Travelling to Hanoi and wondering what is the best area to stay in Hanoi? Should you stay in the:
- Old Quarter
- French Quarter
- West Lake (Tay Ho)
- Dong Da District
Each district offers the visitor a different experience from the frenetic but vibrant Old Quarter to the quieter alternative in the West Lake district. Our article on where to stay in Hanoi will assist you in making the right decision based on the activities that you want to do. We share with you the recommended hotels in Hanoi in each of the districts which are more suited for tourists and travellers. If you are a foodie you will enjoy some of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Hanoi, you will be spoilt for choice.
(Editor Update 2021)
How long should you stay in Hanoi? We would recommend at least 4 nights in Hanoi and then you can visit the other parts of the country such as Sapa, Mai Chau, Hoi An, Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, these are the top tourist destinations in Vietnam.
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When you are choosing a location or a hotel to stay in Hanoi there are 5 factors to consider:
- location to top Hanoi attractions
- close to restaurants and bars
- for things to do in Hanoi choose your location according to these activities. If you book accommodation in the wrong area you may end up spending all your time in traffic. Hanoi’s traffic can be a nightmare especially at peak times
- some of the hotels in the Old Quarter, in particular, have small rooms and some offer windowless rooms. Read the description carefully before booking.
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If you enjoy reading about your travel destination in guide books we can recommend the following for Hanoi:
- 1 Where To Stay in Hanoi
- 2 Hanoi Old Quarter Hanoi Hotels
- 3 French Quarter
- 4 West Lake (Tay Ho District)
- 4.1 Map of the West Lake District of Hanoi
- 4.2 5 Star Hotels in the West Lake District
- 4.3 Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake
- 4.4 Elegant Suites Westlake
- 4.5 4 Star Hotels in the West Lake District
- 4.6 The Flower Garden Hotel (Will be rebranded to EMM Hotel Hanoi)
- 4.7 The Hanoi Club Hotel & Lake Palais Residences
- 4.8 3 Star Hotels in the West Lake District
- 4.9 AWA Boutique Hotel
- 4.10 Royal Hotel near Westlake
- 4.11 Dong Da District
- 4.12 The Pullman Hanoi Hotel
- 5 Hanoi Travel Information
Where To Stay in Hanoi
Hanoi Old Quarter Hanoi Hotels
After staying in the Old Quarter we can recommend that it is the best place in Hanoi to stay.
We loved staying in the Old Quarter. It was vibrant, fun, with great bars and restaurants. In the 15th century, all streets in the area were named after a trade or a service. “Hang” means merchandise. Today there are 36 main streets. Some of the well known streets are:
- Hang Bac – silversmiths
- Hang Be – made bamboo rafts and sold them in Hang Tre Street
- Cau Go – today sells women accessories
- Hang Dao – silk products
- Dong Xuan Street – the biggest market in Hanoi
- Hang Mam – one sold fish sauce today is stone etching for tombstones and coffins
- Ma May Street – used to sell rattan and sacred joss. Today you can visit the Ancient House and dine well at the Lantern Restaurant (one of our favourites)
- Hang Thiec – tinsmiths, candlesticks, oil lamps and opium boxes
Beer Street is worth an evening visit and on the weekend the night market starts at 7 pm and runs from Hong Dao Street to Dong Xuan Street.
For the best Banh Mi in the Old Quarter head to Banh Mi 25 at 25 Hang Ca Street.
For great service, an excellent menu and delicious food we would recommend Lantern Restaurant at 80 Ma May Street.
The Hanoi Old Quarter which is north of Hoan Kiem Lake can be noisy and you will find that on the weekends when the night market is on that some of the smaller roads will be closed. If you are checking into your hotel in this area you may be dropped off at a major road with directions on how to get to your hotel on foot.
We can recommend visiting the Hoan Kiem Lake early in the morning to see the locals exercise around the lake. It is also the coolest part of the day, an escape from the high humidity that Hanoi experiences.
