Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – A Yogi’s Mindful Travel Guide

These are the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh for backpackers, flashpackers and luxury travellers

mindful hotels in ho chi minh city

If you want to travel in southern Vietnam, you’ll probably have to figure out where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Like many cities in Vietnam, there are hundreds upon hundreds of properties to choose from and researching the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh can take longer than your actual stay there!

Most of the affordable and locally owned hotels are clustered around District 1 where foreigner-focussed restaurants, bars, and spas fill up all available space. We usually stay in the District 1 backpackers area for the convenience: it’s near the bus station, lots of places with vegan and vegetarian food, and easy access to the major tourist sights in Ho Chi Minh City.

The closer you get to the city centre, the more upscale hotels you’ll find — which tends to mean they are more wasteful, less likely to be privately owned, and a therefore less mindful.

Related: Don’t miss our complete guide to Mindful Travel in Vietnam, including sample itineraries, the best hotels in Hanoi, Hoi An, and other major destinations, and the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Vietnam.

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These are the best mindful hotels in Ho Chi Minh for backpackers, flash packers and luxury travellers.

Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City

All prices are approximate and can fluctuate depending on time of year. Ratings come from Booking.com.

Alleyway Hostel

Rating 9.5, $6 dorm bed, breakfast included
where to stay in ho chi minh city
A fantastic new hostel in Ho Chi Minh City, Alleyway hostel features new beds, with private lockers, plug sockets, and lights. The bathrooms are modern and clean, too. It’s just a two-minute walk to the bus station and slightly away from the frenzy of the backpacker district but close enough to walk there in 10 minutes or so. If you’re a backpacker wondering where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, try Alleyway Hostel.
Get the latest Alleyway Hostel reviews on Booking.com.
Compare prices here before you book!

Cozy House 140

Rating 9.2, $8 dorm bed, $23 budget double room, breakfast included

where to stay in ho chi minh city

We stayed here and liked it. Once they’ve finished building it, which will probably be done before you read this, Cozy House should be an excellent budget hotel in Ho Chi Minh. We were very happy with the comfy bed, the basic but clean room, and the location, just around the corner from Bui Vien, the main backpacker street.

Unfortunately, when we stayed they were renovating and we couldn’t deal with the noise. When we complained, the staff did everything they could to re-situate us in their property around the corner. Since they didn’t have the right room available though, we said no and they gave us a refund without argument. We’ll give Cozy House another shot next time we’re trying to figure out where to stay in Ho Chi Minh.

Watch our live hotel room tour of Cozy House 140 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Read the latest Cozy House 140 reviews on Booking.com.
Also, compare prices here before you book!

Also have a look at Cozy House 160 which is just around the corner.

Town House 373

Rating 8.5, $8.5 dorm bed, $27 double room, breakfast included

where to stay in ho chi minh city

We stayed here and really liked it. Just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Bui Vien backpackers’ street, Town House 373 is in the perfect location to take advantage of the plethora of restaurants and bars in the area. It’s also only a short walk from the main bus station, giving you easy connections to the airport and other parts of Vietnam.

Town House 373 has comfortable beds, hotels safes in the private rooms, and provides a decent made-to-order breakfast. It’s located on a quiet alley in District 1, so you probably won’t be woken in the middle of the night by the sound of bus horns, club music, and revving motorbike engines. If you’re on a modest budget, Town House 373 is where to stay in Ho Chi Minh city!

Watch our live hotel room tour of Town House 373 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Read the latest Town House 373 reviews on Trip Advisor.
Also, compare prices here before you book!

Check out Town House 50 and Town House 23 for similar accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City.

Nguyen Shack

Rating 9.4, $29 budget double room, breakfast included

where to stay in ho chi minh city

I stayed at Nguyen Shack in Phong Nha and absolutely loved it. Their Saigon location is a little different than their others, as it doesn’t feature any dorm room option and it’s not open to the elements. They’ve brought the bamboo shack concept into the big city of Ho Chi Minh, decorating the guest house to look as if it belongs in the jungle. They also run small charity projects in a couple of their locations. Ask them what they’re doing in Ho Chi Minh City when you visit!

