“ Address: 20 Bui Thi Xuan St / Ben Thanh Ward / Dist.1 / Ho Chi Minh City / Vietnam „
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly, and still often known as, Saigon) was my first destination on my recent trip to Vietnam. I spent two nights staying at the Hong Vy 3 Hotel, which was selected by my tour operator. Location wise it is fairly central, walking distance to the War Remnants museum and Reunification Palace as well as Ben Thanh Market and numerous restaurants. The street it is on is popular with other hotels, and is very busy so it is easy to pick up metered taxis outside (I recommend Mai Linh). It is in a tall, narrow building and is well maintained.
You enter via a number of polished stone steps and there are always porters around to help with your bags or get you a cab (they don't speak much English, so if ordering a cab tell the reception staff where you want to go and they can translate), the reception area with its table and chairs and reception desk is lovely and cool when you walk in from the hot, humid busy street. I found the reception staff helpful and they can store valuables in safety deposit boxes behind the front desk. There is one lift, but I didn't find I had to wait for it too long as the hotel didn't seem to be that busy. There is free internet in the corner of the lobby - two stations - which seemed to be fairly popular, but we didn't use it so I cannot comment on the speed.
First impressions of the room was positive, we had a triple for the two of us - a double and single bed of good sizes, well made up beds with cushions and plenty of pillows, and a runner along the bottom (which isn't really of any use other than decorative). There was also a small contemporary styled sofa but there was no real room to sit on it with the extra bed, it was handy to dump 'stuff' on though. The room also had a dressing table and mirror, wardrobe, suitcase/bag rest and a fridge plus a TV. The porter thoughtfully turned the TV on for us, loudly, to a Vietnamese cartoon programme. That got turned off swiftly, but I didn't check what other channels were available. The air con worked efficiently and was not too loud. Although you stick the key fob in the slot by the door, when we took it out the air con and lights will stay on, so we had a lovely cool room when we returned. Temperature could be controlled by a remote control. Saying that, other members of the party couldn't get their one to work, but I am not sure if they asked reception for help so cannot comment if it is a faulty air conditioner or if they were just pressing the wrong buttons (it seemed fairly straight forward to me). The hotel also offers free wi-fi, but we had no cause to use it so cannot comment.
The bathroom was spacious, with a corner bath with shower, sink and toilet and lots of complimentary items such as shower caps and toothbrushes. It was also clean. Hot water was plentiful except on our last morning, when it was just lukewarm. Generally the room and bathroom were light, airy rooms with large windows (we had a corner room) and lighting, although the bedside lamp didn't work. We were almost opposite the lift but this didn't disturb us. The disadvantage of the central location was that the street was quite noisy, and as we were only on the second floor, we were disturbed at night sometimes (there are a million motorbikes in Saigon).
Breakfast was plentiful and served in the small restaurant downstairs. There was someone cooking eggs for you, as well as a variety of hot Vietnamese style dishes, fresh fruit, bread with Laughing Cow cheese (cheese isn't really 'native' to Vietnam) and a toaster for your use. There were teas, coffee and fruit juice to drink. The selection was very good for the size of the hotel, although I imagine the restaurant could get full if you were there at a busier time as it is laid out with about three long tables, and naturally people don't tend to sit directly next to strangers and always leave a gap. They do serve meals at other times, but I didn't have any cause to eat here as I usually ate out in the city. They have fridge with cold drinks to purchase which are reasonably priced, but not all restaurant staff speak English, so you may need to be patient.
Overall, if I was to return to Ho Chi Minh City, with the appropriate budget, then I would consider coming back here. Our room was a Premium Deluxe, but by downgrading you may get a quieter room in another part of the hotel. The hotel was included in our package but prices seem to be about the US$40-60 mark for the Premium Deluxe room with breakfast It is only a two star hotel, but I think it is a very good hotel for this class/budget. It is well maintained with clean rooms and attention to detail and a good breakfast, my only reservation would be about the noise.
20 Bui Thi Xuan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam