Those looking for a Vietnam destination that’s great for families should consider Hoi An — it’s easy on the wallet, offers loads of outdoor activities, beautiful beaches and boasts plenty of family-focused accommodation. Here are our picks of the best places to stay for those with children in tow.The shortcut to the best family friendly accommodation in Hoi An.Until recently, if you wanted... Read our full review of Family accommodation in Hoi An.
In an ideal world, breaking a Hoi An stay in two, with a few days at the beach and a few in town, seems like the perfect solution. But what most travellers don’t realise is that Hoi An’s Cua Dai and An Bang beach are just five minutes’ from the old town. Every resort outside of these boundaries puts on frequent free transfers into town; but head in the opposite direction, from town to... Read our full review of Hoi An: Stay in the beach or town?.
Most guesthouses and hotels in Hoi An are within easy walking distance of the central historic quarter but relatively few are within its immediate confines, and these ones are very overpriced. While central Hoi An is home to some tasteful options for midrange tourists, backpackers seeking to pay US$7-10 will need to bunk down a good 10-minute walk from the river. The town already sees too many package tours and prices reflect this -- in low season you may be able to bargain your lodgings down a little, but in high season, you'll struggle.
Set at the far eastern edge of Hoi An, the Ha An is an attractive and charming hotel set around a carefully manicured garden. Rooms are in a two-storey building, designed to look like an old Hoi An shop house. Immaculately tidied rooms are decorated in a chic style, with Vietnamese textiles and attractive wooden furniture, and include a number of thoughtful extras, like comfortable bedding,... Read our full review of Ha An Hotel.
Anantara Hoi An (formerly the Life Resort) is a spacious resort at the northern end of Hoi An town. Already very popular, this previously Dutch-owned property -- part of the Life Resort chain -- was taken over by the Global Hotel Alliance in 2013. They have big plans for the resort, but for now the hotel remains unchanged, having found its niche with sprawling gardens, a hidden-away pool and... Read our full review of Anantara Hoi An Resort.
The words 'swimming pool' appear right under the hotel's name on their business cards, and if you walk into the lobby from the back entrance on Ba Trieu St, it'll be the first thing you see. Okay, it's a little odd -- a pool indoors, basically in the lobby -- and it could do with a good scrub, but where else can you stay in this price range and have a pool? Additionally, the rooms are some of the... Read our full review of Hoa Binh Hotel.
The Thien Nga Hotel is a great midrange option, providing far more modernity and comfort than other similarly priced hotels in the area. The recently renovated hotel now oozes charm and they seem to have thought of everything, including a new spacious family room. Rooms are stylish and clean, with white sheets on wooden beds, intricate textiles draped on the walls and large flatscreen TVs.... Read our full review of Thien Nga Hotel.
Located in a quiet part of town to the east of the market, this quaint little hotel offers decent midrange accommodation. Rooms are spacious and clean with a stylishly traditional look, although smaller rooms do feel a little cluttered and some have limited natural light -- ask to see a few if you're not happy with the first. The upstairs deluxe rooms are lovely, though unfortunately the veranda... Read our full review of An Huy Hotel.
B’Lan House is a quirky relatively new budget build with bags of old character set in a big garden, a slow 10-minute stroll from the lantern-strewn alleyways of old town Hoi An and two minutes from one of the best local markets in town. Come inside please! B’Lan House. Formerly a homestay, B’Lan dropped this word from its title and they’ve spent a year now jazzing things up and getting... Read our full review of B'Lan House.
With a cheery proprietor, comfortable rooms and great rates, Dai Long Hotel is a deservedly popular backpacker favourite. The cheapest rooms, in the middle, lack a window and are a bit small and gloomy, but rooms at the front are large, bright and simply decorated, with a few framed prints nailed to the walls and decorative mosquito netting wafting over the beds. Rooms come with cable TV,... Read our full review of Dai Long Hotel.
Peeking out from behind a courtyard decorated with colourful French cafe-style tables and chairs, bright red umbrellas and a frangipani tree, Hoi An’s Hoang Trinh Hotel is an excellent, quiet, under-$20 place to stay surrounded by some of the town’s most beautiful architecture.Can you guess the name?Front-facing rooms and the second-floor breakfast balcony look straight over the magnificent... Read our full review of Hoang Trinh Hotel.
The Phuoc An (be careful how you pronounce this one — it’s “fou an”) is a little gem of a hotel. A modern take on the Chinese-style architecture that Hoi An is famous for, by day it hides its light under a bushel but by night it sparkles beneath a blanket of vibrant yellow and red silk Chinese lanterns. Hidden down bustling Tran Cao Van Street and just a five-minute walk from the centre... Read our full review of Phuoc An Hotel.
