Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Around St Joseph's Cathedral
This neat triangle shaped area is delineated by the west coast of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hang Bong and Hang Gai to the north and Trang Thi to the south. It includes the popular cluster of places around Bao Khanh near the lake.
Excellent newbie6 Ngo Bao Khanh
T: (04) 3938 0666; F: (04) 3938 0777
With 70 bedrooms, Hanoi Pearl Hotel is a very large new addition to Hanoi’s hotel scene. Dominating the skyline on narrow Bao Khanh, this modern hotel — with a Vietnamese twist — offers pricey ... Read the full review of Hanoi Pearl Hotel.
Top end at midrange prices36 Hang Trong St
T: (04) 3938 2929; F: (04) 3824 7449
We walked into this hotel by mistake when aiming for the Golden Lotus a few doors down, and boy are we glad we did. It's been there 17 years -- an eternity by Hanoi standards -- but was completely ... Read the full review of Golden Rice Hotel.
Delivers on luxury promise35-37 Hang Trong
T: (04) 3938 0999; F: (04) 3938 0989
With a uniformed concierge opening the door and one of the chicest, most aesthetically pleasing reception areas around, this place lives up to its high-end name. Staff are as professional as you'd ... Read the full review of Maison D'Hanoi.
Wowed by the renovations9 Nha Tho St
T: (04) 3928 8118; F: (04) 3828 5793
We wrote off the Church Boutique after a previous visit thanks to its shabby carpets and grimy surfaces, but were amazed during our most recent stop by its dramatic transformation following major ... Read the full review of Church Boutique Hotel.
Beautiful rooms32 Hang Trong St
T: (04) 3928 8583; F: (04) 3928 8584
The Golden Lotus is one of our top picks for its price range. The interior design is tastefully modern yet cosy, with dazzling aesthetic touches and great attention to detail. Rooms are spacious too, ... Read the full review of Golden Lotus Hotel.USD 50 to 100 7 votes Toprange
Doesn't quite live up to the name, but not bad56 Au Trieu Street
T: (04) 3938 1590;
Although it doesn’t quite live up to the name, Impressive Hotel, near Hanoi’s St Joseph’s Cathedral, is still a very good option for the midrange traveller. The views are the ... Read the full review of Impressive Hotel.
Cheap, cheap, cheap!16 Ly Quoc Su
T: (04) 3938 1849;
Central Backpackers’ Hostel offers both dorms and private rooms, all with air-con, at rock bottom prices to suit the real budget crowd — with free beers for an hour each night ... Read the full review of Central Backpackers' Hostel.
Boutique hotel in a quiet location5 Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3938 1048; F: (04) 3938 1046
Joseph's Hotel is not a budget option but offers 10 simply decorated, comfortable rooms in a quiet location on Au Trieu St, near the cathedral and away from the hectic pace of central Old Quarter. ... Read the full review of Joseph's Hotel.
The original hostel48 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3828 5372;
Located on a sidestreet near St Joe's cathedral, the original Hanoi hostel continues pulling in the crowds, despite the opening of their new, second location on Ma May, and the other hostels ... Read the full review of Hanoi Backpackers Hostel.Under USD 10 15 votes Backpacker
Not our first choice but not altogether bad60 Au Trieu
T: (04) 3928 9770, (0945) 122 007; F: (04) 3928 9769
First Choice Hotel, on Au Trieu street and near St Josephs Cathedral, is run by the same management as nearby Impressive Hotel, but offers a slightly lower priced alternative to its ... Read the full review of First Choice Hotel.
This covers southern Hanoi - everything south of Hoan Kiem Lake, or more specifically, everything south of the road that abuts the southern tip of the lake, marked by the road that is referred to as Trang Thi, Hang Khay and Trang Tien from west to east. It also wraps around the southeast corner of the lake to include the Metropole.
