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“Vietnam 2012: Your Dream Hotel in Saigon”
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Bich Duyen Hotel
Ranked #26 of 454 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence
Manila, Philippines
1 review
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“Vietnam 2012: Your Dream Hotel in Saigon”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Since we are a big number of guests ─we are nine pax─ and our chosen hotel could only accommodate a few people, the group was distributed to two hotel affiliates within the area ─ Bich Duyen, where the two girls stayed and Hong Han were the rest of us lodged. Past one year after our Hong Kong trip, the trauma I had for staying in an unpleasant-but-nicely-advertised-hotel hasn’t healed yet. Although I had read a whole bunch of good reviews about these two hotels, my confidence that both would give us best accommodation at fair price was honestly not that high. I had fears but for everybody’s peace of mind, since I was the only one willing and patient to do the admin side of travelling – booking of tickets, planning the itineraries and choosing hotels ─ I needed to play cool and strong. The good thing was both Bich Duyen and Hong Han didn’t fail us a bit! Each brought us the safety, clean and comfortable “night life” in our bedrooms.

I couldn’t thank them enough for a worthwhile stay so just let me share with you the pros in choosing Bich Duyen and Hong Han when you are at Ho Chi Minh City.

Affordable rates. Charging 22USD for twin sharing and 27USD for triple sharing per room per night (as of February 2012), rates are more than reasonable; not to mention the free breakfast prepared personally by the hotel keeper.

Clean building. Well, Saigon is really not different from the environment we have here in Manila. Only that these hotels seriously maintain cleanliness. In fact, they have prepared unnumbered pairs of slippers for the guests to use while inside the premises. House rules include putting off the shoes before going up stairs. A pullout cabinet under the stairs is where the shoes are kept.

Perfect accessibility. For four days, we have familiarized the nearby establishments coming from the hotel. Each is situated at the center of the city and so left and right, anyone could explore the place without the fear of getting lost.

Safety. Although I didn’t see any security officer in the building, the place is well guarded all night long by the hotel keeper. The main entrance is covered by an electronic roll up gate and is remotely locked, just like the ones we are using for cars.

Friendly desk officers. In this area I stand to testify on a hundred percent satisfaction. The hotel managers, Chanh of Bich Duyen and Anh of Hong Han are undoubtedly wonderful people. You can never go wrong in negotiating to them your city tours and other trips in Vietnam.

You can contact Chanh and Anh through the following:

Bich Duyen Hotel
283/4 Pham Ngu Lao Street, 1st District, Ho Chi Minh City
+84.8.3 8 374 588/ BichDuyenhotel@yahoo.com

Hong Han Hotel
238 Bui Vien Street, 1st District, Ho Chi Minh City
+84.8.3 8 361 927/ HotelHongHan@yahoo.com

I have been to other Asian countries but only this time I could attest to have stayed in a hotel that satisfied my basic requirement and even went beyond the level of contentment I expected. Should you plan to visit Saigon, trust me that these hotels are amazing!

Room Tip: Choose the rooms at the lower floors because there is no lift at all. Good form of exercise!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

We recently stayed at the Bich Duyen and it was all that it was raved about (and more) and I fully agree with its rating as best value hotel in HCMC - cheap, great location (walking distance to all the main things to see and do), clean clean and did I mention clean, wonderful hosts who are ready and willing to assist you with all your needs - great room and yes it doesn't have a lift but hey, it's free exercise to counter-act all the good food :). Can't recommend this place highly enough for your stay in HCMC - you won't be disappointed!!

Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Kings Creek, Australia
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

