The Deck – Highest Rooftop Bar in Hoi An
The Hotel Royal’s high rise attraction, The Deck, holds the crown as the highest rooftop bar in Hoi An. It boasts a sweeping 360 degree view that includes Hoi An’s famed Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On top of its unrivalled view here in Hoi An, Hidden was pleased to discover The Deck is also a fully stocked luxury bar with Art Nouveau decor and a distinct hint of Vietnamese style. Its natural stone pool makes it the perfect place to laze about with top-grade signature cocktails while soaking in the rays of the setting sun and admiring the twinkling of Hoi An’s Ancient Town below.
The Deck’s bar is open until midnight and even features a DJ on Friday and Saturday night, making it an ideal late night destination in Hoi An.
Prices: Signature cocktail 165,000 VND (7 USD), Aperitif 85,000 – 165,000 VND (3.70 – 7 USD)
Happy Hour: (2 for 1) daily 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Hoi An’s Ancient Town
Recently topping Travel +Leisure‘s Best City in the World list, Hoi An’s famous Ancient Town is located along the banks of the Thu Bon River some 25 kilometres from Da Nang in Central Vietnam. Between the 15th and 18th Centuries, Hoi An was heralded as the most prosperous port of trade in Vietnam. During this time, trade flourished between Hoi An and external countries, including Japan, China, Holland, and India. Its principal exports were ceramics, silk, and woodwork. Although today’s Hoi An has replaced mercantilism for tourism, the city’s history as a major trade town imbues it with a unique blend of foreign and Vietnamese culture.
A quick walk through Hoi An’s Ancient Town readily demonstrates the diversity of influences that permeate the whole of the city. There are Vietnamese-styled homes overgrown with moss situated beside Chinese-styled shophouses adorned with vivid lanterns, synonymous with the heart of Hoi An. Most of the walls in the Old Town are painted in an iconic yellow hue. This colour symbolises status and royalty in Vietnamese culture. Flourishes of French colonial structures pepper the city, and in the heart of the Ancient Town, you can even find Hoi An’s famous Japanese Covered Bridge.
Hoi An’s steady transformation into a premier beach vacation destination has resulted in the development of many hostels, homestays, and hotels. Recent years have even seen the introduction of the city’s first grand hotels and skyscrapers – among them, the luxurious Hotel Royal.
Where is The Deck?
The Deck is located atop the illustrious Hotel Royal. Just a 10 minute walk away from Hoi An’s Ancient Town, or a 15 minute taxi ride from An Bang Beach. The hotel sits on the bank of the Thu Bon River. The Deck is located on the 9th floor of the hotel’s Wakaku Wing.
Hidden Hint: The elevators to reach The Deck are located in the Wakaku Wing beside the River Bar Lounge on the ground floor.
Arriving at the Hotel Royal, we encountered their grand reception hall. Access to The Deck is open to the public. So when you visit, just proceed directly to the elevators located to the left and head on up to the 8th floor. From there walk up the final flight of stairs to The Deck on the 9th floor. And on this 9th floor is when the majesty of The Deck experience fully unfolds itself to you.
The Best 360-Degree Rooftop View in Hoi An
Situated well above other buildings in Hoi An, The Deck showcases an unrivalled view of Hoi An’s stunning sunsets. The Deck’s perch above the rest of the city offers outlooks to inland Vietnam to the north and south, and a peek over the Laos border to the west. These views are open to the public from 4 p.m until midnight. The views made even more enjoyable with some of the best cocktails on offer that the Hidden team have come across in Hoi An.
The rooftop bar boasts an unhindered 360-degree view of Hoi An. The luxurious accommodations of a high-end bar, coupled with the view of the lantern-lit historical town is a singular experience that cannot be matched in Hoi An.
Hidden Hint: During inclement weather, the Hotel Royal’s Attic is a keen alternative to The Deck. The 8th floor Attic Bar is currently being renovated to a Jazz Bar and features dancing events on the last Friday of each month.
