River Cottage, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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River Cottage, Saigon

| 21 Jun 2017
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River Cottage, Saigon
18 Duong 6, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
(+84) 8 37443555


Price guide: $$$ - More than $100US

Our rating
21 Jun 2017

Eight delightful rooms of rustic charm on the Saigon River in District 2, around 20 minutes from downtown. A true boutique experience.

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On the river at the end of a quiet lane in Saigon’s District 2 - the city’s expat enclave. Around 20 minutes from downtown by taxi (depending on traffic) and close by the blossoming restaurant, cafe, arts and shopping scene of District 2.

Rooms feel and everything else

“Boutique” is one of the most abused adjectives in Vietnam’s hotel scene. River Cottages is the real thing. It’s a serene space.The perfect antidote to chaotic Saigon if you don’t mind being 20 minutes away from the action.

Rooms are comfortable and spacious, in rustic style, with some tasteful bursts of colour. Ground floor rooms have private gardens. Upstairs rooms have views and balconies.

The building looks like a converted expat mansion from the 90s. The owners have cleverly submerged it in plants.  

There’s a deck looking across the Saigon River - a spot where you’ll likely spend some time with a glass of something if you’re staying here.

This is one of the nicest places to stay in Saigon - if you like to keep things simple and tasteful. The absence of a pool may be a deal-breaker for some.

Staff were friendly and helpful - but this is more of place to take care of your own time. If you like to have staff fussing over you, this won't be a good choice.

The owner, a Brit, also owns a couple of restaurants nearby - western and Thai. They deliver to the hotel’s open air dining space, or the deck.


There's no pool.

Rusty Compass recommendations around always independent. We list the places we think you should know about. That’s it. We visited the River Cottage for this inspection at our own expense and received no inducement of any kind for this listing.

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