by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 16, 2018
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Danang Hotels – Tips and Advice
- Many westerners bypass Danang completely and head about 30km south to Hoi An, which has so much history and ambience, but the beach setting in Danang rivals Nha Trang, and is considerably less noisy and crowded.
- With a glorious beach only 5km from the airport and central Danang, almost no visitors – except maybe Vietnamese businessmen – stay in the city center.
- Hotels stretch for more than 20km along the coast from northern Danang to the beaches around Hoi An. It’s best to stay between where the river meets the sea in northern Danang and the Premier Village resort. Venture further south, and the area becomes too isolated to easily find cafés and shops within walking distance.
- The best place to stay is around the Avatar hotel, where backstreets are lined with funky new cafés and bars.
- Only in the Premier Village resort and further south do resorts/hotels have direct beach frontage. All other places may face the sea, but they also overlook the busy esplanade road.
- Sea views from many hotels are blocked by construction sites and other hotels, so sea views are only guaranteed for hotels directly opposite the ocean; one block back and views may be spoiled completely. This is particularly true in northern Danang, around the Grand Tourane hotel.
- Hotels sometimes offer shuttle buses to Hoi An for guests. Otherwise, ask around for the hourly public shuttle bus from Danang to Hoi An (The trip is far easier to arrange the other way) or book a car or taxi.
- Transport to and from Danang is good, with buses heading in all directions. One interesting option is the train; Danang is on the track between Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi, and the station is conveniently in the city center.
The 7 Best Luxury Hotels in Danang
Irresistibly chic and unpretentious family-friendly hotel. Situated on a corner not flanked by high-rises, it offers better sea views than others, and there are more than enough cafés in the backstreets and along the beach to satisfy. All rooms facing the sea provide balconies, and feature a stylish design considerably more pleasant than the drab motel-style blocks elsewhere. The suites are particularly delightful, with an open-plan kitchen and breakfast bar, and gorgeous lounge room with plenty of windows. A 23rd-floor rooftop infinity pool offers jaw-dropping views down the coast, and the library is a nice touch. With special package deals and two kids’ clubs, it’s among the very best options for families in Danang. The airport is only 12 minutes away by taxi.
Hotel phone: +84 236 3959 555
Notes on A La Carte Danang Beach Hotel
- Despite its trendy name, an pretentious hotel with a laid-back feel and instantly likable decor in the lobby – staff uniforms even match the cushions.
- Located on a corner, so better guarantee of sea views; a nearby pile of rubble, however, is very likely to be another high-rise hotel soon enough.
- Ample cafes in the back streets and a few alongside the beach, but the location feels a little isolated; 10 minutes walk from downtown where the esplanade meets the road heading inland to the city.
- Library, attached to the somewhat noisy cafe and breakfast area.
- Rooftop swimming pool, 23rd floor; being renovated at the time of research, promises to be lovely: wooden decking, good depth, and infinity edges that seem to drip over the horizon.
- All front rooms facing the sea have balconies; very stylish and appealing design make them stand out from the drab conformity of others.
- Light (suite) – Delightful, open-plan concept with kitchen nook (small stove, microwave, fridge, kitchen bar with 2 high seats); lovely lounge area with plenty of large windows; bath with huge shower head.
- Set up better for families than any other high-rise hotel on the northern strip; kids’ menus, two kids clubs (Quiet Elephant and Loud Elephant).
- Bottom Line: Considerably better than others on the strip; good for families; pool will be nice; stylish likable design,
2. Adamo Hotel
Outstanding views and superlative rooftop pool. Directly facing the beach – and noisy esplanade, the clever design and corner location ensure maximum possible sea views, even from side-located rooms. Adamo Rooms feature postcard-perfect views from full-length windows; custom wooden headboards and airy bathrooms (with corner jacuzzi) add to the appeal. Best of all are the Junior Suites, featuring broad balconies with OMG-worthy views. Overlooking the streets and sea from three sides, the rooftop pool and bar/lounge setting are unbeatable. Situated among stylish cafés and bars in the southern fringes of the city beach, the hotel faces a divine stretch of immaculate sand and grassy footpaths, all about 10 minutes by taxi from the airport.
Hotel phone: +84 236 6269 888
Notes on Adamo Hotel
- Top sea-facing location, with grassy footpath area between the road and My Khe Beach. Southern Danang beach area is ideal, with many cafes, bars, and seafood restaurants within walking distance.
