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“Who are these complainers? A GREAT HOTEL”

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Blue River II Hotel
Ranked #194 of 888 Ho Chi Minh City B&B and Inns
Seattle, Washington
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Who are these complainers? A GREAT HOTEL”
Reviewed 10 January 2010

We took 4 rooms for a week while in Saigon and found the time at the Blue River 2 entirely enjoyable. I read some of the critical reviews and I ask myself just what people want for such a reasonable price. EXTREMELY clean, accommodating and friendly staff and much better included breakfast than at most places, with a choice of an American breakfast with fruit and tea, coffee or juice or a traditional Vietnamese soup breakfast. This is a modern, new hotel offering what would be at least a 100 dollar room for 25 bucks. And they have loaner bikes. Loved it and I will return on my yearly trip to Vietnam.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 January 2010

If you want a hotel that is spotlessly clean with new furniture and relatively spacious rooms in a central location in HCMC then this is the place for you. When we arrived at night, the taxi pulled up on a dark street with a sign for the hotel on a dirty building. We thought about not getting out of the taxi and finding somewhere else to stay but since we had already booked a room we reluctantly got out and walked to the hotel. When we walked through the alley which is actually a family compound of apartment buildings that gives you a sense of the lives of ordinanry Vietnamese, we found a hotel that literally sparkled it was so new and clean. Inside it was even better, I could even smell the faint smell of floor cleaner which is a rarity in Vietnam and the lady at reception was incredibly helpful. She couldn't do enough. It is close the centre and near the big markets but the street itself is quiet.. For that reason it might not suit backpackers who might prefer the crowded and noisy backpacker area but for other tourists this is a great option for a clean and comfortable and cheap base in HCMC as they see the tourist sights. Breakfast was basic but for the price they charged, I was surprised to get any breakfast at all.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

I have been travelling around the world for a while now, and have been to many different hotels. Blue River II has by far the best customer service I have come across. It is run by a family who makes all efforts to make you comfortable.
We had no idea of where to stay when we arrived in HCMC. We read in Lonely Planet about Blue River, and asked where it was at a travel agency. They called the hotel, who very helpfully sent a taxi to pick us up (free of charge). The hotel receptionist carried 3 people's rucksacks, even though we insisted we were alright.
We had collected a few leaflets on tours around the town, but the hotel staff arranged all our tours for a better price. We were picked up and dropped back at the hotel in all occasions.
There is free internet and free wifi!!! The staff keeps on checking if you're comfortable, and goes an extra mile to sort any queries or problems you may have.
BRII is situated at a walking distance from a big market with food stalls, a typical vietnamese restaurant where I had a delicious meal, a KFC, Lottery (fast food chain - beter than KFC), a frozen yogurt restaurant (excellent!!) etc.
The hotel also offers laundry service and motorbike rental, and they lend bicycles and guidebooks for free!
I could go on forever on how the staff is always smiling and always extremely helpful...
One last thing: don't be put off by the alley entrance!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2009

we stayed at Blue River Hotel II (BRH) for 2 nights (28-30 March) and had a very comfy stay. we were orginally at BRH I but were moved to BRH II, at first i wasnt convinced as i misinterpreted the ally entrance however, when you walk through the ally entrance you will see its nothing to worry about. a cosy ally consisting of friendly families. The hotel itself was gleaming with cleanliness and the room & dining room were no dissapointment either with some nice fried eggs (with a runny yolk - make the most of this in the south if travelling to the north). Overall A lovely stay in a busy city. A central location (5 min walk from main street) but far enough to escape the buzzing traffic for a realxing and well deserved nights rest.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled solo
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Property: Blue River II Hotel
Address: 13 54, Ky Con St | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
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Ranked #194 of 888 B&Bs / Inns in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range (per night): $13 - $22
Number of rooms: 9

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