La Siesta Hoi An Resort

Hoi An, Hue - Danang - Nha Trang, Vietnam Book from Book from £56 per night

A great value, family-friendly resort in lush greenery, just 15 minutes' walk or 5 minutes' cycle from the UNESCO World Heritage centre of Hoi An
Set on the fringes of a tranquil river village, La Siesta is the perfect place to escape the bustle of Hoi An. But not its beauty - the French colonial flair of the old town is echoed in the graceful, airy rooms and suites surrounded by tropical gardens. Beds are big with billowy canopies; balconies overlook one of 2 lovely pools, rice paddies, or both. It’s not an intimate hotel, but its scale is matched by the expansive smiles of the ever-courteous staff. Couples with or without kids feel welcome.

The buzzy street stalls, clothes shops and temples of Hoi An are a short free shuttle ride away, as are the long sands of An Bang beach. Back at the hotel, massage treatments are a must, in pretty spa villas enfolded in palm trees. It's fantastically good value, and the food is terrific: from pancakes to pho to pasta, meals are covered by a pair of top-notch restaurants open from sunrise 'til late.

Highs

  • Superlative service - the friendly and attentive staff were the highlight of our stay
  • Bikes to borrow - they’re red Japanese postman-style bikes and a hoot to ride into town or to the beach
  • Very welcoming to families, with a freshwater pool, big gardens and a pool table
  • The Food and drink is heavenly - delicious Vietnamese salads, fresh spring rolls, homemade pasta, a selection of excellent cocktails and fresh fruit smoothies are just the start
  • The hotel borders a 15th-century Confucian temple, shared with villagers for lantern festivals; unmissable

Lows

  • With 107 rooms, and further expansion underway, this is much bigger than an average i-escape hotel, but it feels intimate and welcoming
  • Bear in mind you're not in the centre of Hoi An, but 2km outside (borrow a bike, or use their free shuttle)
  • Some bathroom doors aren’t conducive to total privacy
  • The adult pool is saltwater, and the freshwater family pool was a little too warm when we visited

Best time to go

Vietnam is humid all year round - June and July are the hottest months; December and January the coolest ones. Rainy season is between September and January. We visited in April when it was hot and dry in the day and pleasantly cool at night: just right.

The Hoi An Lantern Festival, on the 14th evening of every lunar month (just google it to see dates), sees the city lights switched off and the streets lit up with colourful lanterns and occasional live music. Get there early (before sunset) to get a good spot. But if you miss it, don't worry: lanterns are lit every evening.

Our top tips

If you’re cycling into Hoi An, don’t take the busy road in front of the hotel - follow the lane that leads down to the Thu Bon River and bike alongside the water into the old town.

Don’t leave without trying the half-day cookery class. Led by an excellent guide, you’ll cycle to organic farms, visit the bustling Hoi An Central Market and return to the hotel garden to cook up five regional dishes - from cau lao (chewy) noodles, to beef soup and crispy Vietnamese pancakes. A glass of chilled beer is optional.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Honeymoon
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 107
  • Restaurants and bar open daily
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Pool table
Room: Suite

Rooms

There are 2 wings at La Siesta, both 3-storey buildings aligned around their own pool. The terraced townhouses of the East Wing face a turquoise saltwater pool (for adults only) - its rooms evoke the elegance of colonial Vietnam with dark teak furniture, green velvet trimmings and vintage patterned floor tiles. West Wing rooms are more modern-Asian style: blond-wood furniture, green plants and cream walls overlooking a smaller freshwater pool for families.

Star rooms in the East Wing are the split-level Duplex Suite Balconies, which have clawfoot bathtubs and spacious balconies. Pamper-loving couples will enjoy the deep wooden bathtubs and Swedish saunas in the ground-level Veranda Suites, or the swish terraced Premium Suites with sun-loungers and hot tubs.

A number of rooms in the West Wing are good for families, as they have 2 double beds or can be connected - some have balconies, some windows, and all have views over green paddy fields. Popular with long-stay guests are the Essence Suites, which have a soft-seating area, separated by a traditional wood-cut screen.

The best rooms for views are A306, A406 and A506, with their dual aspect windows revealing vistas over the pool and the rice paddy fields beyond.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The buffet breakfast is an abundant West-East combo - Continental cheeses and cold cuts with banh mi (baguettes) laid out on long tables alongside congee (rice porridge) and banh cuon (steamed rolls). For those who like a lighter start to the day, dishes like omelettes can be ordered individually.

The modern Vietnamese cuisine in the West Wing’s casual Red Bean restaurant is ideal for lunch. Along with dozens of delicious salads and noodle dishes, including the country’s famous pho, are sizzling savoury pancakes and chef’s specialities like ca kho to (braised fish in a clay pot). Seating is an even indoor/outdoor mix, and the adjoining Feliz Bar serves cocktails.

