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“A place to chill and watch the world go by” 5 of 5 stars
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Sleepy Gecko Homestay
To 5 Thon Xuyen Trung, Cam Nam, Hoi An, Vietnam   |  
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Ranked #60 of 111 Hoi An B&B and Inns
Shanghai, China
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10 hotel reviews
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“A place to chill and watch the world go by”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

This was our first stay in the Sleepy Gecko though we had visited the bar a few times before. We were picked up from the airport (very safe driver) and taken back at the end of the weekend. The room was very clean and quiet. We had a nice view of the river and couldn't hear any noise from the bar in the evening. It was a bit of a working holiday but the upstairs balcony in the bar was the perfect place to work and chill at the same time. The staff were really friendly and helpful and kept us serviced with drinks and food all day. It's not too far from the center of Hoi An and you can even get a little rowing boat over the river if you don't feel like walking. I was looking forward to a dip in the pool but unfortunately there was no water in it. We would defiantly come back here, the atmosphere is super chilled and relaxing.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I came to Hoi An with the intention of staying for a couple of days, ended up staying for nearly three weeks, mostly because I was lucky enough to find the Sleepy Gecko. The staff is amazing, the atmosphere is super laid back and, well, sleepy, and yet it's not too far from the centre of Hoi An. I stayed in the mixed dorm which has no aircon, but that's not really a problem as they have decent fans. The food is great and Steve's playlists are amazing. I would go back to Vietnam only to go back to this place.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I come to Hoi An reasonably frequently so my comments may not hold true for the one off visitor? For me the Sleepy Gecko is a good combination of a hotel and homestay; you get the privacy and amenities of a private hotel room but the common area has some life and people willing to chat and share a drink with should you so wish. The location is good and the views very attractive.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

We checked into sleepy gecko with the intention of staying a few nights but unfortunately we decided to leave after one. There are two dorm rooms....one better than the other as it has showers and toilets just outside and isn't close to the road or crying children so its quieter. Instead they put everyone in the other dorm which means you have to walk through the bar area to have a shower or go to the toilet, there is no aircon so the doors need left open which meant a very early rise due to the sunlight, loud noise of boats, scooters and the children and workers outside. The pool looked lovely but i didnt want to hang out with the staffs children. maybe the place is better suited for familys but not for backpackers.For 7$ a night it wasn't competive with the rest of the dorms in town.The beds were a good size but the room is dark and smells of dust.The two other dorms in town are 6$ and 9$ both with aircon and ensuite bathrooms, the9$ one includes an all you can eat breakfast buffet. The place is a nice idea and we liked the location but it was almost as if they haven't thought it through properly. A large bottle of water is 25,000 dong....the other hostels charge 15,000....shame as the staff were lovely.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

My daughter and I stayed for 5 or 6 days and yes the rooms were not spotless (we were in the mixed dorm) but i'm sure it's hard to tell what's been left lying around and what's been left behind as trash. My bed was large and comfortable and considering we kept extending last min I believe the host were very gracious. The owner and bar staff were very pleasant and Grandma pretty cool about letting us in after hours once she got to know us....courtesy and appreciation to the staff goes along way just in case you didn't already know this. Would def go back! Thank you all for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Osoyoos, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

On the plus side...nice location away from the noise and activity of Old Town, great deck and bar areas, god spot to relax and watch the activity on the river...generous breakfast...whatever you like from the menu. The staff is great, the owner is a friendly sort, helpful for info and bookings. Showers are great, wifi is not bad. Room was very big (we had an upgrade to the family room) and had a great view.

On the negative side, things are a little too laid back...rooms were never cleaned, towels never refreshed, garbage never emptied, floors never swept, had to find toilet paper a couple of times. By the end of five days it was pretty dirty. For the price I expected a little cleaner accommodations. They hire several staff for the bar; maybe someone to clean the rooms would be a good addition. Beds are very hard; we put the duvet from the extra bed under us to sleep on.

Despite the downsides, it was an enjoyable stay. This place has tons of potential.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

Awesome bar with legit whiskey selection, amazing atmosphere and great place to chill out overseeing the river. Close by market across the river just a boat ride away ... And as a bonus: free swimming pool and motorbike rental for very good price...

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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Address: To 5 Thon Xuyen Trung, Cam Nam, Hoi An, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Quang Nam Province > Hoi An
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #60 of 111 B&Bs / Inns in Hoi An
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
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