After flying 6.5 hours from Hamburg to Dubai, 2.5 hours layover, then another almost 7 hours flight from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City without any sleep at all…well, you can imagine – I was pretty exhausted! So obviously my first priority after landing was to get to my hostel and check-in asap. I had a booking for 3 nights at the Vietnam Inn Saigon.
After a 30-35 mins taxi ride from the airport, I was finally at the entrance of the hostel, located at 200 Le Lai street – just opposite the Pham Ngu Lao Street and the park in between. I mentioned before that I read their reviews and about their facilities which made me decide on the booking but now it was time to see for real.
Check Inn : 2 PM
Check Out : 12 PM
The check-inn took some time, not because there was a queue but it took the receptionists some time to find my booking. Together with the amount of 375,000 VND (€ 15), I had to pay an extra 80,000 VND (€ 3,20) for key card deposit. After I was handed the card key, one of the guys took me upstairs to the 3rd floor where my dorm room was located. Oh btw, to be on the safe side, I handed over my passport at the reception for safekeeping and anyone can feel free to do that really, no worries! You can also pick up a free city map at the lobby.
It was a standard dorm room with 5 bunk beds, lockers, and air conditioning. The bathrooms and showers were quite clean and maintained regularly. So I was quite satisfied with my choice – especially when considering the location because Le Lai Street isn’t as ‘chaotic’ or crowdy as Pham Ngu Lao Street. This is because there are fewer hotels or hostels and shops on this street.
But what I loved most about the hostel was the rooftop bar/restaurant/chillout area. Apart from delicious Vietnamese dishes and free breakfast + beers for every night stayed, the rooftop offered a fantastic view of the Saigon skyline; both during the day and night! So you could easily have breakfast, lunch or dinner and admire the beauty of this bustling city at the same time!
Apart from that, the hostel offers pick-up services from the airport, free showers and luggage storage even after check out, movies + books in a common room and last but not least, WiFi. It also offers daily city tours as well as Mekong Delta tours. On top of that, every Monday and Thursday there is pub crawl!
What more do you need?! I’d honestly recommend anyone traveling on a budget to book a place here. If someone needs more privacy, there are of course, private rooms on offer too!
Overall, I liked staying here really and definitely wouldn’t hesitate to book again. Everything was quite satisfactory and up to standard 🙂
Back to you then! Where have you stayed during your stay in Saigon? Would you perhaps recommend something better? 😉 Let us know in the comments below!