Less than 30 minutes from the Tan Son Nhat Airport is the GK Central Hotel. This 3-star hotel is smack in the middle of action in Ho Chi Minh City and I was very glad that we made it the home base of our trip, even if it was priced a bit more expensively than other backpackers hotels. I guess the main driver for that decision was my experience in Hanoi wherein our 3-star hotel did not have an elevator. But at GK Central Hotel, the elevator was really nice. The rides were so smooth it seemed like we weren’t moving. Another main factor for my decision was that it is a new hotel, built only last year.
Our room was on the seventh floor, high enough so that the street noise could not reach us. We were also very conscious about this because we read lots of horror stories in Tripadvisor about guests who could not sleep properly because they could hear a lot of noise during the night.
We booked a Superior Double Room for 1653.57 PHP (38.01 USD) per night. And for that price, we got a queen-sized bed, cable LCD TV, toiletries, a couple of bottles of water (replenished daily), hairdryer, hot and cold water and daily breakfast buffet.
Of all my trips outside of the Philippines, I must say that I spent more time in our hotel in Ho Chi Minh than in any other country. We were in Ho Chi Minh during the rainy season but the days were still sunny and hot. We found ourselves wanting to go back to the hotel to freshen up after every tour. And during the afternoons, torrential downpours kept us indoors. Good thing the cable TV had lots of channels to choose from.
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The breakfast buffet offers a lot of choices. There is a salad bar that also contains congee and their bread basket, together with two options for jam and butter. Then there were Asian dishes for those who just have to have rice in the morning. They serve some vegetarian dishes as well. Also, they have cereals, corn flakes and coco puffs, for kids. For dessert, they serve fruits such as pineapple, watermelon and dragon fruit. They also have pastries from the Savoure bakeshop. For drinks, there’s brewed coffee and a couple of juice flavors. These items were all laid out in the Ninety Nine Lounge but there were also some made-to-order items. Don’t hesitate to order these because they are free.
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The best thing about GK Central Hotel though, is that everything seemed to be within four blocks away. The Ben Thanh Market is only a block away so we were able to buy some extra shirts when we ran out and we also didn’t have to lug our shopped items for a long time. When we watched the A O Show, the Saigon Opera House was only four blocks away. No need to take a cab. Even the Galaxy Cinema was a couple of blocks away. There were also lots of places to eat nearby as well as convenience stores.
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Aside from its location, the staff was also commendable. They were very efficient and the friendly. Checking in and out where fast. We also booked all our tours with them even if they do not market it at all. Everyone was just eager to assist us whenever we had questions or needed help. Even if they sometimes struggle with English.
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Booking this hotel was a very good decision indeed. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to visit Ho Chi Minh.GK Central Hotel
92-94 Ly Tu Trong Street,
Ben Thanh Ward, District 1,
Ho Chi Minh City 7000 Vietnam
***All Photos were taken using iPhone 5