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About Hanoi

Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, buzzes with life, from the ancient chaos of the markets in the Old Quarter to the modern chaos of the traffic system. The Old Quarter is a wonderfully uninterrupted warren of colonial and pre-colonial architecture and there are few buildings that are over five storeys high. This is where you'll find some of the best places to stay in Hanoi, especially if you’re looking for total immersion into Hanoi’s vibrancy. We've found a handful of great little properties here, most of which will not break the bank either. For those who prefer things more mainstream, we've got that covered too, with some big name chains for a safe five star stay.

There's a wonderful east meets west look to Hanoi. The gardens and riverside markets are quintessentially Asian, but the boulevards are positively Parisian. This makes sense considering the French made Hanoi the capital of French Indochina from the 1880s to the 1950s. And it means that Hanoi has a couple of really very beautiful French colonial style hotels, definitely the best places to stay in Hanoi if you’re looking for somewhere romantic.

Some of Hanoi’s pleasures are tranquil and refined, like the Temple of the Jade Mountain in the centre of one of Hanoi’s cooling lakes, but some, like Beer Corner, are crazy and totally disorganised. And both sides of Hanoi are part of the experience.

Where to Stay - Which Neighbourhood?

  • The Hoan Kiem District, also called the Old Quarter is the historic centre of town, and many would say its heart and soul. It’s hectic to the point of being called chaotic, with busy streets lined with street food markets and buzzy cafes, it has vibrant temples, often with more formal markets tucked in nearby, and plenty of other traditional places to stop and eat. The Old Quarter is also packed with good value accommodation, with lots of lovely old guesthouses and small and charming boutique hotels. Some of the prettiest parts of the Hoan Kiem District to stay in are close to beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake, which is also a wonderful place for a stroll. Nearby Hai Ba Trung Temple is also worth a look in. Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and his stilt house, are also fascinating places to visit in the Old Quarter. But the most famous visitor attraction in the Old Quarter, beyond the markets, is probably Hoa Lo Prison, known as the Hanoi Hilton by American P.O.W.s and a relic of both the war with the US and the war of independence from France.
  • To the north of the centre of Hanoi is leafy, Ba Dinh District, or the French Quarter. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Hanoi, with its elegant French colonial buildings and setting against the shores of Lake Ho Tay. The French Quarter has a more laid back atmosphere than the Old Quarter, it’s more spread out, and more of the city’s major sights and attractions can be found here, including the Presidential Palace and the Botanical Gardens.
  • Hai Ba Trung is next to the Old Quarter, perfect if you want to be able to walk to many of Hanoi’s main attractions but you prefer your decor modern and your hotels large. This is also a great place to go shopping, with a great selection of independent, local boutiques, fantastic fabric markets with tailors nearby ready to realise your bespoke creations, and some of the big international fashion names. Hai Ba Trung is where you’ll find the Vietnamese Women’s Museum and Heritage House, a beautifully restored property with exhibitions featuring the contribution of women in Vietnam’s history.
  • If you want to experience Hanoi’s lively after-dark scene you might enjoy staying in Tay Ho, on the shore of Ho Tay Lake. This is a cool place to hang out, home to expats and students, with a reputation for modern culture, fantastic fusion restaurants and trendy eateries. During the day this is a lovely part of town for a stroll, and it’s got several impressive temples, including one of Vietnam’s oldest temples, the Tran Quoc Pagoda.
  • If you’re travelling with a family, or in a group, you might want to consider staying in Truc Bach, which is on the shores of Truc Bach Lake, conveniently located between Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh and Tay Ho, so great for sightseeing. This is a part of town wth plenty of green space, a fairly peaceful atmosphere and an excellent range of international and Vietnamese restaurants.

