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We were excited to be in Saigon.
We took a flight from Dalat here so our arrival to the hotel was generally hassle free. You have to be so careful at the airport because if you get in the wrong taxi there is no telling where you'll end up (this is also true for just about an taxi in the city). Our hotel was nice - it wasn't great but it …
Off at 9am to see the Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh province to the north west of Saigon. A bus load which included French, Dutch, Spanish, English, Italian and Australians. Before we got out of Saigon the busmotor caught on fire and caused a hurried evacuation right on the edge of a major intersection where we were installed in the flower bed. …
Well we finally made it to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) or, as almost everybody here still calls it, Saigon. We arrived at a city bus terminal about a 5$ taxi ride from our hotel which ended up costing about 18$ instead. We knew not to take a flat rate ride in a cab but were told to request that the meter be turned on. Well, some VN …
Friday 13 August, 7.30pm, Indochine Hotel
Hello children, did you miss me? Apologies for the blogging hiatus, but I had to make an unscheduled trip to the land of my birth for a little while. T'was that tricksy Glastonbury Festival, it did me in. But now I’m back on the road, and chattier than ever. Are you ready to come away with me …
C'est à Saïgon, désormais rebaptisée Ho Chi Minh - Ville que nous avons atterri ce matin pour (re)découvrir cette ville qui a été la capitale du Sud Vietnam.
Nous n'avons que quelques heures pour visiter quelques incontournables: la Cathédrale, la Poste Centrale sans oublier une petite ballade sur la Dong Khoï Street.
Juste de …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Indochine Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
Friendly hotel in good downtown location
The Indochine Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is a very nice little tourists class hotel in the heart of District 1 in downtown. I was impressed with the hotel from the beginning of the booking process. I contacted them via their website and heard back within a day or so with a confirmation. I payed the $10 extra to have them pick me up at the airport instead of worrying about barganing with a taxi driver. I am very glad that I did. The HCMC airport is quite crazy at night, and after a long day of travelling, it was nice to see a guy waiting with a sign with your name on it. In fact, I am amazed he was there. My flight into HCMC was delayed about 4 hours ,and sure enough, the guy waited the whole time. Bravo!
The rooms at the Indochine hotel are simple but clean. There is a TV with some english and local channels. The mattress was a bit old, but the bathroom was clean, and the free included breakfast was fine. And for only $20 a night, it was fine. The hotel is within walking distance of the other major hotels and some great local restaurants and shopping.
All in all, this was a fine stay, and I would stay again if in HCMC.
Un hotel accogliente del centro
L'hotel Indochine di Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, è un bell'albergo di classe turistica del centro (si trova nel cuore del Distretto 1). Sono rimasto colpito da quest'albergo dal momento in cui l'ho prenotato. Li ho contattati tramite il loro sito web e dopo circa un giorno mi hanno risposto con la conferma. Ho pagato $10 extra per farmi venire a prendere all'aeroporto invece di dovermi preoccupare di mercanteggiare con un tassista. Sono molto contento di averlo fatto. L'aeroporto di Ho Chi Minh è davvero caotico di notte e dopo una lunga giornata passata a viaggiare era bello vedere qualcuno che ci aspettava con un cartello con su scritto il nostro nome. A dire il vero ero stupefatto che ci fosse ancora: il volo per Ho Chi Minh ha fatto quattro ore di ritardo e, incredibile, il tipo ci ha aspettato tutto il tempo; bravo!
Le camere all'Indochine sono semplici, ma pulite. C'è una TV con qualche canale locale e alcuni in inglese. Il materasso era un pochino vecchio, ma il bagno era pulito e nel prezzo era compresa anche la colazione il che era ottimo. E a soli $20 a notte era perfetto. L'albergo è a due passi da tutti gli alberghi più importanti e da qualche fantastico ristorante locale e negozio.
Insomma, siamo stati bene e ci tornerei se mi dovessi trovare di nuovo a Ho Chi Minh.
