Great Stay at HCMC’s Duc Vuong Hotel
“Do we call it Ho Chi Minh City? HCMC? Saigon?”
“I’m pretty sure people still call it Saigon…”
Duc Vuong Hotel tl;dr
- Located near a lot of places to eat
- Near the bus pickup to Cambodia
- Great breakfast buffet
- Awesome rooftop nighttime bar with views of the city
When visiting Ho Chi Minh City or known locally as Saigon, you will have many different options on where to stay. Reading through a variety of reviews it was hard to decide but ultimately I knew what I wanted:
- To be affordable
- Be in a central location
- Be extremely walkable
Ultimately I decided on Duc Vuong based on the whole overall package which included 3 nights in a standard room, full buffet breakfast each morning for the both of us and airport pickup (very helpful when visiting an unknown city), and all for only $90 USD.
When we arrived at the Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport and exited baggage claim and immediately spotted our driver holding a sign with my name. A nice welcome to the city. He then ran to his car and pulled up right at the front of the airport so he could help us load our bags and take us to the hotel. The hotel was approximately 30 minutes or so from the airport and it was a great opportunity to check out the city along the way.
Once at the hotel, be careful getting out of the car because it’s located on an extremely busy “Backpacker’s” street, and like most of Saigon, filled with pedestrians, cyclists, motorbikes and cars are zooming by. Walking into the hotel, you immediately noticed that it’s nicely decorated. The staffer who helped us was nice and quickly checked us in and handed us our details for our room. He then gave us our key and we were on our way. Perhaps it’s because this is a bigger city but something that I noticed is that while the staff is nice, they weren’t exactly super helpful or as genuine as the staff we met in Hanoi.
At the Hotel
Our room itself was a Standard room but really everything we needed for our stay especially considering we weren’t going to be in the hotel very often. They had a clean bed with a room safe, decent sized bathroom complete with full amenities and even snacks and water bottles refilled daily. If I’m being the honest, the best part was that the AC was extremely powerful and perfect for enjoyment; especially after a full day of walking around in Saigon’s warm weather.
My two favorite parts of the hotel were the full buffet breakfast along with the rooftop deck. The breakfast buffet served from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM had every option imaginable! I’m a huge breakfast person and seeing all the options which varied daily made me very happy! Options include:
- Made to order noodle soups
- Beef ball with egg noodles
- Chicken with vermicelli
- Bacon wrapped king oyster mushroom
- Fresh fruits
- Fried noodles
- Mixed fried rice
- Stir fried veggies
- Crab and seafood
- Crab claws
- Coffee and fresh juices
Everything you’d expect and more!
My second favorite part the rooftop deck made the Duc Vuong unique and one of the reasons I wanted to stay there. I love a good view and from the rooftop restaurant called “The View” and that was certainly the case.
The deck is split into 3 main sections. The bottom section contains a seating area along with a green fountain area and the top section included seating and stunning views. This is a great place to watch the sunrise or the city lights at night. I can only imagine how beautiful it’d be when there’s a festival or holiday and fireworks are in the air. Food and various drinks can be ordered at a very affordable prices. A total win! At “The View” a beer was 18,000 VND and a outside they were selling for 15,000 so not bad!
Overall we really enjoyed our experience at the Duc Vuong and would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay. For context, the hotel is about 10 minutes walking from Ben Thanh.