Au Lac Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAu Lac Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
This new hotel was a good choice for me! Traveling solo, this immaculate spacious new hotel is on a quiet street that has a police station across the street. Tourists routinely have safety problems in the backpacker area (near Bui Vien) and around the Ben Thanh market, so I was very happy that I chose this location. It's just a block or two away from the Palace Hotel and also the River, on that street and the nearby Dong Khoi, there are lots of restaurants, shops and galleries. The hotel staff is attentive and the shower was very good also! You can easily book through Agoda.
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