Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is known for its ancient temples, delicious street food, atmospheric quarters, and traditional culture.
It is a charming city and is extremely easy to explore. It is also the gateway to Sapa and Halong Bay, famous for its cruises through an out-of-this-world landscape.
I recommend you spend about 3-4 days exploring Hanoi if possible, however, for around 2 days, you should be able to see the must-see attractions. Below, you will see a list of the best places to stay in Hanoi.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR PLACES TO STAY IN HANOI
Do your research before you book and stay. Make a list of accommodations so you have a lot of choices and you can filter the best one. To get the right accommodation where you will stay in Hanoi is to consider these few things:
If you want to stay in the most popular area in Hanoi, you should highly consider the Old Quarter (Hoan Kiem). It is ideal for travellers who want to be near to all such as nightlife, stores, and great authentic food.
You can look for hotels in Truc Bach Area if you want a more relaxing part of the city and you can get the best view in Hanoi in West Lake Area (Tay Ho). You can also consider the Ba Dinh area where some of the main attractions of Hanoi is located and has a lot of beautiful buildings.
The best way to get the right hotel is to book in the area you want to explore the most.
Make it a habit to read the positive and negative reviews before you choose the accommodation where you will stay. Do not just rely on its ratings but make sure you hear from the people who had experiences in staying there.
Hanoi is a budget-friendly destination. Don’t be a victim of expectation versus reality and regret afterwards. Always consider your budget and just book where you are comfortable enough to stay. There are some hotels that are cheap but have good reviews and great amenities.
WHERE TO STAY IN HANOI
One of the things we always want to experience is to live shortly in the places we visit. For us to completely enjoy our visit to Hanoi, we should book the hotels that suit and are best for you.
LUXURY HOTELS IN HANOI
These hotels offer convenience and luxurious amenities. These can also be good for families with young kids, and couples spending their holidays.
Hanoi Marvellous Hotel & Spa
Hanoi Marvellous Hotel & Spa is good for the family because of its homely and peaceful ambience. The hotel has different types of rooms but the duplex rooms are particularly good for families and groups of friends.
- good location
- comfortable facilities
- spacious rooms
- wifi unstable and not all rooms have a window
Lotte Hotel Hanoi
Lotte Hotel Hanoi is located in the famous main district of Hanoi which is the Old Quarter. It offers modern accommodation and city views. You can set up a romantic dinner in the rooftop restaurant of the hotel.
- city view
- stylish rooms
- tasty in-house dishes
- a little far from the city centre
Hanoi Daewoo Hotel
This is one of the pet-friendly hotels in Hanoi. It is located near parks and embassies. All rooms have complimentary WiFi and you will enjoy looking at artworks and wooden furnishings.
- swimming pool
- spacious rooms
- room service availability
- location is not in the main district
- limited parking space
You can also stay in less expensive hotels and enjoy your visit to Hanoi. There are a lot of hotels located near tourist attractions.
The Hanoian Hotel
The Hanoian Hotel is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping and street food. It is one of the best-rated hotels in Hanoi. Most couples like this hotel and its location.
- decent amenities
- near the night market
- busy street and can be loud at night depending on where your room is facing
- no swimming pool
Golden Legend Hotel
The Golden Legend Hotel has a friendly and efficient staff that is very easy to deal with. It has good sizes of rooms. Some attractions and food stores are within walking distance of the hotel. This is I think is one of the best places to stay in Hanoi.
- good location
- with amenities
- in-house food service
- the old-fashioned style of rooms and bathrooms
Silk Queen Grand Hotel
This hotel is a very good value for money. It offers a spa centre with a hot tub. It is also a clean hotel.
- good location
- hospitable staffs
- comfortable rooms
- small swimming pool
- quite poor amenities
BACKPACKER HOSTELS IN HANOI
If you are a solo traveller and you are on a budget while wanting to enjoy spending a chill vibe and party, check these hostels that can offer you great experiences and stay in Hanoi. Sometimes cheap hotels can give you the most convenient stay.
It is better to check what the hotels can offer before you book them so you can enjoy your stay in Hanoi. The best place where you can stay in Hanoi is the hotel that meets your standard of choice. I hope you find this blog helpful.
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For many people, a hostel is one of the best places to stay in Hanoi or wherever they travel. They can meet people, share stories and travel tips. The Nexy Hostel is one of the most secure and clean hostels in Hanoi. It has a comfy shared lounge where you can meet new people to plan trips with or walk around the city.
- common lounge
- free toiletries
- comfortable and clean rooms
- no free breakfast
WHAT TO DO IN HANOI
You have a lot of things to do in Hanoi depends on your choice. Whether you are a morning or night person, Hanoi can offer you different attractions to visit. Don’t miss the famous places to visit here.
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The Beer Corner
This is one of the pop-up bars where you can drink the cheapest draught beer that Vietnamese called “bia hoi”. They said it is the freshest beer in the world.
- Where: Ma May Street and around it
- Cost: $0.50/glass or 5.000 VND
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
This mausoleum is one of the most visited attractions in Hanoi. It serves as the resting place for Ho Chi Minh who is a Vietnamese Revolutionary Leader.
- Where: Ba Dinh Square or simply Google Map “Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum”
- Operating hours: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM / 5:00 PM, not every day – check the schedule online or ask your receptionist, it changes very often
- Cost: free
Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple
Hoan Kiem Lake is a legendary spot that reminds Vietnamese people of a legendary story about Hoan Kiem. It also serves the spiritual heart of the city. The lake is known to be the home of a very old Tortoise. Once in a while it shows up around the lake, however, there is also a rumour that it has died and was replaced by a new one.
- Cost: 30.000 VND or $1.20 to enter the temple (must be dressed properly)
Thang Long Traditional Water Puppet Show
The Traditional Water Puppet Show gives the tourists a highlight of the old theatre performances in Vietnam. The show portrays the daily life of Vietnamese farmers. You can gain cultural insights about Vietnamese by watching the show.
- Entrance fee: VND 100,000
- Show schedules: Daily 15:00, 16:10, 17:20, 18:30 & 20:00
- Location: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Weekend Night Market
Weekend Night Market is more than just a market. Be careful with your belongings when you visit the market because it is very crowded. You should also remember how to bargain as the prices get really high for tourists.
- Open during: Friday to Sunday – 8PM to 11 PM
- Location: Hang Dao Street
FOOD TO TRY IN HANOI
Another thing we don’t miss is to try local food and other famous food around the area. Vietnamese food is very popular in the US, Canada, and even in parts of Europe. A tasty meal matched with very fresh and healthy ingredients, it surely captures many people’s taste buds.
If you haven’t tried any of these or you already know that these dishes are yummy, don’t forget to go on a food hopping during your trip for authentic and very affordable Vietnamese food.
- Price range: VND 40-50,000
- Where to try it: Pho Gia Truyen (49 Bat Dan) and Pho Lam Nam Ngu (7 Nam Ngu)
- Price range: VND 40-50,000
- Where to try it: Phung Hung, a street in the Old Quarter
Bún đậu mắm tôm
- Price range: VND 25,000 – 40,000
- Where to try it: Hang Khay at the southern end of Hoan Kiem Lake. One of the best is Quan Bun Dau Viet.
- Price range: 4000 – 10000 VND
- Where to try it: Bun Cha Huong Lien – 24 Le Van Huu, Phan Chu Trinh, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
- Price range: 6000 – 10000 VND
- Where to try it: 67 Hang Dieu
We hope that this article helped you decided the best places to stay in Hanoi during your trip and enjoyed some little tips. If you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.