“We arrived in Da Nang from Saigon, and what a relief! Fresh air, low humidity, and no constantly honking horns. Our shuttle driver was very courteous, and drove in a very un-Vietnamese manner (no speeding, honking, or passing), though that could just be due to the lower volume of traffic. When we arrived at the hotel, we were so pleased, we couldn't stop grinning. Such a cute little boutique hotel, away from the center of town, but close enough to walk. Adorable lobby - Our son was beside himself when he saw the fish pond and the pool on the first floor. The staff was very welcoming, and check-in was easy. The only problem was that there is no elevator and our room was on the 3rd floor. Apparently the bellman was on a break, so we muscled our luggage up the stairs ourselves rather than wait. It wasn't really an issue, but be aware if you have any problems with stairs, or have a large suitcase.
Our room was much smaller than I expected (it was supposed to be a "suite" after all), with two full/queen size beds, but the generous bathroom and gorgeous view from the balcony made up for it. There were lots of great little decor touches in the room and throughout the hotel. Placing luggage and belongings for 3 people took a little maneuvering, but we worked it out. Again, the serenity of the balcony, with the birds in the trees, the water buffalo grazing in the fields of rau muong (water spinach), and the total lack of traffic noise made up for the tight quarters . I asked about the "suite", wondering if perhaps we had been given the wrong room, but apparently all the rooms on the back of the hotel with balconies overlooking the fields are Suites.
Breakfast on the deck was heavenly, with made-to-order eggs and banana pancakes (yum!), assorted fruits (passion fruit!) and pastries, and of course wonderful cafe sua da. It was a lovely way to start each day.
Couple issues to note: 1) Don't mess with any power cords. Though the hotel is only 10 years old, perhaps the wiring isn't the best. I tried to turn off the side lamp using the toggle switch on the (rather frayed looking) cord because the main switch wasn't working, and the electrical outlet zapped with a loud pop, spark and puff of smoke. Luckily, no harm done, except for the 10 years my husband aged because he thought I electrocuted myself. We reported it to the front desk in the morning and the cord was replaced by the time we returned in the afternoon. 2) The night staff sleeps in the lobby and they close the gate at 11:00pm. So if you plan to stay out late, know that you'll need to be let in by a sleepy desk clerk. 3) On our last day, the lady in charge of breakfast asked us if we'd like to order soup - so of course we requested pho. The soup was tasty, though not exactly the pho we are used to - after 3 or 4 bites, our son said "I think I'm allergic to something in the soup." His lip was swelling before our eyes! My husband then noticed there were peanuts (!) in the soup. Luckily his allergic reaction is slight (itchy throat, swollen lips), and after a dose of benedryl he was fine, but we told the staff about the dangers of peanut allergies (my husband speaks fluent Vietnamese), and the fact that no Westerner would ever think there would be peanuts in pho. Needless to say, she was extremely apologetic, and again, no real harm done. 4) No credit cards accepted, so don't spend all your cash on your custom-made suit.
Of course, the bed was not the most comfortable (the norm in Vietnam), but overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, walked to town every day, rented bicycles next door for $1 and rode down to the beach. This is the one hotel (of the 5 we stayed in) we would absolutely return to again. ”