Hotel Review: Hotel Royal Hoi An
The Hotel Royal Hoi An is the only luxury hotel in the historic city, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Not only is the hotel’s location very nice, but the hotel is totally worth recommending anyways. In this extensive hotel review I’ll explain what you need to know about the Hotel Royal!
During my time in Vietnam, I stayed at a couple of different luxury hotels, including the Hilton Hanoi Opera, The Sofitel Hanoi Legend, La Residence Hue and more. Together with the Sofitel Legend, the Hotel Royal was one of the most expensive hotels on my journey.
The property did live up to the standards of the price points, but wasn’t way better than most other hotels in the country. While a little pricey, I’d still recommend the Hotel Royal Hoi An though.
Grand Deluxe Room at the Hotel Royal Hoi An
As the Hotel Royal Hoi An is a member of the MGallery Collection by Sofitel, I was assigned a Grand Deluxe Room upon check-in due to my Le Club Accor Gold Status. The one-category upgrade was well appreciated and the room I got was quite nice, too. While not big, the room had a spacious bathroom with a very interesting semi-open design, a walk-in shower, a detached toilet, a free-standing tub and a single sink.
The interior is very stylish and modern, making the bathroom look quite fancy. By either walking through the bathroom or following the hallway, you’ll get to the main room, which isn’t very big, but looks quite stylish.
There’s a working desk with a basic chair, a very comfortable and fancy looking King Bed, a sofa right in front of the bed and then the flat-screen television in the corner.
The room comes with big windows, but lacks a balcony (other rooms in this category have a balcony). The view of the “city” and the rivers was quite nice, too.
While not especially big, I loved the unique decor and design of the Hotel Royal Hoi An, which made the room feel very comfortable.
Breakfast at the Hotel Royal Hoi An
Breakfast wasn’t included in my stay at the Hotel Royal Hoi An, which is why I decided to just have a small continental breakfast at the pool one morning. To my surprise, the breakfast was not only affordable (the buffet not so much), but also quite good and filling.
There were two bread rolls, some scrambled eggs, a plate with fresh fruits, a Vietnamese pho, freshly squeezed orange juice and a cappuccino.
That’s basically more than I need and all in all, a very good breakfast. Everything tasted good and laying by the pool while enjoying breakfast didn’t hurt either.
Lunch & Dinner at the Hotel Royal Hoi An
During my two-night stay at the Hotel Royal Hoi An, I had surprisingly many encounters with the food and beverage department. One afternoon, I ordered a Vietnamese specialty via room service and liked the food very much.
Another day, I had some spring rolls for lunch – those were phenomenal!
In the evening, I went for the specialty buffet (Indochina Cuisine) once. While the buffet had several cold and a few hot options, they weren’t properly cooled, service was a little sloppy and I found the whole experience to be somewhat overpriced.
At least, the quality of the food was good and sitting by the pool was nice.
Pool, Gym & Spa at the Hotel Royal Hoi An
The Hotel Royal Hoi An offers an extensive array of recreation facilities. Let’s start with the weakest spot, the gym. Located on the first floor, it’s basically a small room with two treadmills, two steppers, one strength machine and a few free weights.
While everything was modern, the air-conditioning wasn’t working when I was in the gym, which made the room feel incredibly warm. I would actually expect a little more in that regard from a hotel in this price range. The pool of the Hotel Royal Hoi An is phenomenal though. It’s located in the inner courtyard and surrounded by loungers, some even “floating” on the water.
The pool comes with a good temperature, a decent size and is great for swimming laps. Last but not least, there’s a Spa offering some (expensive) treatment. For being a Le Club Gold member, I was actually given a voucher for a quick head & shoulder massage, which I found to be enjoyable.
Overall impressions of the Hotel Royal Hoi An
While there’s not much choice in Hoi An anyways (you can stay at several luxury hotels in nearby Da Nang though), I would totally recommend the Hotel Royal Hoi An. The property has a bland of the past, but still feels very modern and extremely well thought through. The rooms are beautiful, the service is very good and the facilities (leaving aside the gym) are great, in particular the pool. Plus, the hotel offers amazing food via room service and for breakfast, but I’d stay away from the buffet options and would order a la carte instead. All that combined with a very good location makes the Hotel Royal Hoi An a great choice for staying in the UNESCO World Heritage city.