All around Pham Ngu Lao, Bui Vien and De Tham there are great value hotels. Around 15 dollars will get you a private room with TV, Air Con and bathroom. If you can pay out 20 you’ll get a window and a better location. Just have a wander around and look- the longer you stay the cheaper you can bargain. Avoid the ones on the main streets and aim for the small alleys instead
Thien Hong Hotel- 241/31 Pham Ngu Lao- www.thienhonghotel.com- My favorite of the budget options…Nice place on a quiet laneway near the action. The family who runs it are very kind and even though they lock the gate at 10 pm, you can still get in after a night of drinking! Spotless rooms, a bit on the small side unless you book with a balcony. Cable tv, air con, hot water showers, breakfast in the morning. Can help with travel bookings too without ripping you off (too much)
These tend to be clustered around the Ben Thanh Market area- there are dozens to choose from and all same same. I prefer a few that are a bit away from the market but offer a bit more charm.
Lavender Hotel- 208 Le Thanh Ton- Nice rooms, friendly staff and a good location close to the action. Expect to pay 40-80 USD.
Asian Ruby- 28 Thi Sach- I love this location- a few streets back from the Opera House but just around the corner is a strip of restaurants and bars frequented by expats rather than crammed with tourists. Rooms can feel a bit small but the fluffy duvets and friendly staff make up for it. Around 40-80 USD.
Bong Sen Annex- Ha Bai Trung- Good and consistent. Smallish rooms, but nice top floor restaurant for breakfast. Nothing really ‘wow’ about it but right on par with the price and location.
Several to choose from… it’s not really my thing but I have been inside several of these and can offer one good and one bad
Park Hyatt- Lam Son Square (next to Opera House)- If I had the money, this is the one I’d choose. Gorgeous rooms, amazing staff, breakfast to die for. Took them several years to finish it and you can see why.
The Rex- Le Loi- Famous for its war-time gatherings of journalists. Not sure how it ever warranted a 4 star status… certainly not these days despite a recent renovation. Staff have always been surly and I just don’t get what the fuss is about. Go to check out the bar, but don’t book a room.