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“Total lack of respect for foreign tourists staying here”
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First Hotel
Ranked #99 of 448 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
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3 reviews
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“Total lack of respect for foreign tourists staying here”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014

We decided to have a night here on the last night of our trip to relax by the pool before flying back to the UK. Big mistake. The hotel is across the road from the main hotel on a big complex. When we got to the pool it was chaos. There was around 40 staff members walking around, looking likw they had nothing to do so for around two hours all they did was bang cutlery and plates together, god knows why! There was a big group of local men sitting drinking and getting drunk, very loud. I felt uncomfortable in my bikini, unable to relax or even try and sleep was a joke. If it wasnt cutlery It was hammering, banging, staff members singing at top of there voice. This hotel should take the pool off there facilites offered and cut the price in half. As paying 70usd for this place is a joke! The only positives are the short journey to airport that's free. Rooms are not high standard at all. The constant noise left me with a headache. The hotel is close to the road which i didnt mind as traffic noise to be expected in city, but the staff noise, local peoples noise is not what unexpected from a hotel at this price. Ive stayed in budget guesthouses for much cheaper that have much better service.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Quy P, Sales Department - OTA at First Hotel, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Dear Madam / Sir

First of all, we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused. Your comment made us think over the service we provided to our customers, specially the foreigners.

We hope that the situation will be better when we have a chance to welcome you back.

Sincerely Yours.
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

This hotel is situated close to airport and exhibitioncenter. Staff is doing what ever you can imagine to make your stay convenient. Free drinks, free airport pick up by taxi, tips for town visits, they even help you crossing the street to the restaurant. Hotel is a bit old but clean. Breakfast fine. Half an our by taxi to downtown.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Pliien67
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newcastle england
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

After a long flight from Europe we wanted a hotel near the airport before flyng to Hanoi to begin a two week tour.
Emailed the hotel before departure to arrange their shuttle service.
On arrival there was someone waiting for us and it was a quick transfer to the hotel. Check in was very quick and efficient and we were offered a very welcome
drink before being shown to our room.
The room was spacious and very comfortable with very nice bathroom and everything you could possibly need for an overnight stay. We were a little concerned that the room overlooked the front of the hotel thinking that it could be noisy. However, thanks to the efficient glazing we did not hear a thing.
Nice to be able to sit outside on a small terrace set away from the road for a drink.
Staff extremely pleasant and helpful. Even a man outside to help you cross the road should you need it. As we were to find out later in our holiday the road was actually very quiet by Ho ChiI Minh standards!
Breakfast was fine with possibly one of the nicest omelettes I've had made fresh for me in a long time.
The following morning we were taken back to the airport at exactly the time we requested - very efficient.
At the end of our tour we stayed a further three nights in Ho CHI Minh and opted for a more expensive hotel which we thought would be better. How I wish we'd returned to the First Hotel! Whilst our chosen hotel was very nice it was in a very central area (did not need to be there as we were picked up for our tours each day), and consequently a very busy noisy area.
Should we return to Ho Chi Minh will look no further than the First Hotel - very pleasant stay with extremely pleasant and helpful staff.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank anneNewcastleEngland
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Quy P, Sales Department - OTA at First Hotel, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Dear Anne

What a wonderful comment. We appreciated.

Hope to have chances to welcome you back to the hotel again soon.

Sincerely Yours
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Pecetto Torinese, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

I've been blocked in HCMC then I tried this hotel ... value for mont is good, you are closer to the airport than to district 1, then make sense if you are in transit. Rooms are spacious, I appreciated complimentary shuttle at 4,30 AM; at that time breakfast was not available but they gave us a box without asking.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Alessio315
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Quy P, Sales Department at First Hotel, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Dear Sir,

We thank you very much for your kind words and hope to have more chances and opportunities to welcome you and other guests to our hotel to feed and taste the "First Impression last forever" and "Satisfaction beyond expectation".
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

The place was very nice and staff were very friendly. Buffet breakfast the next morning was delicious. Very happy with this hotel for a short stay, it's pretty quiet too away from the hustle and bustle.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Brendanandhayleyhill
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Melbourne, Australia
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150 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Stayed here one night only courtesy of Vietnam Airlines after an unexpected flight delay.
We had no idea where we would be dropped off but found this hotel to be quite pleasant.
No problems with the comfort of the beds and the double glazed windows gave us a peaceful nights sleep.
Breakfast was adequate without being great and staff were very helpful.
10 mins from airport and about 6 km from town centre ( $4 aud taxi ride ).

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Wellmax229
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

10 - 15 min to airport, they have a free shuttle.
spent one night. Quiet, comfortable, immaculate. Astounding friendly service. Just what you would expect from a business hotel (thwough we were tourists).
We were tired and didn't feel like going out for dinner. Stumbled into their buffet (0nlly 220,000 dong!). Don't let the concept of a 'hotel' buffet put you off here! Excellent dishes, many we'd never experienced before, many served in small 'tasting' size dishes, tapas style.
For a hotel close to the airport, excellent option.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ian_and_Denis
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Property: First Hotel
Address: 18 Hoang Viet Street | Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#34 Family Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#57 Luxury Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — First Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 108
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