This busy city is a year round destination, so if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Hanoi, we'd recommend you get organised and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Hanoi

For a city break

  • For elegance in a central, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District location, the Gurus recommend the Golden Silk Boutique Hotel, with its 55 chic rooms, complete with rosewood floors, gorgeous traditional art, huge beds, and super modern bathrooms. There’s a rooftop terrace bar, and a piano bar, plus a Vietnamese fusion restaurant. And it’s well priced too.
  • The Church Boutique Hotel is a great value hotel in the heart of Hanoi’s busy Old Quarter, with 44 rooms decorated in contemporary, city break comfort style, but with traditional Vietnamese accents that make this feel like more than a business hotel. There’s a spa too, and a restaurant, though you’re surrounded by great places to eat. The hotel can arrange bikes too, and they welcome families.
  • Also in the Old Quarter, Essence Hanoi, is a smaller hotel, with just 24 rooms and suites, decorated with dark wood and pale fabrics. The bathrooms are quite luxurious and there’s a spa too, which mixes ancient philosophies and modern techniques. This might make it sound pricey, but it’s very affordable.

For a hotel with a pool

  • Many of Hanoi’s smaller Old Quarter hotels have plenty of charm, but not huge amount in the way of facilities. But if you want a pool and a gym and all the mod. cons. when it comes to hotel facilities then try the Movenpick Hotel. Its white facade and carriageway entrance lend a feel of luxury, and the 154 rooms and suites are certainly very comfortable and stylish, but it’s the restaurant and bar, large pool, gym and 24hour room service that we love this hotel for.

For a colonial style property

  • The Sofitel Legend Metropole is an historic, and beautiful, hotel just across the road from the Hanoi Opera House. Its 364 rooms and suites have dark hardwood floors, elegant, traditional fans, draped curtains hanging over large beds, French windows, beautiful, traditional furnishings and a glamorous bar and restaurant. There’s a beautiful spa too. Hanoi isn’t the most luxurious and glamorous of cities, but this oasis of French colonial charm is doing everything right, and has been since 1901.
  • Big, elegant and in a great location in the heart the French Quarter, the Hilton Hanoi Opera is a classic Hanoi hotel. Its marvellous entryway and central atrium create a grand effect when you first arrive, and from then on there’s plenty of style and comfort, from the choice of Vietnamese and international restaurants on site, the 268 comfortable rooms and suites and the huge pool and terrace. This is a great hotel for families too, with a games room and babysitting services available. But we love it for the old fashioned grandeur and scale.

For luxury

  • The Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake is large and luxurious, with all the facilities you’d expect from a a big, international, five star hotel, and then some more. It’s great for foodies, with its three restaurants, and onsite cooking classes, there’s an extremely atmospheric roof terrace and a huge spa. The location is great for sightseeing, and it’s got excellent family rooms too. The decor is chic and classic, and the best rooms have wonderful city views.
  • There aren’t many large and luxurious hotels in the Old Quarter, but there is the Hotel de L'Opera, a 107 room hotel with hip decor and a colour scheme involving dark woods, white linens and flashes of colour. There’s a chic bar and a classic Vietnamese restaurant. And the super central location is hard to beat.

For a romantic stay

  • The Anise Hotel is a smart, contemporary hotel at the edge of Hoan Kiem Lake. Many of the 42 rooms and suites have lake views, but the best views are from the hotel’s 11th floor restaurant, which looks out over the centre of Hanoi. The decor is unfussy, and you’re still very central, so this is also a great city break option too.

For great value

  • Very affordable, but also very charmingly traditional, the Hotel Garden Queen is a nine room hotel in the heart of Hanoi’s busy Old Quarter. Expect local antiques and oriental throws, wood floors and simple bathrooms. They have a communal dining restaurant serving local cuisine and a tranquil roof terrace. They also do their best to accommodate families, and children under 16 stay for free.
  • Another very affordable recommendation in the heart of the Old Quarter is the Maison d'Orient, which has 12 simple, but boutique-feeling rooms with hardwood flooring, an elegant colour scheme and large double windows that lead out onto private balconies. The hotel has its own fleet of bikes you can use, and there’s a charming little restaurant.
  • The Maison d'Hanoi Boutique Hotel, runs along similar lines, a great Old Quarter location, chic, boutique-style decor in elegant colours, and large windows. Here you’ll find 38 rooms, and a larger, more polished restaurant decorated in monochrome and serving international, as well as Vietnamese, cuisine.

