Experience Travel’s top 5 hotels in Vietnam:
Vietnam is a funny place for hotels. There is nothing like the variety of Thailand or even Cambodia and the vestiges of state ownership still affect the feel and design of many hotels. A sort of undynamic fustiness still pervades some of Vietnam’s more venerable institutions!
Like everything in Vietnam though, the quality of hotels is changing fast and there are some very dynamic and really great hotels around now. There are more on the way too. Here are 5 of the best that I saw on my recent (very busy) fact-finding mission!
In no particular order, these 5 deserve a mention!
1: Pilgrimage Village
This family owned and run hotels are one of a new breed of service orientated hotels. From a small restaurant in Hue, started 10 years back, Pilgrimage Village has nailed down and defined quality in Hue. Our clients consistently love this place and now I have visited I can see why – spacious, comfortable, lots of greenery, a great pool and superb service – there is nothing not to like. I hope the marketing manager doesn’t read this and put the prices up but for what they charge it really is possibly the best value in the country.
2: Nam Hai
Vietnam’s premier resort has to have a mention in any top 5 list. Not being a huge fan of large beach resorts, I was primed not to like the Nam Hai and was very pleasantly surprised. Sweet. Very sweet… The design is heavily influenced by nearby Hoi An though it feels fresh and modern in the best possible way. Eating in the hotel is expensive as you would expect – but not many beach hotels have such a range of great eating options nearby as the Nam Hai.
I particularly like the added value touches – the pool villas (reasonably priced in comparison with similar level places in Thailand) include all manner of extras: free laundry, free mini bar, free transfers, free shuttle into town, a complimentary meal and massage (not at the same time!) and more.
3: Life Heritage Resort
The Life Heritage is on the river and on the very edge of the old town – perfect for wondering out and exploring the lanes of Hoi An at dusk by bike or on foot. When you want to escape, the view of the lake, the laid back friendliness of the staff and the unpretentious quality make this a brilliant place to stay. The amount of repeat clients this hotel gets is a glowing testament to the quality of the service here.
4: La Residence, Hue
I love this hotel. The ambience feels right out of a Somerset Maugham short, especially in the piano bar. The Art Deco architecture is simply gorgeous and they have done a brilliant job at sympathetically decorating the hotel in keeping with its venerable history.
A word of warning – the superior rooms are fairly small and they should be avoided if you are looking for 5* luxury. I would categorise them as ‘Superior’ whereas the higher category of rooms are very definitely ‘deluxe’. The corner suites – the ‘Deluxe Colonial’ rooms are very definitely the pick of the bunch and well worth extra few quid.
5: Ancient House and The Orchid Hue
I’ve cheated here and included two hotels as they both illustrate my point very nicely! They are both of a new breed of low key hotels in Vietnam who put the emphasis on service and keep one eye very firmly on their Trip Advisor ratings. They keep prices and expectations low and over-deliver on comfort, service and extra little touches. Both, for example, have laptops with free internet access in most of their rooms, which for internet-addicted types like myself, is a sad, but welcome bonus. They are simple hotels and not luxurious by any means, but what they do deliver, they deliver very well indeed.
The Romantic Suites at the Orchid are something else too. For people who like their comforts random and quirky – I cannot recommend these rooms highly enough.
In the very heart of the Ancient House, is an ancient Vietnamese/Chinese House, which looks as if it has not changed in 200 years! Keeping it central to the hotel was a fantastic touch.
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