Retreat in the Center of Saigon

House - Private room · Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Your host, Brooke
52 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

The Space

Your Room:
- One bedroom in a shared 3-bedroom house
- Your own private floor of the house
- Your own private bathroom
- New queen size mattress
- Towels, soap, tea, coffee and bottled water provided
- Very fast wi-fi with router in your room
- Lots of sunlight

If I don't have your dates available, please check out my two other rooms in the same house. Just look to the right and click on my name under my picture to see the other listings!

The Area:
- Da Kao, District 1, short walk to downtown and sights
- Quiet alley in real Saigon neighborhood but comfortable for foreigners too
- Lots of good, cheap food and coffee right outside
- 2 co-working spaces in walking distance (many of my guests have used them)
- Running track nearby

- Living room, kitchen and outdoor sitting area
- Extremely trustworthy housekeeper comes daily

The best parts of Saigon: Life on the street, the food, the people, and the winding mazes of alleys where you discover it all. My house is right in District 1, a 5-minute walk from the American Consulate and Intercontinental Hotel, but the experience you'll have staying here is totally different from what you'd get at a big hotel downtown or a guest house in the backpacker district. Here, you won't be accosted by anyone trying to sell you greeting cards or manicures, you won't be staying beside the Gucci store or Marc Jacobs (though they are only a 10-minute walk away), you'll be in the middle of people just living normal life and you'll see it up close because their doors are always open!

Walking off the main street called Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, enter hem (alley) 18A and find cafes, very good and cheap restaurants, shops selling produce and other basics, a Buddhist temple, guys playing checkers, people napping, and much, much more. Sit down on the street and have a mango smoothie for 75 cents, or hang out and drink some $1 beers until late. There's plenty of people watching to do and plenty of people to meet. Then, nearing the end of the hem, make two lefts into much smaller alleys and you'll find my house. The main road is busy and buzzing, hem 18A is mellower but still full of action, and our alley is a sleepy respite just a few steps away. Please be aware though that Saigon is a noisy place, so unless you are in a high-rise hotel, you probably will still hear sounds from the outside. The recycling lady, the coconut seller, banana seller, knife sharpener, etc. all have songs that they sing as they walk up and down the alleys to sell their services. Kids play outside in the evenings until about 9pm, and during the day, there are occasionally sounds of work on buildings nearby, but believe me, this is still one of the quietest places you'll find around the area.

This enclave has a lot of expats living in it, so it's comfortable, but we aren't completely catered to in the way we would be in some other areas of the city. Hey, I didn't come to Vietnam to feel like I'm in Las Vegas, did you? However, there is a convenience store on the corner where you can get Marmite, American breakfast cereal and many other items a westerner may need. There are also a ton of cafes serving European coffee. And there are always taxis sitting right outside on the main street, so that's never a problem.

My 4-story house has 3 bedrooms each on their own floor with their own bathroom, a living room, kitchen and half bath on the ground floor, and a gated entryway with a little table and chairs for morning coffee amongst the plants or just zoning out. Your room is on the first floor (or as we say in the US, the second floor) above the living room and kitchen. The queen size mattress is brand new, there is good wi-fi and cable TV with some English language channels, a desk, two chairs, clothing rack, chest of drawers, tub in the bathroom and air conditioning. Feel free to use the living room and kitchen. You can use the washing machine but there isn't much space for hanging things and I personally do not like how clothes turn out when hung to dry. We have most of our laundry and dry cleaning done by a western-style service that for a nominal extra fee can pick up at 9am and get it back to you around 5 or 6 the same day. We have a housekeeper come in every day too. Towels, soap and a bottle of water are provided in your room.

One of my favorite things about Saigon is that there are so many hidden places, it is the authentic experience of discovery that people where I'm from in New York work so hard to manufacture but can't get quite right. There are no secret places there, but here, almost everything seems to be! This can also be a little frustrating sometimes when you need something in particular and the internet is of no help, so just ask me and I'll try to direct you to what you're looking for. But nothing beats a long day of wandering around, and often when you think you probably aren't allowed to go down some alley, you probably are and you probably should. You just might find the coolest cafe in the city!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $302 /week
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Our stay at Brooke's guest home was so relaxing and enjoyable! The room was clean and western style with a large and comfy bed. Brooke herself was out of town, but she gave us invaluable information about the area through e-mail, and her assistant was very helpful and friendly. We even met a previous patron of the guesthouse, who was having lunch there after making friends with the staff. Overall, a great place for a great price and much enjoyed! Thanks for a great stay!