- Clever design on a corner, overlooking a public park, and with direct beach frontage. All rooms facing the front and on one side have magnificent views, rooms on the other sides have tiny windows but still great views (these are doomed to be spoiled by another hotel sooner than later).
- 12-15 minutes by taxi from the airport.
- Style-wise, the lobby sets the tone with marble and chandeliers – elegant, but not garish.
- Rooftop pool on 17th floor; decent size, with gorgeous pool bar, lovely wicker chairs with bright blue cushions, uninterrupted 270 degree view of sea and streets along 3 of 4 sides.
- Deluxe Rooms – Side-facing, and quite dark with the tiniest possible window – don’t bother with these, get a hotel room with better views if only city/street views; bright Vietnamese art, functional and compact, chairs and nice bathroom; nothing special but lack of window makes this far from ideal.
- Adamo Rooms – Side-facing, with guaranteed views. Superb vistas right down the bay from full-length windows; more bright and cheery Vietnamese art; nice wooden bed-head across the wall; bathroom is bright and with huge shower-head and jacuzzi.
- Junior Suites – Balcony is far larger and faces the sea with even better (faultless!) views; bright and airy; trendy window between bathroom and bedroom; bathtub unnecessarily small and almost useless.
- A good option for families. Rooms are a good size, there’s a decent sized pool and excellent location facing the sea. Some of the Deluxe (without views) have connecting doors.
- Bottom Line: Very nice, perfect views from at least 2/3 of the rooms; avoid the Deluxe or Superior with the tiny window; one of best rooftop pools imaginable; lovely beachfront location and setting.
Comfortable, spacious rooms with vanishing views. Surprisingly commodious Deluxe Rooms feature an unusual curved bathroom and the longest possible full-length windows. Corner rooms have double the windows, providing decent unobstructed city views. Junior Suites are lined with floor-to-ceiling windows (with the finest panorama views from the corner tub), and feature a separate lounge/kitchen/dining area. Grand (Sadly, views in all directions will be significantly affected by the imminent construction of yet more high-rise hotels next door.) Suites are massive, if somewhat under furnished. There’s a small outdoor pool – but most guests will want to laze about the marvelous beach just 150 meters away. Situated only one block from the esplanade among enjoyable backstreet bistros, it’s barely 10 minutes by taxi from the airport.
Hotel phone: +84 236 3939 888
Notes on Avatar Danang Hotel
- Sits on a corner one block from the seafront. Inevitably, several nearby blocks of land are under construction, significantly affecting the extent of the sea views; perhaps by end of 2018, there will be no sea views at all.
- Located in southern part of beach area, 10 minutes by taxi from the airport.
- Many pleasant cafes, bars, and bistros in the side streets nearby.
- Classy rooftop bar.
- Pool is outdoors and rather small. Most guests prefer to laze about the perfect beach barely 100m away.
- Junior Suites – Very long windows, twice size of most other rooms, best views often from tub, though would have to draw curtains if using it. Lounge/TV/dining/kitchen area is a bit spartan – could use more color, wall art, and furniture.
- Deluxe Rooms – Huge room, modern decor, full-length windows. Furnishings include a long sofa, a short desk, an ottoman. A curved window separates bedroom and bathroom, with tub alongside. Views are somewhat spoiled by construction sites. Some corner Deluxe Rooms have two views, with the best seen from the marble bathroom’s corner tub.
- Grand Suite – Almost too big; an undersized sofa tiny desk, and modern artwork feel lost in the space. Kitchenette has sink, fridge, dining table for 6. Views are shared by main bedroom and lounge; 2nd bedroom is inside, without a window, so it’s not as welcoming. 2 bathrooms and 3 TVs.
- Two bedroom suites and connecting rooms make this a good option for families. There’s no kids club or activities, but there’s a small pool and an excellent beach nearby.
- Bottom Line: Decent option; views spoilt by construction and only getting worse. Very spacious rooms, pool is a little small but good location for a street-side cafes and bars; affordable in-house bistro.
