Best places to stay in Hanoi 2012
Updated on 25th January, 2013. First published 1st October, 2012
Hanoi may not be the bargain it once used to be, but there are still some great deals to be had, from budget right through to luxury. It's a jungle out there, with so many options; here are our picks for the best spots to stay in Hanoi to help you narrow down what might be best for you.
Whereas once it was feasible to find a semi-decent private room for under US$10, solo travellers on a tight budget now have no option except dorm beds. Fortunately dorm-bed availability has grown notably in the past few years so there's plenty of choice.
The stand out option is the reasonably new Hanoi Backpackers' Hostel on Ma May. It not only stands out because of its size –- it's massive -– and the noise that emanates from its downstairs bar, but also for the quality of the accommodation. For US$6 a night you get a larger than average single bed with decent bedding, and handy extras like your own light and valuables locker. It's a particularly good option for the more sociable travellers as the downstairs bar and guest-only lounge provides plenty of opportunities to meet new friends.
Pick of the budget bunch.
For more of a hotel-style environment, try May de Ville Backpackers Hostel on Ta Hien. Another monster-sized building, it has a mix of dorm beds and private rooms. The dorm beds are sizeable, with six to a room along with a bathroom, and there's a pool room and movie theatre. The place is super clean, the staff is friendly and to top it off, it's less than a minute from international bia hoi corner.
If you prefer a smaller set-up, Little Hanoi Hotel is a good option. Book early as it gets busy and they only have one dorm room.
If you don't want to share, but money's still tight, the cheapest decent option we've found is Phu Hoa. It won't be to everyone's taste, as there are no mod cons, staff don't speak English and the staircase is particularly narrow and steep, but it's centrally located, clean and certainly has some character. Rooms are around US$10.
It's a mad rush to get the best rooms in Hanoi.
To have any great choice you need to spend at least US$15. At around that pricepoint, Camellia 6 Hotel, on Trung Yen Lane, is our top pick: standard rooms are small but comfortable, with fridges, hairdryers and a window, or spend a bit more for a deluxe.
Another good option is Stars Hotel on Bat Su. US$17 gets you a double room with window and, if you're at the front, a cute balcony. It's on a quiet street too, with plenty of street food options -– particularly pho –- nearby.
Or jump up slightly into the midrange and for US$25 you can get one of the cheapest rooms at popular Hanoi Cozy 2 on Hang Be. It offers great value for the price, especially as breakfast is included, staff are friendly and the location is central.
You get what you pay for.
Also in the midrange, Art Hotel on Hang Dieu has tastefully decorated, well-equipped rooms starting from US$35 and going up to US$50 for the family suite, which comes with a very appealing outside terrace area. Recommended.
Once you start spending more than US$50, the world of boutique hotels opens up. Hang Trong is the place to start as it's home to Maison d'Hanoi, Golden Lotus and Golden Rice, all of which offer fantastic rooms, though all very different in style: Golden Rice is the most traditional, Maison d'Hanoi the coolest and most elegant, and Golden Lotus merges traditional touches with modern styling to, in our opinion, be the best value of the lot.
Hotels within Hanoi's Elegance group are also worth checking out. Five of their hotels are dotted around Hoan Kiem: Essence Hanoi on Ta Hien, Hanoi Elite on nearby Dao Duy Tu, Diamond to the east and Sapphire towards St Joseph's Cathedral are around US$50 whereas Ruby offers cheaper options.
"We found the concierge to be a little too formal for our taste..."
Hotels for this price come with in-room facilities such as tea- and coffee-making facilities, robes and toiletries, and staff will be well-dressed, well-trained and helpful, but don't expect a pool or much of a restaurant or bar. For that you'll need to move into the luxury category.
If money really is no object, and luxury's your want, then look no further than the Sofitel Metropole Legend. It really lives up to its reputation as Vietnam's top hotel and is worth a splurge: rooms start at around $200 a night. If you don't want to stay there but fancy a treat, pop in for afternoon tea or a session at the luxurious spa.
A two-person dorm at the Intercontinental.
Although lacking the historic prestige of the Metropole, the InterContinental is still a worthy alternative, offering excellent rooms and facilities in a more open –- read, less crowded -- environment. Rooms can be picked up for just over US$100 on online booking sites. Both the Metropole and the InterContinental have all you'd expect from a five-star hotel: a pool, spa, restaurants, bars and great service.
Overall, Hanoi is certainly not lacking in choice and range of accommodation, but look out for deals in advance, particularly if you're spending in the midrange or above price range. If you're going budget do your homework and check review sites before you arrive to get the most for your money and avoid the dodgy joints -– of which there are a few.
Story by Sarah Turner
Related readingDo nothing and see the best of Hanoi
Hanoi or Saigon?
