Royal Hotel Saigon ( Kimdo Hotel)
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One highlight of this year was joining the San Francisco-Ho Chi Minh
City Sister City Committee on the Economic and Goodwill Mission to Vietnam. We received some unique insights into the past and future of US/Vietnam relations, particularly as they are related to business, culture and the history of Vietnam.During our brief visit to Ho Chi …
... an optional bird show at sundown over a lake in the reserve. It was something of its own, its said to have over 400 birds in the one show feeding at the one time and it was just incredible!
I hoped onto my bus and was delivered straight back to my hotel!, I was literally to tired I passed straight ...
... approx 200 kms of them). They were very narrow, hot and dark. Can't believe that approx 12,000 people hid and lived in them and managed to evade capture. They made the most brutal traps for their enemies that left us all horrified. Very interesting but sobering day.
On the way back we get dropped off at a very new Starbucks (first in Vietnam we are told). Starts to pour down .... and we haven't brought our ...
Good morning Vietnam! It was a long bus journey from Kep to Saigon but at least the boarder crossing was painless. As normal they forgot to pick us up from our hotel so we got a private minibus to the border and waited for 2 hours for a local bus at Hein Tein Bus station. Dave saw this as a good opportunity to practise his Vietnamese with the locals but turns out it is quite difficult because it's a tonal language. Fast forward 3 minibus changes and we were ...
... with a cold cup of iced green tea. Oh did I mentioned that for the both of us the wholw experience comes to a stunning $7.50 including tip?). Since our flight is very late tonight, we will have plenty if time to go one last time to our favorite street restaurant and enjoy some of our favorites... let's see... grilled octopus with turmeric, soup, grilled quail in five spice sauce, fresh spring rolls or maybe a whole grilled fish? Decision, decision...
Until next time, bon ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRoyal Hotel Saigon ( Kimdo Hotel) Ho Chi Minh City
Best value in central location. Only 1-2 blocks away from all the main attractions in town.
Friendly staff, good Wifi access - A/C works well but hallways are humid
Book extra nights online at Orbitz- cheaper than booking directly with the hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Hotel Saigon ( Kimdo Hotel) Ho Chi Minh City
Kimdo is ok
Agree with most previous reviews stayed there four days all together on the 4th and 6th floors. The standard rooms are not the best we grumbled and they upgraded us to the 6th floor suites. Very good location for getting around. Breakfast buffet is good. Internet in Business centre is very slow, went 2 doors down to shopping centre where internet place is much better.
Il Kimdo non è male
Sono d'accordo con la maggior parte delle altre recensioni. In totale ho passato quattro giorni in quest'albergo; sono stato al quarto e al sesto piano. Le camere standard non sono ideali, così abbiamo reclamato e ci hanno fatto passare di categoria dandoci una suite al sesto piano. L'ubicazione è perfetta per andare in giro e la colazione a buffet ottima. La connessione a internet nel Business Centre è veramente lenta, ma nel centro commerciale lì accanto è molto migliore.
Mio marito, i miei due figli adolescenti e io abbiamo passato quattro giorni in due camere superior durante le feste natalizie. Questo è un posto fantastico dove festeggiare il Natale. La colazione a buffet è fantastica. Le camere sono pulite e di buone dimensioni. Siamo arrivati ai mercati Bin Tay a piedi in circa 15 minuti. C'è una piscina interna / vasca idromassaggio molto piccola. La camera viene riordinata dalla cameriera.
me + my hubby + 2 teenagers stayed in 2 superior rooms here for 4 days over the xmas. great location to celebrate xmas. buffet breakfast was to die for. Clean + fair sized rooms. Walked to the bin tay markets. about 15 mins. Very small rectangular indoor pool/jacuzzi. Serviced by the maid.
Excellent staff and wonderful breakfast -- a good deal!
They try -- and that is what counts at this hotel. The staff is excellent -- everyone at the desk comes to help you if you have a question and the breakfast manager and staff truly make the morning enjoyable. Our room was beautiful -- high ceilings and clean.
The hotel itself -- they need a LOT of work. Tinfoil covered balls sitting in steaming water greets you when you first walk into the hotel. The "gym" looks more like something you would find in someone's basement -- old machines, tiny and stuffy. The "massage" was horrible -- seems as if they just got someone off of the street to rub people's backs. The sauna and hot tub area -- not included (they charged me 4 bucks for my 10 minute soak) and was left with much to be desired.
