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Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Hoan Kiem Lake and Ho Chi ...
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy£42Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy£42
Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, and Hoan Kiem Lake. Temple of ...
Oriental Suite Hotel & Spa£37Oriental Suite Hotel & Spa£37
Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake. Ho Chi ...
Serene Boutique Hotel & Spa£29Serene Boutique Hotel & Spa£29
Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hoa Lo Prison Museum, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Temple of Literature. Hoan Kiem ...
Movenpick Hotel Hanoi£56Movenpick Hotel Hanoi£56
Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hang Da Market and Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre. Hang Gai Street and St. Joseph Cathedral ...
O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa£31O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa£31
This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Hanoi Opera House, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan ...
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi£143Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi£143
With 2,000 years of history behind it, Hanoi is a melting pot of influences from Asia and France alike, all wrapped up in a sensory explosion of street food, blaring horns and delightfully serene pagodas.
Vietnam's capital is ancient in the truest sense but today Hanoi’s historic heart, with its winding streets and peaceful temples, exists alongside an upbeat, modern outlook, with gourmet restaurants, five-star luxury hotels and what feels like millions of scooters.
Spend a morning bartering at the packed stalls of Dong Xuan Market, and the afternoon relaxing by the stunning shoreline of Hanoi’s West Lake, or exploring the fascinating Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.
The Old Quarter is the main tourist hotspot due to its Buddhist temples and colonial architecture. It’s also where you’ll find masses of choice, whether you want budget accommodation in Hanoi or something more lavish.
The French Quarter is the government hub, and home to luxury hotels such as the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, which could easily have been transported straight from a Parisian boulevard.
To be close to Hanoi’s important cultural and historic monuments, choose accommodation in Ba Dinh district. It might not have the bustle of the Old Quarter or upscale glamour of the French Quarter, but there’s a pleasing range of traditional restaurants, affordable hotels and local bars.
Choose a hotel near the Presidential Palace and you’ll be in the thick of the action. For a more tranquil spot close to nature, look at hotels in the Tay Ho district on the shoreline of Hanoi’s West Lake and a hub of upscale hotels, restaurants and nightlife with a beautiful botanical garden nearby. The four-star Somerset West Lake Hanoi is a lakeside apartment-hotel within easy walking distance of Hun Tiep Lake, Thu Le Park and Hanoi Botanical Garden.
Hanoi is known as the City of Lakes – it has over 100, which all offer a delightful retreat from the packed city streets. Hoan Kiem lake is best known for the islet at the centre that hosts Turtle Tower, a site linked to an ancient legend. Thien Quang Lake has delightful floral aromas, while West lake is close to Hanoi Botanical Garden, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Tay Ho Temple.
For history and culture, make sure to visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a former royal enclosure that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearby is the 11th-century Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius. It’s home to the Imperial Academy university and is a fascinating site of statues, pavilions and gardens. For contrast, the former Hoa Lo Prison is a reminder of Vietnam’s troubled history, while the Presidential Palace is worth visiting even if you're not a passionate history buff. For an evening of entertainment, head to the Hanoi Opera House. Built in the early 1900s, it’s an architectural highlight of the city.
Usually, yes – just choose your hotel and room and you'll usually be able to pay online there and then when you book. You can also choose to pay on arrival at checkout with some of our hotels in Hanoi – if you do this then you'll generally find larger hotels accept cards, while smaller independent ones are likelier to only take cash. The local currency is the dong, although US dollars are widely accepted in Hanoi.
Around Hanoi you can use your credit card at large shops and the bigger hotels, though some may impose a charge. Balance that against ATM charges and you could find it cheaper to use cash for spending while you're in Vietnam. Keep a cash stash handy – US dollars are a good idea – as you might not always be within easy reach of an ATM.
Accommodation in Hanoi ranges from backpacker cheap to five-star luxury; there’s a place to suit every budget.
Go for a cheap and cheerful hotel in Hanoi's Backpacker Quarter and you can often find accommodation for £20 a night or less. At the higher end of that range you can expect free Wi-Fi and often breakfast too.
Fancy an upgrade? The Art Deco three-star Hanoi Old Quarter Hotel has bags of character and is just a 10-minute walk from Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake.
