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Two star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City's backpacker district
Walking through Ho Chi Minh City on my last visit there, I happened on a new grand building called the Duna Hotel. According to its operators, the Duna Hotel is a "is a new modern building with beautiful architecture, situated conveniently in the heart of Saigon, you are just minutes away from City Centre and just minutes away about anywhere in the City." The hotel's 40 rooms each boast a bedroom and bathroom, individual air-conditioning, remote controlled colour TV with satellite hook-up, IDD phone and electronic safe. The rooms range in price from US$17 for a single standard to a low US$30 for the triple deluxe.
The hotel, at 167 Pham Ngu Lao St. Dist.1, is in the heart of the city's backpacker district -- in fact, the hotel seems to posit itself as an upmarket backpacker hotel, a luxurious retreat in a colorful but sometimes raw neighborhood.
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Katalin's Trip Mui Nế to Saigon: http://www.itisnet.com/english/e-hot/e-katalin/vietnam_3.htm.
Katalin writes of her impressions of Saigon (after visiting the couple friendly Mui Nế): "Arrived in the evening to Saigon. Backpackers get to reminded me for Kao San road. Many GHes, small family-run hotels. you can get a simple room for 45000d. I checked out two places that had dorm, but interestingly both of them was full - but they had rooms for 5 usd. Instead I stayed in a small GH for 45000d/room, shower outside. I can recommend Duna Hotel which is quite fancy (elevator, A/C, TV, bathroom with bath-tube) and not cheap (8-15USD/room = bad rate if you want to pay with dong!!) but it's worth the money if you want to treat yourself after staying in cheap places all over Vietnam.)"
Travel Fish: http://www.travelfish.org/accommodation_profile/
"Very popular with tour groups and Australian backpackers who like to have inane conversations at the top of their voices in the foyer, the Duna Hotel has somewhat frumpy rooms with fluorescent blankets and aged pine chipboard furniture. The cheapest rooms have mismatched furniture and are quite poor value. The bathrooms throughout are excellent -- very clean and well-maintained. Only the deluxe rooms have street frontage. Overall, other properties in this part of Saigon are better value."
Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293925-d601857-Reviews-Duna_Hotel-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html.
Trip Advisor give this hotel three out of five. Wrote latinagirl83 from Florida about her stay here: "my husband and I were a bit disappointed with the rooms. we asked for a balcony room but it was a joke as the whole balcony had work tools, aircon units and was just discusting so we kept the curtains drawn the whole time. the view is also really ugly so dont bother paying extra for the balcony rooms.
"the staff was ok but the front desk women were really annoying. not very pleasant at all. the location is ok a few fun places around the corner. yes, getting in at night can be a problem as the guards that lock the door do not wake up easily.
"there are plenty of other hotels, look around before staying in this one."
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