Are you ready to conquer the great South Vietnamese city and the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City? Your choice for your hostel in Saigon will make the big difference if you love the city – or really dislike it.
So, pay attention. Here are the 3 coolest hostels in Ho Chi Minh City that will make your trip a great one!
And to give you a better stay in HCMC, we proudly present you the best hostels to stay at that will definitely complete your ultimate travel experience.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We got all the coolest hostels that are very well suited for all types of travelers from solos, couples, small group to families. This is a complete, handwritten guide. We actually traveled to HCMC and stayed in several hostels and home stays.
This guide is the result of extensive research (and okay, lots of fun!!).
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- Comparison chart of 3 best hostels
- cheapest hostels in Ho Chi Minh City
- best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for solo travelers
- fun party hostels in Ho Chi Minh City
- best hostels near Airport
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Ho Chi Minh City
The average price for a bed: Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City cost as little as 3€ – 12€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 17€ up to 42€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Important: We highly recommend to stay away from the cheapest hostels in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam. These usually come with a higher price-tag you didn’t sign up; meaning cockroaches. Pay a tiny bit more (meaning 4$ instead of 3$) and your experience will be entirely different.
Read: Detailed guide to the 27 best hostels in Vietnam (with Itinerary and map)
Saigon vs. Ho Chi Minh City: The city has two names! After the American War ended, the city was named from Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City, or HCMC for short. It is the same city!
Location: Do not overthink the location of your hostel too much! HCMC is massive; you will need a scooter or taxi anyways, unless you only want to sleep one night here and head to the airport; then stay close to the airport!
Other than that, check our map. We put all sights and hostels here for better planing and orientation.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Ho Chi Minh City.
- The Common Room Project – The Best Hostel for Solo Travelers
- Saigon Backpackers Hostel – The Best Hostel for Small Groups
- City Poshtel – The Best Hostel for Small Groups and Families
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. The Common Room Project
The Common Room Project (TCRP) is AMAZING – AWESOME – THE BEST!
We love this place and we highly recommend it as the absolute best hostel in Saigon!
It is the only 5 Star Hostel in Ho Chi Minh City. Read our review of The Common Room Project here.
Besides the amazing building itself and the interior design, it is the small details like comfy mattresses, large fluffy pillows, natural room lighting, spacious and comfy rooms what TCRP wants for their guests and travelers to have the optimum relaxation during their stay.
The hostel does not only give guests a quiet place to stay but also a peaceful neighborhood situated in Nguyen Trai Street, District 5. The location is top! You are away from the crazy (and not cool) backpacker party street, and in a small side-street.
Therefore, at night you sleep super quiet!!
This is super important to know when choosing a hostel in Ho Chi Minh City. We stayed in 3 more hostels in Saigon; it was always loud due to traffic or restaurants/ bars nearby.
Amenities you can use in TCRP:
- Free and super Fast WiFi
- Rooftop Bar
- BBQ Area
- Courtyard (you can park your motorbike here too, like we did!)
Aside from a fully equipped kitchen where you are free to prepare your own meals, the hostel gives guests Cooking Classes. Here you can learn how to cook true Vietnamese dishes.
Read: our guide on best 24 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
Not only do you learn how to cook their food but you also take home with you a piece of Vietnam.
And if you’re in the mood to drink, TCRP features a rooftop bar you couldn’t resist.
The bar may not be your typical wild party house, but it gives you the perfect ambiance to chill and have a sip of your favorite cold beer, have great conversations with your new gained friends while you take a view of the busy city.
We wouldn’t say that The Common Room Project is your home away from home if it does not have common activities between travelers and families.
Guests can play games, cards, play musical instruments or simply watch together at the comfy and warm TV lounge. Nothing like the warm vibrancy of your home.
Our highlight was the family dinner night with the other travellers and staff. After the great food, we all head out to party together in a night club. FUN TIMES!
The Common Project is also a top choice or female solo travelers, adult travelers (35 upwards) and couples (luxury double rooms!).
You will not find the cheap backpacker here, since it is a bit more pricey than the usual hostel. However, as always with the 5 Star Hostels, it absolutely pays off!
What about the Location?
Though isolated from the noisy busy streets, TCRP is only a few minutes away from the heart of the city so you don’t have to worry. The great adventure in Ho Chi Minh City still awaits you. You can either rent a scooter to cruise around or take a Grab taxi.
