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Thuy Dong 3 Hoi An Reviews
Modest city hotel at the edge of the old town Jul 12, 2013
Thuy Dong 3 is a modest tourist class hotel, only two blocks from the UNESCO protected historic center of Hoi An. It takes a mere ten minutes (perhaps even less) to be in the old town. Next to the hotel there are already plenty of shops, restaurants and massage parlors. In other words, it has a very lively location.
There's a small lobby with a few chairs and a room with a few computers in the back, where you can use internet. There is supposed to be internet in the lobby and in the room, but I could not get it to work. I could make a connection but none of the sites or mail would load.
Behind the reception there's a patio with a small pool. The rooms are clustered around the pool, but our room, the number 206, faced the street.
We received a small twin with airco. Upon entering it had a funny smell... a bit like rotten fruit, but later on we discovered it is the cleaning product that the chamber maids are using.
Apart from the beds, there was a very small desk and a small table with two chairs. There is also a minibar, a kettle to make tea and two small complimentary water bottles. In the wardrobe there were bathrobes and slippers for use as well. In this hotel, there is no safe, so we needed to lock our valuables into our bags.
The bathroom is small with a bath tub doubling as shower. The water pressure is good enough and there is a decent shower head, only it hangs completely vertical to the wall. It would be easier if it could be adjusted to another position.
There is a large selection of toiletries and a small but functional hair dryer.
There are French doors giving out to a small balcony on the street side. The gaps between the doors are more than a centimeter wide and let all mosquitoes and insects in. Make sure to use lots of repellant before going to sleep! Moreover these cracks make the room far from sound proof. The hotel is facing a busy street and there is constant noise from horns, motorbikes and people who are just talking. Even a pair of ear plugs won't do.
The airco in the room is individually controlled but not working too well. Even when put on the coldest stand, it stays relatively hot. Since the power only works by inserting the room key, it means that the airco goes off once you leave the room. But it takes forever to cool the room once you get back in. We solved the problem by inserting one of the small complimentary combs into the key lock. It kept the power on and kept the airco running to make sure the room was no sauna upon return.
Breakfast is served on the ground floor and has a nice selection of western items including cream cheese and yogurt. A chef prepares eggs in the morning and can do pancakes too. There are even two tables on the back porch, so if you're early, you can eat outside. Make sure to bring your breakfast coupon because it is heavily checked.
The Thuy Dong 3 has been one of the least comfortable and most noisy hotels on my tour through Vietnam. Too bad this was the one where we got to stay three nights. The simple room is not my concern, but the fact that that airco didn't work too well and that I couldn't connect to the WiFi were real bummers. Even though the breakfast was worth the while, I wouldn't stay here again.
Part of the Visions of Vietnam July 2013 travel blog
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