It seems that almost every hotel, homestay and vacation rental in Hoi An, Vietnam brags of being in the “perfect location”. While Hoi An is a relatively small city with a population of 120000, it's quite spread out. Being within walking distance of Hoi An Ancient Town can look different for every traveler depending on fitness level and comfortability of walking on Vietnam streets. This article covers the best locations to stay CLOSE to Ancient Town. The beach and ocean are a different area and will be covered in an upcoming blog.
My wife and I have been traveling full time for 4 years and location has now become our biggest factor for where we stay. There is a lot to be said for being able to walk out of your hotel and be within one block of dozens of restaurant's, cafe's, mini marts, shops and spa's.
In Hoi An you will need to add the famous Night Market and the UNESCO heritage site Ancient Town in to the mix to find that perfect location.
After touring the town by walking and using location feedback from Booking.com the perfect place to stay in Hoi An is the area of “An Hoi”.
It's a small island that is across a bridge and faces directly towards Ancient Town, the river and floating lanterns each night.
The Best Location In Hoi An Near Ancient Town
The region of An Hội is across a small bridge from Ancient Town and is rated an overall location score of 9.8 out of 10 on Booking.com. It is the perfect location to base your stay in Hoi An! Everything you want will be within steps of your hotel.
You will be within a 5 minute walk to all of the following:
- Hoi An Ancient Town
- Hoi An Night Market
- Mini Marts
Why is "An Hội" the best Location close to Ancient Town?
Not to be confused with the city of Hoi An, “An Hoi” is the small community across the bridge from Ancient Town.
When we first arrived in Hoi An, we assumed Ancient Town would be the perfect location but that's not the case. There are only a couple places to stay in the actual Ancient Town and they are priced quite high for what you get. Restaurants and mini marts in Ancient Town are also priced much higher.
It's better to be one or two blocks away from Ancient Town for a few reasons. Firstly Ancient town is VERY busy. Every day it's cramped with tourists, cyclos and vendors. Ancient town is loud and always bustling which doesn't make for a relaxing getaway. Once you are are even 100 meters outside of Ancient Town the crowds, craziness and noise dissipate fast.
Where to Stay In An Hội, Hoi An
Rates Based in USD for Double Occupancy
Mid Range Hotels
NGO House Villa: $55
Budget Homestay and Hotels
Why We Love An Hội, Hoi An
This area of Hoi An is a truly magical location. At night time we love to look out at the river while the lanterns float by. We then can stroll over to the night market for treats like freshly made ice cream prepared right in front of you! We are within steps to a full service convenience store called the K-Market. There are literally dozens of restaurants all within a five minute walk and we can choose from over twenty affordable spas. Ancient town is a short 5 minute walk away but far enough to keep the noise and bustle off in the distance. You can even enjoy some of how the locals live if you go for a walk at night. They all leave their front doors open while they enjoy their favorite TV program or soccer match. An Hoi is the perfect spot to have all the conveniences plus enjoy some of the local culture all within a few minute walk of old town.