Splurge if you can: Outstanding!15 Ngo Quyen St, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3826 6919; F: (04) 3826 6920
If you love to travel in comfort and luxury, and have the money to pay for it, you don't need to shop around: this is the place. Dating back to 1901, the Hanoi Metropole is without doubt Hanoi's ... Read the full review of Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.USD 100+ 1 vote Luxury
A tactile palace29 Trang Tien Street
T: (04) 6282 5555; F: (04) 6282 2888
Opened in June 2011, this is a noteworthy addition to the Opera House area, introducing some bling between the classic style of the Metropole and the conventionalism of the Hilton. All the features ... Read the full review of Hotel De L'Opera.USD 100+ 1 vote Luxury
Old Quarter - budget
This covers the area roughly to the north and east of Hoan Kiem Lake, so everything north of Hang Bong, Hang Gai Roads and everything east of the lake. This is the heart of the backpacker district. For more mid-range places, see Old Quarter - midrange.
A hostel to be looked up to9 Ma May, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (04) 3935 1890;
It’s impossible to miss the most recent addition to the Hanoi Backpackers’ Hostel stable, with its seven-storey, eight-metre wide frontage slap-bang in the middle of the most ... Read the full review of Hanoi Backpackers Hostel Ma May.
Great value and light26 Bat Su
T: (04) 3828 1911; F: (04) 3828 1928
Located in a quiet area of Old Quarter, Stars Hotel is a well-priced option in the flashpacker range. It's a narrow place but rooms are sizeable enough and the sense of space in those at the front is ... Read the full review of Stars Hotel.
Super staff48 Hang Ga St
T: (04) 3828 4461; F: (04) 6270 2010
Being used to an escorted viewing of rooms, along with the statutory Where you from? we were surprised to be given the keys and let loose on the rooms here, but it made for a more relaxed look around ... Read the full review of Little Hanoi Hotel.USD 10 to 20 7 votes Flashpacker
A welcome new addition1 Hai Tuong Lane (off Ta Hien)
T: (04) 3935 2468; F: (04) 3935 2488
May de Ville Backpackers Hostel opened about a year ago and wasn’t shy about it: it’s 10 storeys tall and has a large lit sign on the roof, visible from afar. The name is somewhat ... Read the full review of May de Ville Backpackers Hostel.
Difficult to find fault16A Trung Yen Lane, Dinh Liet Street
T: (04) 3926 0119;
With a bright yellow and red sign and windows adorned with travel offers, the exterior of Camellia Hotel 6 has nothing to differentiate it from the countless other budget hotels in ... Read the full review of Camellia 6 Hotel.USD 10 to 20 2 votes Flashpacker
Great bargain pick16 Luong Van Can, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3828 5173;
Phu Hoa “Tourist Guest House” is one of our top budget picks for Hanoi, offering 10 decently sized rooms with windows for just $10 for singles and $12 for couples — it’s one of the cheapest ... Read the full review of Phu Hoa.Under USD 10 2 votes Backpacker
Clean budget beds91A Hang Ma Street
T: (0989) 325 927, (0945) 326 726;
Hanoi Lucky Guesthouse 2 in Hanoi’s Old Quarter offers a very warm welcome, with good value, clean rooms plus comfortable dorm beds, making it a great option for budget travellers. No frills — ... Read the full review of Hanoi Lucky Guesthouse 2.
$12 rooms, and they're clean!24C Ta Hien
T: (04) 3826 6053, (0973) 043 766;
A hotel in the centre of Hanoi‘s Old Quarter that positions itself on a platform of “US$12 double room” is bound to cause a few cynical looks: after all that’s almost as cheap ... Read the full review of Thuy Nga Hotel.
Welcoming and comfortable13 Tam Thuong St, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3828 6267;
This family-run spot, on a hidden alley that's both quiet and full of local colour, has friendly staff and rooms that are spacious and clean – although one we were shown had a distinct smell of ... Read the full review of Tung Trang Hotel.USD 10 to 20 40 votes Flashpacker
Only for true budget hunters5A Tam Thuong St
T: (04) 3828 5734;
You'll find some of the cheapest rooms in Hanoi at the Thu Giang Guesthouse, but you need to be prepared to get what you pay for. The entrance feels more like someone’s front room than a hotel, ... Read the full review of Thu Giang Guest House.Under USD 10 9 votes Backpacker
Good central budget place50 Ma May St
T: (04) 3828 2249; F: (04) 3926 2567
Sandwiched among some middling, tourist-oriented hotels, the Dong A has been offering the cheapest dorm beds in Hanoi for years. Strangely, they have had surprisingly few takers. The beds are basic ... Read the full review of Dong A Hotel.
