I stayed at the "fabulous" Furama in April for a week with my wife and young daughter. Overall it was a relatively relaxing and pleasant vacation. The facilities were fine and the staff was excellent. There were several conferences going on at the resort while we stayed there. There were many US military personnel there as well -- I assume for R&R. There were even a couple weddings. Danang is an area that is truly up and coming. Everywhere we went there was a new resort of condo development. Right now the Furama is obviously the place to stay along China Beach but it seems likely that in a few years that won't be the case.
The only downside I would mention about the Furama was that my expectations were too high. I read many reviews which were almost all flattering, the pictures were amazing, it was somewhat pricey and it had hosted heads of state. I thought that it was going to be one of the nicest places I've stayed. Frankly it wasn't. It was really nice and extremely well maintained, but it wasn't what I'd call "five star". The bathrooms were all trimmed with fancy marble and wood, but it was probably from the 1990s. They were well maintained, but in tropic conditions marble gets old the grout gets dirtly looking and it doesn't look quite so fancy anymore. Same with the furniture in the rooms and the restaurants and the lobby -- high end and tasteful but not modern or new. I'm not saying by any means that the place was run down or there were holes or anything...it had just past the point of being, modern, new or impressive. The staff at the resort really make up for any shortcomings on the facilities side. Everyone was polite, friendly and helpful -- after I was there for a few days, almost all the staff knew my name and greeted me when I passed by. It really was exceptionally serviced. The other false expectation I had was related to China Beach. I thought that the beach was going to be one of the nicest beaches I had ever been to (it won some award in a magazine) and that wasn't the case either. It wasn't dirty or full of seaweed or beach trash or anything like that, but it wasn't impressive either.
The food in the resort was pretty good. If you're a "foodie" there will probably be only a few local dishes that impress you, but if you an average diner, you'll probably enjoy it. The Italian restaurant was average. It was tasty enough not to complain about, but I would disagree with reviewers that said it was the best Italian restaurant they've been to. I visited a few restaurants in town (Redstar and Waterfront were a couple) and they were a nice offering that differed from the hotel and were significantly less expensive and probably more appealing from a gastronomic tourist's perspective.
There was a kids club in the resort with all sorts of interesting activities...the only issue was that there were not that many kids while we were there. I didn't want to leave my daughter in the kids club by herself (as the only kid), so she mostly played on the beach and around the pool. The seas were a bit rougher than we expected while we were there, so it was not really appropriate for little kids' swimming. I can't say what it is like year round, but the red flags were out for the duration of our visit. All the staff were friendly with my daughter. They talked with her, played with her, picked her up and pinched her cheeks and made her feel like a little rock star. There was a DVD player in my room with a selection of movies available for borrowing at the front desk. It made me wish I had brought along one of my daughter's favorite movies for her to watch. I have definitely been to other places that were more fun for kids. I would say the Furama probably has a pretty good balance. There were not a whole bunch of kids running around screaming and being a nuisance to other guests, but I'm fairly certain there are no other accommodations in the area that are more kid-friendly.
There is not much around the resort that you can walk to. There are a couple little shops across the street that offer cheap alcohol, laundry, and massages. I tried the massage and it was pretty good. They used hot rocks and put cucumbers on my eyes...not bad for about US$10. Beer was significantly cheaper than inside the resort. Most places in Danang you have to travel to by taxi. We went to a few shopping areas and out to eat. It was reasonably simple to get around by taxi and not too expensive. We also used the shuttle to Hoi Ahn and spend some time there. That was probably the major attraction and the best shopping in the area.
If I had two suggestions for improvement of the hotel I would say: 1. replace the blue towels for the beach and pool (they smell fainly of mildew when wet) 2. remodel the bathrooms and in the meantime clean them more thoroughly. (Most people are not as picky as me regarding bathroom cleanliness. I actually checked the hard-to-reach areas in the corners and under the bench in the shower and they were ... neglected)
Overall, this is the best place to stay in Danang for now. The hotel is starting to show it's age and there are loads of new fancy places being constructed, but the friendly and helpful staff with all their "personal touches" more than make up for any deficiencies. If you are expecting Ritzy accommodations and luxury, you may be disappointed, but if you are looking for a relaxing stay where the staff really cares, I think you will enjoy the Furama.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This world class resort, Furama Danang, reputable as the culinary resort in Vietnam, overlooking the long stretch of wide white sand on Danang Beach, is a gateway to three World Heritage Sites of Hoi An (20 minutes), My Son (90 minutes) and Hue (2 hours). The 198 rooms and suites plus 50 two to four bedroom pool villas make it the Vietnam's most prestigious resort with honored guests, royalty, presidents, movie stars, and international business leaders. Each room and suite features tasteful decor from polished timber floors to a marble bathroom and guarantees to leave a lasting impression. The resort's culinary experience features a mixture of the authentic and locally inspired Vietnamese, Asian, Italian and other European cuisines plus the best imported steaks. From the casual bars overlooking the Pacific Ocean or by the Lagoon pool in the middle of the tropical garden to the true Italian flare offered at the Don Cipriani's and the Asian touch of Cafe Indochine or the renowned Wagyu, Kobe beef at the beach-front Steak House "The Fan", not to mention the stunning Seafood Market Buffet "cooked to your tastes" and Afternoon Tea Buffet are daily unique in Central Vietnam. Beside the very traditional 16-string instrument performance, guitar soloist and live Filipino music band, there's a Cham Dance Art and Vietnamese Folklore performances being on the resort's beach, free entry to all guests. The award-winning resort offers extensive diving spots just off one of the world's most luxurious beaches as well as many other water sports and spa treatments. For those who like to work out on their holidays, there's a Fitness Centre in our Health Club. Use of swimming pools, games rooms, kid club, sauna and steam bath as well as tai chi classes in the morning is free of charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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