A book nook
Formerly Vinh Hung 3 Hotel, Vinh Hung Library Hotel has gone on a full on charm offensive with a makeover and a library theme.
The 24-room mid-range hotel sits behind a veil of tumbling bougainvillea on popular with backpackers Ba Trieu Street.
Inside, it has a cosy comfort that people associate with their local reading room. The walls of the lobby/breakfast buffet dining area are lined with books and the hallways are full of cheerful pizzazz in the form of colourful art. It’s bold and perhaps a bit kitschy, but we’re digging the effort to be different.
Despite the fact that they are on the small side, the deluxe rooms feel airy and light, achieved with the tidy white linen spread across the thick mattress, the canopy of mosquito net and sliding glass doors leading out to the balcony shrouded by greenery. There’s a sense of gentle refinement in the design details such as natural wood furniture, a large scale decorative piece above the beds, a pop of colour from a few bedside lanterns, photos of river life and display of pottery on the shelves. Don’t forget the practical comforts: bedside table and plug, WiFi, air-con, large flatscreen TV and kettle. The only downside to the bathroom is the dim lighting and the prefabricated modular shower stall which large folk will find cramped.
The superior rooms are windowless and dimly lit, though it still has the same cozy-chic design and a built in sofa. But at US$36 per night, it is a hard sell and you won’t struggle to find something cheaper for the same calibre. In contrast, we think the deluxe rooms are worth it. All rates include buffet breakfast.
The rooftop pool should be viewed as an added bonus, not the selling point. The deck has enough room to squeeze in a picnic table and some loungers, there’s a change room and the pool itself will satisfy those who want to submerge on a hot day, not do to laps or show off your synchronised swimming routine.
Address: 96 Ba Trieu, Hoi An
T: (235) 391 6277;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º19'33.89" E, 15º52'50.82" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||US$32||US$36|
|Deluxe double room||US$42||US$45|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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