Old Quarter - midrange
This covers the area roughly to the north and east of Hoan Kiem Lake, so everything north of Hang Bong, Hang Gai Roads and everything east of the lake. This is the heart of the backpacker district. For more budget places, see Old Quarter - budget.
Cozy indeed58 Hang Be
T: (04) 3926 4761;
Tucked away between a travel agent and a clothes shop, the entrance to Hanoi Cozy Hotel 2 is as intriguing as it is hard to spot. With no street frontage apart from a doorway, it’s ... Read the full review of Hanoi Cozy Hotel 2.
Peaceful midranger6A Hang But Street
T: (04) 3718 8110 ;
Art Trendy Hotel is similar in style to its sister hotel, the Art Hotel on Hang Dieu — which is one of our top picks for the midrange hotel category in Hanoi — but it’s located in a more ... Read the full review of Art Trendy Hotel.
Super nice65 Hang Dieu, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3923 3868; F: (04) 3923 3663
With a strapline of Touching emotion you'd expect something special, and it gets close. While the rooms don't all come with the flowers, heart logos and cakes shown on the website, they are quite ... Read the full review of Art Hotel.
Good vibe but not the cheapest option31 Hang Dieu
T: (04) 3828 5777; F: (04) 3923 3874
This is one of those rare places in Hanoi that has a real travellers' home feel to it. On our last visit reception was buzzing, with some guests on the internet stations, others enquiring about Ha ... Read the full review of Rendezvous Hotel.
Saved by the staff61 Hang Be Street
T: (04) 3926 3494; F: (04) 3926 3493
Rising Dragon Hotel is part of a chain of hotels in Hanoi, all of which get rave online reviews. On first glance you'll wonder why. Tatty reception area is tatty, and the layout random, and barred ... Read the full review of Rising Dragon.USD 20 to 50 2 votes Midrange
Noisy but interesting spot25 Hang Thiec
T: (04) 3923 2979; F: (04) 3923 2958
This 16-room hotel has decided to offer, in addition to rooms and eats, a banquet for the ears. Hang Thiec means 'tin shops', and even though the name goes back centuries, tin and its more modern ... Read the full review of Luxe Hotel.
No shortage of character41 Hang Be St
T: (04) 3825 2421; F: (04) 3934 5920
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but midrange Classic Street Hotel — also known as Pho Co Hotel — on Hanoi’s lively Hang Be Street in Old Quarter hides some ... Read the full review of Classic Street Hotel (Pho Co Hotel).USD 20 to 50 4 votes Midrange
Luxury befitting a tyrant36-38 Gia Ngu Street
T: (04) 6269 8899; F: (04) 6266 5888
With the biggest beds we’ve ever seen in a hotel, and a rooftop pool to boot, Tirant Hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a modern yet characterful mid-luxury option. The impressive facade looks ... Read the full review of Tirant Hotel.
Smooth midrange digs42 Hang Cot St
T: (04) 3927 6999;
We were tempted to check out Hanoi Moment Hotel 2 for two reasons. Firstly, it shares its name with a very enticing gift shop on Hang Gai, and secondly, the large plate glass windows ... Read the full review of Hanoi Moment Hotel 2.
Feels more local than others9 Hang Thung St, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3934 3608; F: (04) 3934 8502
Finding this place was the result of a quest. Is there a hotel that's affordable, close to the lake, not in the dead centre of the Old Quarter, that's comfortable, well run, and doesn't participate ... Read the full review of New Star Hotel Hanoi.USD 20 to 50 2 votes Midrange
Huge rooms available51 Luong Ngoc Quyen St, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3828 0155; F: (04) 3828 0156
The spacious reception area and sweeping staircase may have seen better days, but at least it makes Prince I light and airy, which is a pleasant change from some of the joints we see. The cheapest ... Read the full review of Prince 1 Hotel.
Kid and sports friendly76 Yen Phu, Tay Ho district
T: (04) 3823 8115;
Since its room refurbishment, The Hanoi Club is a solid choice if you like a big hotel feel, want somewhere to relax when you’re not stomping the streets of Hanoi or have kids to entertain. One ... Read the full review of The Hanoi Club.
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