Photo: The city skyline.


Da Nang

For a city without many major attractions, Da Nang has loads of hotels. Most are targeted toward midrange business travellers and domestic tourists, but it's still one of the cheapest cities to base yourself in, with plenty of budget options -- decent, city-centre three-stars come in under $25, although there is a marked decline in quality and options for those on a lower budget. In general, hotel standards are high, and the city's hotel staff are among the friendliest in the country we've found. For location, the best places to look are river-facing Bach Dang or the parallel running Tran Phu Street from where most of the attractions, restaurants and nightlife are within a short walk.

Funtastic Backpacker Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
115 Hai Phong, Da Nang
T: (0933) 601 669

The Funtastic is the first and only international standard hostel in Da Nang. Situated nearer the train and bus stations than the riverfont (it's a good 20-minute power walk away), it makes a funtastic place to stay for sociable young travellers who are keen to explore the nooks and crannies of the city – especially if you have a keen interest in cuisine. The funkily designed hostel comprises... Read our full review of Funtastic Backpacker Hostel.

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Happy Day Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
160 Bach Dang, Da Nang
T: (0511) 356 6555

Built in 2013, the 28-room, nine-floor Happy Days is difficult to find fault with. Staff are fun and friendly and rooms are comfortable, clean and modern, with every home comfort from air-con through to hairdryers. The feature-wall wallpaper is a bit loud and beds are dripping in Happy Day Hotel silk accessories, but at least you won't forget the name of your hotel after a big night out on Bach... Read our full review of Happy Day Hotel.

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Hoang Linh
Midrange - US$20 to 50
142 Bach Dang, Da Nang
T: (0511) 388 6868

The Hoang Linh is a good example of the quality you can expect at this price for a centrally located Da Nang hotel. Built in 2011, this five-floor, 17-room hotel has perfectly appointed, clean comfortable rooms with modern bathrooms, high-pressure walk-in shower units, cable TV and fridge/minibars. There are two room types, with the river-facing deluxe having a bit more room and of course the... Read our full review of Hoang Linh.

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Mayana Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
40 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Da Nang
T: 0511 3866777

Mayana is a relatively new Da Nang hotel and will be a certain hit for those looking for a cheap bolthole in the city but still with plenty of amenities and an occasional flourish — who doesn’t love velvet wing chairs, after all?The grand lobby.Right in the heart of town — you’re just a few minutes from the fashionable river strip of Bach Dang Street, the dragon bridge and the pink... Read our full review of Mayana Hotel.

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The Brilliant Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
162 Bach Dang, Da Nang
T: (0511) 322 2999

Maybe they could have been a bit more creative with the name but Brilliant just about sums up this upscale hotel. Rooms verge on the boutique, with big comfortable linen-dressed beds, polished and rug-strewn or carpeted flooring, floor to ceiling windows, cable TV, coffee- and tea-making equipment, fluffy bathrobes and five-star bathrooms. From deluxe up the bathrooms come with glass-partitioned... Read our full review of The Brilliant Hotel.

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Xuan Hung Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
56 Phau Chu Trinh, Da Nang
T: (0511) 384 3333

It would be tempting to back away from the Xuan Hung after checking out the lobby, which is dark, cramped and crowded with tacky oversized 'antiques' and a huge aquarium. But give the place a chance -- take the lift up the skinny building to clean, airy rooms with huge windows, big beds and bathrooms with either full-sized bathtubs or separate showers. Rooms at the front even have a balcony,... Read our full review of Xuan Hung Hotel.

Bamboo Green Riverside
Midrange - US$20 to 50
68 Bach Dang, Da Nang
T: (0511) 383 2591

The Bamboo Green Riverside was renovated in 2012, and the rooms are well maintained, bright, cheerful and decorated to an international standard with built-in furnishings, tubs in the bathroom and cable TV. The staff are slightly stand-offish, but professional. Best of all, the place offers incredible views over the river directly over the Song Han swing bridge, which rotates every morning at... Read our full review of Bamboo Green Riverside.

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East Bank of the Han River

The area across the Han River has been on the up since the 2013 opening of the impressive fire breathing Dragon Bridge, which provides both pedestrian and road access straight into the heart of Da Nang city. The best area to look for accommodation is river/city-facing Tran Hung Dao Street, which offers great views and a decent mix of budget to four-star hotels in a quieter neighbourhood than the late-night Bach Dang Street on the opposite side of the river. The beach is quite a trek from here (you'll need to cross highway 17, which carries all the industrial traffic), but a taxi will only cost a couple of dollars each way.

Dragon Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
415 Tran Hung Dao, Da Nang
T: (0511) 3945 333

As the name suggests, the family-owned and -managed Dragon Hotel holds a prime riverside position overlooking the Dragon Bridge and city skyline. The owners here offer incredibly friendly service and squeaky clean, spacious accommodation. They get a big thumbs up from us too for their attention to the environment, having solar water heaters and eco-lighting systems throughout. Located a short... Read our full review of Dragon Hotel.

