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Cat Huy Hotel
Ranked #67 of 466 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

This place is on a hidden little lane which has a wonderful local market in the morning. Great location good value for money.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

I think this hotel is very convenient for travelers first arriving in Saigon since everything can be arranged online, including the taxi. And an airport taxi pickup is a very good idea, as the hotel would be difficult to find on your own. Really good location for travelers, it's just a little hidden in an alley.

Our room was spacious and immaculately clean. Breakfast was nice.

However, we stayed at another Saigon guesthouse later on when Cat Huy was booked out, and found that to be much better value. It's actually quite easy to find nice hotels for about $20 USD or less just walking around District 1. Also, other hotels typically charge $8 for airport transfers; this one charged $15.

One thing that annoyed me was that, at checkout, the receptionist tried to bill us for an extra night. When I pointed out this error, she played stupid and then laughed and said sorry. We found later on that many Vietnamese hotels/restaurants/taxis (ESPECIALLY taxis) will intentionally miscalculate the bill or give incorrect change to foreigners. Too bad this hotel is not above that.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank eIaine
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

I'm a little late submitting this review. We stayed at Cat Huy for a 4 nights mid-January, but have only just returned home after 6 weeks of SE Asian Travel. Yet again, thank you Tripadvisor and all who submit reviews in helping us choose our accommodations, all of which were fabulous and great value for money.

We had booked Cat Huy's driver to bring us from the airport - thank goodness we did, because once you exit the doors, it's total chaos - took us 15 minutes just to find him! Then, as others had said, the alley isn't easy to find. I have to admit to a moment's panic when we were pulling our suitcases through the market - some not so pleasant old veggie smells; but, all misgivings disappeared as soon as we entered this lovely, little hotel, were greeted by warm, friendly staff and saw our beautiful, spotlessly clean, modern room, complete with tiny balcony overlooking the market. Remarkably, it was really quiet in the room.

We were just one floor up from the reception area, which, on reflection, was a good thing, because there's no elevator and we had a couple of heavyish suitcases. All the extra touches, like everyone said, were there, which made Cat Huy exceptional value for money, considering the breakfast was included - all this for $32 per night!!

Our "valuables" were stored in the safe behind reception, so no worries. Breakfast was simple but very good - Vietnam and Laos have the best baguettes outside of France and Quebec!! Vietnamese coffee was sensational. All the staff were delightful, but special mention goes to sweet, little Gabby, who was remarkable. (Gabby, if you read this, I hope your lovely Australian returned at the end of Feb!)

We were in HCM during the New Year and the staff were very helpful in advising us of the best places to be to enjoy the festivities and see the fireworks.

Just one block away, on the main street, is a little Pho cafe,(Pho Qui Inh, c/o Pham Ngu Lao/Do Quang Dau) which has the most amazing Pho; we ate there 3 times and paid about $2.50 each. To walk to "downtown" was approx 10 mins, braving the thousands of never-ending, never-stopping motor scooters.

Only one, teensy-weensy quibble - they could really use better towels - they are very small and very thin; but, no problem at all when I requested extras. Certainly not a deal breaker!

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Ho Chi Minh City and hope that we have the chance to return one day.

Room Tip: No Elevator, so, if stairs a problem, select a room on lower level. Would recommend a room with a w...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

Visited Vietnam with my two boys, and this hotel was referred to us by a friend. Outstanding service, spotlessly clean hotel, great breakfasts, and wonderful location. We were very, very happy to be received here both times we were in Ho Chi Minh City. A real blessing to stay here.

Gaby, Anh, and the other staff and owner are wonderful - thank you!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

stayed March 2012. Cat Huy is a lovely hotel,which is located down a alley way. The alleyway is a market in the morning and is a fantasic cutural expierence to see the locals selling thier fresh produce. We had a transfer from the airport, in a run down car with a non english speaking driver..which lets say was a shock to the system stepping off the plane. But my hubby and i just laughed and shrugged it off. All the staff are warm, welcoming and allways smiling and allways willing to help you. We had room 602 which was a fair hike up the steps..so if you want to keep fit, stay here :-) If you have knee problems ask for a lower level. Breakfast had 4 choices, small variety but we arent fussy people..it was good to have something in your belly to start your day. Remember to take your shoes off at the door step. Rooms are allways clean, shower is big, small balcony, lots of tv channel choices, fresh tea is a nice added lil extra in the room. Great stay, great location for a great price.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cat Huy Hotel

Address: 353 / 28 Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Ho Chi Minh City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #67 of 466 Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
Price Range: RM58 - RM5,105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cat Huy Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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