How to enjoy your time in Vietnam
One day in Hanoi
2006 Top guesthouses in Hanoi
Read 2 comment(s)
Add your comment
Feature story quicklinks
- Giving back in Southeast Asia (4)
- Burma (3)
- Cambodia (19)
- All stories
- A Cambodian Eco-lodge
- Angkorian traffic woes
- Battambang weekend
- Elephant riding in Cambodia: Should you?
- Great places to stay in Siem Reap
- Is Preah Vihear safe to visit?
- Koh Rong: Trouble in paradise?
- Kompong Cham escape
- Northeast Cambodia in photos
- Oh Poipet!
- PEPY:Sustainable Cambodian tourism
- Phnom Tamao Wildlife Refuge
- Sihanoukville beaches lure expats
- Spas, shopping & seers in Siem Reap
- The best islands in Cambodia
- The best places to stay on Cambodia's islands
- The Death Highway
- Trekking the Cardamoms in Cambodia
- Why you should go to Cambodia
- Indonesia (13)
- All stories
- A funeral in Toraja, Sulawesi
- Climbing Rinjani
- How to hire a boat in Indonesia: Without drowning
- Learn to surf in Bali
- Medewi: A great Bali getaway
- Mountain biking in Bali: A ride in the woods
- The Gili islands: Which is the right one for you?
- Ubud bird watching: From waterhens to witchcraft
- Ubud shopping guide
- Village trekking in Tana Toraja
- Weekend in Nusa Penida
- Yogya's student scene
- Laos (14)
- All stories
- Best budget rooms in Luang Prabang 2013
- Elephant trekking in Laos
- Exploring Laos' Bolaven Plateau
- Huay Xai to Pak Tha by slowboat
- Is Lao Airlines safe to fly?
- Laos' vanishing elephants
- Luang Prabang escape
- Muang Ngoi Escape
- Photos of Luang Prabang, Laos
- Pi Mai Lao in Luang Prabang: In 1999
- Southern Laos by scooter
- The Gibbon Experience
- The Phonsavan adventure
- Vientiane's Chinatown
- Malaysia (6)
- Singapore (9)
- Thailand (59)
- All stories
- 10 Bangkok galleries worth a look-see
- 10 Thai treks aside from Chiang Mai
- 24 Hours in Bangkok: Sukhumvit to Siam Square
- 5 Southern Thai towns to lose time in
- A Thai homestay in Ayutthaya
- A weekend on Ko Samet, Thailand
- Andaman Sea island hopper
- Ayutthaya temple tour
- Bangkok for art lovers
- Bangkok's Charoen Krung Road
- Bangkok's Thonburi: exploring the west side
- Brilliant Bangkok
- Chiang Dao getaway
- Corruption in Thailand
- Eating on the edge
- Exploring Lamphun
- Exploring the Lungs of Bangkok
- Far southern Thailand: Go or not?
- Highlights of Chanthaburi province
- How to do Khao Yai National Park
- Khao San Road safety and scams
- Ko Mun Nork: a nearby paradise
- Ko Pha Ngan 7-day detox:Colonic fast
- Ko Pha Ngan's best beaches in 2013
- Ko Phi Phi on a budget
- Ko Tao for non-divers guide
- Ko Yao: the islands you're looking for
- Motorcycling the Chiang Rai loop
- Narathiwat: residence of good people
- Navigating Bangkok: The BTS Skytrain
- Phuket by night
- Phuket for Kids
- Phuket heritage walk: Car parts to saris
- Phuket's secret beaches
- Planning around Thailand's civil unrest
- Roll your own Kanchanaburi
- Should I book for the full moon party?
- Should I cancel my Thai holiday? No.
- Soi Thong Lo, Bangkok
- Sorting out Suvarnabhumi Airport
- Staying at a Thai monastery
- Thai islands for nature lovers
- Thai islands to lose yourself on
- Thai visa FAQ
- Thailand tsunami wrap
- Thailand's Mae Khlong market
- Thailand: Where to from here?
- The best beach on Ko Samui
- The bridge over the River Kwai festival
- Travelling through north-east Thailand
- Trekking in Thailand
- Trisara -- decadent luxury at its best
- What is the best beach on Ko Tao?
- What is the best island in Thailand?
- What's a good beach on Ko Pha Ngan?
- What's a good beach on Ko Samui?
- Where to stay in Sukhothai?
- Which beach on Ko Samui?
- Which island in Trang?
- Vietnam (29)
- All stories
- A short break in Nha Trang
- A Weekend in Can Tho
- Being fed Fido: Eating dog in Vietnam
- Buying a touring motorbike in Vietnam
- Con Dao escape
- Do nothing and see the best of Hanoi
- Doing the DMZ from Hue
- Exploring Kon Tum
- Exploring Vietnam's Mekong Delta
- Ha Long Bay conclusions
- Ha Long Bay for backpackers
- Ha Long Bay for budget-busters
- Ha Long Bay for flashpackers
- Hanoi escape
- Hanoi or Saigon?