Prefer an apartment or villa?

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel information

  • Most international visitors fly in to Noi Bai International Airport, which is just 35 km, or 40 to 45 minutes from the Old Quarter in a taxi. There are buses and minibuses too, but they take longer. Or arrive by train, into Gia Lam Station, which has connections through to China, or in to Hanoi Station. Taxis in Hanoi aren’t always entirely trustworthy, so look for reputable companies like Hanoi Taxi, Man Linh Taxi and Taxi CP, and ask for the meter to be turned on and to pay by the meter. You might want to grab cards from your hotel so you can show, rather than tell, you driver where you’re going.
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer
  • Hanoi is hot in summer with high rainfall, and drier and cooler in winter, but not so cool that it’s not pleasant to be here. Autumn is a beautiful time in the city when temperatures average around 25°C and days are dry and sunny.

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Best Hotels in Hanoi

  • Hotel Garden Queen Hanoi (Hoan Kiem) 9 rooms from £35

    Local markets  -  Hang Ngang-Hang Dao Market is a bustling bounty of clothes, pottery and Banh mi.
    Sights nearby  -  The peaceful pagodas of Ngoc Son Temple are a must visit.
    Great walks  -  Perambulate the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake.
    Full of character

    A charming little hotel full of character and antiques. Oriental throws adorn the beds, whilst exposed brickwork give rooms a vintage feel. Unbeatable location slap bang in the busy old quarter is a bonus whilst the tranquil roof terrace allows you to get away from it all. Delicious local cuisine. See More

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  • Maison d'Orient Hanoi (Hoan Kiem) 12 rooms from £36

    Value chic  -  A beautifully renovated property in the heart of the old town.
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned to access many of Hanoi's sights by foot.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from St Joseph Cathedral and Hoan Kiem Lake.

    A small, and perfectly formed, boutique hotel in the heart of the Old Quarter. Chic rooms feature hardwood floors, clean design and large double windows leading onto private balconies. A real gem of a hotel, at an excellent price, to explore the city from. See More

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  • Maison d'Hanoi Boutique Hotel Hanoi (Hoan Kiem District) 38 rooms from £38

    City Style  -  Slick, contemporary and in a great location to access Hanoi's best restaurants, nightlife and attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive St Joseph's Cathedral.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake.

    A contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of the Old Quarter. Well appointed rooms are minimal in design with large windows and crisp white linen. Vietnamese or international cuisine is served at the restaurant. Well located and with a very reasonable price tag. An ideal spot for city exploring. See More

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  • Church Boutique Hotel Hanoi (Hoan Kiem District) 44 rooms from £38

    Value chic  -  It's unbeatable value in the heart of the city, with doubles from as little as £40 per night including breakfast.
    Local markets  -  Explore the the shops in the Old Quarter, each street specialises in a different product from coffee to silk scarves.
    Great walks  -  Take a break from the hectic streets and wander around around Hoan Kiem lake.
    Sights nearby  -  Just ten miniutes from the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A calm, quiet escape in the charmingly chaotic old quarter of Hanoi. Unique Vietnamese architecture combined with expressive decor and artistry. Crisp clean comfy beds and spectacular service make this a memorable experience. The Piano Bar is a lovely spot to unwind with a cocktail. See More

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  • Golden Silk Boutique Hotel Hanoi (Hoan Kiem District) 55 rooms from £53

    City Style  -  Contemporary Vietnamese design with gorgeous bathrooms and well located particularly for hitting the shops.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum or One Pillar Pagoda.
    Great walks  -  Take an evening stroll around Hoan Kiem lake.
    Local markets  -  Shop for silk products on Hang Gai.

