Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is a bustling destination to explore. The heart of the city lies in the old quarter, with the motorbikes buzzing through the tiny streets and skinny buildings holding each other up. After visiting Hanoi three times and spending a month there on our latest trip, we know that the location and hotel that you choose to stay can make your trip even better if you get it right. Here are our picks for where to stay in Hanoi and Hanoi Accommodation Guide…
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Where To Stay In Hanoi?
When it comes to deciding what area to stay in Hanoi, there are a few main options. The main area to stay in Hanoi is the area around Hoan Kiem Lake, which includes the Old Quarter and the French Quarter. Other options include the Ba Dinh district and Hanoi West Lake or Tay Ho district.
The area around Hoan Kiem Lake would definitely be the best area to stay in Hanoi for a first time visit. It is full of life, local architecture and culture. There are a lot of places to eat and things to do within walking distance. The streets of the Old Quarter are often known for selling one thing, for example, the street that sells shoes or hardware street. There are a lot of street stalls and restaurants. This area is particularly busy, so if you were after something a little quieter and fancier but still in the Hoan Kiem Lake district, then I would stay in the French Quarter.
Ba Dinh is another area to stay in Hanoi. This area has a lot of sites, such as the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum. There is more of a neighbourhood feel but there are also fewer restaurants in this area and things to do at night. Personally, I would recommend Hoan Kiem area unless you have stayed in Hanoi before, or unless you want a less touristy feel and are happy to take taxi’s regularly.
Hanoi West Lake, otherwise known as Tay Ho, is another area to stay in Hanoi. This area is a little further away from the city centre, and I would only stay here if you had a nice hotel with good food options and were happy to get taxi’s everywhere.It can be relaxing if you have a hotel by the lake.
Booking Accommodation In Hanoi
When booking accommodation in Hanoi, there are two main websites that I use.
Booking.com has some of the best prices and a large number of accommodation options available. We love using it for our travels.
I love seeing what’s available from Airbnb, from getting to stay with a local host or having your own place to yourself, there’s something for everyone.
Hanoi Accommodation Guides
We have put together a guide of our favourite accommodation in Hanoi from our experience of our time there and research. We want to save you the many hours it takes to find a great hotel and area to stay in by sharing our knowledge and by doing the research for you. This includes hotels in the Old Quarter Hanoi, luxury hotels in Hanoi, boutique hotels in Hanoi and Hotels in Hanoi under $100.
Please note: Prices below were based on peak season, per night and are in Australian Dollars. Prices were correct at the time of publishing this article.
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Hotels In Hanoi under $100/night
We will continually update this post to make sure we’re recommending the best Hanoi Accommodation, to help you choose where to stay in Hanoi.
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