When searching for hotels we were after *clean *enclosed shower *clean *central location *clean *helpful & honest staff *clean & *ability to sleep 3 people(parents and teen daughter) in 1 room.
After searching the forum and asking friends Bich Duyen came through loud and clear.
*Clean - beautiful - I am more than happy to take my shoes off at the front door - fantastic.
*Shower - yes it was enclosed - and once we worked out how to adjust the hot and cold it was great to have a hot shower too!
*Position was fantastic - we could walk to so many places, yet position protected in lane.
*Staff - unbelievable - super helpful, perfect English and TOTALLY honest.
*Yes 1 double bed and 1 single bed and a window - very happy.
Extra points;
*Best exchange rate - so we were able to exchange aussie cash at the desk even at 11pm the night we arrived! plus we were able to pay our bill in aussie dollars to save that wasted exchange - again totally honest.
*yes there are stairs to 5th floor but staff are more than keen to assist with luggage (and they do so with such ease) and hey with all that beautiful food who can't do with the excercise. If you have a disability I am sure Chanh (manager) would accomodate you on a lower floor.
*Breakfast is included in this low price - Wow > yes it is basic but it is more than adequate and if I could buy those bread rolls at home I would be very happy.
*Our first morning we were picked up by private tour guide at 0630am so Chanh kindly packed us a bag of those delicious rolls and bananas - why do the simple things always taste SO good.
*water available to purchase (cheap)/or add to bill to make life easier.
*washing available $1/kg
*quite daunting when you first arrive as the lane and hotel is not visible from main road - it felt a bit like I was searching for platform 9 &3/4 and you are truly thinking what the***...but then you turn into the lane and you breath a huge sigh of relief...
* staff will provide you with a map and directions to any place you need.
*free computers in lobby
In summary I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed our 2 stays here - both on arrival and pre departure. What a great start and finish to a fantastic holiday. All the staff are beautiful.
Thanks so much Chanh xxx

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Sometimes the vietnamese are not the best about customer service, but not this place. Chanh and everyone else who worked here was kind, gracious and very helpful! He taught himself english and is fairly fluent in it. We got there late and you have to ring the doorbell for them to lift the gate to get in. We then wanted to go out again to get some late night Pho. There were no problems and a lot of graciousness. Although I am vietnamese and get by without a lot of help. They were there to give me restaurant recommendations, concerned suggestions (be wary of drive-by thefts) and were always there offering help. LOVED this place. Location was good, very close to Ben Thanh Market, lots of tourists. There are local sunglasses and etc merchants hocking their merchandise at you. Chanh and the others allowed them to approach you ONCE (in the lobby). If you don't want anything from them and they try again, they tell them decisively to leave you alone. They really look out for their customers. Breakfast was simply- coffee or tea, baguette, jam and butter. They offer cheap laundry service- 24 hours.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

We stayed at the Bich Duyen Hotel (283/4 Pham Ngu Lao | 1 District, HCMC) in January 2012. This was part of our great Malaysia, Vietnam & Cambodia 14 days adventure. The booking was made directly with the hotel. In total, we stayed in 9 different accommodations across different cities.

Our quick takes:

Bookings: Done through hostelworld.com – Efficient, fast and always courteous.
Location: Smacked right in the middle of the backpacker area however since it is in an alley, traffic noise is minimized greatly. Plenty of affordable places to keep the tummy happy and pubs to quench the thirst without breaking the bank.
Dollar sense: We paid US$27 per Superior Double Bed Private Ensuite incl. breakfast, internet with 2 computers in the lobby and Wi-Fi within the building. We can’t ascertain the value for money as we didn’t compare much with other places
Room: Simply furnished, ensuite toilet and shower, comes with refrigerator, no mini-bar – Bathroom has no separate shower area (quiet common in older South East Asian homes) so the whole floor will get wet when one takes a shower. But it didn’t matter to us. The likes:
• Wi-Fi in the room
• The 70 (can you believe it? Until we went to Cambodia and found out they had 73!) channels cable TV!

The dislikes:
• There is no lift/elevator to the rooms – therefore not recommended for people with limited mobility
• Unlike many other hotels we have stayed in, there no complementary mineral water

Staff: Friendly and helpful. Gave us tips on where to shop (we checked out their references and they were right).

Conclusion: We may stay here again

Room Tip: Not for people with limited mobility - no lift/elevator
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bich Duyen Hotel
Address: 4 283, Pham Ngu Lao | 1 District, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#12 Romantic Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
#17 Family Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bich Duyen Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bich Duyen hotel is located in the heart of the Backpacker area, quiet, clean air, 5 minutes walk to Ben Thanh market, tour booking, shop, bank, park etc. all within walking distance. We serve free breakfast, tea, coffee, pineapple juice and we have high speed internet. Reception staff warmly welcome guests like family and will give you advice about anything you want to know about Vietnam. ... more   less 
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