Read the latest Nguyen Shack reviews on Trip Advisor.
Also, compare prices here and here before you book!

Nguyen Shack also has locations in Ninh Binh, Can Tho and Phong Nha.

Christina’s Saigon

Rating 9.0, $63 queen suite, sells out quickly!

where to stay in ho chi minh city

When researching where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, we stumbled across Christina’s website. We wish we had been able to stay here but to be honest, Christina’s was a little out of our budget! That’s because it has all the amenities to make it a fantastic place to stay in Ho Chi Minh.

The apartment-like suites are beautifully decorated in a modern style and many of them include a kitchenette and separate eating area. At Christina’s, you also get access to communal kitchens, an office/bar area, do-your-own-laundry facilities, and a rooftop patio. It looks like the perfect place for road-weary travellers to lay their heads and busy digital nomads to get some work done! Their friendly reply to my enquiry emails left me feeling cheery, even if I wasn’t able to stay!

Read the latest Christina’s reviews on Trip Advisor.
Also, compare prices here and here before you book!

Christina’s has three other locations in Saigon, here, here, and here.

LiefHotel

Rating 9.1, $75 deluxe double room, breakfast included

where to stay in ho chi minh city

With colourful contemporary design and modern amenities, LiefHotel appears to be a cut above most similar hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. If you’ve flown in from Europe or North America, LiefHotel seems like the perfect place to get over jet lag, with its quiet location, extremely helpful staff, and made-to-order breakfast delivered straight to your room. It’s a short taxi ride to the city center and nowhere near the touristy backpacker’s district, so best for people who don’t want to be partying at the tourist bars late into the night.

Read the latest LiefHotel reviews on Trip Advisor.
Also, compare prices here and here before you book!

What Makes a Hotel Mindful?

When at all possible, we stay in hotels, hostels, and guest houses where our money makes a positive impact in the community and the hotel minimizes its impact on the environment. To keep our money local — instead of funnelling it into international hotel chains — we try to stay at small, family owned hotels and hostels whenever possible. These small hotels tend to be more mindful about food, water and electricity waste and are usually less expensive than their corporate-owned counterparts.

We also focus on how a hotel might impact our own mindfulness.

We like to find places where we can feel completely relaxed — safe, clean, and welcome. Having a comfortable place to sleep every night helps us to roll out of bed in the morning as the best possible version of ourselves.

Finally, for us, hotels get a few extra “mindful” points for having enough space to roll out a yoga mat and practice a little Adventure Yoga.

Why Did We Write This Guide to Mui Ne Hotels?

We write comprehensive posts about hotels in places we’ve been because we want to share the hours of hotel research we do — we know that most people just don’t have the time to explore every hotel option out there!

We also know that online reviews can be misleading but we’ve had enough experience that we can usually spot the duds a mile away!

The links in this post are affiliate links which means that if you use one of them to book a hotel, we’ll get paid a small commission (at no extra cost to you!). Think of it as a free way of paying us back for all our hard work. :)

I hope you found our guide on to Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City for the Mindful Traveller helpful!! If you have any questions about the city or any of the hotels we’ve recommended, ask them in the comments below. And if you’ve stayed in a great place in Ho Chi Minh, let us know!

20 comments

  1. Comment by Cat

    Cat Reply July 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    What a great list of accommodation options that are affordable and have a positive impact on the local community. I do like to stay at privately-owned hotels when traveling to a new destination for a more “local” experience. LiefHotel looks very chic – I love their vibrant design!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane July 18, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks Cat! It’s great that you’re keeping your impact in mind when you travel. None of us can be perfect, but if we all think about it a little more we can make a huge difference together!

