On arriving in HCMC we were met at the airport by the friendly pick up driver from the hotel, all this i had pre booked earlier as i couldn't be bothered with all the hassle of scamming taxis etc, this only costs around $20 or so and is well worth it.
This hotel is ideally situated in the heart of a very chaotic looking Saigon and is central for just about everything nearby, and we in turn were warmly greeted by the gorgeous Hahn and her very efficient team on arrival, and they just couldn't do enough for us, the young lads sprinted up the stairs with my cases within minutes and the check was just as Quick.! Going up to our room which i had requested on the top floor away from any potential noise namely the "Crazy Buffalo" night club. But, to be honest after a "Hard days" trekking around the sprawling city of Saigon you are too tired to notice anyway, and the room we had was very compact complete with all the little mod cons attached, with a very welcome mini bar and a shower/toilet combined which i thought was a great idea.!
I have also noticed some reviewers have complained about the rooms being too small etc, but what they don't realise is that space is of a premium here in Saigon and the Vietnamese people have had to utilise what they have efficiently and the Beautiful Saigon Hotel is no exception either and lets be honest here folks do we all come to the city of Saigon to sit in a hotel room all day? And this room was very clean and the view if I'm being honest was well..different But with double glazing you hardly heard anything below, as for the bed well, lets just say i slept like a log with more than enough pillows than I've ever seen before.
Going for breakfast was also very different due to the lobby being transformed into a mini dinning area, and what a great way to meet fellow guests as your sitting right next to each other too, and the service here is equally as efficient with the ever attentive staff attending to you with a menu which had a good range of food for every one's taste, tea, coffee, fruit juices, fresh fruit etc, in all honesty it sets you up for the mornings exertions sightseeing. There is also the computers next to you here but, i never used them so i can't really comment on their speed.
As for booking trips here i did use the hotels main operator TNK Travel, and as they're main office is just around the corner i thought " Ideal" just perfect, the prices also reflected my choice too which are seriously good value for money. We went on the full day combined trip to the Cao Dai temple and the Cu Chi Tunnels which cost the princely sum of $8 each talk about value here, we also did a full day to the Mekong Delta, costing about much the same. The lovely Hahn who is incidentally the "Boss" here advised me about the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Show and not only did she explain things but also got us the combined tickets which gets you into the show and afterwards you go for a slap up buffet at the restaurant next door to it and what an enjoyable night too.
Now on leaving the hotel you immediately walk straight into a maelstrom of human chaos complete with over 5 Million scooters not including pushbikes, all vying for space and they take no prisoners either you really have to be careful when walking about, if in doubt the hotel will call a cab and it's there in minutes, just watch the cabs uptown when coming back as they seem to mysteriously develop a phenomenon called "Going in a circle around town" and ripping you off, keep you're bearings at all times. As for scammers well, it's Saigon folks and there are no rules applied here so be warned.! The streets outside this hotel are a buyers market regarding food/drinks and are very safe too in fact you can eat and drink all night and spend very little, we just sat outside and watched the World go by with a cold drink in one hand a nice experience if any, and if you ask where the Beautiful Saigon Hotel 3 is you will find it's just past the crazy buffalo and here you will find an authentic Indian restaurant serving some really decent grub, in fact the street here is just full of restaurants a gourmet delight..!
Yes, i can honestly say the people here in this hotel were seriously friendly and very helpful with any questions i had from the gorgeous Hahn to the young laddie who rushed outside with an umbrella for my wife when it was raining, i would certainly return here in the future, and with good room prices like this is ideal for the budget traveller, and when we left to go up to Hoi An the goodbye's were very genuine like we had been there for years instead of five nights, it's something i wish our hotels in the West could employ instead of the £/$ sign prevailing before guests, try a hotel in Spain or whatever and they don't even look up at you on check out. As for the Beautiful Saigon Hotel what a colourful experience the lovely Hahn and her staff were, top marks..!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Saigon hotel is centrally located at the heart of the city approximately 20 minutes from the Tan San Nhat international airport. The hotel is within a walking distance from the Ben Thanh market, the Saigon River, as well as many other tourist attractions such as the War Museum, the Notre Dam Church, and the Reunification Palace. The location of the hotel provides you with an easy access to the public transportations, tour operators, restaurants, bars, and shopping centers. 24-hour front desk. ... more less
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