This is not your typical hotel made for westerners, which is why i LOVED it! Recommended by a great friend who is half Vietnamese and half French, whose vietnamese father used to take her there as a little girl and warned me, "this isn't the W", it's a Viet style hotel.. Well I REVELED in it..
Greeting was warm and charming, the bell hops serviceable and accommodating, the rooms (mine 1205 and my friend's 1204) were SUPER Spacious and with the most beautiful Balcony where I could sit and meditate over the tranquil river and floating canoes of local fishermen, who almost seemed poised there as part of the most beautiful scenery and view i've ever seen.. In the morning Water Buffalos or Ox'es would plow the rice fields, aided by charming farmers in typical Vietnamese hats, on the other side of this tranquil river, offering you a sort of National Geographic in Motion perpetual view! Colorful scarecrows fashioned out of colored rain coats dot the river's other green side.. Had yummy room service the first night, even though it was almost after hours, they accommodated us perfectly. ( do NOT expect staff except reception to speak English, you point at things and express yourself as best you can, this is NOT the hotel's fault. it's most anywhere in Vietnam. But I want to not complain about this, i find it nice, and, after all why do "they" always have to speak "our" language? Hum...?.. I made myself totally understood always by the charming and good natured staff..
The bathroom included a very nice hot hot and full pressure large shower, a gorgeous view over the river from it's window, a candle ,hair dryer and every little hotel amenity you need.
Floors were beautiful dark wood - it was cold outside but not cold in the room - bedding was super clean, white, pressed and pillows comfortable and of good quality. I had a VERY luminous room with gorgeous views form all sides. The rooms are sectioned off into small buildings, mine was closest to the fitness room and spa which I didn't have time to visit but looked nice.
Breakfast takes place near the pool on THE MOST BEAUTIFUL spot perched on the river's edge affording the most magnificent view of the rice field, farmers, water buffalos and passing canoes. The pool is lovely and clean, and again the hotel staff's smiling happy humor made everything great! They had the most wonderful Super strong yet not bitter Vietnamese coffee was like adrenaline in a cup!
Their front desk's recommendations led us to an amazing Bicycle tour of Hoi An which was maybe one of the most special things I did on my 3 week trip to Vietnam- Called
"Heaven and Earth Bicycle tour"s.. can't say enough good things about the experience nor about the girls who served as guides! ( (Tran) known as "Me", and Beh ( sorry if i don't know the spelling)" Thank you! I think biking your countryside a full and entire day was one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCES I"VE EEVER HAD! And, without the Riverside hotel's reception people - we never would have heard about it.
They were also very kind on our last day, offering to lend us a room before our departure at night to Hue and after our bicycle ride, they let us use a fresh room and bathroom to change in and shower in late in the day, something most hotels would have charged for, but they said it was their pleasure to extend that courtesy to us.
We Stayed 2 nights and had 2 breakfasts and one dinner there ( room service) and all food and beverage was delicious.
The location is close enough to town that you can walk, but just far enough that you feel like you're in the middle of the Vietnamese country side.
Thank you Riverside for a perfect Hoi An experience!!!
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