I stayed at the signature suite room. It has a small balcony overlooking the streets. Bed is fine, bathroom is fine. Amenities in the room is fine. The pool is exceptional, the breakfast is great. What I love most about this hotel is the location. It's in District one for starter. Right next to the hotel is lines of fine shops and boutiques. You'll get to the river after 8 minutes walk and the Ben Thanh market is only 15 minutes walk away. If you're into human interest photography, don't forget to take early morning walk to the traditional market 3 blocks away from the hotel.
Unique Quality: The pool is very nice, with a nice view and the staffs are helpful.
The minibar in your room is so cheap you'd think they kid you around with the liquor price.
A nice hotel in a fantastic location, huge breakfast spread with everything possible on offer, and great views from the balconies in each room but be warned about the karaoke/disco....if you're a light sleeper this is just not the place for you. I found it impossible to get to sleep til after 2am every single night. The reverberations are horrendous, and I was 7 floors above it all. As much as I really like everything else about this hotel, I won't be staying there again when I go back in January.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Palace. It is in the centre of the wealthiest part of town, However this meant that the everything was quite expensive. But we walked to the other parts to find things. Our hotel room was nice, had a good view of the street below (when we went it was Tet). There is a great rooftop bar which has some amazing views but once again is expensive. Internet access at this hotel is also a ridiculous price. In all this is a place to stay if money isn't an option, or you want to stay in the nice part of town.
Unique Quality: Roof top bar
Palace Hotel overlooks downtown and the Saigon River and is perfectly located for everything the city has to offer. If you are travelling on a low budget this is the hotel for you. Palace Hotel is situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, 7 km from Tan Son Nhat International airport and right in the administrative and commercial area of the city. The rooms are very clean and offer views of Sai Gon (see my pictures) although the coffee lounge disco at the second floor can be loud at times since it is a prime hotspot for saigon's young Urban Professionals!
I Stayed here for 2 days then moves to the nearby Bong Sen Hotel at the Back.
Unique Quality: Palace Hotel is one of the well-known and luxurious hotels in District 1. It is also near to the shopping areas of Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue Streets, like Lucky Plaza and is only a walking distance to Saigon River for a Saigon River Cruise, Ho Chi Minh Statue square and People Committee Building and many commercial buildings, traditional boutique shops and entertainment venues are all around the hotel.
There are lots of good in-house services, including a large, open pool area, a good restaurant overlooking a funky little fountain area, a big bar area, and BS massage services wherein you can get a 30% discount. The staff are used to international clients and service is quite efficient for the price.
10 Minute walk to Benh Thanh Market, 15 minute walk to Malaysian Owned Parkson Dep't Store, 10 minute walk to Saigon River and Vung Tau Ferry. 8 Minute walk to Kem Bach Chang Ice cream, Givral is just beside it and rex hotel & People's Comittee Bldg & Ho Chi Minh Statue is just a 3 minute walk from here.
We found the service and attitude of staff relatively good here, and I guess the value is OK given its great location. But this place has one huuuuge drawback, this being the fact they have a DISCO IN BEHIND THE LOBBY. We were on the fifth floor and were treated to outrageously loud DOOF DOOF sounds from 9.30 until 2am - yes, that's 2am folks. The balcony was actually reverberating to the subwoofer beats. I'm not a particularly light sleeper but I didn't get a wink 'til it stopped. When I went down to complain at midnight the lobby was a constant stream of very inebriated local teenagers coming in and out. Two guys who went past me were actually carrying their friend out, who looked all of 16. Fun if you're about 18 but otherwise not so cool. They seemed concerned with my complaint but couldn't move us to another room because none were available. We moved out the next day.
Unique Quality: Pool on roof was nice. No broadband or wifi in the rooms. had to go up to the restaurant to use wifi, where i was subject to deafening noise from jackhammers - renovation on the floors below
The Palace Hotel in HCMC is, for its price, location, and facilities, I think good value for money.
There is Internet (for a fee), a pool (very welcome) bars, a restaurant. and it is in a good part of town.
The rooms are small, somewhat old, and if you are on lower floors as I was, subject to the bass from the disco on the 2nd floor at night/early morning.
But if you are like me and a hotel is just somewhere to sleep, its all you need.
There are many restaurants within 10 mins walk that are great value, and you are in the middle of the camera shopping belt.
The cathedral, unification palace, war remanants musem are all well within walking distance as well. There is a market within 5 mins walk and the main market in HCMC is only 20 mins walk away.
Directions: on the edge of the posh hotel district
Stayed at the Palace Hotel which is centrally located in District 1, the area where most of the tourist sites are located. The rooms are nice and comfortable. They have a decent sized toilet and bath (with bathub), cable TV, mini-bar, ref and split type airconditioning. There is a Pho 24 (the prevalent Vietnam fastfood place) just around the corner, and the shopping places, including the Ben Tranh Market are a decent walk from the hotel.
I see asiarooms has a good deal for like $49 AUD a night, it seems really central and looks alright but I did read an old post where a traveller said the room was real dirty and the staff very unpleasant, anyone been here recently?
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Address: 56-66 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam