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From backpackers hostels to luxury hotels with infinity pools, when it comes to deciding on where to stay in Hanoi you will be spoilt for choice.
Over the past few years, Vietnam has grown in popularity. Once seen as a backpacking destination it has now become a popular destination for a wider range of people, including families with young children. Whether you are planning a 2 month or just a 2-week holiday in Vietnam make sure Hanoi is in your list of destinations. Out of the two most popular cities in Vietnam, I prefer Hanoi over Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). It may be just as busy as the Southern city but to me, it has more of charm, especially when you have time to visit more than just the Old Quarter. I have also found there more things to do in Hanoi than Saigon.
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The Best Hotels in Hanoi
There are hundreds of hotels located in Hanoi and it can be quite overwhelming when it comes to deciding where to stay. If it is your first time visiting Hanoi, then I would recommend staying in the Old Quarter (also referred to as the Hoan Kiem District), the main ‘tourist attractions’ are located in this area as well as plenty of places to shop and eat. In this area, you will be a short walk away from Ho Kiem Lake and the Water Puppet Theatre.
I found hotel prices in Hanoi to be extremely affordable, with the average 4 start hotel being priced between £25 – £50 per night, however, if you are looking for more budget hotels in Hanoi you will easily find these as well.
The map below shows all of the best hotels in Hanoi’s Old Quarter along with their average price per night and is an easy way to find a hotel based on location.
If you want to spend time relaxing you are going to want to book a hotel in Hanoi with a pool, especially if you are visiting during Vietnam’s rainy season when it is extremely humid. Located in the Hoan Kiem District, The Oriental Jade Hotel boasts a rooftop swimming as well as 5 Star air-conditioned rooms.
Popular points of interest near The Oriental Jade Hotel include Trang Tien Plaza, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater and Hanoi Opera House.
This hotel is definitely on the high end when it comes to finding a great place to stay in Hanoi, the average room for two per night is around £90, but it has been voted one of the top hotels for couples in Hanoi.
I stayed in the Alisa Hotel on my last visit to Hanoi and found it to be the perfect location for everything I wanted to see. The hotel is rated as a 4-star hotel, however, I would say it is more of a 3-star hotel. Despite this, I would recommend booking the Alisa Hotel. A room for two people on average costs £25-£30 per night including a buffet breakfast.
The hotel also has its own spa where you can book various treatments which I really recommend. I booked a back, neck and head massage (£12 for 1 hour) which was incredible and definitely needed after a long day of sightseeing.
I stayed here during my first trip to Vietnam when it was previously known as The Green Street Hotel. If you are looking for a great budget place to stay in Hanoi then I would recommend booking this hotel. The average price for a room for two is just £14 per night including breakfast.
The rooms are basic but it is very centrally located, clean, comfortable and a great base if you plan to spend most of your time sightseeing as opposed to relaxing in your hotel.
The hotel is in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem district, 200 yards from Old City Gate. Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is 450 yards from Pavilion Hotel Hanoi, while Dong Xuan Market is 550 yards from the property.
For a real touch of the luxury book yourself a stay at the Apricot Hotel. The stunning 5-star hotel is one of the few Hanoi hotels with a rooftop pool, offering guests a view of the Ho Kiem Lake while they swim or sunbathe. Alongside the pool is a trendywhere a fine selection of drinks are offered, the property also offers guests with 2 dining options. Guests can enjoy an appetising selection of Vietnamese and Western dishes in the hotel’s restaurant.
The Apricot Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Hanoi if you are looking for luxury or celebrating a special occasion. The average price of a double room is £100 per night, making it one of the more expensive Hanoi hotels.
The Best Hostels in Hanoi
You will find a whole variety of hostels in Hanoi, from party hostels to more chilled boutique hostels and you can even find hostels in Hanoi with swimming pools.
On a side note, if you are looking to book tours to Halong Bay or day excursions to Ninh Binh during your stay in Hanoi, even if you are not staying there, always ask at the receptions of some of the bigger hostels, many will offer great deals on various excursions or city tours. This can be a great compromise if you still want to meet fellow travellers but do not enjoy the idea of sleeping in a lively hostel.
If you are a backpacker deciding where to stay in Hanoi and enjoy the social aspect of hostels then book a stay at the Vietnam Backpacker Hostel. Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, this hostel is probably the most well known in the area due it’s nightlife – this hostel knows how to through a party. It is worth noting the bar is open to everyone, you do not need to be a guest of the hostel, therefore if you prefer a hotel over a hostel you can still visit to meet fellow travellers.
The hostel has mixed dorms, female-only dorm as well as a limited number of private rooms with prices starting at £10 per night.
A Hanoi hostel with a swimming pool located in the Tay Ho District. They Tay Ho District is known as the creative district and is the closest district to the West Lake and Tran Quoc Pagoda. The Tay Ho District is a 15-minute drive from the Old Quarter as opposed to a short walk (Grab is readily available in Hanoi).
7 Fridays West Lake comprises of mixed-sex and female-only dorms, making it perfect for solo travellers. Along with a communal garden and kitchen, this hostel also has its own outdoor swimming pool.
A bed in a mixed dorm, on average, costs just £5 per night including breakfast, making it one of the most affordable accommodations in Hanoi.
The Nexy Hostel is a quiet hostel in the centre of Hanoi, therefore, it is perfect if you enjoy the hostel socialisation but not big nights out and noise. Alongside basic amenities, such as a shared kitchen, the hostel has a communal rooftop terrace and games room. The Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is 450 yards from Nexy Hostel, while Hoan Kiem Lake is 550 yards away.
The Hanoi hostel offers mixed dorms, one female-only dorm as well as various private rooms.
The average price of a bed in a dorm room is £8 and a private room for two is around £30 per night. All guest are offered a free continental breakfast throughout the duration of their stay.
Homestay in Hanoi
The Momento Boutique lists itself a hostel, however, various reviews refer to it more like a homestay, making it a perfect place to stay in Hanoi for a couple or if you are on a limited budget but would still like a private room. Located on the edge of Hanoi’s Old Quarter the homestay also offers a public kitchenette with fridge and stove as well as a communal seating area.
The Momento Boutique Hostel is a great choice for travellers interested in old town exploring, budget-friendly travelling and local food.
Things to do in Hanoi:
When deciding where to stay in Hanoi you will find an incredible amount of options to suit every type of traveller. Decide on your main intentions for your trip, is your priority to be in a hotel close to the Old Quarter? Or is a hostel to meet fellow travellers more important than location? Are your intentions to just relax, if so, be sure to book a Hanoi hotel with a rooftop pool for ultimate relaxation. The list above is some of the very best accommodation in Hanoi to provide you with a great base for your trip.