2 minutes from old town, great rooms/staff, cafe in the lobby and free wifi/internet computers. Great bang for your buck, nice swimming pool. Will organise transfers for you to/from airport/train. Cannot fault this hotel.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
The pool was a definite a plus with the extremely hot temperatures. The room was nice, clean, and quiet. The staff was okay, although they wanted to overcharge for things such as local phone calls and taxi rides to other cities. Not a deal breaker for us, just something to be aware of. This hotel is about a 10 minute walk to the old town.
Stayed 6 nights in early June 2010 and had a beautifully quiet room overlooking the farms behind. The staff were most helpful with local maps and information. Bicylces are right there to rent for only 20,000/day and the woman immediately next door is just THE best motor scooter rider to hire. We paid US$25 a night (without haggling) and the only draw back for some might be that they only take cash - not Master Card or Visa. Fortunately the nearby ATMs worked well.
Stayed here in a double room for $20 a night in October 2009 which seemed reasonable. I work as a volunteer in Hanoi, and got one of my Vietnamese colleagues to phone up and inquire about availability in April 2010. She was quoted $18 a night. When I phoned back 10 minutes later to book it I was told $30. When I passed her on to my colleague, she was told that there are special rooms for the Vietnamese with no internet access, and of course they wouldn't be using the pool! All nonsense of course, and an excuse for the dual-pricing system operating in Vietnamese hotels.I don't mind a bit being loaded onto prices for tourists, but almost double is ridiculous.
For $25 per room this place sucks. For a couple of dollars more you can get much, much better down the road at Thanh Xuan (Long Life). Reception staff were only interested in one thing - making as much money as quickly as possible out of travellers !
My wife and I have just finished a 2 day stay here at the Thien Nga Hotel in Hoi An.
First impressions upon arriving here were quite impressive.
Its clean, well-organised and fairly attractive. It is on the outside of the old town, but within about 10 minutes walk you are at the main attractions and beautiful old architecture. Please note that this hotel, and the surrounding buildings, are NOT the old town.
Anyway, we were quoted $20, which seemed fairly reasonable, given that there is a swimming pool, breakfast included (although we didnt have breakfast in bed, like was advertised in the Lonely Planet)
The room was nice, spacious enough, with international television, a fridge, Air con, wooden flooring, a small (ish) bathroom with the trademark floor-shower.
I was happy with that. Also, the staff were friendly. The main receptionist during the day was helpful, giving us maps and a little advise about the area. However, he does seem a little on edge and was apparently giving people rooms for 5-10 dollars more for a supposedly "balcony view". This balcony view, my trusty readers, is only good if you lucky enough for it not to be positioned next to some rubbish that has been left outside.
It seems half of the rooms with balcony view are attractive (there is what LOOKS like a rice paddy, or something similar, in the back garden.) However, the other "balcony view" rooms are not pretty so honestly ask to have a look first before you decide you want that room.
For the budget back-packers out there, if your not fussed about this so-called "balcony view", try and get them down to $20. They dont seem to budge any lower than that.
To sum up, the place is decent. There are plenty of computers, free breakfast(although just 2 items are free) and it is well-positioned to be able to wander into the old part, or even rent a bike (20,000 VMD)
Also, just to mention, there is some construction and noise during the day outside the front of the hotel, so be warned it is loud in most of the rooms starting at about 7 AM.
I would recommend it overall.