If you’re wondering Where to Stay in Hanoi, look no further than this guide. It will take in all the neighborhoods you need to know about. Easily reached from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi has been the capital of Vietnam since 1883. Its long history ensures the city is a dramatic blend of ancient and modern architecture, as our fantastic tours in Hanoi reveal. This vibrant city in the country’s north sits around the banks of the Red River and various lakes. Its landmarks and museums have been recognized by the UNESCO designation of the capital as a design city. At the same time, the blend of Asian, French, and even Russian influences makes its streets a delight to explore.
Tay Ho (West Lake)
Hanoi’s Tay Ho neighborhood is built around its large lake, which has a circumference of 17 kilometers. Its shoreline has long been one of the most sought-after areas in the Vietnamese capital. This means there is no shortage of historic sights, top-end restaurants, and places to enjoy a night out including many of the best bars in Hanoi.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
The InterContinental Hanoi Westlake sits on the eastern bank of the lake. It is just a short distance from the centuries-old Golden Lotus Pagoda. It consists of a main building and a series of overwater pavilions which offer more privacy. The good-sized rooms are finished with wooden floors. They boast balconies that look out over either the hotel pool, the lake, or the city. The hotel’s health club has a fitness center, and regular yoga and pilates classes.
5 Tu Hoa Street, Tay Ho District, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Hoan Kiem is also known as the downtown district and the Old Quarter or Old Town. As a result, you’ll find yourself here if you join our Hanoi Street Food Tour or Insider Hanoi City Tour. It stretches several blocks inland from the left bank of the Red River as it heads towards the South China Sea. The neighborhood contains a blend of French-era structures and small eateries. The landmarks here include the French-built St Joseph’s Cathedral and Hoa Lo Prison Museum, as well as Hoan Kiem Lake.
La Siesta Premium Hang Be
The narrow exterior of La Siesta Premium Hang Be stands proud in the historic center of Hanoi. Its interiors offer a modern international style with subtle local touches such as lacquered wood screens and rattan furniture. High ceilings give its classically designed rooms a sense of space. In addition to a spa and restaurant, there is a split-level rooftop bar and terrace. It offers a wonderful setting to enjoy the sunset with views that stretch across trendy coffee shops to the river.
27 Hang Be, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Soleil Boutique Hotel
The sophisticated interiors at Soleil Boutique Hotel begin with the impressive marble lobby and continue into the guest rooms. These have an art deco vibe, and contain wooden floors and bathrooms also finished in marble. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, gym, and spa. There is also a garden sun terrace, and rooftop bar with panoramic views across the city center.
211 Hàng Bông Street, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi – MGallery
Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi – MGallery is one of Hanoi’s most opulent hotels. Its grand interior central courtyard displays the building’s classic look very well. In contrast, its rooms are both modern and full of fun, thanks to a varying choice of colors and textures. When it comes to facilities, Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi – Mgallery provides its guests with an indoor swimming pool, gym, spa and sauna.
29 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
La Sinfonía del Rey Hotel and Spa
It seems no expense has been spared in the creation of La Sinfonía del Rey Hotel and Spa. The lobby lounge is elegant in design with polished marble floors, chandeliers and a baby grand piano. These indoor spaces are complimented by a terrace, and a rooftop bar. Here you can enjoy views over the serene waters of Ho Hoan Kiem. The sound-proofed rooms all but guarantee a great night’s sleep, with the spa providing a relaxing space in fine surrounds.
33-35 Hàng Dầu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Built in 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has a distinctly Parisian flair both inside and out. Its public and private spaces display large amounts of traditionally-carved woods. These blend seamlessly with the French room interiors and modern public spaces. There is a large outdoor pool and sun terrace with loungers and umbrellas in the secluded gardens. The hotel also contains an excellent spa and a gym.
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Solaria Hotel, Hanoi
Solaria Hotel, Hanoi is another fantastic city center choice. It has a modern interior which links neoclassical features such as plaster wall moldings with oriental touches. Vibrant accent colors add to the calming palette of gray, yellow and black, which is found right across the hotel. As well as a spa, a rooftop bar stands nine stories up, providing uninterrupted views of the area.
22 Phố Báo Khánh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
The Oriental Jade Hotel
Also offering a rooftop bar, The Oriental Jade Hotel has a classic balconied exterior. Picture windows look out over the area’s landmarks, which include St Joseph’s Cathedral. The large rooms also offer guests a marble bathroom. Away from the rooms, the hotel boasts a swimming pool, gym, and private parking.
92 – 94 Hàng Trống, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Apricot Hotel sits on the edge of Ho Hoan Kiem lake. It can be admired in its full glory from the attractive outdoor rooftop pool and terrace space. At ground level, grand interiors are filled with statuary and impressive chandeliers. Natural light is also able to flood in through skylights. The carpeted rooms are classically styled with traditional furnishings and a minibar. Elsewhere, there is a guest library on the ninth floor, and a fitness center.
136 Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
One of the city’s leafier neighborhoods, Ba Dinh sits between Hoan Kiem and the new business district. It occupies an area just south of Tay Ho lake. Reasons to stay here include its proximity to attractions such as the Ho Chi Minh Museum. The Botanic Gardens and French-era Presidential Palace are also within walking distance.
Lotte Hotel Hanoi
Lotte Hotel is located within a modern tower block. Its ultra-contemporary interiors are typified by smooth lines and the use of pale woods. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide natural light and excellent views. Beyond the well-proportioned rooms there is an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool. There is also a fitness center, sauna, and spa. An expansive rooftop terrace has outdoor sofas and a bar.
54 Lieu Giai Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Heading to Hanoi
Today there is no shortage of excellent hotels in Hanoi. Sought-after Tay Ho is one of the city’s most upmarket neighborhoods, while Hoan Kiem is the capital’s lively Old Quarter. A great alternative to both is Ba Dinh, which is still central and usefully located for enjoying 2 days in Hanoi and getting to and from Hanoi airport.
For more on what you might expect to experience in Vietnam, be sure to check out our Vietnamese Culture Guide.