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“A different expereince in Hoi An”

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Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #53 of 159 Hotels in Hoi An
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 April 2007

Having read some of the earlier reviews I was a little put off this hotel and really only booked in because we had dithered making the booking as a result. Plus having made initial mail contact the hotel did send me a couple of reminders - in the end if was the easy choice to book in. And we were not disappoinited at all.

The beach front room was very good and exactly as pictured, with good bed, certainly not soft but I like hard beds so no issue there. Service was good and the layout of the hotel is very clever, with lots of fish and channelled running water to keep insects down. I had no bites there and I tend to get bitten a lot in Asia, which is testement to the design.

There was no sign of the penny pinching mentioned in an earleir review. Short access to the internet we did not get charged for (i.e. up to 10-15 mins use) so I can only assume the previous reviewer must have wanted a long time online or the hotel has responded to the criticism.

The food in the restaurant is good but there is great food just 5 minutes walk away in the stalls. Although darkish at night the walk was perfectly safe and worth it for the food we had. There is also laundry there as the hotel is not cheap.

The hotel is located a 10 minute bus ride to town, and it supplies shuttles throughtout the day, or $4 if you want transport outside the set times. There are cycloes and taxis available in Hoi An, but not in the car free zones as you would expect. We took a cyclo ride back to the hotel one day which was worth the experience and good fun.

The hotel has the sea on one side and river on the other. There are shrimp fields nearby (you will have to look to explain this) plus Hoi An itself.

It has a large games area for pool and board games, but the Elephant Bar is not exactly sparking or well used during our visit.

The only complaint we had was the band playing by the pool on Saturday night - the noise hit our room. Maybe it was the lousy version of Bad Moon Rising that made it bad though.

I would say "go now" before Hoi An changes as the town is developing and inevitably some of the old world feel will go within a few years. Stay at this hotel to relax and visit the town. We may well do so again, although next visit we may go into Hoi An for the hell of it. I certainly do not expect this level of comfort in the old town though.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2007

We stayed here for 5 nights early April. The staff were really helpful. I got ill one night (nothing to do with the hotel) and they went out of their way to assist.
The beach is lovely although the sea can be un-swimable at times. Plenty of sun beds. The rooms are immaculate. Good transport to town. But now the xe oms (motor bikes with driver) are licensed you do not need to rely on the last mini bus the hotel provides (9.30pm).
There are more central places to stay in Hoi An but if you want to chill out in Hoi An i.e. stay for more than a night or two then this is definately the place to stay.
We booked through a local agent in Vietnam who got us a rate of $110 all-in inc breakfast so ignore lots of the deals on the web. Breakfast is very good and they will happily provide expressos if you ask rather than the regular coffee - always a sign of a better hotel

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank marie3
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Reviewed 7 April 2007

Just got back from Vietnam. Stayed at the Victoria 31st to the 2nd of April 2007. In Vietnam this hotel is classed as a 4 Star Hotel. No complaints about this hotel. Received cool towels and welcome drink on arrival. Stayed in a Sea View Room as all the Standard Rooms were booked. Actually I have one little complaint -thought the hotel room rate was overpriced. This standard of hotel in say Bali would be US$70 to US$80 per night. We paid US$160 per night for our room. Very expensive for Vietnam. Buffet breakfast was included in price though and it was great. Went from 6am to 10.30am every morning. Hotel is right on the beach with the river across the road. Pool good, beach very nice and sea was clean. It was stinking hot when we were there so pool water quite warm. Pool staff dropped big blocks of ice in water -didn't do much but was a novelty for the kids. I spent most of my time in the sea. There are sun loungers around the pool which can get full up pretty quickly. There are also beach cabanas on sand with loungers. Lots of families here. Can't comment on hotel food as we ate in Hoi An town every night. Great restaurants -in fact too much choice! Good though and very cheap. Used hotel free shuttel into town -about a 5 minute drive. Goes about every hour. Taxi is cheap into town if you need one. A very short walk from the hotel just around the corner are some local eateries and tourist shops. The pet elephant is now deceased. Had a Swedish massage in hotel spa. Very relaxing. Room had fan + air con. Complimentary water in the room was replenished every day. Turndown service every night with biscuits left on our pillows. If you are in Hoi An for full moon make sure you get into town to see all the lanterns on the river. The hotel has a guide as to when full moon is.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank kiwiann1
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Reviewed 3 March 2007

We went to Vietnam for 4 weeks in August 2006 with 3 kids, aged 14yrs, 11yrs and 8 years. We at first stayed in a hotel in town but after 2-3 weeks in Vietnam we need a treat and to get away from the constant "buy from me" so we cycled out to the beach and looked at the hotels. We picked the Victoria and were not sorry. We got 2 nights for 3, breakfast included - which the kids loved, there was so much choice and very fresh - the kids found baked beans!!! . But I would of found it hard to pay the $10 extra for breakfast, if it wasn't included,(we didn't in Sapa) as everything is so cheap in Hoi An. We got 2 interconnecting rooms and added an extra bed, even though the beds are big our 3 kids were not keen to share and it was our turn to pay up and buy another bed! Most cheaper hotels don't charge for extra beds or internet, but at the more expensive, and here you have to pay for all these extras.