    An elegant hotel situated in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Chic rooms feature rosewood floors, enormous beds and large works of Vietnamese art. Uber modern bathrooms complete with bathtub. A vietnamese fusion restaurant, rooftop bar and piano bar. Well priced and located. An excellent city joint. See More

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  • Essence Hanoi Hanoi (Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Dist.) 24 rooms from £56

    Local exploring  -  A stylish hotel in the heart of the Old Quarter ideally placed for accessing the best street life and shopping.
    Great walks  -  Take a meander around the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake.
    Local markets  -  Delve into the bustling Dong Xuan market.
    Spa

    A well designed hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. White rooms with dark furniture and luxurious bathrooms. Delicious Vietnamese cuisine is served in the restaurant alongside western fare. An indulgent spa mixes ancient philosophies and modern techniques. Well located and priced for city exploring. See More

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  • Anise Hotel Hanoi (Ba Dinh) 42 rooms from £61

    City Style  -  A chic hotel in a lovely part of the city.
    Local markets  -  Get a taste of the real Hanoin life at the bustling Dong Xuan Market.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from the Hochiminh mausoleum.
    Great walks  -  Take an evening stroll around Hoan Kiem lake.

    A contemporary hotel at the bottom end of Hoan Kiem lake. Smartly designed rooms with crisp linen, local art and plush bathrooms. A restaurant located on the 11th floor boasts great city views. A gym, bar and business centre. A chic choice. See More

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  • Movenpick Hanoi Hanoi (Hoan Kiem District) 154 rooms from £77

    Sights nearby  -  5 mins to city centre and Old Quarter

    Modern and convenient business hotel a short walk from Hanoi's major attractions including Hoan Kiem Lake and the bustling Old Quarter. A great choice for those travelling on business, but who are keen to experience some of the city too! See More

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  • Hilton Hanoi Opera Hanoi 268 rooms from £79

    Local markets  -  Explore the streets of the famous Old Quarter, where you will find everything from great food to silk scarves.
    Sights nearby  -  Right next to the French-colonial Hanoi Opera House.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll down to Hoan Kiem Lake
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.

    Brilliantly located in the heart of Hanoi’s French quarter, at the centre of the elegant Hoan Kiem district. Simple rooms with modern conveniences and an outdoor pool. The on site restaurants serve a mix of Vietnamese and European dishes. Within walking distance of the bustling old quarter. See More

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  • InterContinental Hanoi Westlake Hanoi (Nghi Tam) 318 rooms from £111

    Cooking classes  -  Hanoi is all about the food and you can take home those flavours at the Hanoi Cooking Centre.
    Sights nearby  -  The 800 year old Kim Lien (Golden Lotus) Pagoda is just around the corner.
    Great walks  -  Embark on a walking food tour of Hanoi.
    Spa

    A star on Hanoi’s hotel scene, the Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake offers all the luxurious amenities you’d expect from the five-star hotel group. Boasting three restaurants serving modern Vietnamese fare and fine Italian, as well as an atmospheric roof top bar. Rooms are chic and classic. See More

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  • Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Hoàn Kiếm) 364 rooms from £120

    Great walks  -  Stroll round Hoan Kiem Lake and check out the famous red bridge and the temple in the centre of it
    Cooking classes  -  Check out the cookery class at the hotel, half-day and full-day courses are available
    Local markets  -  Get lost and find some great deals at Dong Xuan market, Hanoi’s largest.
    Sights nearby  -  Just around the corner find the famed and historic Hanoi Opera House.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Tablet, Fodors, I Escape

    This hotel puts a genuine smile on your face – a dollop of pure luxury and welcome in a not-very-luxurious city. The original Hanoi "Grand Dame" with French Colonial style throughout. Various dining options and pampering spa. An oasis in the centre of frenetic Hanoi. See More

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  • Hotel de L'Opera Hanoi (Hoan Kiem district) 107 rooms from £155

    City Style  -  A truly elegant hotel merging French colonial style with modern Vietnamese vibrancy.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Cathedral of St Joseph and the Temple of Literature.
    Great walks  -  Take a walk around the serene Hoan Kiem Lake.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A luxury property in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Hip contemporary design runs throughout. Dramatic paintings reside above the bed that features an impossibly thick mattress. Dark pink furniture brings splashes of colour. An elegant bar and classic Vietnamese restaurant. One of Hanoi's finest. See More

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