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“Good choice for Hoi An” 4 of 5 stars
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Vinh Hung Heritage Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   143 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, Vietnam (Formerly Vinh Hung 1 Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #29 of 85 Hotels in Hoi An
San Francisco
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Good choice for Hoi An”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

One of the big attractions of Hoi An are the old, wooden, UNESCO-rated Chinese traders' houses. In this case, you are actually staying in one of the beautifully restored houses. You're in a great location to walk just about anywhere.

We stayed in one of the "special" rooms, which faces the street - a bit noisy, but lots of atmosphere from the carved wooden walls and a large copper bathtub. The bathroom is modern. Some people claim that the rooms are a bit dark, but that wasn't a problem for us. Being old and made of wood, the walls and floor are not very soundproof. There is no room directly adjoining, so that wasn't a problem, but we did hear noise from the lobby below on some occasions.

There are 4 larger, modern rooms added on in the back that would be big enough for families. These are no doubt quieter, and looked quite pleasant, but lacked the atmosphere of the 2 rooms up front.

A tasty breakfast (buffet when there's a full house; to order when there are just a few rooms occupied). Two women alternated at the front desk. One was incredibly kind, friendly and helpful; the other was a grump. A computer is provided in the room, but we hesitated to use it for our email or anything else requiring security because it was infected with viruses.

A nice advantage is that you can use the large pool and partake of the free street food happy hour at the other, modern Vinh Hung across the river on an island (an easy walk via a bridge). Personally, I'm glad we stayed at Vinh Hung 1, though, because the other hotel is a bit of a schlep if you want to pop back to your room to drop off packages or freshen up.

Something to note: cars are restricted in the area around Vinh Hung 1. The hotel sent two bellhops on motos to pick us and our luggage up from the bus station. Quite an experience to pile us and all our luggage onto the motos! At least it was a short ride.

My advice: don't waste your time getting custom-made clothing in Hoi An. We went to the top recommended shop, after checking out quite a few of the gazillions of tailor shops. We had to go back 5 times trying to get the fittings right, but the clothes never fit any better than something you'd buy off the rack - maybe worse. The people were quite nice, but the skill just wasn't there.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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35 hotel reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2009

Right in the centre of town, confortable clean room, oozes charm, helpful staff. Sit on the balcony eating the delicious cake you bought at the cake shop across the street and watch Hoi Go by. We were booked into a room at the front, but opted instead for a back one - I'm glad we did, as it was reasonably quiet, whereas I think the rooms on the street would have been noisy. The only slight drawback was the rather basic breakfast - but it was adequate.

Stay there if you can!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

I had the worst pickup ever to this hotel. The driver spent the half hour picking his nose, his blackheads and his ears, flicking the booty round the cab. The other hand was used to steer the cab past everything in sight. I swear we spent more time on the wrong side of the road than the right. When we arrived he dumped me and my luggage on a corner and pointed vaguely in the direction I should walk. I then carried one case on my back and dragged the other one in the midday heat, asking directions. I finally found the hotel...nobody spoke much English...the electricity was down. The shower is impossible to use unless you sit in the bath - did I mention I am 70! Not easy. I flooded the bathroom and used the towels trying to mop it up. Somebody came to mop up but didn't replace the towels. Yes the furniture is interesting but I have interesting furniture at home. For US$80 a night I expect much better...and had it for half that in Hanoi. The room is dark and gloomy and the tv reception very bad.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2009

Having spent three weeks travelling through Vietnam and staying in accomodation ranging from budget $5/night to the most luxurious private villa costing in excess of $500/night - Vinh Hung 1 was my favourite hotel.
The authentic antique furniture sets it apart from anywhere else we stayed in Vietnam, and you'd struggle to find a room of similar size and standard in Europe for even five times the price!
With in room computer and internet access, it was great to be able to email home from the comfort of such luxurious surroundings, rather than some of the grubby internet cafes with which we had come accustomed, and with widescreen tv and english movies all for $65 a night, i was just gutted we couldn't stay any longer.

Binh at reception was extemely helpful, setting us up with motorbike taxi's to the beach and a car to the train station, as well as filling us in on all the local tourist attractions and explaining in detail about the local festival happening during our stay.