Trendy Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
347-349 Tran Hung Dao St, Da Nang
T: (0511) 394 5658

If you like visiting aquariums then you'll love the lobby at Trendy, where it's wide-screen fish tanks all the way. As for accommodation, this three-star hotel is excellent for the price, with all 55 air-con rooms tastefully decorated in muted tones with wooden flooring. Beds are firm but come dressed in clean white cottons; cable TV, minibar, hairdryers and tea-making facilities come as... Read our full review of Trendy Hotel.

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The Da Nang Riverside Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
A30 Tran Hung Dao, Da Nang
T: (0511) 3946 666

Although this hotel was built in 2006, the decor has a distinctively 80s feel, with nicotine-tinged chinzy curtains, silk accessories, boxy dark furnishings and handheld showers over bathtubs. All the rooms we were shown had a 40-a-day scent, but we were assured that they do have a non-smoking floor that was fullly booked at the time of our visit. The suites come with huge (almost retro) black... Read our full review of The Da Nang Riverside Hotel .

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Ngu Hahn Son District - T20 beach

East side, beach side, Ngu Hanh Son district has quickly transformed into one of the coolest places to stay in Da Nang. Lying a two-dollar taxi ride into the city and just south of My Khe (with a better bit of beach), the area has long attracted the bohemain surf crowd thanks to the longstanding Billabong Bar and Tam's Surf Pub and Shop. Recent hotel additions have been high quality and verging on boutique, with the quirky Chu Hotel 1 and 2 forming a benchmark (a highly copied one by the looks of near neighbour, the Zenta). The whole area has a great vibe with lots of cafes, bars and a soft sandy beach attracting a stream of locals and travellers.

Chu Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
02-04 An Thuong 1 Street, Ngo Hanh Son District, Da Nang
T: (0511) 395 5123

Completed in 2012, the six-floor, 20-room Chu Hotel is an absolute knockout if you like your hotels a bit more characterful than the standard Vietnamese four-star. Communal areas and rooms are stylishly decorated and furnished with darkwood Asian-inspired antique furniture. The lobby is home to an indoor/outdoor restaurant, a library and breezy bar area which has quickly established itself as a... Read our full review of Chu Hotel.

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Grand Mango Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
60 An Thuong 1 St, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang
T: (0511) 398 5888

The Mango family have two hotels on the same street, the cheaper original Mango Hotel and its grander sister, the Grand Mango built in 2012. Both are great hotels with similar room layouts, bright, airy spaces with polished floors, comfortable but slightly firm mattresses, modern bathrooms, free WiFi, minibar and cable TV. A few dollars extra at the Grand Mango however buys you a little less... Read our full review of Grand Mango Hotel.

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Midrange - US$20 to 50
54 An thuong 1 St, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang
T: (0511) 096 1468

About 100 metres down the road from the Chu Hotel, Hotel Zenta have shamelessly copied everything from the business cards to the room layout of its biggest competitor. Sadly they have done it on a much tighter budget, but nevertheless it was a good formula and one thing Zenta didn't have the nerve to copy was Chu's room rates -- so even though we don't like to encourage the blatant ripping off of... Read our full review of Zenta.

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Holiday Beach
Luxury - over US$100
01-D1.2 Vo Nguyen Giap St, Bac My An Beach, Da Nang
T: (0511) 396 7777

The 14-storey Holiday Beach opened in late 2013 and is positioned on the busy highway that separates it from the beach. We weren't too impressed with the positioning – the pool area is overlooked at every angle and faces the road and though it has secured beach views, it's not too appealing for guests paying high prices to stay at the resort. Rooms here are of a decent size and luxuriously... Read our full review of Holiday Beach.

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Non Nuoc (China Beach)

Accommodation options are plentiful for those with a deep wallet, though budget travellers will have to look over the other side of the road and beyond to find something suitable. The long-running, ever-popular Hoa's Place has relocated nearer the beach and may or may not be able to offer accommodation -- it's still an excellent place to hang out.

Hoa's Place
Backpacker - Under US$10
215/14 Huyen Tran Cong Chua St, China Beach
T: (0511) 3969 216

Sandwiched between the Melia Resort to the south and the Furama Resort to the North, Hoa's Place was bulldozed in 2013 to clear the land for future development. Though he was given new land nearer the beach, for now Hoa's Place is for the short term (he potentially has permission to open a new guesthouse) and has been reduced to the breakfast part of B&B teaming up with a couple of guesthouses on... Read our full review of Hoa's Place.

