We have just returned from 1 month touring Vietnam and Cambodia which included 4 nights at the Bich Duyen in Saigon (HCM).
As with all our overseas travel, we always choose our accommodation by reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, and to date we have not been disappointed.
The Bich Duyen was a small hotel in a very quiet location in a very busy area of HCM (it was located down a small lane). It was walking distance to most things and very convenient to the markets and parks, although probably a little far out from the Notre Dame, Post Office and all the main sights, but we managed to walk everywhere we went without a problem.
Just one word of warning about making a booking at the Bich Duyen (which does not have it's own website and you have to book through a booking agency). The only double room that appears on the Booking Agency's site was a Standard Double Room, but be warned this room is terribly confined. Just prior to our departure from Australia, we became aware of larger rooms being available upon request. We emailed the Bich Duyen to request a larger room, and unfortunately he could only upgrade us for the last 3 nights of our stay to a Superior Double Room. Well thank goodness he did, because our first night in just a double room was shocking. The room was so small (barely enough room to walk along one side of the double bed) and you can imagine with 3 large cases, how cramped we were and there wasn't even a window on an external wall. The Manager, Chanh was wonderful and apologized, but said he has tried very hard to get the booking agency to alter the form on the website, but nothing ever happens. However, Chanh did as he promised and moved us into a Superior Double Room for our last 3 nights. As I have said, it is a very small hotel, I think just 3 rooms on each floor, and our Superior Double was up on the 4th floor (no lift) so was not something to look forward to after a lot of walking during the day in the sweltering humid weather. Just make sure you ask for a Superior Double Room and not a Standard Double Room.
The only other comment I have is that the breakfast was "just average". You got the choice of Omelette OR Bread and Jam, but we just said we wanted both. I guess you just get spoilt when you go to hotels that give you a wide choice or a buffet, but then again you have to consider that this hotel was very reasonably priced, so we shouldn't have expected a better breakfast!!!
The service is great and Chanh was there all day every day and offered assistance wherever necessary and spoke good English.
Internet was provided in the foyer free of charge.
We would recommend this hotel for your stay in HCM.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bich Duyen hotel is located in the heart of the Backpacker area, quiet, clean air, 5 minutes walk to Ben Thanh market, tour booking, shop, bank, park etc. all within walking distance. We serve free breakfast, tea, coffee, pineapple juice and we have high speed internet. Reception staff warmly welcome guests like family and will give you advice about anything you want to know about Vietnam. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bich Duyen