Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
North of the lake - budget
This covers the area roughly to the north of Hoan Kiem Lake, so everything north of Hang Bong, Hang Gai and Cau Go Roads. This is the heart of the backpacker district. For more mid-range places, see North of the lake - midrange.
A hostel to be looked up to9 Ma May, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3935 1890;
Officially opened on Hanoi's 1,000 year anniversary (October 10, 2010) HBH certainly makes its mark on Ma May, with a wide frontage, seven floors (yes, there's a lift) and a lively bar/reception ... Read the full review of Hanoi Backpackers Hostel Ma May.
Great value and light26 Bat Su, Hoan Kiem
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.USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
A welcome new addition1 Hai Tuong Lane (off Ta Hien), Hoan Kiem
T: (04) 3935 2468; F: (04) 3935 2488
Towering above the Old Quarter skyline, this large new hotel clearly states its purpose in its name. But don't let that put you off if you don't fit into the backpacker category; reception is ... Read the full review of May de Ville Backpackers Hostel.
Difficult to find fault16A Trung Yen Lane, (off Dinh Liet), Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3926 0119; F: (04) 3828 2404
This place sits down a quiet alley off Dinh Liet and receives a lot of praise for its friendly service and comfortable budget rooms. The lobby is hardly well-appointed, but functional, with tables ... Read the full review of Camellia 6 Hotel.USD 10 to 20 4 votes Flashpacker
Old-style Hanoi16 Luong Van Can, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3828 5173;
Sweet and sincere were the words one Travelfish user used to describe the owner of this place, and we couldn't agree more. It's a humble place, easy to miss, with just a small sign marking its ... Read the full review of Phu Hoa.Under USD 10 3 votes Backpacker
Super staff48 Hang Ga St, Hoan Kiem District
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 9 votes Flashpacker
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 41 votes Flashpacker
Only for true budget hunters5A Tam Thuong St, Hoan Kiem District
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, with ... Read the full review of Thu Giang Guest House.Under USD 10 9 votes Backpacker
Good central budget place50 Ma May St, Hoan Kiem District
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.USD 10 to 20 2 votes Flashpacker
North of the lake - midrange
This covers the area roughly to the north of Hoan Kiem Lake, so everything north of Hang Bong, Hang Gai and Cau Go Roads. This is the heart of the backpacker district. For budget places, see North of the lake - budget.
Cozy indeed58 Hang Be, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3926 4761; F: (04) 3926 4761
This place demonstrates how choosing a good name for a hotel can go a long way towards putting potential guests in the right frame of mind. It has no street frontage, only a sign above a long hallway ... Read the full review of Hanoi Cozy Hotel 2.
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, Hoan Kiem District
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.
Well equipped38 Hang Thiec, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3923 3796; F: (04) 3923 3795
Part of a chain of hotels in Hanoi, the A25 on Hang Thiec has retained some of the positives we noted when it first opened -- rooms are spacious and well-equipped, with decent rain showerheads in the ... Read the full review of A25 Hotel.USD 20 to 50 2 votes Midrange
Noisy but interesting spot25 Hang Thiec, Hoan Kiem
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, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (04) 3825 2421; F: (04) 3934 5920
It doesn't look like much from the outside, but Classic Street Hotel (aka Pho Co Hotel) offers well-furnished rooms in both old and new wings. The basement dining area is on the gloomy side, but ... Read the full review of Classic Street Hotel (Pho Co Hotel).USD 20 to 50 4 votes Midrange
Choose your room carefully22A Ta Hien St., Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3935 1989; F: (04) 3935 1897
It hardly seems any time since the Classic I Hotel's revamp and yet now it's been revamped again along with a change of name; it's now the Asian Ruby Hotel. The staff member who showed us round ... Read the full review of Asian Ruby Hotel.
Shines brightly enough11 Bat Dan St, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3923 1781; F: (04) 3923 1782
We have a soft spot for Lucky Star and although it's looking a bit tired now compared to our last visit, it's still a good value option in the midrange. There are a variety of rooms on offer. Those ... Read the full review of Lucky Star Hotel.
Saved by the staff61 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem
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 4 votes Midrange
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.
Around the lake
This is the roughly triangular area with Hoan Kiem Lake at the centre. Bordered to the south by Hai Ba Trung, this has a mix of midrange to upper lodgings.
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.
Top end at midrange prices36 Hang Trong St, Hoan Kiem District
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.USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
Delivers on luxury promise35-37 Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem District
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.USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
Beautiful rooms32 Hang Trong St, Hoan Kiem District
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, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (04) 3938 1590;
A stone's throw from St Joseph's Cathedral on quiet Au Trieu Street between Ly Quoc Su and Phu Doan, Impressive Hotel is in a chic part of the Old Quarter with several decent restaurants and ... Read the full review of Impressive Hotel.
A tactile palace29 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 6282 5555; F: (04) 6282 2888
This new hotel, opened in June 2011, 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 ... Read the full review of Hotel De L'Opera.
Cheap, cheap, cheap!16 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (04) 3938 1849;
True to its name, Central Backpackers' Hostel is located right in the Old Quarter, a few blocks west of Hoan Kiem Lake on Ly Quoc Su. Eight-bed bunk dorms and a couple of private rooms all come ... 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, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3928 9770; F: (04) 3928 9769
Although a bit cheaper and more shabby than its larger sibling -- nearby Impressive Hotel which is owned by the same folks -- First Choice isn't necessarily a bad choice. Like Impressive, First ... Read the full review of First Choice Hotel.
Good option for business travellers1 Le Thanh Tong St, Hoan Kiem District
T: (04) 3933 0500; F: (04) 3933 0530
The fact it was voted Best Business Hotel in Hanoi in 2010 gives you an idea of its nature and, despite some stylish touches in the executive rooms, such as decorative wallpaper above the bed and ... Read the full review of Hilton Hanoi Opera.
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