your stay a memorable experience. ... more less
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