Excellent beach frontage and larger-than-expected pool. Among a row of medium-rise hotels facing a particularly attractive stretch of bleached sand, grassy parklands, and turquoise waters – and the noisy esplanade. (Adjoining blocks of rubble are ominous, with more lofty hotels likely to spoil current views.) Superior Rooms are nicely decorated with light-colored wood paneling, but are a bit motel-like, with windows staring into another hotel. Slightly better, Deluxe Rooms offer partial sea views, but no balcony. There’s a large-ish rooftop pool on the 20th floor, with glass walls offering extensive views of the bay. Unusually, the hotel also provides an indoor playroom for young children, although it is undersized and unsupervised. 10 minutes by taxi from the airport.
Hotel phone: +84 236 3939 777
Notes on Diamond Sea Hotel
- Faces a lovely beach, with beachside cafes opposite. 10 minutes walk from downtown, where the road heads inland to the city centre. There are plenty of cafes in the nearby backstreets and alongside the beach.
- Sits in the middle of a row of medium-rise hotels in the northern part of Danang beach area; also alongside a block of rubble, which looks ominously like it will become yet another hotel in a few years.
- Unsurprisingly, the rooms facing the front with direct sea views are very popular.
- Outdoor pool on the 20th floor; decent-sized, with glass-walled views along 3 sides and adjacent cafe (with even better views).
- Free airport shuttle.
- Superior Rooms – Compact and unexciting, but nice, done in light-colored wood panelling. Views are from the side of the hotel which look into another hotel – bathroom has the better view (of city streets from a tiny window).
- Deluxe Rooms – Pretty much the same inside as the Superior, but with partial sea views and room for 2 tables and chair. No balcony.
- Amenities for families: There’s a small, unsupervised kids playroom (uncommon, and a nice thought), but families might find guest rooms to be a bit cramped.
- Bottom Line: Good rooftop pool, excellent beach frontage, location is a little isolated but decent enough. Like many here views, are spoiled by construction, and destined to be even more so.
Stylish inside, eye-catching outside; views, views, views. Among a string of high-rise hotels along the northern beach, it sits on a corner and is very tall, so most sea views are unobstructed. (Alas, no balconies.) Superior Rooms feature lovely linens and Vietnamese art, and superb views across the sea and along the bay. Deluxe Rooms are good-sized and charming. The sparkling outdoor pool, with swim-up bar and splash area for toddlers, is larger than most, but sits at ground level, so there are no views and some traffic noise. There’s an outdoor tennis court on the third floor. An easy stroll to a mall, and less than 10 minutes from the airport by taxi.
Hotel phone: +84 236 3778 888
Notes on Grand Tourane Hotel Danang
- First and highest of the northern strip facing a great beach; 21 floors.
- Stylish exterior also sets it apart from the rest.
- Great location, sitting virtually above the sea; quick stroll to downtown.
- On a corner, so views are guaranteed.
- Outdoor tennis court on 3rd floor.
- Outdoor pools are ground floor, which means no views but is far bigger for it; sparkling, surrounded by patches of grass. Swim up bar, attached kids’ pool; very inviting. Downsides: lacks shade, some road noise.
- Superior Rooms – Stylish, modern design and decor, lovely Viet art, ample space for 2 chairs, table, small desk. Lovely linens, functional and compact bathroom. Views are amazing (you almost feel like you’re right above the water), but no balcony.
- Deluxe Rooms – Decor is more chic, featuring lots of gray. Daybed and other seating alongside the window, with room for 3-4 to sit; perfect views across the sea and down the bay, both from the bedroom and bathroom (with free-standing tub). Again, no balcony.
- A good option for families: kids splash pool attached to main pool; tennis court; great location for shops and superb beach across the road.
- Bottom Line: Modern but unpretentious, great setting, beach access, and location for shops. Points for facilities like tennis court and decent-sized pool.
Affordable, spacious, and stylish – though not to everyone’s tastes. This is one of a multitude of medium-rise beachfront hotels catering overwhelmingly for Vietnamese on holiday, with lower rates and some amenities that may not fully match western expectations. Directly facing the sea and esplanade, spacious suites feature incongruous Parisienne-style art, and balconies – though they are too small for any chairs. The signature Le Hoang Suite is especially elegant – but some may find the gold-plated toilet and sink to be a bit much. And although the 19th-floor rooftop pool is a little undersized, glass walls offer unmatched views of the bay. Convenient to cafés along the exquisite beach opposite, it’s only a five-minute stroll to a mall and 10 minutes by taxi to the airport.
