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“Beautiful boutique hotel on the outskirts of Hoi An” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ancient House River Resort & Spa

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Ancient House River Resort & Spa
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Hamlet 2, Cam Thanh ward, Hoi An 84 510, Vietnam   |  
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Ranked #70 of 99 Hotels in Hoi An
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Beautiful boutique hotel on the outskirts of Hoi An”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

I booked this hotel by mistake, thinking it was walking distance from the Hoi An downtown. It is actually a 5 - 10min bus ride out of the city in a quiet residential area with a tranquil location by the river. Although there is a free shuttle bus to town, you are quite limited by fixed schedule (and the last bus back to the resort at 9.20pm tend to be very packed, especially on weekends!) so for those who are very keen on the wonderful sights in the old town, this place is definitely not for you! However, if you are looking for a nice boutique hotel in a peaceful environment to get away from it all, then this place is just for you!

Rooms have a rustic and modern concept fusion, with some rough, wooden furnishing but smooth, marbled tiled floors.. very spacious though. Rooms on the 3rd floor have a balcony overlooking the swimming pool and the grounds with partial sea view. The room I got was more suited for couples, with the open bath concept so if you don't want your room mate to see everything while you shower, request for another type of room (if possible)! While the room was comfortable, there are a few inconveniences, such as the aircon being directly above the shower area. Also, not sure if it was an isolated incident but there was no warm water throughout my stay. No complains from me cos the cold shower was perfect for the warm and humid weather!

Wonderful service from the staff at Ancient House River Resort. Very professional, yet friendly and they make an effort to help you with your travel arrangements. I also like the turndown service where they make your room for the night, with a local folktale as a bedtime story. These nice little touches goes a long way, although they really need to relook into the grammar and vocab mistakes! ;)

Nice pool with jacuzzi. It will be nice to have more deck chairs around, especially on a warm summer afternoon when it is too warm to be walking around Hoi An and all you want to do is to laze by the pool. Alternatively, you can take the free shuttle to Cua Dai Beach, where staff can book a beach chair at the Zero Mile Beach Club for a nice day out at the beach. Note that the shuttle only run 3 times a day and the last bus leaves Cua Dai beach at 4.30pm. You can also rent bikes for free, but do notify the reception in advance, as there is limited stock!

Biggest disappointment was the breakfast. While the selection was pretty standard, the quality of the food can be better. I also wished there was some variation through the 3 days I was there.

In all, despite a few complains, I had a wonderful stay at the Ancient House Resort and it's worth a recommendation, although it is more suited for couples and those who don't mind chilling in a relaxed environment away from Hoi An city.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

After staying at the Ancient House River Resort for 5 nights, our only regret is that we had to leave so soon! The resort is located in a very secluded area about 10 minutes from the town of Hoi An. At first we were a bit nervous about being so far from town, but soon realized that there really isn't much to see or do in Hoi An, except get clothes made or take a cooking class (or two, or three).

If you're adventurous, you can rent a motorbike from the shop across the street for about $10 per day (or go into town a get a similar bike for $5). One of our best experiences were riding around the rural areas and seeing true Vietnam - rice paddies, water buffalo, and palm plantations. However, if motorbikes aren't your thing, a shuttle bus leaves about 5 times a day to and from Hoi An, the resort and the beach. Taxi rides are also cheap, about $2 each way.

The only downside to staying at the Ancient House River Resort is that the staff members don't seem to go out of their way to help. For example, when relaxing by the pool, there is almost never someone nearby to ask for a drink or food. To get served, you have to search for a staff member inside, which is a bit of a turnoff if you're soaking wet from your dip! Also, most of the employees (except the manager and those at the front desk) have a poor command of English, which often causes communication problems.

Overall, we had a fantastic stay and wouldn't think of going anywhere else if we decide to stay in Hoi An again.

Tip: Book a car through the resort to pick you up from the airport before your arrive. Since the resort if off the beaten path, our driver spent about 30 minutes trying to find the place and then charged us an extra 100,000 dong for the ride. For the same price, you can have a car waiting for you.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Saratoga, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

Lovely place, lovely people - just like I expected after reading all the reviews.

Rooms are spacious and clean and the folks there always have a warm smile on their face. There's nothing much one needs in a place like this when the idea is to just chill out - but they are always there to help if needed.

Nice old man (smiling too) across the street rents out scooters at 7 bucks a day, so mobility is not a problem at all if you can ride.

