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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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.
Rating 9.5, $6 dorm bed, breakfast included
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.
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Cozy House 140
Rating 9.2, $8 dorm bed, $23 budget double room, breakfast included
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.
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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
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!
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Rating 9.4, $29 budget double room, breakfast included
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!
Rating 9.0, $63 queen suite, sells out quickly!
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!
Rating 9.1, $75 deluxe double room, breakfast included
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.
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!
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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!