We stayed at Betel Garden Homestay for 4 nights in July, and we found it to be one of the best hotel experiences ever. Tuan, Dong, Vang and Hien were the most hospitible and cheery bunch of hotel staff we've ever met. From the moment of arrival, we felt like we were staying with family; the staff all spent so much time getting to know us and we were privilidged to also be able to get to know them.
Our first experience with the homestay was Vang's helpfulness over email helping us to organise suitable accommodation for our whole family which required 4 rooms and had to accommodate 3 children from a small baby to 7 year olds. Arrangements were also made for airport collection and also a car to Hue at the end of our trip for very reasonable prices.
On arrival, Tuan and Hien were standing right in front of the car door as it opening with huge smiles and delicious passionfruit juice to greet us and get us inducted to the homestay.
The rooms are very spacious, comfortable, well-appointed and, while a bit chintsy and twee for my normal taste, suit the image of the homestay. The rooms are quite dark and while I would normally complain about this, it kept them cool and was also useful for getting our baby to sleep for her midday naps. And because the homestay is very sociable, we spent most of our time on our front porch, in the garden, in their restaurant, and in their pool anyway rather than in our rooms.
The new swimming pool (completed only 2 weeks before we arrived) was an added bonus, especially for the kids. While the water is a bit bath-like in terms of temperature (I prefer my pool water a little cooler, especially in the summer temperatures of Vietnam), the location of the pool means that it is in the shade and so is a great place to hang out with the kids and babies without risk of burning and overheating.
The food at the homestay is delicious, authentic, and has all the regional specialities. Breakfast was made to order and is included in the room rate. The only minor complaint was, because of the style of coffee-making in Vietnam (ie slow drip), it often arrived warm at best and required a bit of a microwave to get it hot again. We were fortunate enough to be invited by the owner of the homestay for a free dinner with her, the staff and the other guests who were also staying for a minimum of 3 nights (the requirement to be invited to the free dinner). It was a wonderful event, with over 20 people chatting in to the wee hours.
As I already mentioned, we had a young baby with us (8.5 months old). She immediately warmed to the staff at the homestay, who frequently took her on walks around the garden and played with her at their own will. We felt so comfortable with the staff that they offered to do a couple of nights baby sitting while we went to a couple of restaurants in the evening after our baby went to sleep. They were extremely loving and responsible and let us know when she had woken up (she had a slight cold while we were there and so wasn't sleeping well) so we could come home. When we got back to the homestay, she was sitting smiling with all the staff in the reception area. She was well taken care of.
When we left, I am not embarrassed to say that the entire family of 8 were all a bit teary as we drove away. We miss Betel Garden Homestay and we will definitely be back. I fortunately live in Saigon so it is just a short flight away!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Betel Garden Homestay - Villas is an exclusive villa retreat encompassed within a 3000 square meter tropical landscape in a small village, near the city center of Hoi An. This boutique property consists of 10 stylish villas and rooms that have been inspired by the Vietnamese concept of unity between man and his environment. The Homestay - Villas is a 10 minute walk from the centre of Hoi An and a 20 minute bicycle ride from the beach. And there are also some restaurants and coffee shops like The Balance Cafe nearby. Bicycles can be borrowed for free . If you are looking for a unique experience, this is the place to stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Betel Garden Homestay Hotel Hoi An