    June 2014
  • Very nice apartment in a great location. Within walking distance of most major attractions but away from the backpacker hub of Saigon.

    June 2014
  • Brooke and her assistant were incredibly helpful and accommodating - they went above and beyond to make my stay easy. A detailed booklet containing advice and suggestions awaited me on arrival and I was emailed a very helpful set of instructions on how to get from the airport to the house without trouble, as well as some tips that were very handy as a first-timer in Vietnam.

    The room was immaculate and very comfortable. The wifi was fast and reliable and everything was in good working order.

    The location is fantastic, right in the heart of District 1, with a comfortable café and some incredible street food just around the corner. The recommendations Brooke left on where to eat were also great.

    All in all, the stay couldn't have been better. From the first contact with Brooke via email to the moment I checked out I felt looked after and cared for. Highly recommended.

    May 2014
  • We are so glad we discovered this little gem in District 1! We stayed at Brooke's for 6 nights and thoroughly enjoyed her beautiful house. The house is decorated beautifully and exceptionally clean. We had the bedroom on the first floor which was once again spotless, spacious and very comfortable (it was cleaned everyday by a lovely maid). The wifi was a god-send as it was super fast! Unfortunately, we did not have the chance to meet Brooke as she was travelling during our stay but she was the perfect host from afar. Prior to our stay she e-mailed us the best instructions ever (with pictures) which made finding the house very easy. Lien (Brooke's assistant) greeted us on arrival and was so helpful throughout our stay as was Brooke via e-mail. We highly recommend Brooke's place as the house itself and the location is 5*. Thank you for hosting us Brooke :) xx

    May 2014
  • Brookes apartment was charming, clean and comfortable.

    Lien her assistant was an invaluable help. She was obliging warm hearted and so willing to make the stay enjoyable. A wonderful lady.

    The locality was interesting and colourful. Some single travellers returning after dark to the apartment need to exercise caution.

    May 2014
  • Brooke was an excellent host, her apartment is just as described - 'in the centre of Saigon', close to most of the major spots.
    We're so happy we chose Brooke's apartment, Brooke was away but everything was arranged very well and we were greeted by Linh who gave us the low-down on how everything works.

    The apartment itself was very spacious, clean and we really felt at home.
    During the build up to the trip, we were in continuous contact with Brooke and she advised us on quite a lot regarding HCMC, what to do, etc. Her guides and foursquare recommendation were a big help.

    Thank you Brooke! We highly recommend your spot!

    May 2014
  • Our stay at Brooke's place in Saigon was great, and although Brooke herself was our travelling, she left a lot of information and tips for us, which really helped us on our stay. Also, she was available via e-mail the entire time we were there, and seemed genuinely comitted to helping us having the best stay possible. We checked out a lot of her likes on foursquare, and I'm a little sad that we didn't get the chance to meet her in person, because she obviously has good taste in restaurants, cafés and bars, and seems like a really cool person :)

    Big thanks to Lien and the other staff for making our stay top notch, too.

    If you're going to Saigon, this is definitely a great place to stay!

    April 2014
  • Once again! C what I mean ;)

    April 2014
  • That was really a comfortable stay at Brooke's house.
    The room is very stylish, super clean and tidy!!!
    We got all useful information from Brooke in details. And the location of the house is very good. We have reached all the sights only on foot!
    I'm pretty sure, if we will visit Saigon again, we will stay at Brooke once again!! :)

    April 2014
  • Brooke's house is a real gem!
    The location is great, very authentic and not touristic.
    The room is very specious and comfortable. There's cleaning lady coming daily.
    Brook is a designer and you can tell it from every detail in the house. Everything is picked with a great taste.
    I'm sure you won't find a better place to stay in Saigon!
    Heartily recommended:)

    April 2014
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I'm a designer and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, NY who came to Saigon in January 2013 to visit and just didn't want to leave! I've been pounding the pavement nearly every day since I got here, finding all the coolest stuff to do and see in the city. There's so much here though that I still have a ton on my to do list, but I love sharing what I've discovered so far with everyone I meet.
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