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.
- 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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