Concierge.com's insider take:
The Soviet-style lines of the '80s-era buildings may seem dated, but Sandy Beach Resort is by far the best value along rapidly developing China Beach. For starters, it's situated at Non Nuoc, the still-quiet midsection of the 20-mile-long strand. Out back are five vaulting limestone outcrops collectively known as the Marble Mountains. In front, rolling dunes give way to white sand lapped by gentle waves and punctuated by thatched-roof shelters. The pool staff provides free sea kayaks and canoes for oceanic exploration. After you work up an appetite, you can relax at the China Beach Grill over comfort food like chicken wraps, pizza, and fried spring rolls. At night, a Filipino band turns up the reverb and gamely covers everything from Beyoncé to Bob Marley. The 119 rooms, which are decorated in Holiday Inn Functional, appeal to a colorful mix of Euro families and American vets revisiting their old stomping ground. There are also perkscomplimentary Internet in the lobby, a free daily shuttle to both Da Nang and Hoi An, and helpful staff that quickly organize everything from restaurant reservations to outgoing faxesnot found at your average budget hotel.