Hotel Name: Dai Huy Hoang Hotel
Address: 283/22 Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Whenever I come back to Ho Chi Minh City I’m reminded of what good value Vietnam is as a destination compared to, say, Thailand and Indonesia, which was where I had just come from. I’ve stayed in Saigon’s backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lau a number of times, and for under $15 you can get a private room with bathroom attached, and wifi. There are cheaper ones too, if you look around, but I was happy to book this and be done with it.
In the backpacker area there are two main streets which run parallel to each other: Pham Ngu Lau and Bui Vien. In between these streets are many side alleys that are filled with guest houses and businesses catering for tourists. I prefer to stay in these alleys as they are quieter.
The Dai Huy Hoang Hotel is in one of these alleys and the room was of the basic budget Vietnam variety. My room had the choice of fan and air conditioner (personally I’m a fan of fans).
I booked knowing there was no breakfast included, but I knew where I wanted to eat so that wasn’t a concern.
One thing to note about buildings in Vietnam is that they are often ridiculously long and skinny, which means that some rooms don’t have an outside window. In this case my room had a window that opened out into a hallway which at least let light in. I have stayed in places that have no windows and that makes you feel like you are sleeping in a coffin.
In this case I didn’t mind the room like this as I was able to catch up on sleep. If I was staying for more than a few days I would have asked for one of the front rooms that has a balcony facing the alley.