The screen door separating the toilet and bathroom from the main bedroom mentioned in an earlier review, is actually quite difficult to see through - proven by my boyfriend taking a multitude of photo's in an attempt to embarras me and none of them actually showed anything other than a screen door. If you do have any doubts, Binh was only too happy to show us each of the available rooms (including the one Michael Caine used as a dressing room during the filming of "The Quiet American") before we settled on our favourite - ground floor, back left.

The only thing lacking at this hotel is a swimming pool, but a short walk across town allows you access to the facilities at any of its sister hotels.

In all, Hoi An is a beautiful town, and the character of which is captured perfectly at Vinh Hung 1 - I fully recommend.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2009

Vinh Hung 1 now refurbished to have only 6 rooms. Ours downstairs left. Huge room, 1 King, 1 Queen bed. Dressing area with his and hers wash basins, Separate toilet/bidet/bathtub. Proper hot water. Lovely old feel (I know it's new, but has been really well done. Computer in the room (although the wireless connection occasionally went down). Lovely breakfast (included) and friendly helpful staff.

This place cost SEVEN times what I paid for a room the night before, but not at all expensive by European standards. Walked in and negotiated a price for a two night stay.

Location is ideal, and you get free access to the swimming pool down at the rather soul-less Vinh Hung resort.

The kids and I loved it as a treat - way outside our budget but worth it.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

The character of this renovated Chinese shophouse hotel is the selling point for Vinh Hung 1 Hotel. The owners have 3 other hotels/resorts of varying styles close by and this one is the ideal one for those who want a firsthand view of old Hoi An - recommended for those who want to escape boring modern 3-star tourist hotel rooms for something more interesting.

Our suite was located in the recently renovated back portion, which was quiet and extremely spacious, with bedding for three. The bedding was comfortable, had mosquito netting for those inclined to use it and had a nice widescreen TV with satellite. Minibar was inexpensive. There were no curtains, so one tends to awaken with the sun.

It was air-conditioned with a small split-system unit which struggled in the summer heat, but managed a respectable 23-25 degrees but failed to drop lower in such a large area. The furnishings were dark, reproduction Chinese style furniture, which was charming - however, the wardrobe doors wouldn't close, the safe wouldn't open and the desk had a centre drawer so large that we had to straddle the drawer to use their complimentary internet-connected computer. Free Wi-Fi was excellent.

The floorboards have not been nailed down and have warped in the heat, thus walking barefoot often pinched when stepping on the gaps. It was also apparent that housekeeping, whilst servicing twice daily with fresh towels and making beds, vacuum or mop inadequately or not frequently enough - leaving the floors in the room and in their marble bathrooms, feeling constantly grimy. Rubber flip-flops are provided in the room.

Finally, the execution of their beautifully designed bathroom is somewhat suboptimal. The bath has a handheld shower which requires you to either sit in the bath to shower, or stand and spray water all over the timber detailing around the bath. There is no sealant around this timber and water must fall behind the bath cracks.

The bathroom door is are two sliding Oriental fretwork screens, which had not been dusted recently. They barely hide the person on the throne from the rest of the room, especially when backlit by streaming sunlight from the window behind the toilet. Not a problem, if you're not shy....

The foyer was not air-conditioned, making the lounge area unpleasant for a quiet coffee or beer in the heat of summer, but it is an open shophouse, so it is not unreasonable that it isn't air-conditioned. I realise that Hoi An is an old dusty town with constant motorbike traffic going past their vast open doors, but there were thick layers of dust on all their red lanterns, more obvious during the day.

There are positives - (i) character hotel, (ii) friendly and helpful staff - they really do try to help and ensure your comfort, (iii) small but enjoyable breakfast spread, (iv) superb location in old town area. I appreciated the hotel for these reasons, but felt that the lack of attention to detail makes the experience three-star, not five-star.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 143 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, Vietnam (Formerly Vinh Hung 1 Hotel)
Location: Vietnam > Quang Nam Province > Hoi An
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Romantic Hotel in Hoi An
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Vinh Hung Heritage Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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Hotel Vinh Hung 1
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