We started our trip to Vietnam in Saigon, and decided that we'd go budget on this leg of the journey -- we'd heard that it's not essential to spend a lot of money in Vietnam to have a good experience, and this hotel bore that out. Bong Sen is a solid 3/5 hotel on its own merits: Very comfortable and quiet, serviceable furnishings, and a clean en suite bath. Considering the price, it provides extremely good value.
I've bumped it to a 4/5 rating because its location is just perfect. While walking around Saigon, we passed other hotels in this price range we'd considered, and were happy with our choice.
We also experienced the issues with the shower drenching the bathroom -- its a European style bath with handheld shower head, so if you leave it in a fixed position the bathroom will get very wet. There is a drain, however, so I don't think this is a true maintenance issue.
Refurbishing the hallway decor and room furnishings would go a long way -- they've got a gem of a hotel on their hands if they invest in refurbishing the hallway decor and room furnishings.More
- Free Wifi