Hoi An Waterway Resort

First published July 2018 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle

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Sitting on the palm-studded banks of a narrow tributary of the Thu Bon River, the Waterway Resort is yet another brilliant-value property in Hoi An. Also known by its Vietnamese name, Sông Nước Hội An, this pretty, elegant, mid-range property lies halfway between Hoi An’s famous old quarter and the beach. Boasting river views, superbly designed rooms, a low-key ambience, a great swimming pool, and rates as low as $30 a night in the low season, Hoi An Waterway Resort is exceptional value for money. There is something so satisfying – almost wholesome – about a good-value, well-run, excellent quality accommodation: when everything comes together perfectly and for the right price. Hoi An Waterway Resort is such a place. [Average rates are $30-$60. To check availability & make a reservation for Hoi An Waterway Resort please BOOK HERE]

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Hoi An Waterway Resort, VietnamExcellent value for money, the Waterway Resort is set on a palm-studded patch of land near Hoi An

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REVIEW: HOI AN WATERWAY RESORT


Address: 83/19 Nguyen Duy Hieu Street, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam [MAP]

Average Price: $30-$60 | Website: www.hoianwaterway.com


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Tucked away down an alleyway in an affluent, local Hoi An neighbourhood, the Waterway Resort is walking or cycling distance from the old quarter and the beach. In my opinion, this location works to its advantage: Hoi An’s old town, as beautiful and fascinating as it is, gets very crowded these days, so it’s nice to be staying in an accommodation slightly away from the tourist bustle. The Waterway Resort is situated on a lush patch of land fronting the river: a peaceful, calm setting to base yourself while exploring the area. For the best rates (and to avoid the crowds), try to visit during the shoulder season: September/October or April/May.

Guest room at Hoi An Waterway Resort, VietnamThe Waterway Resort is located between the old town & the beach, in a quiet local area

A three-storey building designed in the ‘Hoi An-style’, the Waterway Resort is a white-washed structure with pitched tiled roofs broken every few metres by protruding partitions. Each floor boasts deep, covered balconies, just as the old shop and store houses in Hoi An’s old town do. Strangely, the reception and lobby are the least impressive part of the property, being rather bland and business-like. However, it’s bright and airy because the rooms open onto the resort’s fabulous gardens, which are filled with leaning coconut palms, white peace lilies, yellow-blooming of allamanda flowers, giant hibiscus, and bougainvillea bushes. Benches and swings dot the grass, and the river moves silently by at the edge of the garden.

Guest room balcony at Hoi An Waterway Resort, VietnamThe resort has extensive, lush gardens by the river: this is the view from a guest room balcony

The swimming pool, which is a good size, sits is the shade of the palm trees that surround it. Thatched parasols and sun loungers line the perimeter. During the daytime, when most of the guests are out sightseeing in Hoi An, the pool and gardens are wonderfully quiet and peaceful. The resort’s restaurant is open-sided, with tiled floors and a dining room leading onto the pool and gardens. The à la carte menu here is OK, and the buffet breakfast (included in the room rate) is fine but not memorable. But the cocktails are good and the outside seating area is great for watching the sun melt behind the coconut palms by the river.

Breakfast at Hoi An Waterway Resort, VietnamBreakfast is served in the resort’s restaurant, which opens onto the pool and gardens

Rooms are really well-appointed, especially for the price. Simple and spacious yet personal and cosy, there’s a good balance of modern amenities and traditional embellishments. There’s no clutter, but it’s not cold and minimalist either. There are tiled floors (wonderful in a hot, humid climate like Hoi An’s), sturdy furniture, beautiful wicker chairs on the balcony, hanging lamps that manage to be both chic and traditional, and even the blackout blinds are impeccably designed and fitted. Bathrooms have large bathtubs, and the river views (seen through a kaleidoscope of tropical foliage) are marvellous.

Guest room at Hoi An Waterway Resort, VietnamGuest rooms are very well-appointed, especially considering the reasonable room rates

There’s a really pleasant ambience and style running through almost every aspect of Hoi An Waterway Resort. It’s neat, tidy, fresh, bright, elegant, friendly, intimate but not suffocating, green, rural, peaceful, quiet, and serene. Away from the tourist bustle of the old quarter, this is a modern hotel with modern amenities, but designed in classic ‘Hoi An-style’, with plenty of thought and grace in the details. It’s brilliant value for all travellers: flashpackers, young couples, families with small children, or a group of road-tripping friends who need a relaxing break from the road. [Average rates are $30-$60. To check availability & make a reservation for Hoi An Waterway Resort please BOOK HERE]

*Please support Vietnam Coracle: I never write a review for money: all my content is free & my reviews are independent. You can support the work I do by booking your hotels via the Agoda links & search boxes on my site, like the ones on this page. If you make a booking, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you). Any money I make goes straight back into this site. Thank you.

The pool at Hoi An Waterway Resort, VietnamHoi An Waterway Resort is tidy, bright, elegant & well-equipped: brilliant value for any kind of traveller

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