Pick a typical three-star hotel in the busy Dong Da neighbourhood and you can still expect to spend considerably less than you would in a European city, leaving plenty of cash left to splash on excursions and attractions. And you could even save more on your trip to Hanoi by booking your flight and hotel together on Expedia.
Known as “the city of lakes”, Hanoi is 2,000 years old and has been the capital of Vietnam for half of that time. The city is a melting pot of Asian, Chinese and French influences, and this can be seen in its variety of centuries old architecture. This ancient urban space will beguile your senses with its street food aromas, blaring car horns and soaring red pagodas. As you wander through Hanoi’s winding streets, past a bewilderment of parks, temples, stalls and stores, you might suddenly realise that you’re lost. But you’ll also realise that you don’t mind at all — not while there are delicious local delicacies to sample in a shaded place while you watch Hanoi life bustle by.
You have a number of interesting areas to choose from when deciding which of the various hotels in Hanoi to stay in. Hanoi is made up of various districts and the most popular ones for visitors are the Old Quarter, the French Quarter, the Ba Dinh District and the Tay Ho District. The Old Quarter is the main tourist hotspot due to its Buddhist temples and colonial architecture. It’s divided up into streets which are named after the trades they were traditionally associated with, for instance, cotton, herbs and silk. To this day, you can still find shopkeepers selling the same goods in those streets, although they now mingle with more modern shops, bars and boutiques. The French Quarter is the government hub and also houses foreign embassies. It’s an affluent area of luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants and designer brand shops, plus various museums and galleries. The Ba Dinh district contains sites of political and historical interest from Vietnam’s recent turbulent past. It’s a relatively relaxed area and although it doesn’t have the bustle of the Old Quarter, or upscale glamour of the French Quarter, it’s appealing for that very reason. Instead, it offers a pleasant range of traditional restaurants, affordable hotels and local bars. If you’re looking for a more tranquil place to stay that brings you closer to nature, then the Tay Ho district might be perfect for you. Located on the stunning shoreline of Hanoi’s West lake, it’s a hub of upscale hotels, restaurants and nightlife, yet there’s also a beautiful botanical garden to escape to nearby. The city centre is also easily accessible from this area.
Hotels in Hanoi offer accommodation to suit a range of budgets. There are many good Hanoi hotels so you are spoiled for choice, it’s just a question of deciding which area and facilities are right for you. The 5 star Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, in the historical centre, is a luxury option. The hotel includes three restaurants, a spa and an outdoor pool. The 3 star Amorita Boutique hotel, near Hoan Kiem lake in the historical centre, is a mid-price choice with free Wi-Fi, minibars in rooms and cable TV. Also situated near Hoan Kiem lake, the Gecko Hotel offers 3 star low-budget accommodation, including free Wi-Fi, cable TV and a restaurant.
Hanoi isn’t known as the city of lakes for nothing — it has over 100 to enjoy, both natural and manmade. Three of the main ones are the Hoan Kiem lake (Sword lake), famous for the islet at the centre of its waters that hosts Tortoise Tower (also known as Turtle Tower), a site linked to an ancient legend. The magical Thien Quang lake is known for being a particularly romantic spot due to its floral aromas, while beautiful West lake is close to three villages famous for flower growing, plus Hanoi Botanical Garden, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Tay Ho Temple.
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a former royal enclosure that is now a Unesco World Heritage Site. South of this citadel is the 11th century Temple of Literature, dedicated to the Chinese sage Confucious. It’s home to the Imperial Academy university and is a fascinating site of statues, pavilions and gardens. Other main attractions in Hanoi include the Perfume Pagoda, a huge area of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the Huong Tich mountains, the historic Long Bien bridge across the Red river, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the former Hoa Lo Prison and the Museum of Vietnamese Women. Bustling Dong Xuan market is a haven for street foods, while the red and gold Bach Ma temple is said to be the oldest in the city and was originally built in honour of a horse. For an evening of entertainment you may want to head to the Hanoi Opera House. Built in the early 1900s, it’s considered to be an architectural highlight of the city.
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