The War Museum is around 20 minutes away. As for the Cu Chi Tunnels, which we highly recommend, you will need to book a tour anyways. The tunnels are outside the city.
This is one of the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for
- Female Solo-Travellers
- Solo Travelers
- Travellers +35 upwards
2. Saigon Backpackers Hostel
Cheaper and more backpacker style comes in next Saigon Backpackers Hostel.
If you are looking for a clean, quiet and budget-friendly hostel, Saigon Backpackers Hostel is confidently the one for you.
Another great deal about the hostel is that it is only a 30-45 minute drive to Saigon International Airport where metered taxis will only cost you around $10-15 USD. Make sure you take a metered taxi or directly order a taxi with the Grab App!
Cheaper and safer transfers can be arranged at the hostel for your convenience too.
Amenities at Saigon Backpackers Hostel:
- FREE WiFi
- Laundry Service
- Tour desk
Rooms are fitted with bunk beds and are equipped with flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms with a dryer.
Traveling solo or in a group?
Worry no more because the have spacious and modernly designed rooms for both solos and groups. From single beds to bunk beds, either way, both are fully air-conditioned rooms.
In the common lounge area, guests can kill time and watch TV or play DVDs together with other hostel guests. Also, a good way to converse and change ideas with all kinds of travelers from different places as well.
Another part of the hostel is the kitchen where you are free to make your own preferred meals.
The hostel also offers complimentary guided city tours or simply arrange your own at the hostel tour desk.
Location: A hostel in central Ho Chi Minh Cit. You are in a 10-minute walking distance to Ben Thanh Market and a 15-minute walk to the beautiful Opera House and Central Post Office.
A few walks and you’re already in the heart of the city, just waiting for you to explore.
Again, we recommend anyways to rent a scooter or get around Saigon with Grab/ Taxi. It is a HUGE city!
This is one of the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for
- Small Group Travelers
3. City Poshtel
One of the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City, featuring a terrace where you can enjoy the warm rays of the sun, we got City Poshtel for you.
City Poshtel is a great choice for a relaxing vacation for families with children and small groups of travelers.
Rooms are vibrantly neat and clean that warms your eye and gives you the comfort you are looking for in a hostel. And with comfort, we mean good quality relaxation and excellent stay.
It is situated in Bui Vien Street in Saigon’s backpacker, only a 3-minute walk to Ben Thanh Market. The poshtel gives you the convenience for sight-seeing and exploring the city of Ho Chi Minh.
And if you are eyeing to try Vietnamese foods, City Poshtel has a restaurant that you can surprisingly enjoy and have a taste of Vietnam just within the hostel so you no longer have to go far.
Amenities you can enjoy at the City Poshtel:
- FREE WiFi
- 24 Hour Front desk
- Fax and Photocopy Machine
The hostels offers a paid airport shuttle service for convenience and to avoid hassled arrangements. Always ask the price first; a general rule for travellers!
Location: The City Poshtel is just a few minutes away from Ho Chi Minh’s must-see tourist spots which include the Fine Arts Museum, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Palace, and Takashimaya Vietnam.
A perfect combination to shop, explore and learn more of Vietnam.
This is one of the best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for
- Small groups
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Comparing all 3 Top Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City
Here is an overview of our handpicked top hostels in Ho Chi Minh City. In this chart, we compare the main facilities and things to expect.
It will help you to take a decision.
|The Common Room Project||Saigon Backpackers Hostel||City Poshtel|
|WiFi||Free (SUPER FAST!)||Free (Good)||Free (Good)|
|Breakfast||Simple Breakfast (extra)||Continental Breakfast (included)||Buffet Breakfast (included)|
(Quiet side street, super yummy food nearby!)
|10-minute walk to Ben Thanh Market||Central|
|Special||Roof Top Bar and Dinner Nights|
(epic 5 Star Hostel!)
|Great Room Space, Modernly Designed||Sun Terrace with Panoramic view of the city|
|Lockers – and safe?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Facilities for disabled guests||No||No||No|
|How to book?||Hostelworld||Hostelworld||Booking.com|
This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.
What about the cheapest hostels in Ho Chi Minh City?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night; if not even less than in Vietnam. Seriously, when we travelled the first time for 3 months around the country, we sometimes thought “hey, let’s save some money”.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. we went for the cheapest places, it was dirty, and with cockroaches. Skip that!
