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Betel Garden Villas
Ranked #62 of 159 Hotels in Hoi An
Reviewed 26 April 2010

It is common for the web presence of a hotel to be, shall we say, a little rose coloured. However, this is not the case for the Vuon Trau Family resort (Betel Garden Homestay). This establishment exceeded our expectations. It is indeed a small (only seven rooms), serene oasis.
The rooms are spacious, clean, and equipped with substantial and high quality furniture. The bathrooms are up to scratch (and large). We booked connecting rooms which was an ideal solution regarding travelling with two young teenage/tweeny girls.
The landscaping is immaculate, shady and welcoming. Instead of a restaurant, tables are scattered in the garden and on patios of the rooms. The food is great. We very much enjoyed the a la carte breakfasts (inclusive with room rate), and also some really high quality lunchs and dinners, which were similar in price to nearby restaurants. The highly cost-effective mini-bar was an occasional life-saver after a hard day at the tailors. We took a cooking class that included shopping at the central market. It was fun as well as instructive. Our family were the only clients that day, so it was personalised to our interests and preferences.
Alice (age 11) : " I learnt lots of new things about Vietnamese food and I found the rice pancakes a bit tricky but I got lots of help from the friendly chef."
This was our first visit to Hoi An, so we were not sure how well the location would work. However, by bike, which was included in room rate, it was a leisurely ride, less than 10 minutes, to the Old Town and 20 minutes to Cua Dai Beach. It is also a short stroll to Cua Dai Road which has no shortage of tourist-oriented businesses, and a short stroll in the other direction to the river. The path along the river is a "scenic route" for getting into town.
The staff are friendly, efficient and chatty, and make the homestay experience different and, for us, better than the standard hotel experience. For example, some staff (Hi Hien!) took the trouble to give us real help with our rudimentary Vietnamese phrases.
We experienced a booking glitch, and the management worked very hard to successfully fix the problem. We had to stay elsewhere for our first few days in Hoi An, but we shifted to Vuon Trau for a seven day stay as soon as we could, and are very pleased that we did.
Finally, the little "freebies" - the laundry service, the previously mentioned bicycles, fresh fruit in the rooms, the family dinner, and even a short river cruise made an already enjoyable experience even more memorable.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 April 2010

It is common for the web presence of a hotel to be, shall we say, a little rose coloured. However, this is not the case for the Vuon Trau Family resort (Betel Garden Homestay). This establishment exceeded our expectations. It is indeed a small (only seven rooms), serene oasis.
The rooms are spacious, clean, and equipped with substantial and high quality furniture. The bathrooms are up to scratch (and large). We booked connecting rooms which was an ideal solution regarding travelling with two young teenage/tweeny girls.
The landscaping is immaculate, shady and welcoming. Instead of a restaurant, tables are scattered in the garden and on patios of the rooms. The food is great. We very much enjoyed the a la carte breakfasts (inclusive with room rate), and also some really high quality lunchs and dinners, which were similar in price to nearby restaurants. The highly cost-effective mini-bar was an occasional life-saver after a hard day at the tailors. We took a cooking class that included shopping at the central market. It was fun as well as instructive. Our family were the only clients that day, so it was personalised to our interests and preferences.
Alice (age 11) : " I learnt lots of new things about Vietnamese food and I found the rice pancakes a bit tricky but I got lots of help from the friendly chef."
This was our first visit to Hoi An, so we were not sure how well the location would work. However, by bike, which was included in room rate, it was a leisurely ride, less than 10 minutes, to the Old Town and 20 minutes to Cua Dai Beach. It is also a short stroll to Cua Dai Road which has no shortage of tourist-oriented businesses, and a short stroll in the other direction to the river. The path along the river is a "scenic route" for getting into town.
The staff are friendly, efficient and chatty, and make the homestay experience different and, for us, better than the standard hotel experience. For example, some staff (Hi Hien!) took the trouble to give us real help with our rudimentary Vietnamese phrases.
We experienced a booking glitch, and the management worked very hard to successfully fix the problem. We had to stay elsewhere for our first few days in Hoi An, but we shifted to Vuon Trau for a seven day stay as soon as we could, and are very pleased that we did.
Finally, the little "freebies" - the laundry service, the previously mentioned bicycles, fresh fruit in the rooms, the family dinner, and even a short river cruise made an already enjoyable experience even more memorable.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 April 2010

We can not say enough about the lovely staff and the beautiful environment of Betel Garden. We spent a week here though we had only intended to stay three days. The staff did everything possible to make our stay relaxing and enjoyable. We loved being a bit out of town, away from the other tourists. Bikes are provided and we often rode through the outlying neighborhoods, and consequently, got a real feel for the day to day culture of Vietnam. Betel Garden is close enough to town to walk, and right on the way to the beach for an easy bike ride. This is a must stay place if you are going to Hoi An. If you like to cook, think about taking the cooking class they offer. It was a highlight for us.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2010

We stayed 3 nights in the connecting rooms next to the small pool.

