Where To Stay in Hanoi Vietnam

Travelling to Hanoi and wondering what is the best place 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 the West Lake district.

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:

  1. safety
  2. location to top Hanoi attractions
  3. close to restaurants and bars
  4. 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
  5. 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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Map of Old Quarter of Hanoi

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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.

Hot Tips

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.

Read Tripadvisor Reviews here for the Oriental Jade Hotel & Spa

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Apricot Hotel

Apricot Hotel

Apricot Hotel photo courtesy of the Apricot Hotel

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.

Read Tripadvisor Reviews for the Apricot Hotel here

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4 Star Hotels in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

La Siesta Premium Hang Be

Hotel La Siesta

Hotel La Siesta Premium Hang Be

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

Read Tripadvisor Reviews for La Siesta Premium Hang Be here

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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.

You can read Tripadvisor Reviews of the O’Gallery Classy Hotel & Spa here

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3 Star Hotels in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Trang Trang Boutique Hotel

Trang Trang Boutique Hotel

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.


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Trang Trang Premium Hotel

Trang Trang Premium Hotel

Trang Trang Premium Hotel

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.

You can read Tripadvisor Reviews on the Trang Trang Premium Hotel here

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French Quarter

Map of the French Quarter of Hanoi

Map of French Quarter of Hanoi

Map of French Quarter in 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 Hotel

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

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.

You can read Tripadvisor Reviews on the Sofitel Legend Metropole here.

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Hotel de L’opera Hanoi M Gallery

Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi M Gallery

Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi M Gallery photo courtesy of the hotel

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.

Read Tripadvisor Reviews of the Hotel de l’Opera here

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4 Star Hotels in the French Quarter

Lapis Hotel

Lapis Hotel

Lapis Hotel French Quarter photo courtesy of Lapis Hotel

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.

You can read Tripadvisor reviews here on the Lapis Hotel

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Lan Vien Hotel

Lan Vien Hotel Hanoi

Lan Vien Hotel photo courtesy of the 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.

You can read Tripadvisor reviews of the Lan Vien Hotel here.

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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.

You can read the latest Tripadvisor reviews on the Hanoi East Central Hotel here

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Hanoi Antique Legend Hotel

Hanoi Antique Legend Hotel

Hotel Antique Legend Hotel photo courtesy of hotel

The 3-star Hanoi Antique Legend Hotel is located at 23 Lo Su Street Hoan Kiem. The hotel offers guests a spa and wellness centre, restaurant, cafe bar, free WiFi and free breakfast. They have family rooms as well as interconnecting rooms.

You can read Tripadvisor Reviews of the Hanoi Antique Legend Hotel Here


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West Lake (Tay Ho District)

Map of the West Lake District of Hanoi

West Lake Map Hanoi

Map of West Lake District 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

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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.

You can read the latest Tripadvisor reviews of the Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake Hotel here

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Elegant Suites Westlake

Studio Suite at Elegant Suites

Studio accommodation photo courtesy of Elegant Suites

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.

For the latest Tripadvisor reviews of the Elegant Suites Westlake click here.

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4 Star Hotels in the West Lake District

The Flower Garden Hotel (Will be rebranded to EMM Hotel Hanoi late in the year)

Flower Garden Hotel

Flower Garden Hotel Hanoi – photo courtesy TMG Group

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.

For the latest Tripadvisor reviews for the Flower Garden Hotel click here

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The Hanoi Club Hotel & Lake Palais Residences

Hanoi Club Hotel

Hanoi Club Hotel photo courtesy of Hanoi Club Hotel

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.

For the latest Tripadvisor reviews of the Hanoi Club Hotel & Lake Palais Residences click here

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3 Star Hotels in the West Lake District

AWA Boutique Hotel

AWA Boutique Hotel

AWA Hotel photo courtesy of AWA Hotel

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.

You can read the latest Tripadvisor Reviews of the AWA Boutique Hotel here

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Royal Hotel near Westlake

Royal Hotel Near Westlake

Royal Hotel Westlake photo courtesy of Royal Hotel

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.

For the latest Tripadvisor reviews of the Royal Hotel near Westlake click here

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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

Pullman Hanoi

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.

We also stayed at the Pullman Danang Beach Resort & Spa in Danang and the Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

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  • It is so difficult to make a choice. All these hotels look great and each of them seem to have a good location to explore the city. But as I like being near the water, I think I’d prefer the Hotels in the West Lake District. Having a lake nearby makes me be so happy without any reason.

    • Hi Luliana
      Thank you for your comments. Yes, it is so hard to decide where to stay in Hanoi. We hope you can stay by the lake when you can visit.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Elizabeth says:

    I always spend a ton of time deciding where to stay. Location, safety, hotel amenities and what is nearby are all important factors to consider like you said. I like the way you organized this by neighborhood and star rating. The Old Quarter seems like it would be a really nice area to stay in and the 3 star hotels you listed seem very nice.

    • Hi Elizabeth
      Thanks for your comments. The Old Quarter is the vibrant area to stay in Hanoi – we really enjoyed the weekend night markets there and walking around roads that are normally frantic with motorbikes during the week. The food is excellent in the Quarter as well.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Hi Jane and Duncan, this is my first visit to your blog and definitely not the last, I love ur blog logo , its very cute and also the tag-line, age really is not a barrier to travel the world! Your hotel guide for Hanois is very detailed and I especially like the district wise suggestions – something to suit every type of traveller and budget!

    • Hi Manjiri
      Thank you for your kind comments about our blog. We are glad that you enjoyed our article on where to stay in Hanoi.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Ami Bhat says:

    Those are some pretty good tips that you have shared. I would have never read that bit about windowless rooms if you had not mentioned it here. From what you have mentioned, the Old quarters seems like the most promising. It is close to the key areas of Hanoi and also, seems to have a variety of hotels suiting different budgets. Guess that would be my first choice.

    • Hi Ami
      Thanks for your comments. The Old Quarter is definitely the place to stay for us – it is vibrant buzzy and great food.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Agnes says:

    Vietnam is still on my bucket list, so I appreciate your lodging recommendations. I was in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia. And I hope that soon I will be able to see Vietnam. So, I will gladly take advantage of your Hanoi guide. I like that you presented accommodation in Hanoi in such detail. Everyone can find something for himself.

  • Medha says:

    I was in Hanoi a few months back and decided to stay in the vibrant Old Quarter too but in a homestay rather than a hotel. It was a great experience and I loved walking around the Hoan Kiem Lake. I know the water puppet theatre is one of those authentic local experiences but I am really not a fan of puppet shows so I decided to skip it. Not sure if that was a good idea or not! Also, visited SaPa and loved it.

    • Hi Medha
      Thanks for your comments. Back in 2002 when I first visited Hanoi I missed visiting the Water Puppets because I felt the same way as you. This time I am so glad we did – they are very clever performances in the water – I was impressed. Hope you get to visit one day.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Prakash says:

    Thank you for sharing information its really helpful keep posting more articles thanks

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