Great staff, great location. Breakfast included.
It was a duel between two hotels as we were heading into the first hotel for our two week trip. One dropped the ball returning emails... One came through in flying colors. Turns out it was MUCH more centrally located, so I count myself lucky to have ended up only with one choice. Figuring we could spend a few extra bucks, we'd arleady gotten us up to a spacious large room with solid mattress. The bathroom was upgraded, spotless and a nice break fron the melting heat. I'm not sure how the "suite" was such an improvent, but we were comfortable and content in a perfect central location to visit Saigon. The bed was nice and firm with a little give. The hotel had decent TV stations in english. After a good basic breakfast in the restuarant in the lobby, you are right in the middle of everything. You can walk places, take cyclos, mototaxis if you dare. You are just a small block from the opera house district. There was a small friendly bit of language barrier with the front desk staff as we tried to sort out options to Mui Ne. When we heard the car cost was so expensive (US85), we immediately asked about the bus options. He was ready to give us the number to call Sinh Travel. We decided to go straight to the backpacker district on De Tham to get it organized, and voila! Tickets on a cheap bus from Kim Agency to Mui Ne. So bottom line: We would stay here again for the location and generally friends staff. The place is clean and easy to get to, and close to everything. Just plan your in country bookings at a local travel agency when needed.
This is a convenient location with a great price. Rooms are rather large and beds are good. TV included as too is a basic breakfast. A good cheapie to recommend. It is very comfortable and service at reception is good. Can also recommend the airport service. It is also quite ok to get a taxi to and from airport whenever you arrive. Just be sure you have the name written down.
Quest'albergo vanta un'ubicazione particolarmente comoda e fa un prezzo fantastico. Le camere sono piuttosto grandi e i letti sono comodi. Inoltre c'era anche una TV; la colazione, semplice, era compresa. Un buon albergo economico che vi consiglio. È molto accogliente e il servizio alla reception è buono. Vi raccomando anche il servizio per l'aeroporto. Non c'è problema se volete prendere un taxi da e per l'aeroporto indipendentemente dall'ora in cui arrivate. Solo assicuratevi di scrivere il nome su un foglio di carta.
Très bien situé
Cet hôtel est très bien situé et il est d'un prix très raisonnable. Les chambres sont assez grandes et les lits sont bons. Il y avait une télévision et le petit déjeuner était inclus. Un bon hôtel bon marché à recommander. Il est très confortable et la réception offre un bon service. Je recommande également leur service pour l'aéroport. On peut aussi prendre un taxi à l'aller et au retour mais il faut avoir le nom de l'hôtel par écrit sur soi.
Simple, clean and good value for money
We booked Indochine for our first 2 nights accommodation in HCMC and also took them up on the airport pickup due to never having been to Vietnam before.
Initially we were worried as it took almost 3 hours to clear customs - we weren't holding our breath for our driver to have waited that long however sure enough when we eventually made it to arrivals our driver was still there.
I'd recommend the Indochine to anyone visiting HCMC on a budget. Our room was clean, roomy and secure with a private balcony. Being located in District 1, it was also an excellent way to ease into hectic Saigon. The staff were lovely, and the included breakfast was simple though more than enough.
After touring Vietnam for a while we ended up back in HCMC without a room booked for the night and decided to try the Indochine again as we we so pleased with our experience there. Unfortunately and not surprisingly it was booked out thought the front desk staff went out of their way to call other hotels to find us alternative accommodation.
In summary, for the price you pay, the Indochine is great value for money and we'll definitely be using it when we next head to Vietnam.
Will be back for sure next time...
After reading quite a few comments and reveiws about this hotel, I decided to opt out for the air-port pick up service. I got myself a taxi after bargaining with the driver. I must say that I had fun doing this bargaining thing which i think it's very common in SE Asian particularly in Vietnam. The driver first tried to talk me into some other hotel but i insisted him taking to Indochine Hotel otherwise i wouldn't pay him a penny.
