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Saigon Balo Hostel Reviews

203 Pham Ngu Lao, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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70 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 63%Atmosphere
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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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!


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.


Pretty good hostel, great location and the staff were nice and friendly. Don't book any trips through them, they cost double what you should pay.


An average place. The room we stayed in was old and rough around the edges, with no natural light and noise from the street below. However, I think we had the worst room in the place, right above the reception, so others are probably better. AC worked find and was a blessing in the heat of the city! Nice rooftop for breakfast, but nobody seemed to hang out there to socialise. Didn't book any tours through the agency, they weren't forcefully trying to sell us any. Like I said....average place.


A good standard hostel. The tours are overpriced-we booked the Cu Chi tunnels through them, paid $6 (wouldn't negotiate) and found out on the tour that it was $4.50. They tried to get us to book another, but we paid less for the exact tour elsewhere. Girl at reception was amazing!! So helpful, kind and always smiling. Wifi was good, not much of an atmosphere, nowhere to hang out. For the price, good place.

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