Jun 29 2013
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.
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 hard pushed to find fault here, and rooms go for as little as $27, making this worth checking out if your budget stretches this far.
Vaia has upped the game for the budget to midrange market in Hoi An, with its vast Starck-inspired foyer and a clean layout that wouldn’t look out of place in any fashion capital. Guest rooms are stylish, with furniture and trimmings veering toward the luxurious. What the standard rooms lack in space they make up for in clever design, with decked out ensuites separated by sliding glass doors that on first glance look more like art installations than anything with a purpose.
All the basics including air-con, TV, fridge and somewhere to hang your newly tailored clothes, are far from basic, windows are huge and double glazed to keep the noise of heavy traffic to a minimum – unusual for Vietnam. When we visited a neighbouring wedding had reached the ear-splitting karaoke stage, the ultimate test for any hotels sound proofing — Vaia passed.
Little difference lies between standard and deluxe — we were quoted $27-35 for a standard and $40 for the deluxe ($60 for the family suite). The extra for a deluxe only means more space, so unless you plan to hold a yoga class in your room save your money and go standard. The family room however is worth splashing out on — $60 gets you two bedrooms, one large double and one twin, connected by a galley bathroom. Unless you head to a resort, this sort of layout is rare among Hoi An hotels.
Breakfast is not included, but a wide range of options is right on Vaia’s doorstep, including gourmet Casa Verde, one of the best breakfast spots in town. Vaia’s hip hotel ambience is possibly a bit of a turnoff for the party crowd; there’s no bar, so if that’s your thing head north along Cua Dai and consider staying at Sunflower; for character, Phan Boi Chau Street’s An Phu would be a better match.
It’s early days for Vaia, but booking ahead would be wise, especially if you are in need of a bit of modern luxe after a few rough weeks on the road. We’d stay here in a flash. Staff were professional (as you would expect with Yaly) and nothing was a problem, including a walk-in discount which was offered before I asked. Prices do go up in the high season and we imagine as the hotel gains a following some little perks will dry up — but even at rack rates Vaia is more than worth it for its well thought out design, comfort, peace and proximity to town.
489 Cua Dai Rd, Hoi An
T: 0510 3916 499
F: 0150 3929 489
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