We arrived in Danang about two hours late because one of the trains hit a car and blocked our passage until they could get a replacement engine. Good thing it was not our train.
After getting to Hoi An, I first headed down to the harbor area for a bit of lunch and then checked out a number of hotels I had reviewed in the Lonely Planet guide. One of the ones listed in the old copy of the gude book I had was just a pile of rubble. That was the one nearest to the wharf at a reasonable price. After checking out a few, I ended up with staying at the Hoi Pho Hotel at $15 per night. It was a very clean and comfortable place with A/C, hot showers, CNN, and a comfortable bed and a nice view out the window of backyard gardens. The staff of Loc, Tho, and Hoa could not be more helpful in helping me out with laundry, directions and advice on what to see and do, and served up some great Vietnamese coffee.