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TravelPod Member ReviewsBi & Bee Saigon Hotel & Restaurant Ho Chi Minh City
I stayed at the Bee Saigon. For $10 I got a lovely room with lots of nice decorative features. A nice break from the rundown bare rooms typical of backpacker places. It was also the only room I had in SEAsia where there was a separate, enclosed tub/shower so that the floor didn't get wet. What a nice treat! The people seemed nice enough-the office is at the Bi Saigon a few doors down. I didn't eat at the restaurant.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Bi & Bee Saigon Hotel & Restaurant Ho Chi Minh City
Pas cher et sympa !
Nous avons passé deux nuits au Bee Saigon en mars 2007, et nous avons payé 27 USD la nuit, ce qui était raisonnable. Nous avions une chambre donnant sur la façade, très spacieuse, avec balcon et vue sur la rue. Certaines chambres n'ont pas de fenêtre alors il vaut mieux préciser que vous en voulez une. L'hôtel est super bien situé, dans le quartier des backpackers, avec un tas de bars et de restaurants tout autour. Le petit déjeuner était également incroyablement bon (je vous conseille les crêpes). Le seul bémol est que c'est bruyant la nuit et que le personnel n'est pas des plus sympa.
Cheap & Cheerfull!
Stayed at the Bee Saigon for 2 nights in March 07, payed $27 a night for the room which was a good price. Stayed at a room at the front of the hotel which was very spacious and had a nice balcony and view of the street, some of the rooms don't have a window so its worth making sure you ask for one. The hotel is in an absolutely perfect location for backpacker area and bars and restaurants etc. The breakfast was also surprising yummy (would recommend the pancakes). The only down side is that the room was quite noisy at night and the staff were not that friendly.
Pas cher et agréable ; bien situé
Nous avons passé 2 nuits au Bee Saigon, puis, plus tard dans la même semaine (après un voyage sur la côte) une nuit au Bi Saigon. Ils appartiennent et sont tenus par les mêmes personnes ; ils sont juste à quelques bâtiments d'écart...
Les chambres sont basiques et assez originales : il faut monter péniblement des escaliers très étroits pour accéder à la plupart des chambres. Par ailleurs, leur conception du lit double est assez intéressante...deux lits simples collés ensemble.
Lors de notre deuxième visite, nous avons choisi une chambre moins chère que celle que nous avions au début de notre séjour et pourtant elle était plus grande ! Nous en avons déduit que c'était dû au fait que la première chambre possédait un balcon. Si vous ne faites pas de pré-réservation, il serait peut-être bien de demander à voir les chambres disponibles avant de procéder aux formalités d'entrée pour que vous puissiez juger en fonction de vos besoins, et de votre porte-monnaie !
Cependant, il n'est pas cher et il bénéficie d'une situation centrale. Le transfert depuis l'aéroport s'est passé sans encombre.
Mauvais départ pour notre voyage
Nous avons réservé nos trois premières nuits au Saigon au Bi & Bee Hotel. Le prix était convenable et les photos sur leur site internet étaient très belles.
Nous sommes arrivés le soir et nous nous sommes tout de suite inquiétés. Notre chambre était vieille et en mauvais état. La douche de la salle de bain fuyait et l'eau coulait sur le sol, inondant toute la pièce. L'état et la propreté de tout le bâtiment laissaient beaucoup à désirer, même selon les normes de ce quartier de Saigon.
Nous nous sommes également inquiétés au sujet des personnages autour de la réception car ils semblaient être assez douteux.
Nous n'avons passé qu'une nuit dans cet hôtel et sommes partis le lendemain matin pour le Anh Tu dans le secteur 3 qui était de meilleure qualité.
First Class Scam Merchants
We had Booked this hotel But no airport pickup was requested. I then cancelled the booking after reading reviews here. However, our plane was early and the pick up from our booked hotel was late. These people were waiting with our name on a placard and we thought they were from our booked hotel. Surprise! we are delivered to Bi Bee Saigon hotel. After a lengthy argument and threats to us to call the police for nonpayment. I welcomed the police to come and they backed off. We ended up paying US$10 for a cab ride we didnt want. What a disgusting welcome to HCMC anf Vietnam. Be warned... Nasty and cunning people.
You can do better
Not worth it by any stretch. Let's start with the reservation. They quickly replied to my inquiry, quoting prices that were higher than what they advertise on their website! When I pointed this out they agreed to charge me their posted rates.
Then the airport pickup. They charged me $7 for this, and there were actually 2 of us being picked up at this one time, so $14 for them. This is definately a rip off, take a cab yourself from the airport to Pham Ngu Lao and it'll cost you at most 60,000 dong, regardless of how many people are in it. Your cab driver will no doubt try and stick you with a fixed price in US $, but demand he use the meter. Threaten to get out if he doesn't. I found this works well. He may try to rip you off again on arrival so have exact change ready.
Now about the hotel and the room itself. Quaint in some ways, pretty old and shabby in others. Toliet leaked, staff were noisy at 6am, and the sink took literally an hour to drain. I asked twice for this be fixed and nothing was done. And the room is waaaay too expensive! Even with the eventual discount I got (see below) it was far too expensive.