The lobby looks almost like those photos on the hotel website. When checking in they demanded me to deposit my Canadian passport for some security reason. Well, I really felt reluctant to do so but did it anyway.
Up I went to roon 307 which I beleive it is near fire escape spiral stair at the back, the hotel has a very small elevator which can barely fit 4 grown men inside. That's OK since i only traveled by myself and I didn't expect it to be so huge like those in 5-star hotels around the area.
Room 307 is a superior room with double bed with huge window on the side. The bed and furniture seem newly painted with white cotton sheet. It felt clean and mattress was little firm to me. The room has portable air conditioner which was hung up against the wall. It also took me a little while to figure out how to use the AC remote control with all Japanese characters on it. This room was not really noisy in the morning. Maybe, it's at the back of the hotel away from the front street.
The bathroom was also clean to me at the time of checking in with basic supply of soap and white towels. The water pressure wasn't that great but I managed to get through the shower without any interruption.
Breakfast was provided with really basic stuff like sunny side up eggs and bread, ham cheese sandwich... I didn't enjoy breakfast much but I really liked the fresh coffee drink with condensed milk. It has a strong taste. I would recomend to anyone who hasn't tried this before but don't blame me afterwards.
I checked out after 4 day stay, got my passport back intact. I also tried to bargain a free ride to airport but it didn't work. I guessed the lady at the desk din't have the authority to give me a free ride. So I got a taxi about 6-8 US dollars. Off I went to Nha Trang.
In short, Indochine hotel is pleasant and friendly to stay with. Good location near restaurants and shops. Room and lobby felt clean. I would be back here in near future.
The reservation process and airport pickup were fine, especially if this is your first trip to Vietnam. While I cannot fault the service, it wasn't memorable either.
The room was OK but the bathroom should have been condemned. There was a drip from the ceiling which you became accutely aware of as you sat on the toilet.
Location is good but I am certain there are other hotels in the area oft the same budget.
Love the location not the hotel
There are a few plus points for staying at Indochine Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. First they do reply your email which I must say that other newly established hotels doesn't seem to do. I managed to book a room for USD25 per nite for 2 with breakfast. However although I arranged for transport from the airport to the hotel at USD10 for 2 person 1 way, it never came. Anyway, we managed to catch a cab from the airport to the hotel and it only cost us USD5 instead. Arriving at the hotel, the lobby wasn't bad and the decor is quite pleasing for a hotel at this rate. Unfortunately the Standard room wasnt that great. The double bed is soft which is a blessing, the size of the room is ok for a standard type. Dont aspect electric kettle for boiling water which is quite standard at most hotels in Asian countries. The bathroom is also quite small with only shower area but nonetheless quite clean, which matter most. Although the hotel provides cable tv, the reception was quite bad with most channels too grainy to watch. So forget about the TV. We asked for a room with window but the view was pathetic, just the opposite wall about 2 feet away.
The breakfast consists of a selection of 5 choices of set meal with another 5 drinks. Very plain affair for ex eggs with bread or ham and cheese sandwich. In the end, the stay wasnt memorable and we stayed for only 2 nites and shifted after finding other hotels same rates but much better room.
However if one should stay there, the location in our opinion is actually quite good. There are about 3 or 4 shopping malls in HCMC and 3 are actually within walking distance from the hotel. Saigon Square, where you can find branded shirts but factory rejects, is only few minutes walk away on the same street. Parkson, same building as Hyatt is also few minutes walk away. Diamond Plaza, a couple of minutes away from Saigon Square is also easily reached. Not only that, the street is lined with restaurants from local like Pho24, Wrap and Roll, western, japanese, etc. Also if you like to drink there are numerous bars there with scantilly clad girls beckoning you as you walk past.
So, room not recommended due to other newer better similar priced hotels but location is great.