Vietnam is known for exceptional value so when I started searching for a Hoi An hotel the variance in prices surprised me. I found rooms ranging anywhere between AUD$12 – AUD$846 per night with most luxury accommodation in Hoi An clustered by the beach. I wasn’t about to blow nearly a grand on a bed for the night so I focused on Hoi An Ancient Town, but there are precious few accommodation options within the walls and none satisfied all my requirements. After hours of deliberation, we finally decided on Anantara Hoi An Resort at a rate of AUD$320(ish) a night. It was more than I wanted to spend but it looked so fabulous I couldn’t resist. Two weeks before our stay they emailed to advise the pool would be out of action for our entire stay. Given that was once of the main draws, we chose to cancel and start again. This time I concentrated my search in the area north of Ancient Town where the prices were much more reasonable and I was delighted to discover Hoi An Sincerity Hotel & Spa. This stunning 4 star hotel offered unbelievable value that I just couldn’t go past. Read on for all the details …
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Luxury Accommodation In Hoi An
Despite Vietnam’s reputation for exceptional value, luxury accommodation in Hoi An runs steep. Hoi An’s popularity as the premier beach town in the region draws visitors in droves and business can certainly charge a premium for the privilege of staying in paradise. While those honeymooning in Vietnam may justify the splurge, anything that comes with 5 stars was beyond what I was prepared to pay despite the fact that almost all enjoyed an enviable beach front location. When I turned my attention towards 4 star hotels off the beach things improved dramatically. Prices ranged from about AUD$50 – $150 per night and there was ample choice. Location is important in a Hoi An hotel and while I would have preferred to be a closer to Ancient Town, accommodation options in that area were more basic and home stays dominated. The Hoi An Sincerity Hotel was about 2klms or a 15 minute amble into the centre but the quality more than made up for any inconvenience.
Hoi An Sincerity Hotel & Spa Rooms
The Hoi An Sincerity hotel is a newly built, heritage influenced, boutique hotel on the fringes of old town. Guests have a choice of 4 room types and we paid AUD$115 for two nights in a deluxe room including breakfast through Expedia. On arrival we were upgraded to a room ‘closer to the pool’. Room 401 was close to the elevator for easy access and provided a view to the street with spectacular sunsets from the balcony. The room was generous and while the king size bed dominated, there was still room for a compact sitting area and a luxe dresser. The TV was perfectly posited for bedtime viewing and two cable channels are included free. The Hubs managed to lock the in-room safe within minutes of us walking in the door because he didn’t read the instructions properly. Despite constantly reminding ourselves to, we never quite got around to advising them of our mishap during our stay. Oops!
The bathroom decor was not exactly to my taste, but I can see the look they were going for. The shower was over a deep bath and getting in and out was particularity tricky. The hand wand is not adjustable and ours sprayed wildly over the floor when on full. The pressure fluctuated dramatically between satisfying bursts and slow trickles. I never use hotel toiletries, but as I left my shampoo and conditioner at home I had little choice. That’s what you get for packing at 3am! The complimentary shampoo was not suited to my dry hair and as there was no conditioner I had a mass of matted hair until I could get to the mini mart. Only two bath towels are supplied and Hoi An is definitely a two shower a day kinda place so if you are averse to reusing yours (I’m not) you may need to request more.
Sincerity Hoi An Hotel Facilities
The sensational pool at Hoi An Sincerity hotel was a deciding factor in our choice of a Hoi An hotel and we were not disappointed. I hate cold pools and this was perfect for me. Others (crazy people!) might think it’s a little warm. Pool towels are supplied and we were lucky to have the pool almost all to ourselves. The on site spa had a 30% discount during our stay and I had planned to visit on my last morning in Hoi An. Unfortunately that coincided with collecting my garments from the tailor which scuppered my plans. Fitness enthusiasts can get their fix at the well-appointed compact gym and the tour desk will take care of all your bookings. We loved our Jack Green sunset cruise. A complimentary shuttle bus will ferry you to all the local sites but if two wheels are your style, grab a bike and pedal around town in style.
Food & Drink At Hoi An Sincerity Hotel
We arrived late on the first night and had no inclination to wander aimlessly in search of sustenance so we chose to dine in-house at the Hoi An Sincerity Restaurant. I tend to avoid hotel restaurants as much as possible but we were very pleasantly surprised by the quality. I was particularly impressed to learn that many of the ingredients are grown in the adjacent garden. Talk about locally produced! They also offer cooking classes so you can flex your culinary muscle during your stay. The ground floor of the Hoi An Sincerity hotel also houses a stylish bar and a poolside café. Room service is of course available and while we didn’t partake, we the thoughtful fruit platter on arrival and sweet treats on departure were appreciated. Despite breakfast being included in our room rate, we never actually made it to the buffet as our mornings were hectic and we preferred to save our appetite for lunch and dinner.
Nearby Hoi An Sincerity Hotel
There is lots to see and do in Hoi An. Directly across the road from the Sincerity Hotel is Ms Be’s stall. She will rent you a scooter for VND100,000 a day. It wasn’t the most glamorous vehicle but it did us just fine. You will only get a litre of fuel so get to the gas station without delay! With your own wheels Ancient Town is mere minutes away and where you will find beautiful lanterns, fabulous food and eclectic shopping. I highly recommend Mix Restaurant for fabulous Greek food, Phi Banh Mi for the best traditional Vietnamese rolls I have ever had and Bebe Tailor for all your custom clothing needs. The beach is a short scooter ride in the other direction and my favourite is An Bang. We visited a traditional Vietnamese water puppets show in Hanoi and visitors to Hoi An can also catch a performance. If temples are you thing, there are a few pretty ones within walking distance. If you are feeling energetic why not try a Hoi An bicycle tour to explore the countryside.
The Final Word
The easiest way to get to Hoi An is via nearby Danang airport which has multiple domestic flights a day and we flew in from Hanoi with Vietjet. A limited number of international flights enter Danang from the Asian hubs of Singapore, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. If you have money to burn you may wish to look towards the beaches for luxury accommodation in Hoi An but if you like the finer things without the huge price tags you really can’t go past Hoi An Sincerity hotel. The rooms were spacious and comfortable, the facilities were plentiful and the staff were outstanding. And you get all this for about AUD$50 a night. How can you go wrong?
Have you been to Hoi An? What was your favourite part? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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