Ciao Saigon Hotel Review

During my latest visit to Phu Quoc in Vietnam, I needed to stay one night either end of the holiday in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). I chose the hotel Ciao Saigon for its proximity to the airport, the price and the amenities.

Here is what I thought of the hotel:

Hotel Ciao Saigon

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We were given a warm welcome when we checked in at Ciao Saigon Hotel at around 2pm after 24 hours of airports and flights.

The room was very nice: a big double bed, A/C, soft lighting, mini bar…

And the shower: Wow! You can imagine how desperate our bodies were to get clean, and this shower didn’t disappoint. It had both a shower head and a rainfall plaque and it could be regulated to whatever temperature you wanted. The shower cubicle was clean and spacious and the glass door was completely watertight. Honestly, what more could you want from a shower?

Pool Area

I wanted a hotel with a pool because I knew we would be far away from the beach and I knew we’d be exhausted.

We had the rooftop pool area, with its pretty patio, just for us. There was no one there all that first afternoon or all the next morning. And the view of the city was fantastic from up there.

phu quoc diaries view from ciao saigon

View from rooftop pool at Ciao Saigon

The Staff

The reception staff couldn’t do enough for us. When we asked the price of a taxi, they found it out for us. They also called it for us and came outside to explain to the driver where we wanted to go.

When we enquired about money exchange they checked it for us and wrote down the name of the place.

Ciao Saigon Breakfast

Breakfast was a pleasant affair – except for the temperature; the room was air-conditioned to freezing point.

We were very formally welcomed and seated by the maitre d’, who couldn’t do enough for us throughout our breakfast. Our every wish was his command.

The breakfast was a buffet featuring western-style food and Vietnamese food. Toni had fish-balls and rice while I had fried egg and sausage! But then Toni wanted fried egg too when he realised they’d all been cut into the shape of a heart!

There was pasta, bread, pancakes, pâté, jam, sauces, passionfruit juice and as much coffee as we wanted.

The Verdict

My verdict is that Ciao Saigon is a good place for people staying over in Ho Chi Minh City for just one night and who want to be near the airport. This wasn’t your typical backpacker place and the A/C, pool and deluxe shower were very welcome after such long flights.


Location: The hotel is close to the airport in District Tan Binh. Click here to see the location on Google Maps.

Price: We paid 53€ for a double room with breakfast, which is more than I would usually pay in SE Asia but I think it was worth it to be near the airport and for the facilities.

Booking: I booked at but you could also contact the hotel directly.

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