Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and most bustling city in Vietnam. Travelers can visit temples, browse outdoor markets, or take a trip to the War Remnants Museum. For those vacationers who want to spend less money on accommodations and more on activities, there’s a variety of budget options in the city. We visited the area’s top hotels to see how they stack up — from the guest rooms, to the restaurants, to the location. So if you’re planning a wallet-friendly trip to Vietnam, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the best value hotels in Ho Chi Minh City and start planning your getaway!
Cat Huy Hotel is a solid budget option located right in the heart of the backpackers’ area, within walking distance of many major attractions. Its 10 rooms are spacious and feature great amenities for a hotel in this price range, including air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. There is little in the way of property features, but with ultra-low rates, clean rooms, and free breakfast, those looking for cheap, central accommodation in Ho Chi Minh will likely find this to be one of the best values around.
Ngoc Linh Hotel is a tiny value property located in the heart of the backpackers’ area in District 1, within walking distance of most major attractions. Its 14 rooms are clean and feature flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, air-conditioning, and private bathrooms. A computer in the lobby, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi is all there is in the way of amenities here. But for those looking for a clean, comfortable bed to sleep on after a long day of sightseeing, the Ngoc Linh does the trick.
Vy Khanh is a family-run budget guesthouse located in the popular backpacker area of the city. Its six, clean, compact rooms come with air-conditioning and fans, cable TV, mini-fridges, private en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold showers, and free Wi-Fi. Service is friendly and helpful, and rates are kept low year-round. Computers are available in the lobby, and the front desk doubles as a tour desk; laundry service is available. Vy Khanh is within walking distance of Ben Thanh Market, galleries, shopping, museums, and great street food. Be aware when booking that not all rooms have windows.
The Beautiful Saigon 3 Hotel is in a relatively quiet spot considering its location in the middle of the backpackers' area of Ho Chi Minh City’s District One. Aimed at the thrifty traveler, but a step-up from nearby hostels, this 24-room budget hotel has comfortable rooms, though the decor is generic and Standard Rooms are windowless. But all rooms do include AC, (dated) desktop computers, and free fruit, water, and coffee facilities. The hotel also offers a free breakfast. But its best feature is its location -- easy walking distance to a plethora of restaurants and shops and a 10-minute walk to the popular Ben Thanh Market.
Located right on the busy Bui Vien street in District One, the Beautiful Saigon Hotel is in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City’s backpackers’ area. This 22-room budget hotel is a step above the neighboring hostel digs. Superior Rooms are fairly spacious with pleasant, generic decor, while Standard Rooms are tiny, windowless, and largely unadorned. And all rooms have individually controlled AC, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, even (dated) desktop computers. The location is in easy walking distance to the popular Ben Thanh Market and many restaurants and shops.
Bong Sen Hotel Saigon is a mid-range property smack-bang in the middle of District 1, within walking distance of many major attractions. This 129-room hotel is known among tourists for its good value, clean rooms, and great freebies, and among locals for its buffet restaurant, which serves tasty regional cuisine. Most rooms have been renovated and feature modern decor and amenities, but others are a little dated and plain, and a few don’t have windows. The hotel is not fancy, but rates are reasonable and the location ideal for exploring the main sights.