Travel Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City
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We figured we'd better get back to 4p's cafe again for our pizza lunch appointment. They took our order quickly and made a fresh pizza for us right in their fire oven, which was very legit by he way! Lauren said it tasted almost identical to Neapolitan pizza, which was an excellent sign it was very authentic! Eric was in ...
We arrived in Saigon very late on our first night after a spontaneous decision to jump on a bus from Dalat. The streets were buzzing with the celebration of Reunification day (the day the south surrendered to the north), however all we wanted to do was sleep. We spent the following day finding some better accommodation and was lucky to find somewhere to hang out and meet people. We spent a few days seeing the sites. This included ...
... drinking champagne out of the bottle. All in all it was a bloody good night.
The Kungfu Kid
Towards the end of the month I met a girl by my called Thiện whose life story read like the script of an action film. Born in a remote part of Vietnam and raised in a poor family, her parents split at a very young age, and with her mother abandoning the family and her father unable to find employment, Thiện, and her two sisters, were taken ...
... a sense of achievement upon arriving on the outskirts of town at our first stopover. With tomorrow being the start of the F1 season, this had been chosen on the merit of having cable TV.
We ate beef luc lac and spicy goat with spinach (a local specialty, selected at random as we had no means of translating the menu) at a place with really tiny plastic ...
... ship. Beggers flocked by the shuttle as we got back
on, probably the most glad I've ever been to get back on the shuttle.
Not the best first impression of Vietnam that I've had on board but Nha
Trang was beautiful and Ha Long Bay would've been but I guess we were
just unlucky with the weather. I truly believe Vietnam has so much to
offer so I would love to go back and explore properly one day.
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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.