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Ma Maison Boutique Hotel
Ranked #39 of 476 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 August 2014

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.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
6  Thank An38
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We picked Ma Maison as our first stop in Vietnam having flown in to Ho Chi Minh City. We thought about the Caravelle and the Majestic but opted for the cheaper option outside of District 1. We were delighted with our choice. The hotel has a charming French twist to it. Our room was delightful. We were on the 4th floor and there is know lift so if you pick a room on the upper floors you better be fit. The bathroom was good too and many small touches such as cinnamon sticks to scent it, and sesame cookies in the bedroom made it special.

Located down a quiet alley off a busy road the area is very real and has a great buzz to it. It was actually great to have a quiet idyll of a hotel outside of the downtown area that we could retreat to after a hectic day in Saigon.

But it was the service and hospitality that we received from Ha and his staff that was so special. Breakfast was delicious - pho as well as Western - tea, coffee and passion fruit juice could be ordered to your room - complimentary. The staff took us to the local bus stop as we got our bearings and went out of their way to cater to our needs.

We couldn't recommend the hotel more. It really is a gem.

Room Tip: Choose a room on floors 1 or 2 if you don't want to walk up lots of stairs as there is no lift.
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5  Thank AFScales
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Had a perfect stay at this lovely french style boutique hotel. The service was simply outstanding, with every staff member eager to help and offer excellent restaurant suggestions and provide transportation in a speedy and efficient fashion. The hotel itself is tucked in a little alley and not the typical tourist destination, but that was part of its charm. Expect to take a cab to the main tourist spots and downtown but don't let that deter you as I think we enjoyed the hotel neighborhood and other nearby local spots more than the travel guide suggestions anyway. The rooms are small but comfortable and have lovely french style windows overlooking the city. Complimentary breakfasts were huge and delicious. Overall, HIGHLY recommend this for couples or anybody looking for a unique, higher end option in Saigon!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank offshorebanks
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Had a great time great service and very clean place would love to stay again spacious rooms and the location was very good close to all the tourist locations and night life . staff was helpful in arranging our air tickets

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Rebecca W
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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

As others have pointed out, Ma Maison is a ten minute taxi ride Northwest of the centre, in a residential neighbourhood. Our taxi driver found it easily enough though, and once you know where it is, it's simple to find again.

Was great walking to it from the main road and getting small glimpses into Saigon homes and lives.

The rooms were very elegant and immaculately presented. Breakfast was wonderful (the pho was top rate and generously sized, on top of the baguettes and fresh fruit) and the free hot drinks all day were a nice touch.

Service was personal, warm and knowledgeable. The annotated map of the neighbourhood was appreciated too and led to a great dinner.

The only point to bear in mind is the stairs. We were on the fourth floor (out of choice) and it was a bit of a climb as there was no lift. Though we didn't mind, others might want to request a room lower down.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank David W
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We planned to stay two nights at Ma Maison at the front end of our two-week long trip to Vietnam. When all was said and done, we had stayed 6 nights! We fell in love with the sanctuary that is Ma Maison - the charming rooms, the beautiful fragrant garden courtyard, the wonderful breakfast, and the warm hospitality of Mr. Ha, John, Tommy, Tuan, and Natasha - and it truly became our home away from home in Saigon.

We hope to return to Vietnam, and when we do, we will certainly stay again at Ma Maison!

-Jason & Vanessa

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely. The superior doubles have balconies and are particularly nice.
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6  Thank VeeJayParis_France
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

This is a very pleasant Hotel. Its nicely decorated and well finished and our room was very clean and spacious. The staff are very friendly and professional and couldn't do enough for you. The location is a bit out from the city centre but it is easily and cheaply reached by taxi and we walked it one morning in about 45 minutes. The alley way leading into the hotel is perfectly safe and we liked it as it is in a proper local area of the city. This is not a negative comment to the hotel but in my opinion it is probably suited a bit more to the older or more mature traveller. That said we really enjoyed our stay there.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank killianf
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Additional Information about Ma Maison Boutique Hotel

Address: 656/52 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street | Ward 11, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City 0084, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 476 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: £34 - £57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ma Maison Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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