For dinner, the smaller, more upscale Temple restaurant (with piano lounge) in the East Wing offers Asian-French twists like ‘Vietnam Beach Bouillabaisse’, along with risotto and pasta. For fussy kids who may not appreciate fusion cuisine, burgers and fries are available from an all-day snack menu.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating: Red Bean restaurant
Activity: Spa

Activities

  • Walk, cycle or shuttle into Hoi An, a captivating UNESCO-listed town, with beautiful Vietnamese merchant houses, French colonial mansions, Chinese medieval temples, bars and cafés, art galleries and night markets
  • Clothes tailoring is both brilliant and extraordinarily good value in these parts - bring magazine tear-outs and ask them to make you a replica copy of favourite items
  • Back at the hotel, relax and rejuvenate - Swedish massages, Vietnamese herbal wraps and Himalayan hot-stone treatments are on offer at the spa; gym bunnies can head to the Fitness Suite
  • Go on a food tour – ask the staff where they like to eat and they’ll reel off an excellent list of off-the-grid places for you to try, from coffee places to dumpling stalls, all within cycling distance
  • Take a craft workshop - lantern making, bamboo root sculpture and pottery classes are taught by village artisans
  • Hit the beach - there's a frequent free shuttle service to An Bang Beach Resort, where La Siesta guests have a reserved area with loungers and umbrellas (get towels from reception before going)
  • Take a cookery class – you’ll love recreating the superb dishes - from pho noodle soup, to marinated fish and flambéed banana - back at home

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being

Kids

Families are welcome, and this is an easy place for them to stay, with a freshwater family swimming pool (separate from the adult saltwater pool) and gardens to relax in. Kids will love the charm of Hoi An, and riding the free bikes around.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The Deluxe Window and Deluxe Balcony rooms can fit 1 baby cot or 1 rollaway bed, and some of these rooms interconnect. Essence Suites can also fit a baby cot or rollaway bed. Family Rooms have 2 double beds. Duplex Suite Balconies are split-level rooms with a kingsize bed and bathroom downstairs, and a living area upstairs, which can convert into a kingsize or twin bedroom for kids.

One child aged 0-4 stays for free in a baby cot or in parents' bed. Extra beds can be provided for 5+ year olds for a small charge.

Babysitting:

On request

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • Night lights
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Both restaurants are family friendly and there's an all-day snack menu offering European fare

Kids Activities on site:

  • Freshwater pool
  • Pool table
  • Bikes to borrow

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Hoi An
  • The beach

Families Should Know:

The pools are not gated.

Distances:

  • Airport: 35km (Danang)
  • Hospital: 2km
  • Shop: 1km
Kid Friendly: Double Double

Location

La Siesta is located by Thanh Ha village, about 2km from central Hoi An. It’s 30km from Danang airport.

By Air:
Easiest is to fly into Danang International (9km away). You can also fly into Hué (120km away). If you're coming from Europe, you'll probably fly into Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. From these airports you can either transfer onto an internal flight, or travel overland if you're planning a longer trip.

From the Airport
The easiest option is to arrange a transfer with the hotel. Alternatively, order a fixed-fare cab - their rates are much lower than metered taxi fares, which can mysteriously double en route.

By Train:
Vietnam is well served by trains. Take the Reunification Express train to Danang, which operates along the coast from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. See Seat 61 for more details.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Danang International 9.0 km DAD
  • Hué International (Phu Bai) 120.0 km HUI

Other:

  • Beach 5.0 km
  • Shops 0.3 km
  • Restaurant 0.3 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Extremely friendly hotel staff. We were initially given two adjacent rooms for our family of 4 and asked to have interconnecting rooms which were significantly better with better view and balcony. Breakfast was good - hot, cold, local, continental, full English, eggs any which way etc. Coffee, tea, juice on tap. Kids had dinner here - pasta, chicken burger, chips, pizza - all good ( hotel prices though). Two fantastic pools that the kids were in for hours - literally. Pool side loungers with towels and pool side service. Babysitting was available through the hotel staff but we didn't use. Gym with two running machines, bike and x trainer as well as weights etc. Spa looked good but very busy - the one two doors down was really good. Free shuttle bus to town. Push bikes available 24hrs. Good location - about a km out of old town. Far enough away to be quiet but not too far away. Nice happy hour every afternoon.
Super friendly all round, would definitely recommend. Others were on the their third or fourth stay so always a good sign.

9/10,

Beautiful hotel. The pools were beautiful and the staff were excellent. Its nicely situation just outside of Hoi An, so slightly quiet.

9/10,

The resort is a quiet enclave, beautifully laid out with a choice of two pools, always a quieter one to avoid swimming with kids (if you want). Staff are extremely attentive and pleasant. Our room was lovely, bed and pillows very comfortable, very well appointed, clean, luxurious, with a balcony overlooking the pool and a well stocked (complimentary) fridge of cold drinks. The hotel is a short walk into the old town, but a shuttle bus is available if you prefer. The Temple restaurant on-site served a great breakfast with a huge array, and we dined twice at the Red Bean on-site restaurant with delicious Vietnamese dishes. I enjoyed an excellent massage at a good rate in the spa. This is the best place we stayed in Vietnam, even though we payed more at other places.

10/10,

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