We overloooked the river and road which was no problem with the noise, the rooms were clean and spacious. It was very hot in Aug, the beach was gorgeous and peaceful, no hassles to buy. The pool was beautiful, it has dark blue tiles in it to match the sea colour, which when it is hot the water gets hot too, so in the afternoons they put big blocks of ice in it, which was great fun. The staff are all attentive, the bar on the beach is expensive by Vietnam standards but equal to eupoean standards. There are minibuses into and out of town. There is a queue early eveing. Hoi An town has some great restaurants and very cheap. If you miss the hotel minibus the taxis are cheap. About £1. Hoi An is also good to get clothes made and jewellery made. We used Bi Bi Silk which were good. The town is geared up for selling and it is worth buying here, reasonably priced, not so much choice in Saigon and more expensive. Hanoi is reasonable too and has a good choice. We did not use the hotel laundry service, too expenisve we used the shops further up by the beach...no problems.

We absolutely loved it there, it was our littel beach retreat after tooring around Vietnam - we then went onto Nha Trang and we all wished we had stayed at the Victoria for another 3 days instead!! We were getting fed up of excursions and just ready for some beach and relaxation. The beach is not suitable for snorkeling, but there is diving offered further out, which if we had stayed we would of done, that was the main reason to go to Nha Trang but for my pennies worth, I think Nha Trang should be missed. Apart form the great curry at the Yacht club...Nha Trang alot more expensive than Hoi An....from here down south it does get more expensive.

The resturant by the pool, does good food and the service by the pool excellent, but you are paying for it....but what a treat it was for us...the kids have now decided back packing is not for them, this was the way to travel...as long as we paid for it!

Great Hotel, enjoy it...and we will back one day..if only the visas to Vietnam didn't cost so much we would pop over, with a cheap flight for 10 days this summer. Internal flights, trains and buses all easy to arrange once you are in Vietnam.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 February 2007

I was worried about Hoi An, read different reiews here. But this is the BEST choice.

We had an ocean front room, incredible. Opened our doors to our beach chairs.

The hotel is immaculate.

They had free interent avaiable if you had your own laptop, and free transportation to and from town.

There are many hotels listed here that are in town. Do NOT stay in town or along the river. The best is on the beautiful ocean.]

Food in the hotel was pricey but very reasonable in town.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank IamMe
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Reviewed 19 January 2007

Our three nights at Victoria Beach could have been better.

We loved the spa, and while the pool was too cool for swimming (as was the outdoor jacuzzi which is really weird) the pool is in a beautiful location. We also think the staff is wonderful. But the resort seemed to spring little charges for services every time we turned around. Finally, after two days of it, I protested, and it took the very real threat of returning to our $15 per night hotel in Hoi An, at which we got a FREE breakfast, to gain management's attention. I must say they responded in fine fashion, and we appreciate them moving us to a suite on the beach and nixing our weird little charges. For coffee even!

Anyway, we splurged to spend Christmas and Boxing Day in luxury at Victoria Beach, and maybe people rich enough to not care about the little charges here and there would not think twice about it, but we are not that wealthy, so we had to protest. And it should not come to that. Next time, we will go to the Palm Gardens or the Golden Sands down the road, and when I arrive I will make it very clear what I will pay for and what I WILL NOT pay for. If they argue the point, then I will ride my rented motorscooter back to Hoi An and get a room there for 1/10th the price and trouble.

My advice, for what it is worth.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank HeadedOut
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Reviewed 11 January 2007

We traveled with our 2 young children to both Hanoi and Hoi An.
Hoi An was terrific for the kids! The hotel at the Victoria was a pleasant little oasis in Vietnam. The rooms were right on the beach. We had a family suite and it was quite large. The kids loved the hotel. It was too cold to go to the beach or swim while we were there. But, we enjoyed watching the water buffalo help clean the beach in the morning! The hotel staff was very friendly and did their best to make us all feel comfortable. The little town of Hoi An is a delight. We actually thought the shopping was better there than in Hanoi! We saw no other hotels that compared to the Victoria. I think it is your best choice for a place to stay near Hoi An.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled with family
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6  Thank LaBoo
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Address: Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Quang Nam Province > Hoi An
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Hoi An
#8 Romantic Hotel in Hoi An
#8 Family Hotel in Hoi An
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Hoi An
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Hoi An
#25 Luxury Hotel in Hoi An
Price Range: £84 - £181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 109
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover Hoi An, splendor of the past Annam, a most charming town listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Explore the vestiges of a glorious Cham past. Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa replicates a traditional fishing village with small streets, water ponds and village houses with clay-tiled roofs, providing a warm and restful environment. ... more   less 
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