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Palace Hotel Saigon
Ranked #158 of 459 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Reviewed 7 April 2009

I spent one month in HCMC in Palace hotel and I was a little worried when i read the reviews at first and was planning on moving hotels the moment i landed. But the place was quite nice. although the rooms were not that spacious the hotel is clean and comfortable. the location is fabulous...walking distance to all the major shopping places - saigon sqaure, ben than market etc. The staff are quite nice as well. the only disappointment was the pool which is small to say the least! other than that and the consistent breakfast buffet (which i can now tell you by heart in order that they are placed) the place was great..they have a nice coffee shop downstairs and an imteresting vietnamese restaurant on the top floor...the night club which many reviews spoke about it closed now..so there is no fear of sleepless in saigon! one more plus point it has free wi fi in all the rooms

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 March 2009

Very pleasantly suprised!!
We had read lots of bad reviews saying it was noisy dirty etc. We even tried to book somewhere else just before leaving Aus, but on arrival we were really suprised and happy, the room was small but spotlessly clean and the staff were very kind and obliging we had a small balcony and the night club has been replaced with an excellent restaurant!! Best breakfasts we had in Vietnam!! The pool and bar on the roof was a great place to cool off at the end of the day with great views. Great location amd would not hesitate to recommend it and would stay there again. Don't let the old photo fool you it has been renovated nicely.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank felixgirl
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Reviewed 27 February 2009

Went to the Palace hotel over the last weekend. I initially booked a suite room here as they looked quite roomy. However after reading some of the previous reviews and worried about the state of the room, I ugraded to the next room category up which is the signature, I stayed in the deluxe which had a balcony which was quite cool looking over the city. though the signature superior might have been a better option with a shower.
The room was fine, nothing special, it had been renovated simply and functioned ok. There is free wifi in the rooms which was great especially when trying to look for places or addresses in HCM. The beds were not extremely comfy, but overall the room was ok for the price (though it could have been a lot cheaper). Check in was easy, and there is a tour desk downstairs, though be careful, some of their info on restraunts and clubs is a little outdated. Breakfast is served on the 5th floor in the old wing, and is brilliant. The pho with chicken there beats the fast food pho's around town.
The hotel location is very very central, it's around the corner from the Sheraton, Caravelle, Rex and is central to the shopping district. It's also safe to walk around this area any time of the day, and the sights are interesting. Apparently this is one of the first hotels in the city with the above mentioned. And there used to be an infamous nightclub in the hotel which is no more.
There is a restraunt in the building, but we ate out for lunch and dinner. There is a lovely little quaint french cafe that serves good food called La Fourchette located around the corner at 9 Ngo Duc Ke which serves pretty good french food at a decent price. Do note sometimes it's cheaper to pay in USD which is also listed in the bill.
For nightlife, try the top of the caravelle which is bustling with atmosphere as you drink your cocktail of your choice, whilst being entertained by the latino band with sensuous dancers (seriously) and salsa dancers. For the ones that want more noise try "Seven Saloon" or "Apocalypse Now" which are your typical disco's or try Allez Boo in the backpacker district for a more relaxed atmosphere (still overpriced).
Ok, I'll stop there... but you can't go wrong with this hotel if you want a good 3 star location and decent service and safety. But stick with the superior rooms.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 November 2008

stayed overnight just to see if it has improved. was not disappointed. attentive staff, nice clean rooms. however, there is no gym so if you are looking for a hotel with a good one, you may be disappointed. otherwise, it's a good value for money, well located so you are near where good shopping and restaurants can be found within walking distance.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 October 2008

I went here on two separate occasions within the space of five days - it was booked by my tour guide for both times. I was booked in for a suite.

On the first occasion, I got a "Superior" room ($5/night more expensive than the old suite) - apparently it was recently refurbished, but it's a small room, and shower only, no bath. The room stunk of something stale and whiffs of sewage occasionally can be smelt in the corridor. There was no view, just walls and windows all around. The decor is ok. Free wifi is available in the room but give it a good 10-15minutes to get a valid IP address - the signal's ok, but the network seems to be very busy and download speeds are slow.

On the second occasion, I was in the suite as originally booked. This time the room was much aged and is in dire need of a revamp. It was also very very sparsely furnished for such a large room. Again, the room smelt very very stale and also seem to be a strong whiff of something that has not dried out. I asked for an "upgrade" from my suite to a smaller "Superior" room but the reception said the hotel was full up (this was in the low season, mid-week, so that was hard to believe. There's no wifi signal in the "old" side, and no network ports in the room.

Both rooms were very noisy - the Superior room had a huge gap under the entry door letting in light and noise (and of course the unexplained funny smells). The suite, I had was on floor 4 on the "old side" and directly under floor 5 restuarant. The noise of footsteps and scraping chairs was relentless. Avoid floor 4, old side if you must stay at this hotel.

Out of the two room types, go for the newer ones, even if it means downgrading size for the same price.

Some receptionists give very short shrift with people, treating them like cattle while others are more humane.

The good things - food, especially buffet breakfast ranging from the usual breakfast stuff to full meals that you'd see in the evenings. The rooftop bar is also very good, bar staff can be a bit slow, but they are much more friendly and approachable. I found the bar to be empty most of the time. Drink/food prices are reasonable for Vietnam - between 69,000 and 99,000 dongs for a good meal at the rooftop bar.

The bad: smells, noise, the old rooms, reception staff (most of them).

If you can, stay somewhere else. I know I won't be staying here again.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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Reviewed 22 October 2008

This hotel looked nice enough but seemed to have few 'aroma' issues. Reception smelt awful - almost like mix of sewage and mothballs and our room absolutely stank of that nasty 'wet dry wet dry cheap shower curtain' smell - nothing we did got rid of it. Added to that, the room we were in had apparently been recently refurbished but it was SO depressing. Furniture was sparse at best and would put even the most travel lodge to shame. Having said that, it was clean (apart from the shower curtain).

Also might be worth mentioning that if you have mobility issues there is a huge step down out of the shower/bath. We are both physically fit and still found it a bit of a challenge.

On the plus side, breakfast was one of the best we had, the rooftop bar has great views and the location is good.

I guess it depends what you're looking for. We don't tend to spend much time in hotel rooms but for the small amount we did spend here, I really wish we'd stayed elsewhere.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2008

We stayed at the Palace Hotel in Rooms 909 and 1009 (2couples) and couldn't fault it. It was quiet, the staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms were clean and a good size. We enjoyed the rooftop pool and bar where we had a view over the city. The location is great - close to Ben Thanh market and the Lucky Plaza/Russian Market is just a few doors away. Breakfast was fine, lots of variety, but we ate other meals in restaurants close by. We would recommend it and not hesitate to go back there.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Address: 56-66 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #158 of 459 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: £45 - £85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Palace Hotel Saigon 4*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our four star flagship hotel is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, with 144 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, stunning views of Saigon Harbour, satellite TV, wireless internet access, plentiful hotel amenities and dedicated work areas, making this one of the best hotels in the city to combine business with pleasure.Generously appointed with four well-equipped meeting rooms, The Palace is one of the few hotels ideal for conferences and events, able to accommodate intimate social, business functions, conferences or training courses for up to 250 guests. ... more   less 
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