District 1 is the obvious choice for lodging in HCMC given its proximity to almost everything of interest, its relative closeness to the airport and its vast array of establishments at every price level. Within District 1, you can either head east towards Ð Dong Khoi for fancy digs close to the city’s best restaurants and bars, west towards Ð Pham Ngu Lao for budget guesthouses and cheap tours, or somewhere in between – geographically and price-wise.
At the lower end, a few dollars can be the difference between a dank, dirty, windowless shoebox and a pleasant, clean, well-appointed room with free wi-fi and air-conditioning. Needless to say, there are cheaper places but you get what you pay for. If finding a rock-bottom price is your only consideration, a quick door-to-door around Pham Ngu Lao will turn up dives for US$10 or even less.
Upgrading to a midrange property can seem a little pointless when there are excellent, comfortable, moderately hip rooms with all the bells and whistles available for US$20 around Pham Ngu Lao. More discerning budget travellers can book ahead for similar places at slightly lower rates in the surrounding wards, such as the Co Giang and Nguyen Thai Binh wards.
At the top end, many of the city’s best hotels occupy historic, character-filled buildings and offer swimming pools and luxurious spas. The standards are international, as are the prices.
If you book ahead, many hotels will fetch you at the airport for between US$5 and US$10.
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