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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ancient House River Hotel Hoi An