“A small, family-run B&B tucked away in a residential district of Saigon; great value for money”
There are 12 rooms, arranged over the 5 floors of the townhouse. We stayed in a Deluxe Double, which was simply adorned with a double bed, writing desk, TV and small balcony. The style is simple with a Parisian twist, so all furniture is painted with a French finish, and everything has been done with great care, from the cover they put on the bottled water and the embroidered cushions to the little box of sewing kits, tiger balm and shower gel. Ensuite bathrooms are tiny but the showers are good, and the whole house is spotless.
As they were re-vamped at the same time, all rooms feel new and equally cared for, which is nice. All are decorated in a similar vein, but we'd definitely recommend booking a Deluxe Double if you can; the extra space really makes the difference. The other double rooms (Standard or Signature) are smaller, and the Standard Singles even cosier. Standard and Signature Doubles are actually the same size, but Signatures include a little something extra (like a bottle of wine) depending on what they are offering at that time.
If you're travelling with kids, book a Deluxe Double. Ma Maison has a baby cot or can put a mattress on the floor for children aged 2-10.
Breakfast is included in your room rate - a choice of English, Vietnamese or Healthy. We went for the English and had a lovely spread of croissants, eggs, bacon and freshly squeezed passion fruit juice, plus homemade yoghurt. No other meals are served but if you ask in advance, they can arrange for a meal to be cooked for lunch and dinner (perhaps Pho Bo or a spicy beef soup), or get a delivery from a restaurant. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day to help yourself to in the kitchen.
A 15-minute taxi ride will whisk you to all that Saigon has to offer gastronomically, which is quite phenomenal: the choice and quality on offer in this city is fantastic. Trying the flaming spicy beef at TIB (187 Hai Ba Trung, District 3) should be a serious priority during your stay - I almost can’t stress that enough. The restaurant is situated in an old colonial house tucked down an alleyway and is decorated traditionally with pristine white tablecloths, large dark wooden chairs and deep red walls. The fried wontons to start are surprisingly good, too, and there's a great wine selection.
For a chic restaurant with a modern vibe, try Nha Hang Ngon (160 Pasteur Street, District 1); the starters are original and sublime. For a fun lunch or dinner head to Quan An Ngong (138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1) and try melt-in-your-mouth beef with lime. The restaurant is set in a colonial villa with an inner courtyard flanked by high-ceilinged and fan-cooled rooms, plus there's an outside terrace where chefs cook your food on open barbecues.
Of course there are also masses of excellent restaurants that mainly cater to locals, though none within walking distance. Ask at reception for recommendations, and for help booking cabs.
Ma Maison accommodates but doesn’t focus on children. The Vietnamese culture is by nature very child-friendly, but carrying a child up all the stairs would be hard work, and only children aged 0-10 are allowed. Baby cots and mattresses can be provided on request.
Children (4-12 years)
Families are allowed in Deluxe Double Rooms only; 1 mattress or baby cot can be added per room.