This mini-hotel is a cheap option a 10-minute walk from the centre of Hoi An, and attracts a steady trickle of budget travellers. Most rooms are small and sparsely furnished, with big beds almost filling them, but those at the front are much larger and offer a decent sized balcony area. Despite that, we'd suggest going for a room at the rear of the building, where there is more peace and quiet... Read our full review of Phuong Dong Hotel.
Not that you’d notice it from the dark Chinese-style reception, but the Thanh Binh 2 has had a spot of renovation work. Gone are the super low beds, heavy orange-tinged furniture and dark accessories, and in their place are bright white characterful ensuite rooms with Victorian-style padded headboards, simple beach-style wardrobes and accessories that complement each other, rather unlike the... Read our full review of Thanh Binh 2 Hotel.
If you are one of those travellers with a tendency to lose your bearings, the towering Thanh Van 2 with its illuminated rooftop sign screams “I’m here!”, making it an easy hotel to find your way back to. But even if you’ve got an inbuilt compass, Thanh Van 2 packs a punch with its huge rooms at flashpacker prices.You just can’t miss this beast of a building.Set a good 10-minute walk... Read our full review of Thanh Van 2 Hotel.
Pulling up outside the cheery blue three-storey family home Vesper Homestay with its windows flung open to views of far flung paddy is reward enough for the amount of trouble you will have finding this place. If you were looking for off the beaten path then you’ve come to the right place: Vesper is right down the end of a really beaten dirt track barely visible from the main road in to the old... Read our full review of Vesper Homestay.
You might just recognise this beautiful wooden Chinese trading house from the iconic Michael Caine film, The Quiet American. From the outside, it oozes old world charm, with red silk lanterns adding pops of colour; take a peek into the reception of the Vinh Hung One Hotel in Hoi An and it is indeed like taking a very large step back in time. A night at the museum? You’ve got... Read our full review of Vinh Hung 1 Hotel.
Staying at the San Hien Family Guesthouse isn’t for everyone — luxury accommodation this ain’t at $12 a night for a basic room. If you want to experience a bit of history mixed with ambience on the eerie side, however, this 200-year-old house would be great. Located just three houses down from the Japanese Bridge on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, this former boarding house once provided... Read our full review of Sanh Hien Family Guest House.
The standard exterior of Hoi An’s Thien Thanh Boutique Hotel among the backpacker joints on popular Ba Tieu Road belies the charm inside. The 16-room hotel has a new boutique feel, great service and lovely extras such as a pool and great paddy views. This is the perfect spot if you want to mix town and country, keeping within a 10-minute walk into the old town; it’s certainly the quietest... Read our full review of Thien Thanh Boutique Hotel.
Rather a mixed bag, the 24-room towering midranger Vinh Hung 3 sits behind a veil of tumbling bougainvillea on the outskirts of Hoi An on backpacker-popular Ba Trieu Street, a five-minute walk to the old town and right opposite the new Highway 4 restaurant — which means if you are a bit bored of hotel buffet breakfasts you can always pop across the road for some roasted crickets.Feelin’ hot,... Read our full review of Vinh Hung 3 Hotel.
The Hop Yen's business card boasts that they're located in the old town centre but we're not sure which old town they're referring to, as they're a good 10-minute walk from Hoi An's centre. The hotel has loads of rooms, including some with rather odd inward-facing balconies for smokers. This is one of the cheapest options in town, particularly as they also offer $6 a night beds in a 10-bed dorm.... Read our full review of Hop Yen Hotel.
Cua Dai Street runs for around six kilometres from Hoi An town out to the long Cua Dai Beach. It isn't really a great location -- it's a bit of a hike from town and also rather far from the beach -- but with the shopping and restaurant theme overspilling from the old town and the ease of biking from A to B, it's not such a bad place to be.
Made up of multi-storey houses scattered through lush tropical grounds around an inviting pool, Ancient House has finally had a much needed makeover, giving the resort a more boutique feel. One of the most noticeable changes is the now mature garden, which has made the resort feel more intimate. Rooms are spacious and almost zen-like, with their polished slate floors and darkwood four-poster beds... Read our full review of Ancient House Resort.
The location of Hoi An Riverside isn't exactly convenient -- it's neither walking distance from the beach nor the old town. Thankfully, they make staying here worth the extra travel time. This charming riverside resort is an excellent choice, with lush tropical gardens and elegant Vietnamese/Japanese-style rooms with large luxurious bathrooms. Superior rooms feel a little cramped, especially the... Read our full review of Hoi An Riverside Resort.