Resturant: Overpriced, small portions, and nothing to write home about. You can find cheaper and better places 20 seconds away.
Regarding the discount: there is a discount advertised on their website if you stay a certain # of nights, plus another discount if you're a student. I decided to test their honesty and said I was staying for 4 nights (which was true), how about a discount. They said no. Only after I mentioned their website advertised it did they agree. Next I brought up the student discount. Problem: They also didn't believe I was a student ("You look too old!" - I'm a graduate student) and scrutinized my ID for 5 minutes before agreeing to the discount, but revoking the multiple night discount in exchange.
Finally when I went to check out, what a surprise..no discount applied to my bill, despite the fact it was prepared by the same woman with whom I had had all these discussions! I was expecting this so I wasn't terribly shocked, however I thought it was pretty shameless.
In closing: you can definately find better, especially in this neighbourhood! Shop around, later I ended up getting a room one street over in a much newer and cleaner hotel for half the price.
Cheap'n'cheerful - good location
We stayed for 2 nights in Bee Saigon, then later that week (after a trip up the coast) 1 night in Bi Saigon. They're owned and operated by the same people - they're just a few buildings away from one another....
The accomodation is basic and quite quirky - you have to trek up some very narrow stairs to get to most of the rooms. Also, their idea of a double bed is interesting.... two singles put together.
On our second visit there we opted for a cheaper room than we had to start with, yet it was actually bigger! We decided that this was because the first one had a balcony. If you dont pre-book then it might be an idea to ask to look at available rooms before checking in so that you can judge what is best for your needs - and pocket!
However, it is cheap and centrally located and the airport transfer went smoothly.
Poor start to our trip
We booked our first three nights in Saigon at the Bi & Bee Hotel. The price was good and the pictures on their web site looked great.
We arrived at night and were immediatly concerned with the hotel. The room was old and in poor repair. The bathroom shower leaked water onto the floor and flooded the entire area. The condition and cleanliness of the entire facility left much to be desired, even by the standards of this area of Saigon.
We were also concerned with the characters hanging around in the front desk area as they appeared to be of a questionable sort.
We stayed the one night and left the next morning for the Anh Tu in dist.3. It was better.
Just so so
I just got back from this hotel. There were definite pros and cons.
-There were very quick replies to my emails, even though I had some questions and clarifications.
-My flight was delayed so I called from the airport before I left because I had asked for a pick up, they were very accomodating.
-There were times when the front desk staff were nice. This depended on the person working.
-When my a/c was not working I called down and they responded very quickly, I appreciated it very much
-The restraunt is cute and drew a lot of people into the hotel. The pho I chose for breakfast in the morning that was complimentary was good and the one dinner I ate at the restaurant was okay.
-I went on a Mekong Delta tour through them since they asked in one of their emails if I was interested. They call a local tour company and charge you three extra dollars for the tour. When I asked for a single room they charged five extra dollars, which is fine, but if I did it directly through the tour company it would have been only three extra dollars. The tour company is only a five minute walk away. This was a lesson learned.
-Via email I was told I could have ten percent off my rooms. The first morning I was off to a two day trip to the delta so when I mentioned the discount to the front desk clerk she said I could have it taken off when I pay at the end of my stay because I was going to come back when I returned to HCM. At the end of my stay another person was at the desk and she said she couldn't do anything about it. In fact, they tried to renege on the 10% even when I showed them the email. The other clerk arrived as I was leaving for the airport. In the end they did honor their offer.
-My "junior suite" was six floors up. I had to walk all the way with my heavy bags while the male employee walked up to show me the room. Its around 12 flights of stairs. I'm 5'2" and around 120 lbs. It just would have been nice after a late flight.
-They have a refridgerator in the room and I happily paid the water I drank, but I don't think look in there to see what you have consumed. I think they look in the trash bin, but the problem is that I bought drinks from the stores and brought them up with me. In all fairness, they did take my word and took off the items I did buy, but this mistake happened to me both times I paid for my room.
-I think the room I stayed in is the one that is pictured on this site. The plastic leaves fell off the fake tree in the night and the one side of the curtains started to fall off because it was so difficult to open and close. The floors do not look like they are washed otherwise everything else was clean, but then I am not a messy person.
I believe you can find better places for the price.
Great start to Vietnam
Found this hotel in the Lonely Planet and checked out their website. We booked by email (answered quickly) and noted their online specials! The Hotel arranged a taxi at the airport which is a great idea!
Our room was very cool with a great bathroom that was built like an ancient temple.
Located in the international visitors district (Pham Ngu Lau) you can grab a taxi for just a few dollars to most attractions. The Market is just a 10 minute walk and 10 mins more puts you at the Opera house and a vibrant shopping district.
The restaurants are excellent, so much so that we ate there about 60% of the time :)
Great staff, free internet, vibrant location - all in all a great affordable hotel in a big busy city!
Oh yes the A/C, Minibar and full Sattelite TV come in handy if you need a breather from the craziness.
Ian & Anne