The homestay is a peaceful retreat from charming but busy Hoi An, with lovely gardens and a small pool. It is a short walk from Hoi An although we took taxis which were plentiful and cheap.

The rooms are large, private and nicely furnished with an excellent value mini bar! Guests eat at tables dotted around the garden and we were delighted to be able to put our 2 small children to bed and eat peacefully outside! The food is some of the best Vietnamese food we tasted! Try the banana flower salad and the crispy wontons!

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and as we stayed 3 nights we were invited to eat with the manager and a family member along with some other very nice guests on our last night which gave us an interesting insight into Vietnamese life and culture.

Would love to return to Hoi An and would definitely stay at Betel Garden Homestay!

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 April 2010

Our family stayed at Betel Garden Homestay for 3 nights in March 2010. From the moment we arrived, the staff was very attentive to our needs. We were assigned to the room by the resort's small pool, which delighted our daughter, since it seemed like our own private pool. Our room was spacious and comfortable. The resort is located an easy 10-15 minutes' walk from Hoi An, which we did twice a day although bikes are available for guests' use as well. The staff arranged a tour to My Son for us, which was no more expensive than had we gone through any of the tour shops in town. Since we stayed for 3 nights, we were invited to a meal with the family, a nice gesture and a chance to learn more about them and Vietnamese culture. The grounds are well manicured and make Betel Garden Homestay a relaxing oasis away from the bustle of Hoi An proper.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 April 2010

Vuon Trau was the highlight of our month long trip to Vietnam. After the bustle of town ,restaurants, shops etc , it was a garden oasis to come "home" to. The grounds are lovingly maintained ,complete with caged birds and brick walkways that meander about the property. The staff is totally attentive, taking time to help you with anything from posting a letter to arranging a trip......or just passing some time with stories. They all spoke English very well and after a week, we were all friends. The free breakfast was delicious ,as was all the food, and care was taken to have fresh flowers on your table.
The fleet of free bicycles got a lot of use from us as we often chose to just pedal around the villages which surround the river delta, or go to the beach or into Hoi An. It was a great way to get around ....quiet and peaceful.
Vietnam is just loaded with people and tours,etc etc. Vuon Trau is just an escape from that in a beautiful, quiet setting

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank geodman
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Reviewed 6 April 2010

We spent three lovely nights at Betel Garden Homestay Resort. We arrived mid-afternoon the first day and were quickly checked in to our own little cottage with a double and single bed inside. There was also a clean shower and bathtub (though the toilet leaked occasionally). One thing we especially liked was the lighting arrangement in the rooms with both bright and low-lights and a good workspace with wireless connectivity.

Since we stayed 3 nights we were invited to a dinner with fellow travelers and some family members. They kindly offered me a vegetarian version, which I shared with one of the staff who is also vegetarian (a really lovely woman whose name I cannot remember). It was a delicious dinner and good conversation abounded. Breakfast was also good--cooked to order eggs, bread, coffee, juice, pancakes, fruit, etc. They kept asking if we wanted more, but with a lot of good food on offer in Hoi An I tried to eat light so that I would be hungry for lunch and dinner.

The location for us was great. You could walk into old town in 15 minutes or take one of the free bikes. it was also about a 20 minute leisurely ride to the beach, which is quite beautiful the last 10 minutes or so and certainly worth it even if you aren't a beach person.

Unlike a previous review I certainly did not see any local wildlife beyond the occasional lizard in the garden.

This is a very quaint place to stay and probably not for everyone. We wanted to be outside of old town and having the bikes available to us was excellent. Yes roosters woke us up in the morning, but that was all part of the experience and it was truly a special experience.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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Address: 161 Tran Nhan Tong St.. | Cam Chau Village, Hoi An, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Quang Nam Province > Hoi An
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Hoi An
#3 Romantic Hotel in Hoi An
Price Range: £22 - £46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Betel Garden Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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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