Hyatt Regency Danang Review
The Hyatt Regency Danang is located along the coastline between Da Nang and Hoi An. It's just about 15-20 minutes from the airport. The property is huge with a seemingly endless set of towers, villas, and buildings (some called residences). I had used 6,000 Hyatt Points and $100 for two nights at the property (as World of Hyatt Discoverist). Check-in was very friendly in fluent English and with lots of smiles. I was told we had been upgraded to an ocean view king room and free breakfast was added as well - sweet! I can count on one hand the number of instances when breakfast was ever added with an upgrade. The room was indeed stunning, with an ocean view from just about 300 yards set back from the beach. I liked the open architecture and the lounge sofa on the patio. The bed was just about perfect - hard enough with high-quality linen - and the AC worked perfectly, even when the patio door was open. The shower and bathroom area were huge in size as well and everything was spotlessly clean. The Internet was stable (everywhere in the resort) but wasn't very fast; 4 Mbit isn't bad but Vietnam generally has fast Internet standards - 20 Mbit for the ‘Premium Internet' I had selected would have been better. There are five pools around the property and the main pool was right in front of our building. It was deserted on days one and two but would fill up quite a bit on the day we checked out. It was in great shape and there were plenty of staff who provided towels (without the annoying towel police that Hilton hotels have). I never saw any drinks service alongside the pool but I also did not inquire about it. The pool area is right behind the ocean, which is kept very clean as well. I loved the little area with hammocks on the beach. The spring temperatures made it warm enough to hang by the pool but the added breeze made the beach chilly and the ocean water even more so. I thought the breakfast was really good - not as good as the Grand Hyatt Berlin (still my gold standard for breakfast) but the Hyatt Danang offered lots of options for both Asian and western standards. The cheese selection was awesome and so were the breads. There were plenty of hot foods that resembled Korean and Vietnamese breakfast options and there was Vietnamese coffee and many juices. The staff were friendly and never seemed overwhelmed with the number of guests. However, I can see breakfast being very crowded when the resort runs at full capacity. There is a good coffee shop (also a bakery) closer to the street that serves decent pastries and sandwiches (both items are usually low quality in Vietnam). On the day of checkout, no late checkout was available; the hotel certainly seemed to take in a huge number of guests that day. In general, this property is a great addition to the Hyatt line-up. I can't really fault it for anything besides the somewhat slow Internet. The November - April room rate is priced at $300 and summer rates are about 20% higher; this is a lot for a country where you can often find delicious banh mi for just $1 and decent 4-star hotels can be had for $50 a night. However, Hyatt delivers a fantastic product that is certainly worth the high room rates. I'd be happy to go back (when it is actually really hot though). You can book the Hyatt Regency Danang here.