- Hoi An -- Walking over the dragon
- How to do the Dien Bien Phu loop
- How to enjoy your time in Vietnam
- How to pick a good Ha Long Bay cruise
- Is the Hoi An culture tour worth it?
- Motorbike Vietnam's Central Highlands
- One day in Hanoi
- Responsible shopping and eating in Hoi An
- Saigon's top 10 cafés
- Street food safety
- The DMZ: Traveller tactical briefing
- Travel tips for Tet in Vietnam 2013
- Two Wheels & Ricefields: A review
- Which is the best street food tour in Hanoi?
- Accommodation guides (18)
- All stories
- 2005 Top guesthouses in Bangkok
- 2005 Top guesthouses in Chiang Mai
- 2006 Top guesthouses in Hanoi
- 2006 Top guesthouses in Phnom Penh
- 2006 Top guesthouses on Ko Phi Phi
- 2006 Top Luang Prabang guesthouses
- 2008 Top Bangkok airport guesthouses
- 2008 Top Luang Prabang guesthouses
- 2008 Top spots on Phu Quoc Island
- 2009 Top guesthouses in Bangkok
- 2009 Top Phnom Penh guesthouses
- 2011 Best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur
- 2011 Best places to stay on Ko Phi Phi
- Best places to stay in Hanoi 2012
- Cheap Phuket guesthouses & hotels
- Five special hotels in Cambodia
- Ko Lipe's best budget guesthouses 2012
- The changing face of Khao San Road
- Travel with kids (7)
- Opinion & advice (14)
- All stories
- 10 reasons to do an adventure tour
- 10 reasons to travel independently
- A year's worth of travel for 2013
- Beach hideaways in Asia
- Do I need reservations for my holiday?
- Evil man of Krabi
- Fifteen tips for a great holiday in Asia
- Getting a cheap airfare to Asia
- Hotels should never charge extra for WiFi
- Long distance buses in Southeast Asia
- Mass tourism in Southeast Asia
- Nine Asian upcountry hideaways
- Planning a Gap Year? Some advice.
- Ten Southeast Asian trips for 2008
- How do I? (11)
- All stories
- Bangkok to Ko Samui, Pha Ngan & Tao
- Bangkok to Siem Reap
- Catching a train in Thailand
- Catching a train in Vietnam
- Cheap flights with Discovery Airpass
- Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
- Crossing the Cambodia Laos border
- Ko Chang to Phu Quoc Island
- Siem Reap to Ko Chang
- Stops between Bangkok & Chiang Mai
- Visa run from Thailand to Burma
- Cycling Asia (13)
- All stories
- 24 hours in Bangkok
- An Angkor cycling guide
- An introduction
- Battambang, bamboo trains & guides
- Confessions of a "cheating cyclist"
- Cycles of all sorts
- Ha Long Bay independently
- Ko Samet Vs Pattaya
- Muay Thai night
- Phonsavan and Luang Prabang
- The hills of Vietnam
- The road less travelled
- Tubing in Vang Vieng
- Health and safety (6)
- Money and finance (4)
- Diving guides (6)
- Photo essay (3)
- Guest blog (2)
- General (15)
- All stories
- 10 Christmas days in Asia we're yet to have
- 10 dumb things I've done while travelling
- 34 ways to travel greener
- Asian animal experiences
- Call me Mr Massage Magic
- Chefs Without Borders
- Flying is fun!
- Mr Golden
- On being a travel writer
- Teaching ESL in Asia
- The 211 country honeymoon
- The Boxing Day Tsunami: 5 years on.
- To Teach or Not to Teach
- Travel writing scholarship 2012
- Tuk to the Road Charity ride
- Book reviews (5)
- Interviews (8)
- Explore Bangkok by BTS (15)
- All stories
- Bangkok by skytrain: Ari
- Bangkok by skytrain: Chid Lom
- Bangkok by skytrain: Chong Nonsi
- Bangkok by skytrain: National Stadium
- Bangkok by skytrain: On Nut
- Bangkok by skytrain: Phaya Thai
- Bangkok by skytrain: Phloen Chit
- Bangkok by skytrain: Phrom Phong
- Bangkok by skytrain: Ratchadamri
- Bangkok by skytrain: Ratchathewi
- Bangkok by skytrain: Sala Daeng
- Bangkok by skytrain: Sanam Pao
- Bangkok by skytrain: Saphan Taksin
- Bangkok by skytrain: Surasak
- Bangkok by skytrain: Thong Lor
Sign up for Travelfish Burp!
Our weekly wrap on Southeast Asian travel.
Click here to see a recent newsletter.