Not bad for the price and right in the center of things. HOpefully they will get their act together and put some money into their hotel to make it a truly enjoyable experience.
Reasonably comfortable hotel
Stayed in the Kimdo hotel for four nights in the last week. It has apparently just been awarded 4 stars. The reception area is good with doormen opening the doors. Most staff are very eager to please. Reception staff need a little bit more training in customer relations and are thrown by simple requests. Ensure you have any requests made and confirmed in writing especially when handing over cash.
The rooms are reasonably good sized the main draw back is the airconditioning which is quite inadequate. Our first room the aircon did not work and I was not amused until they moved us to a suite overnight but on condition we did not use the facilities there. The suite was a good size, large sitting area but the beds were very uncomfortable. I would have preferred to have stayed in the original room. The aircon was supposed to have been fixed whilst we were out during the day but it had not been and we had not been told on our return. I insisted for a room change which was granted immediately and staff were immediately dispatched to help us move.
The breakfast restaurant appeared wrong somehow and when we were asked about it we gave our views. When returning to the hotel for the last night we were pleased to see that they had taken note of our comments and had changed the set up which made it more user friendly.
It is well situated right in the centre of Saigon close enough to explore on your own.
They try very hard to please guests I would stay again but I am not sure about the beds and the aircon.....
Family favorite on multiple occassions
I stayed here on several occasions throughout the years, including for a month-long stay as I was doing research in Vietnam and once a few years later for two weeks while vacationing. The staff is friendly and really on top of things. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and very clean. I am a Vietnamese-American and I can tell you that the food that you get at the free buffet every morning made me feel right at home! I've never had a problem there. Great value without the stuffy atmosphere of the Ritz.
Okay hotel, excellent location
My boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Kimdo for six nights in September 2006 in a standard room.
The room was pretty spacious, slightly worn out though. The double bed that we had asked for actually consisted of two single beds pushed together. Also, our towels were dirty but we were given new ones when we requested them.
Breakfast was average. The food per se was okay, with both hot and warm European and Asian food. Unfortunately, the staff were forgetful and negligent and there didn't really seem to be anyone in charge so that we were often left without tea/coffee or had to wait 20 minutes for juice. Similarly, they didn't seem to be that concerned about keeping an eye on the buffet which meant that half of the serving plates were often empty.
The staff at reception were prompt but they didn't exactly smile to us (we had just come from Thailand were everyone was friendly and nice). Also, the hotel has a tour desk that runs extremely expensive day tours. However, we booked a 1-day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, for example, from one of the travel agents on the backpackers's street and paid 7 USD/person whereas the hotel runs the exactly same tour for 50 USD/person! It was the same thing with a day trip to the Mekong Delta. So I would definitely recommend browsing around and booking your tours from somewhere else than the hotel.
The best part about the hotel was its excellent location. We could easily walk to most of the main sights and there is a huge variety of restaurants close by as well.
Overall, the hotel was a typical three-star hotel which could easily be a great hotel if just the staff was nicer and more attentive. I don't think I would stay at this hotel again but would instead book one of the other hotels in the same area.
Beautiful hotel, great location
Just spent three nights here.4th floor,nice room,quiet,clean.If you send out laundry,only pay at front desk,I paid fella who delivered,but money never made it to front desk.Staff fixed problem immediately.Hotel has great location(close to Ben Thanh market and many shops) and dinning room has nice view of city
Nice hotel but earplugs required!
We stayed at the Kimdo for 5 nights during July. The room we had was enormous and quite comfortable. The furniture in the room was quite dark and dominating, but the bed was comfortable and the room was clean. Being on the 12th floor, the pressure from the shower was not too good - we did find we had to run around in it to get wet!!
The floor above us, we found out 2 days into our stay, housed the function room, and a Friday night wedding celebration did get rather noisy. Also the cleaners start quite early so a lie-in was near on impossible - I would definitely suggest having a few sets of earplugs! The location of the hotel is good, central to just about everything. The reception staff and concierge were eager to please but some requests did get a little bit lost in translation. The hotel was good value for money but perhaps for a little more you could get a much better class of hotel.