The Essence Hoi An is a new property located a little outside the heart of Hoi An. This is an asset, however, as it provides a nice area of sanctuary after spending time in the town, and the hotel offers a shuttle both into town and to the beach (though we'd suggest it might be nice if this ran more frequently). There are also bikes to borrow on request for those so inclined, but we found we enjoyed the walk back and forth into town (even at night, when it felt quite safe), and taxis are also cheap.
As for the room, it was very large and well-appointed. The bed was very comfortable, and we enjoyed the large, stone shower. Our room was on the top floor and in a corner, offering three-way views of the road, the rice paddies and the pool.
Speaking of the pool, it was a nice feature, and it was enjoyable to be able to go for an afternoon swim, particularly during the hottest part of the day. While the poolside seating is limited, we never ended up having any trouble getting a spot.
The breakfast buffet was also quite good, and included both a crepe and egg station, which we availed of daily. There were also a number of other options, including fresh fruit, various salads, as well as Asian options, such as pho.
Lastly, having stayed at a sister property in Hanoi (the excellent Hanoi Elegence Ruby), we were not surprised to find that the service at the Essence Hoi An was very good, particularly from the front desk staff. Indeed, after Vietnam Airlines changed one of our flights for the fourth time, we were able to get the assistance of the hotel's travel concierge to help us get things sorted.
In summary, we very much enjoyed our stay at the Essence Hoi An, and can highly recommend it to others. We will certainly look to stay there again should we return to Hoi An.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Hung Vuong Street, on the edge of Hoi An’s old town and not far from the Japanese Covered Bridge, this brand new 4 star boutique hotel nestles on the edge of quiet lush green paddy fields away from the crowds of the old town. Set in a tropical garden, the style embodies authentic, ancient Hoi An charm mixed with modern influences. Our guest rooms have either balconies or large windows bringing you close to nature in a Vietnamese comfort of modern settings. A couple can enjoy their stay in a Deluxe room or a Suite while a family of 4 - 5 people can share a large Family balcony room or take a luxurious Pool view Connecting room. We provide private transfers from Da Nang airport or rail station, daily buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and sunset cocktails as well as many other complimentary services and amenities. The hotel is operated and managed by renowned Hanoi Elegance & Essence Group. Our team of professionals brings a fresh breeze with a new trend of simply comfort and highest quality of customer service to Hoi An. ... more less
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