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“Really felt like home”
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Hoang Thu Homestay
Ranked #47 of 286 Hoi An B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

We really enjoyed our stay hete during our backpacktrip. The staff was so friendly and helpfull and you can use the biked for free. Its a bit out of the centre, but your there in a 10 minute walk or 5 minute bikeride and the beach is 15 minutes by bike.
The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. We went to Cham Island for 2 nights and could leave our big bags here.
Also arranged the bus to Hanoi from there wich was good. Can really reccomend this place!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

This homestay is situated in a quiet street without noisy beer sheds or discothecs!
The family that owns the homestay is very friendly and allways trying to make you feel at home.
We once had to buy some Vietnamese food for someone and the two girls from the reception offered to go with us and buy the food, so we payed the regular local price instead of the price they charge for tourists.
Vietnam is plain and simple and when you show respect, you get respect in return.
The bikes are for free and good to ride for short in town distances!
Motorbikes can be rented by the day so when you need one in the morning it is there within 5 minutes, no problem and it's an automatic bike so no shifting gear needed.
The rooms are neat and tidy and cleaned every day.
The matrass is a boxspring and is quitte comfortable!
The girls at the reception happen to be reasonably speaking english.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

First off, the family at this place is very nice and friendly, and I don't really want to give a bad review, but have to be honest about our experience.

The place has potential: for $25/night, we had a large room with lots of closet space, nightstands, large bathroom with a hot shower than worked, and a balcony. We thought we had hit the jackpot when we arrived. Location is great too - just a short bicycle ride out to the old town and they have bicycles to borrow, or can arrange a motorbike rental at the drop of a hat. Breakfast is basic but fine: coffee or tea, a hot dish (fried eggs, soup noodles, etc) and a juice (powdered juice) or fruit plate. We had no problems with the homestay feel of the place: the fact that they locked up at 9:00 one night and we had to let us in, or that there was always someone sleeping or watching tv in the living room area outside our room was no issue and gave the place a homey feel.

However, upon closer inspection, we realized that the place was not well-maintained. A few examples: the doors to the balcony have suffered enough moisture damage that they do not close property, which was especially fun when the weather changed and it was very windy outside. My husband had to keep the balcony doors shut with a strong elastic and his belt. There are termites in the balcony doors (another reviewer seemed to notice this) which eat away all day and night at the wood and make a constant noise. The shower drain was plugged so badly when we arrived the bathroom was completely flooded, but my husband cleared it with his travelling tool (but the homestay should check on these things, and if they cleaned often enough, they would have realized this). In four nights, they cleaned once, and the place was not that clean to begin with - dust, hairballs and cobwebs could be seen in various areas of the room. They did change the towels and remove garbage, but I'm not sure they should get credit for such a basic service. And the mosquitoes! Don't get me wrong: mosquitoes are a problem everywhere in SE Asia, but this place seemed to be full of them - you could hear the family themselves using their mosquito-swatter every night outside our room, and it was going constantly. There was always a swarm coming from the house (not the balcony) just outside our door when we opened the door to our room - in four and a half months travelling in SE Asia, I was bitten more over the time we stayed here than the rest of our travels. I ended up having to buy a mosquito swatter myself for our room. We used the A/C one night to get the air moving and there was a large water stain in the wall the next morning, likely due to poor design/construction and leaking drainage. We noticed also a very strong chemical smell coming from the bathroom the last few days of our stay - not sure if it was linked to the A/C water damage, but it wasn't there when we first moved in.

There is certainly potential with this place, but it is not well managed or maintained, and we fear that without some intervention, the place will continue to decline. If they can fix these issues, this place will become a real gem as there are some really great aspects to it, and the price is very affordable.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Immaculate and homelike setting made this a much more fun place to stay over Tet than a hotel. yes the bed was hard and the dove in a cage outside our room started cooing at 6:30 a.m. but all in all we enjoyed the family and were very comfortable here. bicycles are available if you want to save yourself the walk to the Old Town. there's a produce market a couple of blocks away. our hosts shared a traditional Tet Eve dinner with us which was a treat. wish we spoke more Vietnamese though, so we could understand his explanation of the snake and seahorse wines fermenting on the shelf.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

We got the first room to the right on the top floor.

This is basically someone's home. I mean it's pretty obvious in the name too and it should not be weird... but it is. It is when you arrive from the airport and someone comes over and opens the door in their pajama and then takes you through their bedroom to your room while someone is snoring thoroughly in yet another room.

It smelled of mold and keeping the A/C on did not help much. The bed was extremely hard. The next morning I checked and it was basically plywood with blankets on it.

As if this was not enough termites kept eating at the doors and all the wooden frames the entire night. An awful scratching noise that echoes and becomes really loud in the quiet of the night.

We were asked to stay here by the guesthouse we actually booked, Loc Phat, just for our first night in Hoi An, as they had a plumbing issue. It was terrible.

I can't rate our interaction with the staff because we were rushing to leave the next day. But judging by how grumpy the old guys was when he opened the door at 11 PM when we got in from the airport I can't imagine anyone's experience being any good...

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

This was My second visit to Hoang Thu and upon checking in they greeted Me warmly just like a friend.Everything was excellent just as before.Miss Ghiang was truly amazing not only checking Me in but also cooking the excellent breakfast.The owner even took Me out for drinks with his friends.Everything about Hoang Thu is positive for Me!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank StephenHolmes1970
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

New building and facility (was built in March 2013 or something), friendly staffs and only 10 minute walking distance to Hoi An Ancient Town.

Rooms are very clean and nice and, honestly, are much better than most 4-5 star hotel rooms.

Receptionist was very helpful and even invited us to nice dinner with her family.

Enough said!

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Kyungrok
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Additional Information about Hoang Thu Homestay

Address: 24A Dinh Tien Hoang | Tan An Ward, Hoi An 0510, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Quang Nam Province > Hoi An
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 286 B&Bs / Inns in Hoi An
Price Range: £8 - £18 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hoang Thu Homestay 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the area of 250m2 in the center of Hoi An, Hoang Thu homestay is ideally situated in between of An Bang Beach and Hoi An Old City, just 2km away from the town and 2km away from the beach. You can go to the beach, countryside and other attractions of Hoi An within 10 -15 minutes by bicycles. Hoang Thu homestay's high standards of service and the wonderful ambience of the destination are ... more   less 
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