A Stylish Rooftop Pool Bar
The dome-shaped bar also features a glamorous swimming pool made from natural stone. As with any proper tropical pool setting, The Deck is populated with a healthy smattering of umbrellas and sunbeds. One portion situated beside the bar for more parched patrons, another situated for an ideal view of the Thu Bon River. Hidden can’t think of a better way to cool off from the relentless heat of the South East Asian sun than a quick dip in the rooftop pool. Perhaps followed by a cocktail tor two while admiring the glimmering lamps of the Ancient Town as the markets begin to open for the night.
Hidden Hint: Public pool hours are from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Consider wearing swimwear beneath your regular clothes. The Deck does not have changing rooms, but there are some available in The Attic on the 8th floor.
Innovative, Hoi An-Themed Signature Cocktails
As you might expect, The Deck is host to a fully stocked bar carrying classic cocktails, an extensive selection of European wines, and champagnes in the class of Taittinger Brut Reserve and Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose. What Hidden found that differentiates The Deck from other bars are its unique, Vietnamese-themed craft cocktails. These signature cocktails feature Vietnamese herbal liqueurs paired with regional tropical fruit juices and spices. Many are served in locally crafted clay pots or bamboo cups.
The Deck’s cocktails are specially designed to resonate with a piece of Vietnamese culture. For example: ‘The Streets of Hoi An’ is a vodka cocktail coloured a vivid green from pandan leaves. Whereas ‘The Little Garden’ is a rum cocktail with pennywort juice, a speciality of the Tra Que Village, which supplies the region with fresh, organic herbs and vegetables.
Hidden Hint: 2 for 1 Happy Hour at The Deck runs from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Gin lovers will find a treat in the ‘Ginger ‘n’ Clay’, served in a traditional blue clay pot from the Thanh Ha Pottery Village, where traditional ceramics have been made in Hoi An since the 16th Century. Gin lovers will be further delighted by The Deck’s selection of 12 quality gins. These include Monkey 47, Thomas Dakin, and The Botanist.
Party Nights with a DJ at The Deck
The Deck is more than just your average sunset bar. On Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 p.m to 8 p.m, the venue hosts a DJ to elevate the vibe. It’s the perfect place to begin the night with a couple of cocktails before foraying into Hoi An’s late night scene.
The Deck’s Public Events for Special Occasions
Sunday brunch is held each month in observance of special occasions including: Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Bastille Day. The Hotel Royal’s brunches are catered with a combination of Western and Asian cuisine alongside drinks of the quality established by The Deck. Free flow soft drinks and local beers for these events are 690,000 VND (30 USD) and free flow wine 890,000 (38 USD).
Keep your Sundays free and eyes open for these special brunches at the Hotel Royal. They run from 12 p.m to 3 p.m., and are ideal for celebrations with friends and family. Spoil your loved ones with the finest food, beverage, and ambiance available in Hoi An.
Hidden Hint: Accor Plus Members receive a 20% discount and 50% discount for children aged 5-11. More details available here
New Year’s Fireworks Rooftop Party
This New Year’s Eve, gather your friends and family at The Deck to watch the fireworks and welcome in the New Year in style. Relax and add sparkle to your festive celebrations with fantastic entertainment from the resident DJ, who will have you dancing all the way into 2020!
Time: 11.p.m – 1.a.m | 31 December, 2019 to 1 January, 2020
Price: 300,000 VND (13 USD) per adult* – 150,000 VND (7 USD) per child aged from 5 to 11 years (*)
All prices are subject to a 10% prevailing government tax & 5% service charge.
(*) The rates applied are for guests not purchasing the New Year Gala Dinner.
Why not make a night of it starting with the New Year Gala Dinner at the Hotel Royal? Indulge in a gastronomic journey with the finest festive delights and a special New Years buffet menu created by their dedicated chefs. After dinner move up to The Deck Rooftop Party!
Time: 6.p.m – 10:30.p.m | 31 December, 2019
Price: 2,888,000 VND (125 USD) per adult* – 1,444,000 VND (63 USD) per child aged from 5 to 11 years
Hidden feels that The Deck’s sweeping view of Hoi An’s Ancient Town, in addition to its luxurious rooftop pool, ambiance and beverage offerings, make it one of the best places to unwind after a long day or to begin a night of festivities in Hoi An. There is no where else in Hoi An that we have found with drinks made as exquisitely as The Deck, and Hidden cannot recommend its sunset experience enough.