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“More like a hotel than a homestay” 3 of 5 stars
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Betel Garden Homestay - Villa
161 Tran Nhan Tong St.. | Cam Chau Village, Hoi An, Vietnam   |  
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Ranked #8 of 85 Hotels in Hoi An
London, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“More like a hotel than a homestay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

This is basically a hotel rather than a homestay but the staff were extra friendly. The rooms were dated but perfectly clean and adequate with air-con, tv, internet etc. It also had a better swimming pool than we were expecting which was a bonus. However it was slightly more out of town than we were expecting, about a 15minute walk which can be a bit scary at night as the homestay is off the beaten track however they provide free bikes which we used to ride to the beach one day. The breakfast was ok but nothing special and the airport pick up from Danang was overpriced. We also asked them to book us tickets for a bus to Hue which they said would be non-stop and for tourists but it was actually a bus for locals that had lots of stops and was dirty and hot - not worth the money we paid for the tickets!
Overall, a nice place to stay however you may consider somewhere closer to the town. We absolutely loved Hoi An, it is beautiful at night with lanterns and great restaurants, we also got some great tailoring made in less than 24hours!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

We stayed at Betel Garden Homestay for 4 nights in July, and we found it to be one of the best hotel experiences ever. Tuan, Dong, Vang and Hien were the most hospitible and cheery bunch of hotel staff we've ever met. From the moment of arrival, we felt like we were staying with family; the staff all spent so much time getting to know us and we were privilidged to also be able to get to know them.

Our first experience with the homestay was Vang's helpfulness over email helping us to organise suitable accommodation for our whole family which required 4 rooms and had to accommodate 3 children from a small baby to 7 year olds. Arrangements were also made for airport collection and also a car to Hue at the end of our trip for very reasonable prices.

On arrival, Tuan and Hien were standing right in front of the car door as it opening with huge smiles and delicious passionfruit juice to greet us and get us inducted to the homestay.

The rooms are very spacious, comfortable, well-appointed and, while a bit chintsy and twee for my normal taste, suit the image of the homestay. The rooms are quite dark and while I would normally complain about this, it kept them cool and was also useful for getting our baby to sleep for her midday naps. And because the homestay is very sociable, we spent most of our time on our front porch, in the garden, in their restaurant, and in their pool anyway rather than in our rooms.

The new swimming pool (completed only 2 weeks before we arrived) was an added bonus, especially for the kids. While the water is a bit bath-like in terms of temperature (I prefer my pool water a little cooler, especially in the summer temperatures of Vietnam), the location of the pool means that it is in the shade and so is a great place to hang out with the kids and babies without risk of burning and overheating.

The food at the homestay is delicious, authentic, and has all the regional specialities. Breakfast was made to order and is included in the room rate. The only minor complaint was, because of the style of coffee-making in Vietnam (ie slow drip), it often arrived warm at best and required a bit of a microwave to get it hot again. We were fortunate enough to be invited by the owner of the homestay for a free dinner with her, the staff and the other guests who were also staying for a minimum of 3 nights (the requirement to be invited to the free dinner). It was a wonderful event, with over 20 people chatting in to the wee hours.

As I already mentioned, we had a young baby with us (8.5 months old). She immediately warmed to the staff at the homestay, who frequently took her on walks around the garden and played with her at their own will. We felt so comfortable with the staff that they offered to do a couple of nights baby sitting while we went to a couple of restaurants in the evening after our baby went to sleep. They were extremely loving and responsible and let us know when she had woken up (she had a slight cold while we were there and so wasn't sleeping well) so we could come home. When we got back to the homestay, she was sitting smiling with all the staff in the reception area. She was well taken care of.

When we left, I am not embarrassed to say that the entire family of 8 were all a bit teary as we drove away. We miss Betel Garden Homestay and we will definitely be back. I fortunately live in Saigon so it is just a short flight away!!

  • Stayed July 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

We stayed here for 15 nights in July and it was amazing. The staff (Mrs Le, Ms Vang, Ms Hien, Mr Tuan, Mr Dong) treated us like their own family members. Nothing was too much.

The gardens were very peaceful and welcoming. The restuarant food was very tasty and reasonably priced. We ended up eating here half the time. The two free family dinners that we attended were a chance to meet all other guests and to talk with the staff and family in a comfortable setting.

The rooms / bungalows (only eight) are all comfortable and roomy with fresh fruit provided daily.

The free push bikes come in handy to get to the beach and into town.

Nothing was too much for the staff and they arranged a river cruise, cooking lessons and motor bike hire for us at more than reasonable prices.

We look forward to returning to Betel Garden Homestay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

We spent over three weeks at the Betel Garden Homestay and loved every minute of it. The staff is so caring and thoughtful. The facility is absolutely beautiful, especially the new swimming pool. The food is excellent and very convenient. The staff can arrange car rental and other service on short notice. They can get a much better price than you can get on your own - because they do repeat business with the drivers, vendors, etc. Betel Garden takes all of the stress out of staying in Vietnam - and lets you enjoy the wonderful foods and sights of Hoi An. It is a little outside the city, and you do get some local noise, but that really is part of the appeal of charm of the place. It is the caring owners and staff that really make Betel Garden Homestay so special.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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Winterthur, Switzerland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

We stayed at Betel Garden Homestay for four nights and enjoyed it very much. It was such a lovely place and the family and the other people working there where really nice and treating us very friendly. For us it was the perfect place to relax. And when ever we wanted we could take the bicycle and drive either to the beach or to the village.
Our bungalow was gorgeous and we got fresh fruits every day and the free breakfast was yummy!! And the typical banana flour salad is very advisable!
We will recommend this place for sure to everybody who is going to Vietnam. And we will come back hopefully as well!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Knoxville, Tennessee
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

The Homestay is a wonderful place with wonderful people. They make the stay in Hoi An tremendously easier. The Homestay really is a garden and it is absolutely beautiful to wake up to every morning. I highly recommend the Betel Garden Homestay.

Ben
Knoxville, TN USA

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boone, North Carolina
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011

Betel Garden was our home away from home for 3 amazing weeks. The staff is so friendly and welcoming, couldn't imagine staying anywhere else! The pool is tons of fun if you don't want to travel to the beach, and the gardens over countless gorgeous views. Do yourself a favor and visit!

Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Address: 161 Tran Nhan Tong St.. | Cam Chau Village, Hoi An, Vietnam
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Location: Vietnam > Quang Nam Province > Hoi An
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Hoi An
#4 Romantic Hotel in Hoi An
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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