The colonial-meets-temple stark white architecture of Muca Boutique Resort suggests something quite special lies amid its landscaped gardens – and it does! Just 36 rooms and two perfectly formed buildings are almost lost in hectares of riverside land on the outskirts of a cute little Hoi An hamlet three kilometres from both the old town and Cua Dai beach. Worth finding. This is a place for... Read our full review of Muca Boutique Resort.
Peacefully perched between paddy and a river, the two-storey, family-run Rock Villa stands as an eco-inspired architectural wonder. Built with local products, the 10-villa homestay sits among landscaped tropical gardens and a kid-friendly 25-metre pool, and offers rooms that are spacious, airy and beautifully furnished. Quaint with a great staff and creatively decorated throughout, the place is... Read our full review of Rock Villa .
The striking French colonial façade of the Cua Dai Hotel sits well back from Hoi An’s busy Cua Dai Road, sheltered by a beautifully manicured, walled tropical garden which gives a tantalising hint of the hotel’s stylishly designed interior. Set a good 10-minute walk from the old town on the road to Cua Dai beach, the hotel’s location is far from isolated, with tiny family-run restaurants... Read our full review of The Cua Dai Hotel.
The welcoming Sunflower Hotel’s sparkling white exterior perfectly matches both its accommodation and staff. Set slightly back from busy Cua Dai Street midway between the sandy shores of Cua Dai beach and Hoi An‘s old town, it’s a great place to lay your hat during your stay. The ever popular Sunflower. Walk through the reception and you are greeted by the large... Read our full review of The Sunflower Hotel.
A tangle of tropical climbers all but envelope the entrance to the aptly named Betel Garden Homestay, where six single-storey, ancient-house styled villas and the Vuon Trau family home go almost unnoticed in a 3,000 square metre tropical garden. Betel Garden Villas. Step through the gate, however, and you are met amid the collection of rare areca and betel nut trees by a very... Read our full review of Betel Garden Homestay.
If you don’t mind the slightly out of the way location, Hoa Su, a five-villa resort located next to the river on Cam Thanh, makes for a serene, top-range retreat away from the madding Hoi An crowds. Hoa Su resort, Hoi An. The man behind Hoa Su was involved in the building of Vietnam’s most exclusive resort, the Nam Hai. Now he’s copied it in miniature here, using the same quality... Read our full review of Hoa Su Villa Resort.
With its grand French colonial facade, classic wrought-iron balconies and art deco lines, you’d be right to think there was some serious design clout behind Hoi An’s newest boutique offering, Vaia.Perfectly tailored to your needs.Vaia is the first venture into the hotel scene by super power tailor, Yaly’s. A stone’s throw from the old town on the better end of Cua Dai Road, you’d be... Read our full review of Vaia.
The Glory Hotel is a bit of an oddity -- it’s as if the owners have taken all their design inspiration for each area from the worst of the 80s and thrown them all together. Everything in the communal areas clashes, from the dark wood almost Chinese-style reception guarded by lifesized china German shepherd dogs through to the dolphin-themed pool. The pink satin breakfast banquet room on the... Read our full review of Glory Hotel.
Cua Dai Beach runs eight kilometres from the Cham island ferry port north to An Bang beach. Once the darling of Hoi An with its rough-grained white sand and restaurants and resorts on the beach, Cua Dai is now affected by severe coastal erosion and its disappearance has accelerated in recent years. Flash resorts have constructed their own protective walls and breakwaters – their rock walls aren’t the most pretty sight and it’s increasingly apparent that if your main purpose of staying at a resort is for the beach, this is not the place. Hotels here still deliver on the ocean views, swimming pool, restaurants and services – however, expect a very small sized patch of sand, if any. Cua Dai has lost a bit of lustre but that means rates have dropped in recent years and there are discounts to be had.
Victoria is an interesting blend: part golden age of travel, part Mediterranean village, with a few Champa statues thrown in. Somehow it works, creating an exotic escapist resort perfect for an ocean-side getaway. The breezy high-ceilinged lobby has gorgeous details but the hotel’s age is beginning to show in some of the communal areas, and the dining room now feels a bit less 'tropical luxury'... Read our full review of Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa.
River Beach Resort is the last large hotel/resort on Cua Dai road before hitting the sand when coming from Hoi An. It’s located just across the road from Cua Dai beach’s public section. Unfortunately this section of the beach is suffering from coastal erosion and as of December 2015, it is an unsightly mess of sandbags, bamboo, metal sheet piles and all other last hope measures used to... Read our full review of River Beach Resort (Dong An Beach Resort) .
