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Blue River Hotel
Ranked #96 of 467 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Reviewed 14 March 2013

I am a well seasoned traveller with many visits to VN in particular. For the last 8 years I have made the Blue River Hotel my regular hotel when visiting Saigon. Why ???? Because I have always found the rooms clean and tidy. The location is very central and convenient. The staff are also excellent, and Miss Thuy (the sexy owner) is extremely helpful & honest. Nothing is too much trouble, and all the staff are honest & helpfull. They treat their customers like members of their own family. The only downside (if you consider it as a downside) is there`s no lift at the hotel, however I see it as an opportunity for a little excercise. WELL DONE to all of the staff of Blue River. I will continue to recommend your hotel to others. Garry (Australia).

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 March 2013

Location was very good. It was easy to go around by big park which was almost opposite of the hotel. Room was okay although bathroom was quite small. Maybe rooms need some upgrade but for this price, value is good! The best thing is very very helpful and friendly staff. They really do everything to make your stay comfortable.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

This is a great small family run hotel, located in an alley just off one of Saigon's busy streets in the back packer district with plenty of restaurants, bars, travel agencies, etc. all you need...
The staff is extremely helpful and friendly, as we could not extend out stay at the hotel they helped us to find another hotel, literally just across the street. The breakfast is just like in other smaller places around Vietnam basic but very good. We would stay there again.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

The Blue River Hotel is the best value, most friendly hotel you will ever stay at. I have traveled more to 50 countries and have stayed in some very exotic locales and cruised on some very fancy ships. But, if you want to stay in a clean, quiet, friendly hotel Blue River is the place. They take care of you like family. Nothing is too much trouble and everyone is always happy! I have stayed in HCMC on three occasions, each time it has been at Blue River for 10 days to two weeks. Every time the service and care given has been first class. You will not find a more caring place to stay. Not even if you pay $200 per night. I am going back to HCMC again this year and you'll find me at the Blue River Hotel. BTW - I have stayed in other similar style hotels in Vn and most were more expensive but none even came close in quality, cleanliness, friendliness or value money.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

I read as few reviews before booking this hotel and i must admit i wasnt to sure about it all. But "all things good", i dont have one complaint. The staff where great, the rooms where tidy and clear and the shower and toilet where on par with the price of the room... Stay here i dont think you will have any problems. If you want a room with a view stay at the Sheriton, if you want value for money stay here ; )

Room Tip: Get your bearings as this place can be a little hard to find...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

The staff make Blue River Hotel a really enjoyable stay. We returned here after venturing out to the islands for a while and were happy to be back at the Blue River. Their staff were extremely helpful, giving us assistance in sorting out some bookings that we would've otherwise struggled with.

Room Tip: It's a long way up to the top rooms - try for a lower one unless you need a workout!
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Duncan M
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

Blue River Hotel is situated in a small clean and relatively quiet side street off Pham Ngu Lam Street opposite 23/9 Park (site of the original central railway station).

It is an ideal low cost base to explore HCMC and do the Lonely Planet walking tour.

Breakfast is good with fresh crusty French-style bread rolls, fruit, jams eggs, omlettes, the obligatory noodle soup, fruit juices, tea and coffee.

Rooms are clean with good shower room, flat screen TV and bar fridge. We had one overlooking the street and slept very well.

Free Wi-Fi is available and accessible throughout.

The real bonus of this hotel is the warmth, hospitality and assistance that Thuy and her colleagues Thu and Thu provide at the Front Desk. Everyone it seems, ourselves included, had a long list of travel and onward booking queries that needed assistance. Thuy and her staff did wonders in dealing with all of this efficiently and with a smile – they keep a detailed log book of all requests – taxis, phone calls etc - so that nothing is over-looked.

We were particularly pleased with their advice and assistance in getting an Air Con Coach from HCMC to Can Tho. They booked the coach tickets by phone (110,000 VND per person) and arranged a taxi from Blue River Hotel (45,000 VND) to the bus company office from which we got the free shuttle bus (every 5 to 10 minutes at 0800) to the Bus Station. We were the only European-looking people at the bus station which was a surprise to us – no idea how everyone else gets to Can Tho. The coach itself was very modern and comfortable. The journey to Can Tho takes around 4 hours including a 30 minute stop at a superb place for lunch. There are buses to many other Mekong Delta destinations from the same bus station.

They also got some delayed train tickets to us and recommended a beautiful authentic Vietnamese restuarant way-off the tourist track in a quiet residential street which we visited en-route from the airport (having flown back from Phu Quoc) to the railway station for an overnight to Nha Trang.

All in all thanks in particular to Thuy and her colleagues Blue River Hotel is a great place from which to explore HCMC.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Blue River Hotel

Address: 283/2C Pham Ngu Lao Street, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Best Value Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#41 Family Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#52 Romantic Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: £13 - £25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Blue River Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blue River Hotel is a newly built and refurbished hotel which combine Vietnamese hospitality with international and welcome atmosphere. All room offer a choice of queen or twin beds, window with nice view, air conditioner, flat screen LCD TV, free wifi, in-room safe, private bathroom, hair dryer.Whilst the room rate is budget, the facilities are clean and definitely comfortable, with a light breakfast included and friendly staff who are always willing to go the extra mile to help with tour bookings, hire cars, taxi’s and any other help you may require.Every room has a private bathroom, hair dryer, mini-bar, air conditioner, flat screen LCD TV with international channels, wireless internet access, IDD telephone and in-room safe.Blue River Hotel take pride in pampering our guests with service such as safe deposit box, luggage storage, laudry, DVD players as request and airport pickup & transfer service. ... more   less 
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