Just a short alley from the main Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, Ma Maison Boutique Hotel caters to demanding clients of long-term expats and French art aficionados. Located in a local labor area where Vietnamese daily real life can be reflected in its most truthful way, this boutique house is brought out to be such an extraordinary in every possible way.
Ma Maison Boutique Hotel is situated in a residential area halfway between the airport and Ho Chi Minh City centre, an easy 20-minute taxi ride from both (depending on traffic). There are no malls or tourist sights nearby so you’ll need to take a taxi to get places, but don’t let that put you off because if you’re wanting to stay in an authentic Saigonese area outside of the city centre, this is perfect.
Address: 656/52 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, Ward 11, District 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.
Style & character
The elegant hotel is owned by seven Vietnamese siblings who grew up in the old French colonial-style building, and who converted it to a hotel eight years ago. It has been very tastefully decorated in French Provencal style, with white walls and linens, delicately decorated furniture and neutral drapes, and accents such as flowers and deep-red scatter cushions. Black-and-white photographs from around Vietnam decorate the interior walls, while the exterior walls burst with flamboyant bougainvilleas and flowering window boxes. Tall windows and French doors are fronted with wrought-iron railings, accentuating the serene Provençal atmosphere.
Service & facilities
The service at the hotel – from responses to enquiries enquiry to the booking and check-in process – is very attentive and guests are warmly welcomed into the 12-room hotel. The hotel provides a map of the neighbourhood and the staff takes time to orientate guests; they’re always willing to step out onto the street to point guests in the right direction. The restaurant is open for breakfasts only, but serves tea and coffee at any time. Ma Maison offers laundry and limousine services.
- Room service
The standard rooms are fairly small but, as with all rooms in the hotel, the tall windows allowing plenty of natural light in. The rooms are Provençal in style, decorated with Vietnamese photos or paintings, and comfortable with a small en-suite bathroom that’s stocked with carefully selected amenities. If you plan on spending more than a few days you might enjoy the space offered in the deluxe rooms.
Food & drink
The hotel’s restaurant is open for breakfast only, and the menu offers Vietnamese and Western options along with fresh fruits, juices, teas and coffees. The pho, a popular Vietnamese soup-and-noodle breakfast, is absolutely delicious – a wonderful way to begin a day in this Vietnamese city.
Access for guests with disabilities?
The standard rooms are too small to accommodate an additional single bed so those travelling with small children should book a Deluxe room. The charge is an additional $25 (£19). Cots are available for children under one years-old and will fit into any of the rooms.
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