Wherever you stay, you’re sure to be charmed by Ho Chi Minh’s dynamic energy. However, in a city this big, it’s definitely worth getting a handle on what each district offers before booking anywhere.
The financial and commercial hub can be found in District 1, which is also a hub of tourist attractions, luxe hotels and international fashion boutiques. A little quieter, District 3 is made up of leafy colonial boulevards peppered with museums and more restaurants than you could shake a stick at. For a glimpse into how the city’s super rich live, sachay over to District 2, which is made up of quiet streets lined with enormous private mansions, chic cafes and gleaming boutiques.
Take a closer look at your Ho Chi Minh City accommodation options with our handy guide.
From chic colonial mansions to lavish skyscrapers overflowing with gilt and velvet, Ho Chi Minh City hotels are as varied as the local food scene.
Tucked away on a side street in the Phu Nhuan District, the Alcove Library Hotel is a peaceful Saigon sanctuary with a rooftop restaurant and enormous selection of books in the lobby. Read our full review here.
It doesn’t get any more ostentatious than The Reverie Saigon, a peacock-coloured, gem-encrusted palace that perfectly captures the mood of Vietnam’s emerging wealthy class. Sip a cocktail while lounging on a pool-side sofa designed by legendary design company B&B Italia and nibble caviar before enjoying a romantic massage for two in the spa.
In a city with this much creative energy, you don’t have to part with much of your holiday budget to stay somewhere stylish.
With its leafy courtyard paved with vintage tiles and contemporary design details, The Common Room Project could easily be mistaken for a boutique hotel without the hefty price tag. They offer a free cooking class every Thursday evening.
Beautifully minimal and filled with light, The Dorm Saigon is an oasis of calm in bustling District 1. Relax in a cabana on its roof terrace or chill in its lounge area, which is decked out in mid-century furniture and vibrant art.
With prices generally somewhere between hotels and hostels, a more mature crowd and an intimate vibe, a guest house may just be the Ho Chi Minh home away from home you’ve been looking for.
Owned by a French-speaking Vietnamese family, Ma Maison feels like a little slither of Provence in District 3. Expect bedrooms painted in soothing pastels, cute shuttered windows and a quiet, local atmosphere in the surrounding alleyways.
Boasting a prime location in District 1, Saigon April Guesthouse has a charming, bohemian vibe. Some rooms even have terraces complete with hammocks and a thriving plant collection, but all are air conditioned and equipped with a fridge and kettle.