Advantages Nicely decorated hotel, reasonably priced sundries.
Disadvantages On the edge of town
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For our stay in the pretty, small town of Hoi An, in central Vietnam our tour company had booked this hotel, which was one of my favourites of our trip. Hoi An is a small ancient town (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and is probably your best place for shopping in Vietnam.The hotel is based in Cam Nam village, just across the river from the Old Town – less than a mile to walk across the bridge. This is a three star hotel and when we arrived we walked up the large stone steps into a grand entrance foyer in dark wood with a Vietnamese style (plus some random left over Christmas decorations). We were greeted with a refreshing towel and a fruit drink. Check in was swift and we headed into the lift to our room on the 4th floor.
The room was a good size, with a double and single bed in it in heavy dark wood. The bathroom wasn’t massive, the shower was over the bath (as is typical in Vietnam), but there was always hot water, and the shower was consistent. As usual there was a good range of assorted freebies such as shower caps, cotton buds, toothbrushes and soap. Overall, the room was smart, simply furnished and clean. There was a wardrobe, desk, mirror, fridge and TV in the room. The room was also air conditioned. The lights and air-con were key fob activated, but as the key was attached to the fob like a coventional key ring, we could just remove it – leaving the fob in its slot and taking the key with us. Thus we could keep the room cool whilst we were out.The hotel is well designed with a large, round pool in the centre on the ground floor, with loungers, chairs and tables and a bar. The restaurant is on the 5th floor, just up the stairs from our room. It is a spacious, open sided restaurant area with good views of the area. The buffet selection area looked quite small but they had a good selection – an egg/omelette bar, toast, hot food – usually Vietnamese style dishes - pastries, juices and cereals. This was the first (and only) hotel I spotted Coco Pops. Staff members were usually available and kept things topped up nicely. I assume you could eat here at other times, but we never had the opportunity. The restaurant area is L shaped, and across the other side was a bar area where we bought some reasonable cocktails on the first night, sadly it was closed when we returned on the second night at about 10pm. No one goes out late in Vietnam and if no one was sitting in the bar, then they closed it.
Other facilities the hotel offered included beauty treatments and meeting rooms but I had no need for either of these. We did do some laundry here and the standard was acceptable. I had some trousers with a mysterious mark on the front which didn’t quite come out when they washed it, but has since come out in my home washing machine without any special treatment. Laundry prices were very reasonable with underwear being US$0.40, and even trousers only being a little over US$1. With the humidity it was nice to be able to freshen up our T-shirts etc. They offer a same day service if you hand your laundry to reception before 10am. I know someone who handed it in after lunch, and still got it back that evening though, but that may depend how busy they are. All laundered clothes were lightly pressed and neatly folded when returned. In reception you can keep your valuables stored behind the desk and they have a small selection of pretty gifts and some internet terminals. I never got a chance to try them though. Drinks in the fridge in the room were very cheap – small bottles of water were only VND10,000 (US$0.55 or UK£0.35). Outside the hotel, as you walked to town there were a few shops selling cigarettes, drinks and snacks and you could book tours or hire bicycles (you could probably do it inside the hotel too). We didn’t do this activity ourselves, but a few of our group did and it is worth noting that suspension on these bikes isn’t as good as you would get back home.Overall we really enjoyed our stay here and in Hoi An. The rooms were clean and comfortable, and the food and facilities were very good. I didn’t mind being just out of town, as it was such a short distance (and a small town) and I liked the décor and layout of the hotel very much. Although we paid for the hotel as part of our package, if I was return, I would definitely like to come back here again. We checked with reception and the rack rate is US$75 for a double and US$65 for a single, but hopefully you would be able to get better offers on the hotel online.
Van Loi Hotel
Cam Nam Village
Hoi An Town Quang Nam Province
Hoi An, Quang Nam VN 00000
Phone: 84 510 936 205
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