We are not your mommy, but you will not enjoy it. Spend 50 cents more per night – your whole hostel experience will change. For 50 cents more you suddenly have a sparking clean place, super friendly staff, events, breakfast included etc.
You may not believe us right now; once you are in Vietnam you will realize how cheap it is here!
We spent in total half a year already in the country!
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Saigon
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use than the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight into what to expect.
That being said, again, you will have the best experience with the hostels mentioned above, especially The Common Room Project (TCRP).
Best Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City for Solo Travellers?
What is the serious, best hostel in Ho Chi Minh City for solo-travelers?
Being a solo-traveler entails many of its kind. But whatever kind you are, we have the best hostel for you.
The Common Room Project (TCRP) gives you the peaceful kind of stay where the hostel serves the comfort you need in your busy and tiring travel in the city.
From comfy bed to fluffy pillows and from great room space to very radiant lighting, TCRP makes sure you get the relaxation you long for.
And if you’re the party type solo-traveler, don’t you worry. The hostel features a rooftop bar where you can have your favorite beer, toast to a beautiful view of the City and have a great night with new acquaintances.
The hostel’s location also gives you easy access to explore and have a great adventure in the city being situated in Nguyen Trai Street, District 5.
Female-solo traveler? You are not forgotten.
The hostel is also best for female travelers offering guests the privacy and security you need in a room.
From the moment you enter TCRP, instantly, you will feel the ambiance of being home. Definitely your home away from home.
Party Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City
Because we love you so much and we want you the stay only at the best, we give you only the best.
Being a party-traveler, you should not miss the 2016 and 2017 Hostelworld award winner of the most popular hostel in Ho Chi Minh City, The Hideout.
Offering guests a free bottle of beer between 19:00 to 20:00 every day during happy hour.
The Hideout rooftop bar is the perfect harbor to meet new friends, gain new acquaintances and of course have the great party experience in Ho Chi Minh City.
Not only do you have your favorite ice cold beer but you also enjoy the nightly events and have a friendly competition with other guests in beer pong tournaments, neon parties, killer pool and ladies night and DJs.
Another thing you should not miss during your stay at The Hideout is the largest and legendary pub crawls on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
So if you want to experience the party of your life, stay at The Hideout.
Extra: The Dorm Saigon – Best hostel for Small Groups
Like any other dorms, The Dorm Saigon aims to link travelers and like-minded people from all around the world through the hostel and make a whole new perspective of a hostel.
The Dorm Saigon was created with the vision of completing your stay in Vietnam.
The hostel is great for a small group of travelers and offers good room deals for sharing. But if you are more into an intimate room vibe, The Dorm offers private rooms with affordable prices you can avail.
Breaking the busy city ambiance, the hostel offers a garden and a boasting terrace where you can still have a smell of fresh air in the middle of the city.
And if you are into shopping, Vincom Shopping Center can be reached within 1.1 km only.
The hostel is also a short distance from Union Square, Saigon Opera House, and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. A good deal to enjoy the city, explore the culture and shop at the same time.
Best Hostels in Ho Chi Minh City near Airport
In case you’re only on a short stopover in Ho Chi Minh, we’ve collected a couple of hostels near the aiport.
S Phuot Coffee and Homestay
S Phuot Coffee and Homestay is actually a bed & breakfast type accommodation, close to Tan San Nhat Airport (1.8km).
The free breakfast is served in the onsite cafe. This is where you can also enjoy a delicious smoothie!
Dorm rooms are really homely, with nice touches such as a book shelf, desk and soft lighting.
S Phuot Airport Hostel
Even closer to Tan Son Nhat airport is S Phuot Airport Hostel – it’s just 800m, a 10-minute walk!
It’s pretty cool, offering mixed, female-only and couple dorms.
The free breakfast and beer at happy hour really bring a vibrant, friendly feel to this hostel. Tasting the delicious food on offer is also a must.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: a step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- The Common Room Project: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Saigon Backpackers Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- City Poshtel: Booking.com
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Ho Chi Minh City’s best hostels are popular, especially in high season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Ho Chi Minh City. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Ho Chi Minh City hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you plan your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know on this list:
- Saigon Skydeck
- Cu Chi Tunnels
- Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
- Tao Đàn Park
- Giac Lam Pagoda
- Hồ Chí Minh City Museum of Fine Arts
- Bà Thiên Hậu Temple
Flights to Ho Chi Minh City?
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries