The Ha Van Hotel consists of 36 rooms over 5 floors and is located on Tran Quang Khai street, just five minute’s walk from the main bar and restaurant area in the tourist district of Nha Trang. The ground floor comprises of La Parisienne café and a reception area with plenty of seating.
Breakfast is served from 6.30 am until 10.30 am on a roof terrace and consists of a good selection of both western and Vietnamese options. There are eleven choices overall and each made-to-order breakfast includes fresh fruit and either tea, coffee or juice. The only criticism would be that the coffee was quite poor – very weak and instant (unusual in Vietnam). Also on the roof, is a bar and night time hang-out as well as three computers with internet access, available to guests for free.
The hotel offers a selection of double rooms with a balcony, standard double, twin and triple rooms along with a few single rooms available on request.
Our standard double room had a double bed, two pillows, bedside table with drawer, bedside light and telephone. A double electric socket was located behind the bedside table. On the right of the window was a wardrobe with four clothes hangers, one drawer and a personal safe. On the other side of the room sat a glass topped coffee table and two matching wicker chairs with cushions, a comfy sofa-bed and above this, a remote controlled air-conditioning unit. In the corner of the room, next to the sofa was a small fridge, complete with the usual beer, coke and water mini-bar items and on top of this, a flat screen satellite television.
The en-suite bathroom consisted of a sink, with a shelf and large mirror, European toilet and a bath tub. The shower was fixed above the bath, with both a standard head and a monsoon shower head (both usable). Complimentary toiletries including toothbrush and paste, comb, shower cap and soap were provided.
Getting to the Ha Van Hotel
The best way to get to the Ha Van hotel is via taxi. Since Tran Quang Khai street is actually two streets that run perpendicular to each other, it may be better to mention either Patrick’s Wine Bar or Yen’s Vietnamese restaurant as they are located just next door to Ha Van.
Cam Ranh International Airport serves Nha Trang along with other destinations within the Khanh Hoa province. As with most larger airports you will be inundated with taxi cab options. We tend to stick to Mai Linh, having found them very reasonable and trustworthy since our initial arrival in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City.
- The breakfast selection and location on the roof terrace was a great start to our day. With a good ‘mains’ choice, along with fresh fruit and most options being served with fresh baguettes, butter and jam, it was far better than our previous breakfast options in Nha Trang. The French toast and pho were particularly good.
- The use of a monsoon shower head in the bathroom worked well as there was enough water pressure. It was nice not to have to run around in the shower to get wet, as has been the case in some hotels.
- The receptionists were very friendly and always helpful. They booked us on the ‘Amazing Snorkelling Trip’ (a great excursion at an even better price) and helped to contact another travel company to update necessary information, without any additional charges. Staff did go the extra mile and always with a smile.
- Ha Van’s location is very central, yet not too noisy even though it is in the heart of the bar and restaurant area. We were however, rather lucky as the vacant lot next door (visible from our window) had just begun site works on the day we checked-out. As with numerous locations in Nha Trang, building work and the subsequent early morning noise can be a very off-putting experience. If you are planning to stay soon, perhaps request a room on the Yen restaurant side, to avoid any unnecessary early mornings.
- After a long day walking around Nha Trang and out on long excursions, being able to soak tired legs in a hot bath felt like a real treat.
- La Parisienne café located in the reception area had lovely selection of quality ice creams, if you’re a fan, I would recommend the chocolate ice cream.
- Our double bed really was rather uncomfortable. Even after the removal of the lumpy ‘topper’ mattress, both myself and my partner slept badly each night. The ever-helpful staff did offer us another room, however the mattress in that room was composed of the same thin foam base mattress with lumpy topper.
- On numerous occasions we found a lot of ants; on the bed, the floor, near the fridge and sofa. Cleaners seemed to leave a rubbish bin just outside our bedroom, probably enticing the ants. Not a huge issue, but I’m not a fan of ants crawling all over me at night. One afternoon we also encountered a very large cockroach. It must have entered under the door as well, however it was captured and did not return with any family members, thankfully.
- Given that one of the two shower heads was a monsoon-style head, we were surprised that there was no shower curtain. I did slip a little one day, stepping out of the shower, but luckily regained my balance. Perhaps either the addition of a shower curtain or bath mat would be helpful and less dangerous.
- The internet access within the hotel was good, but not great. With routers on each floor, getting onto the network was simple for myself, but my partner often struggled. On a few occasions the router had to be re-set, however the hotel was very busy and probably thus overloaded at certain times of the day.
- The coffee at breakfast really wasn’t good – the first cup that I had was so weak, that it was barely recognisably as coffee. After that, I asked for a stronger cup, the staff duly obliged, but it just wasn’t nice coffee.
The Ha Van hotel offers budget price rooms without the budget room. We found our room to be of a good size, well maintained and furnished and lets not forget the all important window (our one month stay in Ho Chi Minh City did not include a window in either hotel). The breakfast is better than most and included in the cost of the room (70,000 VND as priced on the menu). Situated in the heart of the backpacker and traveller area, it is easy to walk to various bars and restaurants and only a seven minute walk to the beach. There is building work starting next door, however this seems to be an unavoidable hazard in Nha Trang at present. The best bits about Ha Van for me: helpful and friendly staff, location close to restaurants, monsoon shower and the price.
Date of stay: 15th – 22nd April 2013
Room type: Standard Double Room with air-conditioning
Cost per night (USD): 26 including breakfast
Cash or card payment is required upon departure and check-out.
No cards advertised as accepted on their website, yet are accepted as a payment method with a 3% surcharge.
Bookings taken via their website.
Address and Contact Details
Ha Van Hotel,
3/2 Tran Quang Khai St,
Khanh Hoa Province,
Tel: (+84 ) 58 3525 454