One of the popular things to see in the Old Quarter is the Water Puppet Theatre. You can pre-book your tickets here and have them delivered to your hotel.
Hanoi Hotels 5 Star – Old Quarter
Oriental Jade Hotel & Spa
The Oriental Jade Hotel is located at 94 Hang Trong Street Hoan Kiem. The hotel offers 120 boutique guest rooms and suites with free WiFi and free breakfast with views over Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Cathedral and the Old Quarter. The hotel offers a rooftop swimming pool and spa with panoramic views.
The 5-star Apricot Hotel is located at 136 Hang Trong Street Hoan Kiem. The hotel offers 123 bedrooms in neo-classical design and old-world style elegance with free WiFi, Spa L’At, a rooftop swimming pool and bar with expansive views over Hanoi.
4 Star Hotels in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
For 4-star accommodation, we can recommend the La Siesta Premium Hang Be hotel in the Old Quarter. We undertook a site inspection of La Siesta, checking out all their rooms and suites as well as their dining facilities and enjoyed a ‘sundowner’ from their rooftop bar. The hotel is well located in the Old Quarter close to the Water Puppet Theatre and easy access to Hoan Kiem Lake.
Address: 27 Hang Be Street Hoan Kiem Lake
O’Gallery Classy Hotel & Spa
The 4-star O’Gallery Hotel & Spa is located at No. 2 Cho Cau Go Street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. The hotel offers 65 guest rooms and suites, family rooms, a spa and wellness centre, free WiFi with breakfast included. Enjoy a drink at the O’Sky Bar, dine at the O’Lake View Restaurant or enjoy a treatment at the Spa & Wellness Centre.
3 Star Hotels in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
Trang Trang Boutique Hotel
For 3-star accommodation, we can recommend the Trang Trang Boutique Hotel in the Old Quarter at 104 Ma May Street. We stayed here twice. The hotel is very comfortable, good WiFi, breakfast included and close to the top attractions of Hanoi.
The Trang Trang Premium hotel is comfortable, modern, with breakfast included and good wifi. The location at 15 Cau Go Lane is perfect for visiting the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. We stayed here for over a week as well as staying at the Trang Trang Boutique Hotel.
Map of the French Quarter of Hanoi
The French Quarter lies to the south of Hoan Kiem Lake. Some of the best of Hanoi’s luxury hotels are located here. It is also home to foreign embassies, international schools and government buildings.
Some of the major attractions:
- Hanoi Opera House at 1 Trang Tien Phan Chu Trinh – book tickets for the Lang Toi (My Village) performances here
- St Josephs Cathedral at 40 Nha Chung, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem
- Hoa Lo Prison at 1 Hoa Lo Tran Hung Dao Hoan Kiem
- National Museum of Vietnamese History at 214 Tran Quang Khai Trang Tien Hoan Kiem
- Ho Chi Minh Complex
- For shopping head to the Trang Tien Plaza
- For boutiques, bookshops and galleries Trang Tien Street is worth a visit
5 Star Hotels in the French Quarter
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel
Sofitel Metropole Hanoi is one of the very best Hanoi hotels in the French Quarter. The luxury hotel was built in 1901 at 15 Ngo Quyen Street Hoan Kiem. Bedrooms have been decorated in either classic French decor or elegant neo-classical design. The hotel has the first French restaurant that opened in Hanoi – Le Beaulieu. The hotel offers guests a heated swimming pool, spa, fitness and various bars and restaurants. Some of the famous guests that have stayed there are Charlie Chaplin and Graham Greene.
The Sofitel Metropole is a ‘must-visit’ in Hanoi. Close to the reception is their ‘famous wall’ of all the famous people who have stayed there over the years. You can even take a tour of the underground bunker that was discovered in recent renovations.
Hotel de L’opera Hanoi M Gallery
The 5-star Hotel de l’Opera is located at 29 Trang Tien Hoan Kiem just a 4 minute from Hanoi’s Opera House in the French Quarter. Part of the Accor Group the luxury hotel offers a swimming pool, restaurants and bar as well as free WiFi.
