We braved the incredible Hoi An heat to check out a few hotels recommended by Lonely Planet before picking this one. We felt the price to value ratio was definitely the best after organising a twin room for $27 per night (including breakfast) - and we enjoyed the hotel so much we ended up staying for six nights.
The biggest selling point for us was probably the fantastic rooftop swimming pool area. The water was a bit warm being in the sun all day, but it was still a welcome reprieve from the Hoi An heat - trust me that this is one city where you NEED to book a hotel with a pool.
The hotel is newly refurbished, looks very smart and has a boutique vibe. The rooms are tastefully decorated with modern bathrooms. The only thing you need to be aware of is that most of the rooms look DIRECTLY onto the wall of the building next door so you are unlikely to get natural light, never mind a view. I expected this would bother me (I normally avoid rooms advertised as "windowless") but I must be honest and say that as I only used my room to shower and sleep in, the lack of light was acceptable, and lack of street noise appreciated.
Breakfast was decent - a selection of fruit, cereal, baguettes, toast, jam, boiled eggs, bacon, freshly made omelets, banana pancakes and one or two Vietnamese options. And a special mention must go to the staff who were incredibly friendly and helpful.
There are 3 restaurants directly across the road - the one on the far right as you walk out of the hotel (think it says 114 on a blue plaque on the wall) serves excellent and cheap Cao Lau, white rose (both Hoi An specialties you must try), tasty spring rolls and has LaRue beer at only 15,000 dong for a big bottle. They also make wicked iced coffee (with ice and condensed milk). The restaurant/bar place in the middle is also good for a late night (well before 11pm) drink and decent Pho Bo.
Oh, and for bicycle rental, the lady next to the restaurant on the far right is great - only 15,000 dong per day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vinh Hung Library Hotel is proud to offer 26 spacious, elegant and contemporary Asian designed rooms, artfully decorated with dark woods and local craftwork. Renovated in 2014, our hotel now incorporates a library of books our guests can relax with and enjoy. Each of our delightful rooms offer air conditioning, complimentary in room WIFI, flat screen cable TV and a marble tiled bathroom complete with monsoon shower! Some rooms have balconies. Located in the heart of beautiful Hoi An, a mere 5 minute stroll from the old town and the famous Ancient Japanese Covered Bridge. Relax by the only roof top swimming pool and sundeck in town and take a refreshing dip overlooking the rooftops of Hoi An. If you want to escape the town for the day, Cua Dai and An Bang Beaches are within easy reach, a 10 minute ride away, just ask at reception to arrange a taxi (car or motorbike!). Bicycle rental is available at the hotel. A buffet style breakfast is served daily in the dining room. Airport transfers and tours can be arranged by the hotel, and the travel desk can advise you of onward travel. ... more less
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