Stellar riverside hotel
The price is right with Lantana. It's one of our top picks for those who have a little more budget, thanks to its excellent value, great location across the river from the old town and an exceptionally pretty design.
The rooms at Lantana are almost a carbon copy of La Residencia, right down the pattern floor tiles, patina copper fixtures and basement pool/gym. It's so similar that we asked if they were the same owner (apparently not). Opened in 2015, Lantana has a slight edge. It is just a bit spiffier and luxurious, giving guests a feeling that this is even more of a steal.
Lantana is located on the other side of the river, on the northern edge of An Hoi Islet looking back at the mainland. The pseudo French colonial exterior with shades of antebellum is twee, but who cares about the exterior because the rooms are tasteful and elegant, balancing decor with comfort. Enter a room and it feels like a calming exhale. The room we saw had light grey walls, white linens, dark wood furniture, blue quilted throw pillows and bed runner. Watercolour paintings adorned the wall and the bathroom had everything a traveller needed: contemporary fixtures, a blue tiled shower stall with dispensers of soaps and lotions. Lux amenities included large wall mounted flatscreen TV, desk, minibar, safety box, air-con and WiFi. If you can afford it, the deluxe river view room is worth it as you get your own private balcony.
Though they rate themselves a four-star, it's really an excellent three-star. Our only concern is how well everything stands the test of time, whether materials were chosen because they were good quality or because they were pretty. The room rate includes a buffet breakfast, an L-shaped underground swimming pool, well-equipped gym, a three times a day shuttle to An Bang and a "private" section of the beach with chairs. The terrace at the front of the house seals this deal. No bicycles are provided -- it's an easy seven-minute walk to the old town. Head east, cross the pedestrian bridge and you'll be right at the landmark Japanese Bridge.
Address: 09 Thoai Ngoc Hau St, An Hoi Islet, Hoi An
T: (235) 396 3999; F: (235) 393 3888
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º19'22.25" E, 15º52'32.19" N
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Room rates: US$50 to 100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||US$50||US$55|
|Deluxe double room|
Superior deluxe river view: $65/$70
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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