During my trip to Hoi An, I had the privilege to stay at the Hoi An Historic Hotel.
The hotel itself was booked by my wife for two nights and three days.
Booking.com offered an incredible deal of RM624 for the full two nights with breakfast included, so it was quite a steal.
The Hoi An Historic Hotel was chosen by my wife as our accommodation due to its rave reviews on numerous travel sites.
It sits at the edge of the Hoi An Old Quarter which is the main attraction in Danang, Vietnam. Such fantastic location, and the generous pricing, made the hotel quite perfect.
Anyway, I’ll write a blog post about the Hoi An Old Quarter soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
CHECKING IN AT HOI AN HISTORIC HOTEL
My wife and I decided to take up the hotel’s airport transfer provided by the Hoi An Historic Hotel to avoid the hassle of locating the hotel.
Taking the hotel’s airport transfer is a norm for us as handling luggage, moving around and then hailing a taxi can be quite a challenge when travelling with my 3 year old daughter.
I would have opted to rent a car at RentalCars.com but since Vietnam traffic is known for its chaos, I decided against it, and opted for the USD27 airport transfer instead.
Our ride to the hotel was quiet with our driver speaking very limited English. I did however note that he slowed down when he realized I was taking photos.
Upon arrival, we were served a delicious cup of passion fruit juice while my wife concluded check-in pretty quickly.
The bell boy ushered us to our really lovely Superior room which was the most basic room available in the Hoi Ann Historic Hotel.
Despite that, it had the following amenities:
- IDD telephone
- Internet Protocol Television
- Executive writing desk
- Individual air-conditioning
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Mini bar
- Hair dryer
- Bathroom amenities
- Smoke detectors
- In room safety box
More importantly, high speed Internet connectivity at the hotel was pretty decent and stable which was very important for me.
Other facilities which were also at our disposal as guest at the hotel were:
- An outdoor swimming pool
- Tennis court
- Spa Lotus beauty
- Fitness Centre
- Taichi lessons
- Vietnamese cooking class
- Walking tour to Hoi An’s countryside, and
- Tra Que Village cooking tour
Also worth to mention here is the free shuttle bus to Cua Dai Beach.
Since I didn’t quite try all the other facilities, I’ll mention those I did try here.
THE SUPERIOR ROOM
The bed and pillows in the room were comfortable enough to get a good night sleep. I felt the hotel was very generous with pillows as I had four to six on my Queen sized bed.
The sheets in the room were clean, and the room itself was really shining. My room didn’t have a view, and even if it did, it was facing the road, so I kept the windows closed.
Housekeeping was doing a good job in my opinion, and complimentary water bottles and shower disposals were provided without fail.
I loved the strong water pressure for both hot and cold water, and the layout of the bathroom. I didn’t however favour the fact that the bathroom doors didn’t come with a lock.
THE BREAKFAST BUFFET
Waking up early for the breakfast buffet isn’t easy because I am not a morning person.
This makes the breakfast buffet equally important for me because I make it a point to wake up and enjoy the buffet spread and its quality.
I felt that the breakfast served at the Hoi An Historic Hotel was delicious. The Vietnamese Pho and local dishes were top notch. The staff were very keen to help, but it fell short in terms of selection.
One of my biggest disappointment was the missing signature Vietnamese iced milk coffee. According to the hotel staff, it was sold separately as the drink was rather popular among guest.
On a more positive note, the breakfast buffet was served in one of the prettiest settings I’ve ever seen.
The outdoor garden setting was simply breathtaking.
Recent vacations proved that the pool plays an important part in my travels.
My daughter loves the pool, and the Hoi An Historic Hotel had one of the best I’ve had.
It is located in the middle of the hotel and was divided into two main sections; one for kids and adults.
The larger adult pool was again divided into two sections; one being more shallow then the other.
My daughter loved the pool at the Hoi An Historic Hotel because the shallow adult pool was shallow enough that she could walk in it. This meant that I could let her loose without much worry of her drowning.
The barrier separating the deeper section was also clear enough to avoid her from wandering into dangerous waters.
Usually, TV Channels aren’t something people mention when talking about their hotel stay.
I however find TV Channels important when I need to stay indoors, maybe due to weather or just the need to relax.
The number of TV channels at Hoi An Historic Hotel is incredibly huge with my major favourites like HBO, Cinemax, AXN and Discovery all available. There’s also quite a number of kids channels as well.
If you didn’t know, this is my second time in Danang, but my first time in Hoi An. My first time in Danang had been documented in this post about Danang.
There is a real possibility that I might return to Hoi An, and if I do, the Hoi An Historic Hotel would definitely be my choice. Although I do have reservations about its breakfast buffet, the level of service and amenities provided supersedes those little issues I had.
After all, local eateries are just minutes away from the hotel, so there are options to the breakfast buffet. Danang in 2020? Maybe yes!