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 centrally located hotel we have come across.
From the outside, stroll into the roadside courtyard/parking lot and you are met by a welcoming lobby and an adjacent indoor/outdoor pool with views panning out over paddy, a bit of an unexpected add-on considering its central position — there’s not much green land left around the old town of Hoi An.
Thien Thanh upgraded to ’boutique’ in 2012, refurbishing rooms and amenities that were becoming a little tired.Working paddy and morning glory fields lap at the hotel’s rear, with a huge breakfast and sun-lounge decking area. WiFi is free and has a strong reception throughout the hotel, and services include tours, laundry, bike hire and transfers, and prices are better than at some of the cheaper backpacker places down the same road.
If you are feeling too beat to wander into town for food there is a host of rather splendid, good value eateries including some great Vietnamese restaurants, within a 30-second amble, though breakfast is included in the rates.
In the rooms, linen and mattresses are top notch and the marble bathrooms are fitted with mammoth showers, tiny wooden tubs and great hot water pressure. Standard rooms all located at the front of the hotel are vast, with two queen beds, and the balcony suites at the back are very worthy of the extra $5 for the views alone, but the showstopper is the family suite in the eaves, with its exposed Hoi An-style tile ceiling and panoramic views across the city.
We’re sitting on the fence for value, however; at rack rates I’d expect more room for my buck, but the high season rates on Agoda, which start at $52 for a standard and $57 for the suites sounds about right. Walk-in rates (if they have a free room) are heavily discounted; we were quoted $40 for a standard when almost all the hotels in town were full over the Christmas/New Year break – at those prices it’s a steal, but with a hotel as popular as this one it’s a gamble. Similar options nearby would be the Ha An on Phan Boi Chau or the newly opened Little Hoi An Boutique hotel on An Hoi.
The Thien Thanh has built itself into the flashpacker family mould. Welcoming staff appear to never tire of entertaining the kids while mum and dad relax with a book; the only child-unfriendly part of the hotel is the unrailed pool.
Romancing couples and more mature but agile (there’s no lift) guests would be easily inspired by sunset drinks on the deck and the promise of a quiet night sleep – the tranquility of the hotel took us by surprise as our pet hate with Ba Trieu is the horrendously loud speaker system located at the opposite end of the road, which blasts daily news and military sounding beats out from 05:00 till 09:00, then again between 11:00 and 14:00 and again between 17:00 and 19:00. At Thien Thanh it’s just a whisper on a breeze and well worth the extra three minutes it takes to walk in to town.
By Caroline Mills
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.