New Star Hotel

4 Cao Ba Quat st, Dis 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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cheap hotel with rooftop pool in saigon?

by djkill

hi all,

i am looking for a cheap hotel with a rooftop outdoor pool in saigon. any recommendations? looking for something like the D&D Inn on KoSan Road in bangkok. also looking for one in hanoi. thanks all!


Re: cheap hotel with rooftop pool in saigon?

by no_second_chance

if you tell me what your budget is, I may be able to suggest one or two places for you. but I know one hotel named Victory that costs around $60 for superior rooms. it has a pool on the roof and is about 15 minutes walking away from the downtown. I think it is one block away from the Unite Palace and two or three blocks away from the War Remnants Museum.

this is the web site
you may find other hotels on this site that meet your requirements. they don't really tell you whether the hotel has a pool on roof, but you can always contact them via email or phone. the Victory I know of surely has (or used to have if they don't have one anymore) a pool on roof

Good luck

Re: cheap hotel with rooftop pool in saigon?

by djkill

hi there,

thanks for the help! yes, i would say that $60 would be the maximum budget per night, unless the hotel was super-nice. i also was checking out the metropole (which has a rooftop pool) and they have rooms that can be booked online for around $40. any other options?


Re: cheap hotel with rooftop pool in saigon?

by daawgon

$40. and $60. hotel rooms are not cheap hotels in Vietnam! Many of the big 5* hotels that have pools allow outside guests to pay to use their pool. Why pay so much when you can get an excellent room in Hanoi/HCMC for $25?

Re: cheap hotel with rooftop pool in saigon?

by stevemt

Try the Palace Hotel. I stayed there (see my pages) and it was good, central, and had the rooftop pool and bar. Reasonably priced as well

Re: cheap hotel with rooftop pool in saigon?

by no_second_chance

as for metropole hotel, if you can find a rate at $40 then it may be the best deal you can find for this hotel as it is usually around $70 or so. I myself have not had any experience with this hotel, but one of my friends stayed there and he didn't complain about the place. All I know about the hotel is that it looks nice, clean and friendly staff because I just went by a few times.

I don't know whether you enjoy the pool on roof for the over view from above, or just love swimming. If you just love a pool on roof, then like the other VTer mentioned, you can get a cheap hotel for $20 and go to some 5 star hotel for the pool use. OR, you can go to a health club to use a pool. I know there are a few public swimming pool that cost $10-20/mo for membership.

Re: cheap hotel with rooftop pool in saigon?

by autumn_leaves

The Metropole is very good - and not only does it have the rooftop pool, but it also have excellent buffet breakfast included in price. Perhaps the best selection of cooked meals (Asian and non-Asian choices available) including fresh fruits I have ever had at any hotel.

Like many hotels, Metropole also offer the Reflexology Foot Massage (non-guest can also go and make booking). It is worth trying this when in Vietnam.

Travel Tips for Ho Chi Minh City

Walking along the riverbank

by RoseAmano

It was interesting to see all the adverts for foreign-capital companies. The walk along the riverbank itself was rather hot, muggy and not very pleasant-smelling compared to other areas of the city.

Tropical Fruit #1

by muddybok

Bananas are growth abundantly in tropical country and it is the most inexpensive fruit in South East Asia.

I know many of you may pay a lot for bunch of banana back in your country. So, enjoy banana as much as you can while you are touring Vietnam.

Masked riders

by bpacker

The first thing you'll notice on a busy Vietnam street are the mysterious masked riders on those zippy mopeds and scooters ( called an 'om' ) Upon a second look, you discover that these Zorro wannabes are actually ladies. Not only are they masked, they also wear long gloves, long sleeved shirts, hats, etc. in an attempt to block out all forms of UV light. Guess that makes them more Lestat than Zorro but fair skin is really prized over here. Never ever tell a lady over here that she has a lovely tan!

Hire a Guide

by swervie

His name is Tung (email him here). He's a himble 60-year old veteran of the American War and a native of Ho Chi Minh City who takes his job very seriously. We met him in the park along Le Lai Street near the Ben Thanh Market and the backpacker district. He carried a small journal full of testimonials and photos of many of his previous customers. They all wrote such great things about him and even included their contact info. Some of them were even repeat customers. His price was VERY reasonable and he helped us plan a 10-day itinerary throughout the south and central parts of the country.

His value as a translator (and a price negotiator) was often worth his fee for the day. He also suggested cheap places to stay in every town we visted, which also helped to cover the cost of hiring him!

U.S. Veterans of the Vietnam war wishing to return to Vietnam would especially benefit from Tung's knowledge since he fought along-side U.S. GI's for several years right up to the final U.S. evacuation.

Do yourself a favor and hire him, even for a day, a week or a month. You will see a part of Vietnam that you can't find in the guidebooks! We will definitely be hiring him again when we return to his beautiful country.

Fake Lonely Planet books

by kenningst about Books

As you stroll along the streets you will notice people trying to sell you lonely planet book. Beware that these are fake books and if you are interested to buy one, be ready to bargain the price like crazy. I have known a guy who got a lonely planet book for as low as USD3. Think you can beat that?


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