Head down to the Cham Island ferry point along the Cua Dai Road in Hoi An and you can’t fail to miss the futuristic, towering white and glass exterior of the five-star Sunrise Hotel basking high on a hill surrounded by tropical gardens. Fancy! Located on the outskirts of Cua Dai, there’s not much within walking distance except a line of local seafood stands so good they give Hoi An’s best... Read our full review of The Sunrise Hotel.
Shaded by a swathe of (yes, you’ve guessed it) coconut trees, a stone’s throw from the sea, Under the Coconut Tree Homestay is home to four seriously cool wooden and tile ancient houses clustered around a 200-year-old timber communal dorm. Buildings au naturel. Far removed from the rather overpriced budget options in town, this brand new little beach bolt-hole sits right in the heart of An... Read our full review of Under the Coconut Tree Homestay.
A terracotta-tiled roof and a bunch of banana trees sitting behind a cheerful blue stripy gate are pretty much the only clues you’ll need to track down family-friendly An Bang Beach House, sitting on a corner plot between a mishmash of newly built Vietnamese tube houses and village houses.You’ve found it.It’s just 50 metres from the sand on a quiet stretch of An Bang beach, a five-minute... Read our full review of An Bang Beach House.
This time a month ago there was only one place to stay on An Bang Beach in Hoi An; now there are six, and three of those make up An Bang Seaside Village, which has been very quirkily styled around the pretty Vietnamese fisher-family houses located along the beach.I think I just about managed to get them all in there …The three houses share a tranquil tropical garden. The cheapest at $35 a night... Read our full review of An Bang Seaside Village.
The Temple Beach House is luxurious self-catering at its best. Tucked away behind impressive wooden gates nestled between towering white walls abundant with vivid pink bougainvillea and surrounded by gardens, right on its own slice of the delicious An Bang Beach in Hoi An, the place is a real find.My laziest photograph yet — Temple Beach House while flat out on the beach.The beachfront garden... Read our full review of Temple Beach House.
The domineering, brand spanking new Sunshine Hotel sits midway between An Bang beach and the old town; from here it’s a good 20-minute walk to either, but that’s okay because every guest gets a free bicycle to potter around Hoi An, and it’s outstanding value.Cookie-cutter stye, plus lanterns.As is the norm with Hoi An hotels, every room comes equipped with air-con, fridge and TV, but the... Read our full review of The Sunshine Hotel.
The traditional yellow-fronted, wooden-shuttered frontage of the Long Life Riverside Hotel blends in so well with Hoi An‘s ancient town ethics that it’s very easy to discount this as yet another tailor/restaurant/spa. But this is a place to stay, and the hotel’s quiet riverside location on the An Hoi islet offers some of the best views over to the old town, especially at night as the river... Read our full review of Long Life River Hotel.
If you have a little extra cash to spend on your accommodation in Vietnam’s Hoi An, Hoi An Marina and Spa Resort offers just 12 suites set in spacious, lovely gardens at rates representing solid value for what you get.Hoi An Marina Resort.The Marina is tucked away on the far corner of the up and coming islet of An Hoi, a five-minute walk away from Hoi An’s old town. On the islet a maze of... Read our full review of Hoi An Marina and Spa Resort.
There’s something undeniably bohemian about Garden Hills Ecological Lodge. Carved entirely out of jackfruit wood, with a wrap-around balcony perfectly positioned for soaking up sunsets and a hammock-strewn garden devoted to contemplation, it’s pure Cham Island escapism.Garden Hills beach retreat.To say we scaled cliffs to find this place is not an exaggeration. We took a the $2, 08:00 supply... Read our full review of Garden Hills.
Approaching Ha My TT Guesthouse from the road you’d be forgiven for mistaking this friendly little guesthouse for a Soviet-era bomb shelter. But if you continue down the red brick road to the entrance, you’ll be bowled over by the slightly shabby French colonial frontage, fringed by coconut trees, and an impressive art deco dining and bar area. Cheap, cheerful and a beautiful beach.... Read our full review of Ha My TT Guesthouse.
If we were to tell you that beyond the rickety wooden plank bridge and signposted tree at the entrance to Le Domaine stood 12 whitewashed, thatched villas, a sand-floored chill-out lounge and a pretty spectacular infinity pool, you’d think we were barking up the wrong coconut tree. It’s all there though, hidden amid tropical jungle and a palm-fringed river inlet. A resort? Here… Located... Read our full review of Le Domaine De Tam Hai.