Looking for a beautiful 4* hotel that’s close to the heart of Old Town in Hoi An? Then look no further than the Emm Hotel Hoi An.
I’ve been to Hoi An a couple of times before, once in 2009 and then again in 2012. Both times I stayed in the heart of Old Town, right in the hustle and bustle of everything. Fast forward 11 years and things have changed here a lot!
Now there are more people, more tourists, and more scooters zooming all over the place. That means Old Town (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) can be a little chaotic at times. It’s still unbelievably beautiful, but you definitely need to keep your eyes peeled.
So if you’re looking for the slower pace of life and somewhere more relaxed, I really recommend staying 10 to 15 minutes out of Old Town.
I knew on this trip to Hoi An I’d want a bit of a retreat, especially as we were travelling with our son for the first time. That’s why I wanted to stay at Emm Hotel Hoi An.
This is a really lovely 4* hotel a short 10-minute walk from the Old Town, so perfectly situated for a bit of peace and quiet. They even offer free bikes so you can get around town and explore the surrounding countryside.
From here you can do activities like a cooking class or the infamous basket boat tour which everyone loves. These were up there with my favourite experiences in Vietnam (check out my blog post to see what else I recommend you do in the country).
Another thing that I really liked about this hotel was the swimming pool. Because Hoi An is quite built up, it’s rare to find a hotel with a swimming pool, especially one this big. That meant it really was like an oasis in Hoi An. Add in a cocktail by the pool and then you’re really on holiday.
If you’re looking for an affordable yet comfortable place to stay in Hoi An, then make sure you keep reading my review of the Emm Hotel. Hopefully this is one place you’ll add to your Vietnam itinerary.
Rooms at Emm Hotel Hoi An
The Emm Hotel is surprisingly big. It features French-colonial and Vietnamese inspired architecture with splashes of yellow everywhere. The main building is a three-story structure wrapped around the swimming pool. As you’ll see from the photos, it’s a really lovely spot to relax with a coffee or a cocktail.
There are four types of rooms on offer at Emm Hotel Hoi An. These are:
- Suite – This is the most luxurious room at ÊMM Hoi An with a large bedroom and separate living room to relax in. This room is huge with 63m2, so perfect for families or those needing more space.
- Premier – The Premier room is a blend of style and comfort with either pool or city views. These rooms are 42m² and some of them even come as a triple.
- Superior – The Superior rooms have the full range of facilities including Wifi, TV, desk, safety box, and tea / coffee-making facilities. This room is 29m² in size.
- Deluxe (pool view and city view) – Deluxe rooms are ideal for couples or short-stay business travellers. They have 25m² so are the smallest (and cheapest) rooms on offer at ÊMM Hoi An.
We stayed in a Suite while at ÊMM Hoi An. This was because we wanted the separate living room to keep our son Cooper in his cot. I can assure you it’s so much more relaxing when a baby has his or her own space as opposed to being in a cot next to you in bed. Cooper had his side of the room, we had our side of the room. Win win.
It was brilliant having such a spacious room though. We had so much room for all our luggage (which seems a lot more now we’re travelling with the little one), and the bed was very comfortable too. I really loved walking out the door each morning and having a view of the pool too. Such a great way to start the day.
Oh, and it goes without saying, but all hotels have air conditioning too.
Restaurants at Emm Hotel Hoi An
There are two restaurants at Emm Hotel Hoi An – Yên and Spice Viet.
Yên restaurant offers a variety of Asian and Western dishes, both as a breakfast buffet and a la carte. Breakfast runs from 6:00 till 10:00 and offers everything from freshly made omelettes to a hot bowl of pho (just delicious). There’s a wide variety of dishes such as egg fried rice, chicken sausages and an amazing fresh fruit selection. Also, no breakfast would be complete in Vietnam without a strong black coffee with sickly sweet condensed milk. It just has to be done, doesn’t it?
One of the things I really liked about breakfast each morning was sitting on the terrace outside by the pool. There are only a few tables out here so if you manage to grab one it feels much more secluded.
Spice Viet is the other restaurant at the hotel. Even though this is open for lunch, it’s much more an evening spot. This restaurant showcases the best of Vietnamese cuisine.
Alongside the signature dishes Spice Viet restaurants are known for, this restaurant delights diners with regional delicacies drawn from Hoi An’s rich culinary culture, including Mi Quang noodles, savoury Banh xeo crepes, and fragrant chicken & rice.
This is a really popular place for tour groups, but I saw lots of local Vietnamese people eating here too. I always say if it’s good enough for the locals then it’s good enough for me!
Facilities at Emm Hotel Hoi An
As I’ve already said, one of the best things that they offer at ÊMM Hoi An is a free bike service. You don’t really need this for popping into the Old Town, but if you want to explore the rice fields or even bike to the Coconut Village where you can go on a boat tour, then it’s really handy.
Other facilities they have at the hotel are a small gym for those of you looking to burn off some energy, and a relaxing spa for the complete opposite. An Spa offers a peaceful and relaxing escape with a complement of spa and beauty services including full body massage, shampoo and nail care.
Finally, there is a tour desk for those of you looking to book a few tours in the area. Such tours on offer are visiting the Marble Mountains, the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang, or just exploring the countryside of Hoi An.
One of the other services you can organise is airport transfers to Da Nang International Airport.
Thoughts on the Emm Hotel
Overall I really enjoyed my stay at Emm Hotel Hoi An. It was the perfect blend of modern amenities with a really gorgeous pool and courtyard at its heart. Also, the fact it was easy walking distance to the cute centre of Hoi An itself was a real bonus.
If you’re looking for a 4* hotel in Hoi An, then I really can’t recommend this one enough!
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The Emm Hotel is a member of Thien Minh Group (TMG), one of Asia’s leading package travel groups. You’ll also find Emm Hotels in Saigon and Hue.
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