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Saigon Balo Hostel Reviews

203 Pham Ngu Lao, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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74 Total Reviews
  • 74%Value For Money
  • 72%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 75%Staff
  • 62%Atmosphere
  • 71%Cleanliness
  • 66%Facilities

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They stay was really nice, cause it inclunded breakfast, nice staff and a really good location! The guy who is in charge during the night is always playing LoL :D

  • 22nd Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The two rooms we were given were on the first floor directly above the travel agent and the metal shutters that were open and closed at least 10 times between 11pm and 6am.iWe could hear everyone banging on the shutters to wake the night staff up to open the shutters. Awful noise - so loud. Our passports were kept in full visibility of many members of staff. Didn't even see the breakfast that was included? Rooms shake when buses drive past. This was a very poor experience, great location though.


Location was great, and this was the first place we'd stayed where we could lock our room which made a nice change. Air con was very powerful! Only issue would be that breakfast wasn't ready until half 7 on one of the days and we had to leave the hostel about 5 minutes later, so the next morning we didn't bother trying. Otherwise great stay though!


The hostel is in a central spot which is good however it appeared pretty run down and tatty. The dorms were basic but okay. The hostel seemed popular for young back packers and was pretty loud all through the night. Guys in the dorm were bringing random girls into the dorm in the during the night so security wasn't very tight. I think there is much better value for money at other hostels nearby (I moved round the corner to a different one after a night here).


We arrived an hour past their displayed check in time, giving ample time to clean our room. We arrived and the manager had no idea that we had even booked a room. No matter she brings us up to a room, opens it with a key, only for us to find people's items bags all over the room. Luckily they were out in the town and we didn't disrupt them, but you can imagine yourself what could have been. We had to wait another hour for an empty room to be cleaned. We also overheard an argument about laundry.


Good rooms, we had a triple room and it was safe and clean. Staff were helpful. Only thing would be there is no real room or bar to chill in. However literally right by the backpacker street where we went out and there was a great atmosphere! So no problems there


The owners were wonderful!! Breakfast on the rooftop was the highlight! Not many social areas, dorm rooms very cramped! Value for money!!


6 bed dorm with clean beds, nice bathroom with hot water and good breakfast included. What i did not like was inconsistent pricing. Hostelworld was 5 dollars, Booking was 7 dollars and when i walked in without a reservation the first day it was 6 dollars.

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