Hotels in Hoi An, Vietnam - Cheap Stops for Backpackers |
by Robert Van Soolingen
Vietnam is one of the countries in Asia that is firmly entrenched in the itineraries of many backpackers and other budget travelers, and for good reason. It has numerous attractions: beaches, a rich culture and history evident in the architecture, sumptuous food, warm and friendly people. Plus, there's no denying the fact that food, accommodations, and transportation are amazingly cheap in Vietnam.
Hoi An, a small city in the province of Quang Nam, is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam. Unsurprisingly, one can find a plethora of hostels, guesthouses, beds-and-breakfasts, and other inexpensive lodgings there.
A room at one of these establishments often does not exceed USD50 a night. To be sure, there exist hotels in Hoi An that charge higher room rates. But these are luxury hotels and many backpackers and budget travelers aren't quite willing to spend all that much for a place which they will use essentially just for sleeping.
Having said that, many budget hotels in Hoi An do offer more than just the basic amenities and services to attract guests and to make each stay a pleasant and comfortable one. One will be pleasantly surprised to find that USD18 doesn't get just a room with a bed for the night. At the Phuoc An Hotel, for example, a room at that price includes air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, free breakfast, private bathroom with hot water - in short, all the modern amenities of a good hotel room. It isn't the Ritz, but it's far from being a dump either. In fact, many of them are quite attractive in appearance - quite a few are inspired by French colonial architecture.
The guest services offered at hostels and other budget accommodations in Hoi An are another welcome feature for guests. Many of them offer services that are useful to people who are on a business-and-pleasure trip, such as meeting and function rooms, ADSL or WiFi Internet, postal and courier service, and fax/photocopying. For just pure relaxation, however, guests can simply spend afternoons cooling down in the hotel pool or shoot a few rounds of pool in the billiards room or explore the flower gardens or have a bite and a drink at some hostel's outdoor bar while watching the Thu Bon River go by. Getting a massage in one's own room or in a hotel spa for an hour or two after exploring the area is another popular option.
Finding a cheap hotel that offers more than adequate rooms and services in Hoi An isn't all that difficult as there are so many of them located near or right in the heart of Hoi An Town itself, a place that has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most hostels offer free shuttle bus service (others charge a nominal fee) to the town and other nearby attractions, such as the traditional vegetable, pottery, and carpentry villages, and Cua Dai Beach. Some budget inns, like the Indochine Hotel for instance, even offer free use of bicycles - great tools for exploring the area - and getting some exercise at the same time.
Finding the right accommodations is part of what makes a trip enjoyable, and the inexpensive hostels and guesthouses in Hoi An offering rooms, amenities, and services are things that add more value to a budget traveler's Vietnamese holiday experience.
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