Having had little backpacking experience, I was somewhat uneased to walk through a small alleyway to find this guesthouse. The cheap neon sign out the front did little more to reassure. It certainly is a ''guesthouse'' in the sense that a fairly large family lives in the premise and rents out rooms to backpackers. It's funny seeing the oldest son having to sleep on the couch near the entrance each night, and being woken up at all hours to let in drunken guests.
We requested a private room, and although they told us we could fit 5 people this turned out not to be the case, and I was left to stay in one of the dorms. This turned out to be a win, because the private rooms are actually in another building about 20 metres away, where the majority of the owner's family reside. I found it quite awkward to have to sneak past a bed full of sleeping girls to get to my mates' room.
The staff were all really friendly and very helpful. The hostel makes its own simple-to-read map with all the major attractions and how to get there marked out. The free breakfast in the morning was made to order by the mum and the grandmum, giving that át home' feel you expect from a B & B
Aside from being in a seedy alleyway, the guesthouse is in my view perfectly sitauted - just close enough to the main hub of restaurants and pubs that you can walk, but far away enough that you can get a good night's sleep if you so desire.
All in all, for 22 000 VND (~1USD) a night this was incredible value, even by southeast asia standards. I'd higly recommend it to any backpacker.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NGOCTHAO Guesthouse was opened in Nowember 2006. It is friendly, bright, clean and hospitable family run.Located in a quiet alley off Pham Ngu Lao street, in the heart of Backpacker area in District 1.We have different kinds of room according to your budget. Every room has air conditioning, ceiling fan, double bed and cable TV with more than 70 channels. Most of the room have a fridge. Our rooms are cleaned and fresh towels is provided daily.Breakfast is included in the price bettwen 6:30 and 10:00 daily. In addition we provide free internet and WiFi in every room is also provided fast internet with cable personal computer.Besides, we're ready to provide many services such as pick up and drop off at the airport by taxi, information about the city and tour, money exchange, laundry, baggage store.Pick up service!Tours desk!We are looking forward to serving you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ngoc Thao Guesthouse Hotel Ho Chi Minh City