Travel Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City
Na een vermoeiende rondreis besloten we om de eerste dag van onze extra-verlenging in Saigon als volgt in te vullen: lekker uitslapen, uitgebreid ontbijten en souveniers kopen.
Tegen de middag vertrokken we met de shuttle-bus richting het centrum van Ho Chi Minh. We bezochten er de Ben Than-markt en het Saigon centre (één van de overdekte …
's Morgens vertrokken we richting de tunnels van Cu Chi. Deze ondergrondse tunnels vormen een netwerk van zowat 200 km en zijn één van de meest aangrijpende getuigenissen van de Vietnamoorlog. Deze gangen, die soms tot 12 meter onder de grond door de Vietcong werden gegraven en gebruikt, vormden aan het einde van de jaren '60 een echte ondergrondse …
1st: 27-28 Oct 2008
I wasn't planning to stay here actually... but because of technical problems with the aircraft, I had to stay for 1 night.
The hotel was very nice, I even have a room that connected by 2 doors to my friend's room. I never been at a hotel like that before...
All I did here: dinner, sleeping, breakfast …
Apologies for the obligatory Apocalypse Now reference. As American tourists in Vietnam, we were required by law to quote the movie at least once.
Overnighting in Saigon en route to Bali!
We got into Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City and were escorted to our hotel. Although the tour guides were convenient, we were relieved to know that Vietnam was one of the last times we would have a tour guide. It's certainly advised to have one but to an extent because half the adventure is exploring on your own, making mistakes, and enjoying it on your …
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- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Un sitio bonito para alojarse pero...
Es un hotel estupendo y lo pasamos genial. Hay que decir que está un poco lejos de la ciudad y que no tiene nada por la zona ni sus cercanías.
La piscina era fantástica y el desayuno buffet fue bueno. La habitación no tenía pega alguna y el personal fue fantástico. La cena buffet era un poco cara y solo fue buena por sus fantásticos mariscos.
En esta zona de la ciudad no hay caminos por los que pasear, cosa que me dejó muy desalentado en mi primer viaje fuera de Australia.
También estuvimos en el Hotel Windsor Plaza del Distrito 5. Si quieres hacer comparaciones puedes leer nuestra crítica allí.
A Nice Place to Stay... but
This is a great hotel and we had a great time here. We would say that it is a bit far from the city and there is nothing around this hotel for quite a way.
The pool was fantastic and the buffet breakfast was good. The room was faultless and the staff fantastic. Buffet dinner was a little expensive and only good for seafood fanatics.
There are no footpaths in this part of town which made it daunting for my first trip outside of Australia.
We also stayed at the Windsor Plaza Hotle in District 5. You can read our review there also if you would like a comparison.
Had two stays in this hotel, one overnight, and one just for the afternoon. We used this hotel entirely due to its proximity to the airport. If you're on business, this is probably the type of hotel you want. If you're with family, then I think not.
Great hotel, memorable place.
The hotel was great (altough maybe a little out of the way for tourists). We stayed in a suite with a separate shower and tub (tub has a glass wall that looked out into the sleeping area). The staff was very nice and met all of our needs. The room was modern, clean, and bed very comfortable. The hotel had a fruit basket for us in the room upon check-in and even packed an early morning take-away breakfast for us since we were catching a flight the next morning at 5 am (which was very nice of them). Looking forward to staying here again!
Good hotel, excellent breakfast!
Very comfortable hotel.
Very wide range of cuisines on offer at breakfast.
Traffic outside is busy (though that's true for the whole city) but the bus service to downtown is convenient and free.
We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights and even if it is a 20 minutes ride with the shuttle bus to town it is worthed , the hotel is quiet and you do not hear no motorcycles which is fantastic the rooms were very nice big and clean.the breakfast was very good .
The Novotel is a welcome oasis from the extreme hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. For those who have not traveled to HCMC before, we highly recommend not staying in the city center if you're not prepared for it. The Novotel staff spoke English very well and were eager to help, even helping us change airline reservations last minute. Breakfast was great and had a wide variety for westerners and natives alike. The pool is often used for events, such as weddings that the hotel hosts. During our stay, a wedding took place each day and we were unable to use the pool area. We did, however, use the spa services and internet inexpensively offered by the hotel. The comfortable beds and very modern, air-conditioned rooms were a great place to come "home" to after a long day of sight-seeing. The close proximity to the airport makes it ideal for tourists too. A short cab ride will deliver you to the town and other tourist sites. We would highly recommend the Novotel and plan to stay again on our next trip to Saigon.
No swimming pool
Agree with most of the previous comment. Tour operators do use it to avoid the city centre traffic, very sensible too. I would rate the hotel above average on the strength of the rooms and service but don't expect a swimming pool. What they have is more of a water feature which is out of bounds whenever there is a function - i.e most days.
Out of Town
I think that our tour operator put us here because it is close to the airport and to avoid the morning traffic when going to the CuChi tunnels. However, it does put you off venturing into Ho Chi Minh itself because it is not close.
That said, the hotel was pretty much standard Novotel. Room was large and clean and the buffet restaurant served good quality varied food.