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“Great location, spotlessly clean, great staff”
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Luan Vu Hotel
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Reviewed 22 February 2009

This little gem in the middle of the vibrant backpacker area is just perfect for those looking for a quiet & secure accommodation but not fussed about the frills. We spent a total of 3 nights here, 2 before a Meking Delta trip and one after.

It is a guesthouse run by wonderful staff with great English skills who will do their best to make your stay enjoyable. The rooms are basic, but we opted for one with a window for $27US per night including a light breakfast and it did have both a ceiling fan and air conditioning. The bathroom is just a single 'wet room', but it did dry out very quickly.

As per most guesthouses, it does not have a lift so be prepared to lug your bags up many flights of stairs or ask for level one when you book. It is located in a little alley off Bien Vu street so is relatively quiet, but still right near all the cafes and night life of De Tham street.

The thing that impressed me the most was how clean it was. All guests are asked to leave their shoes downstairs so the tiled floors throughout remains spotless. I can highly recommend this guesthouse for other travellers not interested in frills but wanting a clean bed for the night.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 January 2009

Stayed here with 5 others. Booked 2 rooms, each with 3 beds. Rooms were very clean and came with air con, fan and fridge. Staff were excellent with service. Very helpful in all ways. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank PcisT
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Reviewed 24 December 2008

I recently stayed 2 nights at Luan Vu Guesthouse. One night in a double room on the third floor and one night in a single room on the first floor.

The rooms and bathrooms were clean and good sized. Room on the first floor was very noisy though. Staff watched TV and chatted on the ground floor and the noise echoched in the building. The hotel doesn't provide any toiletries not even mini soaps.

Location of the hotel is excellent. In an alley way off Bui Vien Street which is a major backpacker street. The hotel itself is quiet. Receptionists were very friendly and helpful.

Breakfast included in the rate was simple but good. Baguetts with jam or egg, tea/coffee and bananas. Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk was excellent. Service was a bit slow though.

Two computers with free internet access in the reception area were handy. As guests need to take off shoes before entering the building, the hotel was free from dust.

I booked two trips via the hotel. Mekong Delta 2 day homestay and a day trip to Cu Chi Tunnel & Cao Dai Temple. The trips were organised by Delta Adventure. Cu Chi Tunnel trip was great. However, Mekong Delta trip was aweful. Our guide was great but the tour itself was just too touristy. We spent most of the time travelling on the bus except a couple of hours looking around some touristy places like where they try to sell you stuff. Lunches weren't included and the guide took us to super expensive places for lunch where a can of coke cost US$2. We returned to Ho Chi minh city at 2.30pm instead of 6.30pm. It simply didn't deliver the program promised on the brochure. I do not recommend you take this Mekong Delta trip! There are many travel agencies on Bui Vien street so shop around. I don't think it's worth paying extra for a smaller group as we all ended up in same touristy places with other tour buses.

Overall, the hotel is a great value with friendly staff. I was happy with the hotel but very disppointed with Mekong Delta trip arranged by the hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled solo
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Thank krnworld
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Reviewed 7 December 2008

Luan Vu guesthouse is super clean. I think one reason is because you are required to leave your shoes on the shoe rack before going up the steps! The room is clean and spacious with a comfy bed. The bathroom, although very clean, is small and doesn't have a bathtub nor window/ventilator. We paid $20 for the big room that can fit 3 people (you can haggle the price once you're there).

It is located in the backpacker's district. There are lot of food places there so there won't be any problem looking for a place to have dinner! It is also walking distance to Ben Thanh market. It will be around 30 minutes walk to Notre Dame and Post office. But you can always take a taxi which will cost around 25,000 Dong (around $2)

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank aislinnag
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Reviewed 30 October 2008

Luan Vu was a nice, clean place and good value. We stayed in a room with no windows which is a bit like sleeping in a tomb - request windows if possible! The staff was wonderful and there are plenty of computers with internet for free use. I would stay here again.

Stayed: October 2008
Thank southcap
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Reviewed 29 August 2008

We stayed in Luan Vu for 3 nights. It is in a very good location in the backpacker district. To the right of guesthouse is GO2 bar which is a great 3 floor bar/restaurant(try bar b q upstairs!!) and to the left is restaurant called Stella's which does lovely sandwiches(they remembered our order after day one!!) Luan Vu is very clean, you get a basic breakfast, internet free downstairs, tours to Cu Chi tunnels & bus to Phnom Penh. Cam Thi is more than helpful with information on Phnom Penh. It is great value for money. I would definetly recommend it to a friend.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LindaBuckley
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Reviewed 6 August 2008

The hostel is located in the backpacker area, and its placed in a small ally at the Buen Vei street. A pulsing area with a lot of people and noise and it is also a good starting point for a Ho chi Minh exploration. The hostel was really great ! The staff (mostly the girl/women who was there) was very friendly and helpful. The room had an okey size and was clean and looked new. The bed was good and so was the simple breakfast (fresh baguettes with jam).
The room didn't have a minibar, but a refrigerator so that was all fine. There are also a possibility to buy drinks in the lobby.

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* Everything ! The staff, location, room size, bed, bathroom etc.
* Free internet !

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* Some noise during the morning/day because they where tearing down the a house outside. Only a temporary problem and it wasn't really the hostels fault

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Superion
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Address: 35/2 Bui Vien Street | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 08, Vietnam
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Region: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 644 Speciality Lodging in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: £13 - £17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Luan Vu Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All rooms with LCD screen, cable TV, desk, coffee/tea maker in each room. Luan Vu hotel has room service daily, business center, wifi at lounge and room, airport transfer. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it's no wonder guests keep returning to Luan Vu hotel. ... more   less 
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