Travel Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City
Saigon Day One Mostly sunny 35 degrees
Plane took off on time, it's just under an hours flight, on our arrival we jump in a cab and we're in our hotel in Saigon around half three. It's a really nice hotel, within half an hour, Deb's in the pool on the third floor, I have a quick walk around the block to look (unsuccessfully) for a …
We flew back today at 5pm, grabbed a taxi (no probs phew as you can get rip off ones). Nice hotel, got a bargain on Expedia.view from windows is just an alley but hey we finally have a 4* hotel lol complete with huge cockroaches! I know I am in the tropics and bugs happen but this is the first yet best hotel we have stayed in and the first with …
We left Phonm Pehn on Sunday morning. It took a while to get out of the city with the traffic but I was having fun looking out the window. Loads of mopeds were passing us by and on one I saw 5 people - its mad the things you see up on them. The next one though had me in bits - there was a big dog with his front two paws hanging over the bike and …
Hey to All Today12.00pm Vietnam time- 3pm aussie time. We finally arrived safely in Vietnam at 11.30pm Saturday night( Aussie time) which meant we were travelling since 9.30am. Wow were we tired when we arrived at the hotel cause it also took us 1hr to drive 5km from the airport and OMG!!! is it crazy crazy traffic. Horrific could be a word for it …
Hi Guys, We are moving along at a steady pace now, will be home before we know it. We left Mui ne for Ho Chi Minh City by private car as planned. The trip was great, if a little crazy. The road rules are totally mad, but they have it sorted and it works really well. As we got closer to HCMC the traffic got heavier and crazier. It's a bit hairy when …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Metropole Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
I stayed here recently and the hotel staff looked after us very well; I was surprised given the poor reviews I've read here.
Worst Travel Experience in Asia
The hotel is at first reasonable. However, the service soon exploits the Westerner as a bank waiting to be robbed. The service at this hotel is horrendous. The concierge took money from me to mail my correspondence back to the US and Europe. None of the nine business letters made their way. The massage parlor will equally rip you off, and beware their mafia tactics...
The hotel is in a decent location, near the backpacker district aka the international quarter. You can find a good selection of very inexpensive dining and gift options in this part of the city but it is not downtown. It will cost about 15k Dong to get to the downtown area, so this is not a big deal if you can find a legit cab. The rooms at the Metropole are nice but are in need of a facelift. The bathroom was clean but the shower frequently ran out of hot water. The pool and fitness center looked nice though we did not use them.
Quite a nice hotel on the whole, but we encountered a few problems. On the first night, we were locked out of our own room, as the card lock broke down and were made to sleep the night in another room minus our stuff. No compensation was offered.
Great service in more ways than one!
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the hotel. The staff were friendly, helpful, and competent. Our room was clean and had a nice balcony over looking the busy street. The restaurant was first rate and we ate there every night of our stay.
I support another reviewers comments about the spa area. This is a front for a different type of service and I would have appreciated knowing that before having a massage.
The Metropole is Great
A friend and I stayed at the Metropole in January 2006 for five nights. The breakfast buffet is a feast and a chance to read local English newspapers and drink endless cups of coffee. The staff was very young but courteous, professional and always ready to answer questions--and loaned me a charger for camera battery. Laundry service was fast but seemed slightly overpriced.
Our room was modestly sized but had a small balcony. The location is a nice walk from other luxory hotels but conviently close to the 'backpacker district' with cheap shops, restaurants and cybercafes.
I plan to stay at the Metropole on my next visit to Vietnam and would recommend it to other budget conscious travelers.
The Lovely Metropole
We arrived at this hotel after a bad night at another hotel in Ho Chi Minh. We were immediately made welcome and felt at home straight away. The room was comfortable, clean and most importantly quiet. The bed was king size and the bathroom clean and working. The modest tariff included afternnoon tea in the lobby and buffet breakfast. The staff, particularly the doormen were friendly and eager to help.The hotel is within walking distance to downtown and the Ben Tanh markets.This hotel is good value, friendly and convenient. Reccommended for those who don't want to pay the high prices downtown.
During a trip to Vietnam in May 2005 myself and my boyfriend decided to pamper ourselves and use the facilities at the metropole hotel (outsiders who are not staying there can simply pay to use the spa section). I decided on a certain package including massage, facial etc. The massage seemed to be little more than a cover up for other activities as it certainly was not professional. After each part of the package they aggressively demanded me to sign a slip to tip each girl. My boyfriend had the same experience and they even put through a credit card slip with twice the amount of what we had agreed to pay. They ripped it but "somehow" the payment still appeared on our credit card account a week later. Absolutely disgusted with the entire experience. Maybe the rooms are nice but i certainly would never recommend the spa area and would even go as far as to warn people about it!!!
A little bit of luxury on a budget
This hotel is well located and is close to the backpackers area and upmarket hotel area. It was reasonably priced and has a swimming pool and gym. Very friendly and helpful staff. The room was adequately sized with air con. Breakfast was included and was good. The hotel will book trips for you at the cost of about an extra dollar to the ones advertised in town travel agencies but it saves you the hassle.
Best recommended for travellers who prefer are benefits and faciltities of a hotel but who are not prepared to pay exorbitant costs.