Phouc Loc Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
Lo 19 B2 Duong Truong Sa, Q. Ngu, Ha Son, Marble Mountain
T: (0511) 3847 609

Across the road from Non Nuoc beach are several low-key shophouse-style hotels. Of these, we liked Phuoc Loc the best. Located across from the new beach access road down to Hoa's Place, it offers decent, air-con rooms with cable TV and a small fridge. Over the years Hoa has helped the local owners improve both rooms and services, and the result is sparkling clean, spacious ensuite rooms, large... Read our full review of Phouc Loc Hotel.

Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort
Luxury - over US$100
Truong Sa St, Da Nang
T: (0511) 395 8888

Manicured gardens being tended by uniformed staff in pith helmets are perhaps the only clue as to what lies behind the facade of the five-star Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort which was previously known as the Lifestyle Resort located on beautiful Bac My An beach on Vietnam’s most famous coastal stretch. It’s a few kilometres from Vietnam’s fastest growing city, Da Nang, and a half-hour shuttle... Read our full review of Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort.

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My Khe Beach

My Khe is the local name for the beach directly east of Da Nang, about two kilometres from the Han River. The southern end is popular with domestic tourists who are served by huge, dilapidated government hotels interspersed with building sites. Nothing otherwise seems to be going on here (except a row of expensive beachside restaurants), and prices are high in comparison with the rest of Da Nang. On the northern end of My Khe things get far more interesting – this is where you'll find a line of some of the best local seafood restaurants and A La Carte, which blows the pants off the rest of the beach accommodation in the area. Other than that though, we didn't find another hotel worth including. Scores of very average guesthouses a few roads back offer windowless, drab accommodation to the scores of Vietnamese that flock to the area, but with new zoning in place (and a lot of new builds going up) we expect to see this change very soon.

A La Carte
Luxury - over US$100
Corner of Vo Nguyen Giap/ Duong Dinh Nghe Sts, Son Tra district, My Khe beach
T: (0511) 3959 555

Owned by the same people behind flashier Fusion Maia down the coast, it has an ‘a la carte' concept where all of the hotel's five-star services are offered as optional add-ons -- you pay a fixed room price and only pay for what you use (though WiFi is free). The hotel comprises 202 oversized luxury apartments complete with kitchen, living room and balcony beach views (you have to cross the road... Read our full review of A La Carte.

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Son Tra Peninsula

A more exclusive, out of the way location, but still within striking distance of Da Nang proper.

The Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort
Luxury - over US$100
Bai Bac, Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang
T: (0511) 3938 888

Boasting prices as high as its peninsula top positioning, the Intercontinental is dripping in luxury, style and views that money apparently can buy, at least for a short visit. Rooms are extravagant and kitted out to the luxury standards you'd expect, with all rooms types designed around the view and decoration tilted to the region's riches. If you plan to go for fullout splurge, this is the... Read our full review of The Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort.

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Son Tra Resort and Spa
Luxury - over US$100
Bai Nam-Bai Con Hoang Sa St, Son Tra Peninsula/Monkey Mountain
T: 05113 924 924

At first glance the topsy turvy two-storey villas of Son Tra Resort outside Da Nang evoke suggestions of a rather odd gated development. The giant villas just look uncomfortable in their surroundings — it’s almost as if the architect was misinformed of the setting and given a massive budget along with the instructions to ‘go crazy with this one, so long as they are BIG’. What saves this... Read our full review of Son Tra Resort and Spa.

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Ba Na Mountain

This mountain, about 45 kilometres west of Da Nang, is usually visited as a daytrip, but you can also stay for the night. You won't exactly be spoiled for accommodation options as there are only two hotels, one of which was closed for renovation on our May 2014 trip. Spending the night we feel would let you absorb the incredible views away from the crowds and get more of a sense of the nature that surrounds you. It's also a great option if you're looking to escape the heat of China Beach since temperatures are often 10 degrees cooler than in Da Nang. May through July are the prime months for sunny weather and clear, panoramic views from the 1,478-metre peak. Once the rainy season starts in September the mountain is almost constantly shrouded in cloud, meaning that when you could be sunning on the sand down below, you'll be shivering in the drizzle up here. In November and December the temperature plummets and there are frequent thunderstorms, so travel is not recommended. Note that if you're staying on Ba Na mountain, you'll need to pay a $25 entrance fee at the base and you'll want to avoid weekends and Vietnamese holidays. Weeknight rates come with big discounts and it's not unsual to have the whole of Ba Na to yourself when that last cable car heads back down to base at 21:15.

Morin Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
Ba Na Mountain
T: (0511) 321 4971

Located to the left of the highest cable car station, the 59-room Morin's facade was designed with the quintessential French architecture of the 19th century, although to our untrained eye it looks more like the neoclassical Buck Palace than French colonial. Despite this it looks as if it's been around years and is one of the more beautiful buildings on the mountain top. Interiors are classically... Read our full review of Morin Hotel.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Da Nang? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.

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