A bit of a mixed bag
96 Ba Trieu, Hoi An T: (0510) 391 6277
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.
The hotel offers decent-sized air-con rooms with TV and super firm (okay, hard) mattresses, WiFi throughout (although this can be a bit patchy at times) and a fourth floor rooftop pool with a couple of loungers. An unmanned tour desk is at the front of the hotel; if you want to book a tour ask at reception where they have a tour brochure of well thought out but expensive local tours.
Little differentiates the superior and deluxe rooms and unless you prefer a wooden floor to a cool tiled one, the superior offer the best value if you ask for one with a balcony. The standard rooms have top of the range bathrooms with great water pressure but there are no windows, which is not a huge problem, but at $38 per night you won’t struggle to find something far better nearby — in fact if you wander a 100 metres further up Ba Trieu you will stumble into similarly priced Thuy Duong 3 hotel which leaves you wondering how the Vinh Hung 3 hotel can charge as much as they do. If those prices are a little out of your league, snap up a bargain across the road from Vinh Hung 3 at popular backpacker joint the Hop Yen for around $12 a night, where you’ll get the added bonus of a window.
Be warned that Vinh Hung 3 is very popular with young tour groups. When I stayed here the receptionist told me that almost 80% of the rooms are sold directly to tour companies year round, making it near on impossible to knock the rack rate down. If you have been travelling alone and fancy hooking up with a ready-made crowd of friends for a couple of days, then you may want to know that Hoi An is the town they get dumped by their tour guides and left to fend for themselves.
The hotel however lacks a communal area — the breakfast room a bit too gloomy to hang around in — and the roof top pool is a bit too cramped and hot, though it’s still a really pleasant feature of the hotel. The staff were lovely although one member took a strong dislike to me which was rather uncomfortable at the time; however shortly after my stay I discovered that my over enthusiastic displays of fingers crossed is particularly offensive in Vietnam so I can’t really blame her.
The hotel is noisy. I moved around a fair bit during my stay and I am not the lightest sleeper, but the rooms at the front overlook the busy street and I was rudely awoken daily by the cacophony produced by the waking city from 06:00; my favourite was the rubbish cart playing happy birthday outside the hotel every morning at 08:00. The rooms at the rear are much quieter but overlook a community building and its loud speaker, if you are really unlucky and visit during an important community occasion, plays loudly intermittently throughout the day. If you were fortunate enough to get a really good deal on a superior room at the back, then you wouldn’t be disappointed — but our suggestion would be to look around at other options first. Be warned to that the hotel is located in a flood-prone area — more on this in a future post.
By Caroline Mills
Last updated on 25th June, 2014.