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Charmington La Pointe the pants off us!

Charmington La Pointe was our second Airbnb apartment booking. She charmed us all right!

Our stay at The Eastern Apartment, Ho Chi Minh City

It may have been smaller than our last apartment but it had oodles of charm. We thoroughly enjoyed staying in this neat little set up.

The Charmington La Pointe Apartment

 

How we found the Charmington La Pointe apartment

We had a friend coming over for a visit and we wanted to give her a the best first impression of HCMC.

This meant we had to find accommodation in a spot that was close to all the action but not overwhelming. It also had to be close to some good food and coffee options.

Airbnb again gave us some great options to consider! The Charmington La Pointe apartment was the winner by a mile.

Location

Located in district 10, it sounds like it’s far away, but really it wasn’t.

The most convenient thing about the location was the decent on-site supermarket.

Not to mention plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, street food and transport was a breeze!

The Charmington La Pointe Complex

Completed in 2016, the Charmington La Pointe complex is still fresh and well looked after.

Transport

From its location on Coa Thang street, you can easily get to districts 1, 3 and 5. The airport is a 20-minute GRAB ride (we paid VND180,000 (~USD8.00 / ~AUD11.00) one way), during reasonable traffic.

Or you have a choice of public transport and taxis to get pretty much anywhere else. Both of which are readily available in this area, as is GRAB.

Facilities

The building itself caters for a mix of commercial and personal spaces.

There is a coffee shop on floor 12A (13 for westerners).

And for those hot summer days, it has a large outdoor pool with facilities available to all residents. The pool is also kid friendly and offers a separate lap section.

Car park

It also has a car park that accommodates a small number of cars and a decent number of motorbikes. Parking is extra but we we’re not sure on the cost as we didn’t use it.

We weren’t going to need our motorbikes and decided to store them at Saigon Storage along with our other gear. More on Saigon Storage here too.

The Charmington La Pointe Apartment

This was a compact loft styled apartment. Despite its small size, it accommodated three adults nicely.

Room and wardrobe space

The Charmington La Pointe Apartment

One side of the mezzanine floor housed the full-sized queen bed. It came with a Vietnamese style mattress (they tend to be on the super firm side), and clean bedding.

On the other side was the semi wardrobe/dressing space. You can throw down the fold out (spare) mattress in this area. It’s not a comfortable fit, but is workable.

The Charmington La Pointe Apartment

We didn’t end up using the spare mattress, it was not comfortable at all.  The additional bedding allowed one of us to sleep on the couch instead.  As we were only there for two nights, it didn’t end up being big deal.

Living and dining

Down on the ground floor there was a couch, small table, large flat screen and a beanbag. Next to it was a small dining table with two chairs.

The Charmington La Pointe Apartment

 

Kitchen and bathroom

The kitchen was small but well equipped. It came with an induction cooker, fridge, microwave and washing machine. As well as decent cooking and eating utensils, cutlery and crockery.

The Charmington La Pointe Apartment

Next to the kitchen was a small but practical bathroom. It had a full-sized shower, basin and western toilet. The water pressure was great and there was plenty of hot water on tap for everyone to enjoy a good shower.

The Charmington La Pointe Apartment

The apartment was well maintained and presented.

As with the previous apartment, cleaning wasn’t included in the cost. We were asked to leave the apartment in a reasonable condition. Cleaning it was no problem as the owner left us with a decent supply cleaning product which made the job easy.

Service Experience

The owner was fantastic to deal with and had reasonably good English. This made communicating with him easy.

The instruction manual for the apartment was also thorough and easy to understand. Another good tick.

Check in

The check in process was very simple. We sent him a message via Airbnb to let him know we had checked in. He asked us to turn on the power and gave us verbal instructions for the hot water system.

That was pretty much all there was to it.

Check out

We had to be at the airport at the crack of dawn so messaged the owner the day before to ask if he needed anything from us. He told us that he was fine and didn’t need anything else.

He also asked us to turn off the main power before we left, which we did.

Again, a simple process and the owner contacted us to thank us for leaving the apartment in a clean and tidy manner.

Happy renters, happy owner.

Cost

The Charmington La Pointe apartment came to VND578,000 (~USD25.00 / ~AUD35) per night. Not a bad deal for what it offered in return.

That’s our stay at Charmington La Pointe apartment

The apartment did have one negative and that was that it doesn’t comfortably cater for three adults. Even when we asked about the accommodations for a third person before we made the booking.

The spare mattress was all of 4cm thick and not comfortable to sleep on at all. The couch isn’t big enough to accommodate a person over five foot tall either.

Nor is it comfortable to sleep on.

While me made it work, we wouldn’t recommend booking it for three adults.

That was the only grump about our stay here, everything else was positive! The supermarket downstairs was fantastic and offered a lot. We can definitely recommend the breakfast banh mi for VND10,000 (~USD0.40 / ~AUD0.60) each. They are super tasty and filling.

We would definitely recommend a stay here! Great apartment, great location, great stay!

Thank you for reading about our stay at the Charmington La Pointe apartment. If you want to see more on this apartment, then have a look at our apartment tour vlog.

Hope this was of use but if you’re looking for more info, then try Our Two Cents Page.

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