PS: excellent (free) wifi too!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

An amazing hotel nestled in the heart of rural Vietnam.

Beautiful, spacious rooms with a huge bath and outdoor shower. The little touches make it special.

Twice a day housekeeping is something all hotels should follow suit, fresh towels and a made up bed after lunch and upon return from dinner.

Service is fantastic, compared to other hotels I've stayed in hoi an( glory and pacific) no surly staff who try and make a quick buck off you.

My partner suffered a burn from a motorbike exhaust and the hotel arranged for a motorbike to fetch me to a pharmacy nearby to get medication.

Two things keep it from perfection. The location is remote, a 15-min ride by shuttle or 100,000 dong taxi fare. It can be annoying because the shuttle timings are not as frequent as you'd like meaning a 5dollar taxi ride each time you feel like having an early night.

Another thing was the really squeaky bed, but that might be a isolated incident.

Be sure to take the hotel airport pickup service, saves you the hassle of danang based taxi drivers getting lost.

A fantastic hotel and my favorite in hoi an. A real gem and worth the hassle of 5 dollar taxi rides.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

This place is really great if you want to relax and enjoy some hours at the pool.

The rooms are great, in a nice cosy integrated style. Cleaning was superb.

The pool is better than it looks on the pictures.

Restaurant is mediocre, but heavily priced. You can find much better in town. Breakfast is fine.

The resort provides free of charge shuttle bus to and from town.

Don't buy tours through the hotel. Tours are overpriced and can be bought in town for a fraction of the price.

We loved this place, and would have lovedvto extend our stay.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

After an unpleasant experience at another nearby "B&B," we moved to the Ancient House River Resort based solely on TripAdvisor reviews/photos. From the moment we arrived, we felt a huge relief in our decision. All front desk staff introduced themselves upon our arrival, and the rest of the staff -- from bellman, to cleaning staff, to our breakfast chef -- were super friendly saw to it that every need was met. Rooms were modern, clean and equipped with very cold air conditions. Kids loved the pool (just the right size/depth) and Animal Planet channel. Parents loved the relatively large breakfast buffet, in-house spa (although we didn't get a chance to visit it), and the free shuttles to/from town and beaches. This was our second family vacation to Hoi An in 2011 and we will definitely stay again.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OceaneBataillon, General Manager at Ancient House River Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Dear SageAdvisor,

Thank you for your review about our Resort. I am happy to read that all your familly has appreciated the stay with us at Ancient House River Resort and also that you will be back for another one. We hope to see you soon.
Thank you again, have a nice day.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

Traveling to Ancient River House from the horrible River Beach Resort was a real taste of Hoi An. Rice paddies, residential and a beautiful cemetery passed. Ancient River House is a hidden gem and such an oasis. It has a true boutique feel and such good value for money. The staff are a level above the rest and while it appear to be only in it's infancy from Hoi An standards, I see great things from the one.
The only noise you'll hear is the wind sashaying through the palms ( built on a 7 hectare palm reservation) and the gentle tut tut of the fisher mans boats as they pass by.
The rooms are beautiful, the bathtub is divine and the outdoor shower is something I craved but thought I wouldn't see in Hoi An.
One thing I personally loved is that they do housekeeping between 6-7pm when most are out for dinner so you return to a clean room and fresh towels for the night and morning.
The staff are so helpful and seem so genuine.
The pool is lovely although they do need to redo the decking! Obviously no waterproofing under the boards.
Still some construction going on (finishing touches IMO) but you only notice if you go looking.
If you're looking for a relaxing, tranquil, enjoyable stay... This is THE place to be.
Location maybe off putting for some (4kms from town central) but they do run a free shuttle, cabs cost less than $5 each way or (as we did) automatic motorbike hire is available.
Love love love Ancient River House.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hamlet 2, Cam Thanh ward, Hoi An 84 510, Vietnam
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Location: Vietnam > Quang Nam Province > Hoi An
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#34 Romantic Hotel in Hoi An
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ancient House River Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ancient House River Resort & Spa is an authentical 4 star hotel located in the quiet and peaceful Cam Thanh Village. We propose to our customer a large range of services, from transfer from/to airport, laundry service, to excursions. Join us for spending a sweet stay near the paisible Thu Bon River and discover Vietnamese way of living. We promess to make your stay special. ... more   less 
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