4 Star Hotels in the French Quarter
The Lapis Hotel is located at 21 Tran Hung Dao Street close to banks, embassies and major companies. You can enjoy a swim in their rooftop pool, work out at their health club and relax in the sauna before enjoying dinner in their restaurant.
Lan Vien Hotel
The Lan Vien Hotel is located 2 minutes walk from Trang Tien Plaza at 37 A Ly Thuong Kiet Hang Bai Hoan Kiem. The hotel offers guests free WiFi, a fitness centre and a restaurant located on the 11th floor with lake views. Guest rooms have either city or lake views.
3 Star Hotels in the French Quarter
Hanoi East Central Hotel
The 3-star Hanoi East Central Hotel is located at 18 Lo Su Ly Thai To Hoan Kiem. The boutique hotel offers 21 luxury rooms with city views, free WiFi and unique dining experiences in their Cha Ca Lang Restaurant.
West Lake (Tay Ho District)
Map of the West Lake District of Hanoi
If you prefer to stay somewhere where it is quiet the West Lake district is recommended. Taxi’s to the Old Quarter and French Quarter can take between 25 – 40 minutes depending on the traffic.
This area is less frenetic and is suitable for families and couples who want some peace and quiet.
The lake is the largest in the capital with 17 km of shore length and within a 500-hectare area.
5 Star Hotels in the West Lake District
Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake
(photo courtesy of the Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake)
The luxury 5-star Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake is located at 05 Tu Hoa, Tay Ho in Hanoi. Luxury residences on offer include 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, with a selection of 2 bars and 3 restaurants to enjoy during your stay. Enjoy a relaxing treatment at their Spa & Wellness Centre, a workout at their fitness centre or enjoy some relaxing time at the pool. The hotel is located next to the Golden Lotus Pagoda.
Elegant Suites Westlake
The 5-star Elegant Suites are located at 10B Dang Thai Mai, Tay Ho District, Westlake.
The residences offer excellent facilities and accommodation for family stays, couples and solo travellers. The hotel offers serviced accommodation, a fitness centre, a sauna, free WiFi and children activities. Complimentary breakfast is available during the week at the Camellia Restaurant and there are complimentary scheduled shuttle bus services to the city.
4 Star Hotels in the West Lake District
The Flower Garden Hotel (Will be rebranded to EMM Hotel Hanoi)
The Flower Garden Hotel is located at 46 Nguyen Truong To Street Ba Dinh District Hanoi. The hotel offers free WiFi, free breakfast and has 83 spacious rooms and suites. The hotel offers a fitness centre.
The Hanoi Club Hotel & Lake Palais Residences
The Hanoi Club Hotel & Lake Palais Residences are located at 76 Po Yen Phu, Yen Phu, Tay Ho. The hotel offers views of the lake, free WiFi, on-site restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and spa.
3 Star Hotels in the West Lake District
The AWA Boutique Hotel is located at 130 Yen Hoa Yen Phu Tay Ho within 1 km of the West Lake. There is an outdoor terrace and a shared kitchen for guests.
The Royal Hotel is located at 60 Nghi Tam Street Yun Phu Ward Tay Ho district. The 3-star hotel offers a restaurant, free private parking, free bikes, a shared lounge, family rooms and a terrace.
Dong Da District
Within walking distance to:
- Temple of Literature 1 km
- One Pillar Pagoda 1.2 km
- Vietnam Military History Museum 1.7 km
- Lenin Park 1.7 km
- Presidential Palace 1.7 km
The Pullman Hanoi Hotel
The 5-star luxury Pullman Hanoi is located at 40 Cat Linh in Dong Da. The Pullman Hotel offers luxurious accommodation, a swimming pool, fitness centre and spa. They offer a regular scheduled shuttle bus to the Old Quarter for their guests.
You can enjoy a cocktail at the Mint bar or dine at La Cheminee.
You can read our review of the Pullman Hotel in Hanoi here.
Hanoi Travel Information
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