Wondering where to stay in Hoi An? Well, you’ve come to the right place! First of all it’s good to know that Hoi An is a very small town. Whichever location you choose will not be far from anywhere, you’ll have shopping, beaches and countryside pretty much on your doorstep.
Accommodation in Hoi An is also varied, with a fine range of luxury resorts, mid-price and cheap hotels, plus homestays and hostels for those on a smaller budget. But no matter where you choose, you’ll be guaranteed the warmest of welcomes. Read our guide on where to stay in Hoi An below.
Types of Accommodation
There are several types of accommodation in Hoi An. Compared to many other countries accommodation is cheap, even when you opt for luxury.
Over $100 per night
If you’re looking to be pampered in luxurious settings and have all your needs met without having to set a foot outside the front door, head to one of the Hoi An resorts or high end hotels. You’ll find tennis courts, gyms, spas, restaurants, pools, kids clubs, bars, organized tours and more. The best places for the complete resort package are located along the beach areas.
$50 to $100 per night
Compared with what you can get in the West for the same price, Hoi An’s mid-price hotels are often a cut above!
$30 to $50 per night
Cheap in price but not in quality, you’ll find a great range of affordable hotels in Hoi An that won’t break the bank.
Homestays & Hostels
Under $30 per night
Everywhere you look in Hoi An you will see the word ‘Homestay’. Homestays are a mini hotel run by a Vietnamese family and are great value for money. Many tourists who stay in Homestays make life-long friends with their Vietnamese family. Homestays vary in size from one to twelve rooms or more.
Hoi An Old Town
The heritage-listed Old Town is one of the most beautiful in the world. At night copious brightly colored lanterns light up the narrow cobbled streets while wish candles float on the Thu Bon River alongside tourist-ferrying tug boats. It’s a magical pixie-land of shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques in which life glistens, bustles and throbs until 10.30pm. Then, like Cinderella making her run, lights go off, doors close and everything abruptly stops.
You will pay more for hotels close to the Old Town but that’s the price of convenience.
Across the river, a short walk away from Hoi An Old Town is An Hoi Islet. An Hoi is the more brassy part of Hoi An. And like brassy places can be it’s the place to party. Here you’ll find bars selling buckets of cocktails along with spas, live music, the night-market, tailors and top class restaurants (cocktails at Mango Mango are a must). But while you buy two more hours of partying at An Hoi it is no raging kingdom. It closes around midnight – because Hoi An is that sort of town!
For a late night all night venue, try One Love.
By Hoi An’s Beaches
Wondering where to stay close to Hoi An’s beaches? There are basically three key beach locations for hotels in Hoi An: An Bang Beach, Cua Dai Beach and Hidden Beach.
Cua Dai Beach
Cua Dai is not what it once was. Now due to erosion this once beautiful beach of golden sand that stretched for miles is in trouble. The beach seems to disappear during the stormy season and gradually recover over the warmer months. However, many hotels and resorts along this strip have managed to preserve parts of the beach all year round for their patrons and life goes on, almost as before.
This is a very pretty beach and still reasonably quiet though the secret is out and people are heading there!
An Bang Beach
This is the ‘in’ beach in Hoi An. You’ll find a breathtakingly beautiful beach that stretches all the way to Da Nang. Thatched coverings provide shade and beach seating is abundant (if you buy a drink). Along with fabulous restaurants overlooking the water there are bars with live music, convenience shops, spas and souvenir shops.
Between the Old Town and the Beach
Cua Dai Road
Cua Dai Road is the ‘arterial’ road that runs through Hoi An to Cua Dai Beach. You will find some great Vietnamese restaurants along here as well as spas, bakeries, hamburger joints like Circle Café (try their Juicy Lucy), the iconic Dingo Deli and the wonderful Ba Le Market.
Fancy looking out your hotel window onto verdant green rice fields and watching grazing buffalo sidestep the odd raft of ducks as Vietnamese farmers in their conical hats plough the land as they did a hundred years ago? Well look to places between the beach and the Old Town and for convenience, check out the ones near Cua Dai Road and all its amenities.
‘Om!!!’ These areas are just downright good for the soul! Situated by the river, away from the hustle and bustle are some fabulous hotels. These places will give you far more bang for your buck than many closer-in venues. Rooms are larger, most have balconies and some even have lounges as well. As everything in Hoi An is close, these places are great value and well worth considering when choosing hotels in Hoi An.
What Area to Stay in Hoi An?
For history, culture and shopping, restaurants and lights, close to Hoi An Old Town is best. Got kids or you like to lounge around and escape from the heat? Stay close to the beach. Like energy and party atmospheres? Then go for An Hoi, with its buckets of cocktails and late night bars. Want to be more in the stream of the ‘real Vietnam’ but also want some amenities close by? Stay between the beach and Hoi An Old Town in areas close to Cua Dai Road.
Wherever you lay your head, enjoy your stay!