- 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 a bottle of 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 called "Retreat in the Center of Saigon" and "Center of Saigon w/ Private Balcony".
- 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 and it's definitely quieter than my loft in NYC.
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 second floor (or as we say in the US, the third floor). 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, wardrobe with 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!
I strongly recommend Brooke Lovell's house to anyone who want a peaceful night at Saigon with a little bit designer's touch.
The house and clean and convenient. The location is just perfect. Brooke and her friends are so helpful that you basically feel like living at home.
Three things really impressed me. First, the design of the house are very thoughtful, with details that customized to both adults and children.
Second, Brooke offers probably the best orientation in town. You'll not just get a PDF specifying where you can find the house. Also she'll leave a note including a lot of useful information on the desk before you arrive.
Last but not least is that very close to the house there's a North Vietnam restaurant which in my mind exceeds any expensive french restaurants or fancy local restaurants.
In a word, you would not regret living here and you'll find only more than you expected.
We stayed in Brooke's place in Saigon for three nights and it was great. Brooke is an excellent communicator. She let us know that she would be out of town during our visit, but left us excellent instructions to find the house, where to find late-night eats nearby, and a great list of recommendations around the city. The room itself was clean, had A/C and a private bath. The best thing is the location, tucked away in a quiet neighborhood alley, which provides the much-needed respite after a crazy day in Saigon. The place is about a 15-20 minute walk to the popular backpacker district, but you can get excellent local food just outside your door.
Although Brooke was out of town, we were very warmly received by her friend, Jay, lovely Korean boy.
Very nice cozy house right in the heart of Saigon. Walking distance to the central which is super duper convenient, especially on Christmas and NYE when the city turned into a huge parking.
I cannot speak highly enough of my stay at Brooke's beautiful house. Saigon is a hectic place - thats part of its charm - and Brooke's house is an oasis of calm to return to after a busy day in the city. I was actually travelling with some work to do, so not only was Brooke's house the perfect base for touristy / sight seeing, but the fast wifi, clean and elegantly furnished room provided the perfect location to set up my "mobile office" for a few days!
The lane that leads to Brooke's house is just as she describes, a lovely slice of real Vietnamese life, with a safe neighbourhood feel, a world away from the backpacker district, and all the better for it. Its a half hour walk to the main city centre and market, or an adrenaline fuelled five minutes by scooter taxi!
Even though Brooke wasn't there when I stayed she went to great lengths to provide a personalised welcome letter with great recommendations for local services (such as laundry) and tips for local eats and drinks
I would definitely stay at Brooke's again next time I'm in Saigon. Its like a little boutique hotel but in someone's home
Her place is in a lovely quiet part of hcmc, away from the crazy tourist areas but still in district 1 The rooms are lovely and we were really well taken care of.
Highly highly recommended! If you see any availably I recommend booking it!
I loved staying at Brooke's place in Saigon - quite possibly my best AirBnB experience yet! The place itself was great - beautifully decorated and clean. It is well-located in district one - but far enough away from the backpackers area to feel local. Easy to walk or taxi to tourist sites, and lots of bar and restaurant options close-by. Brooke was easy to communicate with, and left some excellent Saigon city tips via her foursquare account. Highly recommended!
I had a pleasant stay with Brooke and ended up staying even longer than anticipated. It's a beautiful house in a considerably quiet alley and Brooke is very helpful. One night she even organised for me to meet some of her friends, who where out having drinks. The alley which leads to the house has some good cheap food stalls/cafes and there is mainly locals and some expands hanging out, no tourists. The location is super central and you can explore a lot by foot.
Brooke and John are excellent and nice hosts, the house and its rooms are wonderful, clean and tidy! We enjoyed our stay very much and can warmly recommend it!
Very homey spot in a great location & with great hospitality! One of the problems with a lot of the hotels in Saigon (and Asia) is that they're kind of lacking in decor and warmth. Brooke & John have solved this problem by creating very homey feeling rooms with all the amenities of a hotel. Each room is on its own floor, so you have all the privacy you need, but you can go downstairs to living room and socialize or ask for advice if you need.
Also, very fast internet. So crucial!
Brooke is a welcoming, warm host who anticipates your every need. Beds are extremely comfortable and her location offers nighttime quiet but also an great picture of how a neighbourhood of Saigon lives each day. Her place is a nice change compared to the backpacker areas or medium range hotels.