Hotel phone: +84 236 3688 886
Notes on Le Hoang Beach Hotel
- Newly opened in early 2017; 20 floors, 109 rooms.
- The first of a cluster of medium-rise hotels, almost all side-by-side – greatly reducing views from side-facing rooms.
- Good location at My Khe Beach, not too far north; 5 minute stroll to downtown, 10 mins by tax from airport.
- Plenty of cafes and bars along adjacent backstreets, and a few along the beach opposite.
- 19th floor outdoor pool, with rooftop bar overlooking it; small L-shaped pool with glass wall surround for superb views of the sea and down the coast.
- Suites – Directly face the sea, road, and beachside cafes – also down the bay towards the mountains. Reasonably spacious, with Parisienne-style wall art, trendy window (with blind) between bedroom and bathroom (with clawfoot tub). Tiny balcony is standing room only.
- Superior Rooms – Appear larger than the suites, but aren’t. Style is less contemporary, no balcony, views are of construction rubble and a glimpse of the sea. It appears that any sort of view from these rooms may disappear entirely in a few years.
- Le Hoang Suite – Signature room; stylish, compact and likeable; with city and sea views (also likely to be affected by future construction, though bright and airy at the moment). Half wall partitions lounge (with sofa and desk) from bedroom. Bathroom features a stylish footed tub, and, remarkably, a gold-plated͛ toilet and sink.
- Not bad for families, though pool and rooms are smallish. Family Suite available.
- Bottom Line: Book rooms facing the front, as views probably disappear soon from the rooms facing side; small pool, personable service, good location.
Luxurious villas with rare private beach frontage, superb for families. This colossal resort is home to dozens of opulent pool villas. Most have four bedrooms, although guests may book only one or two bedrooms (each with attached bathroom), with remaining rooms locked, when available. Villas are dotted along shady stone paths best traversed by buggy or bicycle. All are fully-equipped and spacious, with private gardens and pool, with contemporary decor and furnishings. Some villas sit just meters from the beach, but most are secluded behind lofty walls. The glorious private beachfront is lined with palm trees, reflecting in the infinity pool for quintessential tropical-resort photos. With a cinema, tennis court, kids’ club and plenty of activities, this is arguably the best in Vietnam for families. From the resort entrance, 15 minutes will carry you on foot to a few cafés, or by taxi to the airport.
Hotel phone: +84 236 3919 999
Notes on Premier Village Danang Resort
- Inconceivably large resort block, more like a small town than village.
- Only 4-bedroom villas are offered, though guests can book 1-2 bedrooms, with other bedrooms locked.
- Villas are all white, and spare from the outside; set along stoney tree-lined streets that are best traversed by golf buggy. Staff ride bicycles and employ an army of gardeners.
- Resort faces My An beach, in southern Danang beach area, about 15 minutes by taxi from the airport.
- Feels a bit isolated, with resort entrance 200m+ from the lobby, but it’s still walkable to some cafes and bars along the main road.
- Glorious stretch of palm-fringed beach, shared by the main pool (lined with cabanas and palms and parallel to the sea; swim up bar) and a handful of villas with direct beach frontage. There’s a second pool in front of one of the cafes. Life-guards are stationed at the beach and both pools.
- Cinema room, tennis courts, water sports, library, games room with table tennis and billiards.
- Most are Garden Villas, only a few Beachfront. Each is a separate structure, in 3-4 levels; all have 4 bedrooms, private gardens, and a decent-sized private pool (ie not a plunge pool).
- In each villa: lounge/TV/dining area overlooks the private pool and gardens; kitchen area in separate room with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Overall design and decor is contemporary and unexceptional. The main bedroom is huge, with attached bathroom, windows on two sides, lovely desk and sofa, and huge furnished balcony overlooking pool and gardens (or sea).
- Exceptional for families. Bright and cheery kids’ club has with 3 levels of for those aged 3-10, with some computer games on the higher level; located just meters from the pool and the sea. Activities such as kite flying, traditional games, pool volleyball, petanque and frisbee. Kids’ menus. Kids’ pool is larger than most pools in other hotels. Free bicycle hire.
- Bottom Line: Superb, all villa property. Decent-sized private pools, glorious main pool, superb beach. A bit isolated for some, but amazing for families.
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