Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam
The fundamentals of good hotel service are pretty simple. Offer decent rooms at a fair price and be as friendly as you possibly can to your guests – it's a no-brainer. Despite the obviousness of this premise, however, there are hundreds of hoteliers in Saigon who choose to chart a more divisive route meaning it can sometimes be hard to sort the wheat from the clueless chaff. A good example of what a budget hotel should be doing can be found at Duc Vuong. Going quietly about its business at the quieter end of Bui Vien Street for several years, this place ticks all the right boxes. The price is right, the rooms are commensurate with the tariff and the location is ideal. On top of all this, there's free wi-fi throughout the hotel, a decent (inclusive) breakfast and personal service with a smile. Carlsberg don't make budget mini-hotels in Vietnam, but if they did it would probably look something like this.