      J

  2. Comment by Megan Jerrard

    Megan Jerrard Reply July 18, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Thanks for the tip on looking for a hotel in District 1 – Alleyway Hostel has some of the most modern and cleanest dorm set ups I’ve seen – the bunks are very chic! And the Lief Hotel bathroom is definitely eye catching! These are some awesome options, thankyou for the recommendations – this is really valuable insight :)

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane July 18, 2017 at 2:02 am

      Thanks for commenting! It is a little hard to get your head around the sheer size of Ho Chi Minh City when looking for a place to stay here. These ones are fairly central so all of them (or any hotels nearby) will keep you in the heart of the action!

      J

  3. Comment by Siddhartha Joshi

    Siddhartha Joshi Reply July 16, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    A timely post for me as I am hoping to visit Vietnam sometime soon. Thank you for sharing options in all price ranges :)

  4. Comment by Erica

    Erica Reply July 16, 2017 at 7:36 am

    It’s so great that you’re adovocating mindful travel. Going for hotels that contribute to the local community is definitely a great way to start. I love the aesthetics of LeifHotel! Love those tiles.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane July 17, 2017 at 12:42 am

      Thanks. We’ve been doing this subconsciously for years, steering away from the big chains and looking for small, friendly spaces. It’s cool to finally do it in a mindful way!!

  5. Comment by Christina

    Christina Reply July 15, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    This is a fantastic roundup of places to stay in HCMC. I love the designer bathroom at LiefHotel. I’d stay there just for the bathroom!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane July 17, 2017 at 12:42 am

      Me too. I often choose places based on the bathroom. If the plumbing is good you can be pretty sure the rest is good too :)

  6. Comment by Jenna

    Jenna Reply July 15, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing some great spots! It’s always nice to get recommendations when looking at where to stay in a new city with lots of hotels. It’s always so hard to narrow down a search! Christina’s Saigon looks like it would be right up our alley–I can see why it books up fast!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane July 17, 2017 at 12:43 am

      Yes, it’s looks pretty perfect doesn’t it? A nice combination of the good parts of a hostel with the best parts of home.

      J

  7. Comment by Marcus and Mel

    Marcus and Mel Reply July 15, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Some great looking rooms, the prices are very reasonable too.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane July 15, 2017 at 5:07 am

      That’s one of the great things about travelling in Vietnam! Even in Saigon, which is more expensive than most other places in Vietnam, the hotels and hostels are very inexpensive for a high quality stay.

      Thanks for commenting! J

  8. Comment by Mike Cotton

    Mike Cotton Reply July 15, 2017 at 2:54 am

    There are some really good options for accommodation in this article. I generally stay in hostels but seeing the prices for some of these hotels I would certainly be tempted to stay in one of them. I hope to visit Asia next year and Vietnam is on my wishlist.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane July 15, 2017 at 5:06 am

      Hey Mike, hotels can be very cheap in Vietnam. I’ve gotten really decent private rooms for $12 in some locations. Hotels tend to be better than most hostels which are often pretty old-school here. But the hostels are upping their game and some new more modern ones are definitely available!

      J

  9. Comment by Punita Malhotra

    Punita Malhotra Reply July 15, 2017 at 1:01 am

    All of them are wonderful choices. I love the colorful tiles in the LiefHotel, such an innovative idea!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane July 15, 2017 at 1:49 am

      Me too. It looks absolutely gorgeous and so different from a typical Vietnamese hotel!

      J

  10. Comment by Janine Thomas

    Janine Thomas Reply July 15, 2017 at 12:01 am

    What a great selection of hotels. Saigon, as the locals call it, has a vast choice, but I think that you have chosen a good cross section for this post.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane July 15, 2017 at 1:51 am

      Thanks Janine. It’s my understanding that Saigon refers to the central part of the city or the old city while Ho Chi Minh City refers to the entire city… All of these selections are within the area people call Saigon though!

      J

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