There is something about a hotel room with a view of the ocean so close that the sounds of waves lull you to sleep at night that I can’t resist! The Sunrise Hoi An Hotel has the experience in spades, as it has recently been built so every single room has a view of the ocean. Because the resort I was lucky enough to be right at the end of one wing, so I had very little of the resort between me and the sea.
At this writing, the hotel is a bit secluded and the last on a stretch of beach around Hoi An (though there is construction nearby). There is a shuttle that takes you into the old town, and there are many taxis, so it is easy to get around. I personally loved being away from it all, but able to be near the action within minutes.
The other great thing the Sunrise has going for it are two beautiful pools and pool area. I love the water and I love swimming and I took full advantage of both pools. Extremely refreshing and relaxing after a day cycling around Hoi An on a sunny and humid 34C day! The hotel also has a spa and many recreational activities you can take part in, that I was far too busy on my own to try out.
The room itself was gorgeous. I was welcomed with a complimentary fruit plate (with weird and wonderful prickly lychee fruit I hadn’t seen before) placed on the comfy day bed in the covered balcony area. In humidity and heat like Hoi An, an open balcony is not the way to go. I loved the placement of the bed in the middle of the room, so you are always able to look out at the beautiful view. I also loved the large shower and bathroom.
Now for the downsides. The hotel is fairly new (opened in 2011), and looks a bit like it was rushed. Some of the grouting was sloppily done, and I didn’t have a fridge in my room (even though the welcome letter said that I did). The halls in the hotel are covered but open to outside, so it can be a bit loud. I also heard many people had problems with their card keys – probably issues with humidity.
Laundry is expensive in the hotel, so it is good that there are three little laundry stalls right across from the hotel. By this time in my trip, I was definitely in need! It cost only $1 US for 1KG of laundry. An absolute bargain! It was also a lot of fun seeing my laundry get weighed and going through the process (assisted by my awesome guide Minh).
My room was completely not serviced one day, even though I was gone almost all day. It meant I didn’t get my complimentary water for the day (which is important in Vietnam, as tourists are advised not to drink the water). I didn’t complain or ask for service, because it was late when I got in and I had extra bottles with me. The complimentary breakfast buffet was ok, but didn’t have a lot of bread options and no cheese. A very picky comment, but I love bread and cheese on vacation!
The good news is that even with these downsides, I loved this hotel and would definitely stay there again.