Where to stay in Hanoi?

Où dormir à Hanoï ?

If you’re lucky enough to take a trip to Vietnam, you’ll have the chance to visit Hanoi. Here’s where to stay in Hanoi!

Nicknamed « the city between the rivers », Vietnam’s capital is located in the north of the country, in the Red River delta. It has a population of 2.6 million within the city walls and around 7 million in the urban area. Hanoi is a sprawling megalopolis (3,328.9 km²), Vietnam’s second most populous after Ho Chi Minh City. Founded in 1010 and the political heart of the country until 1802, it was the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954. A stopover on the way to Halong Bay, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, it underwent dazzling economic and demographic development during the 20th century. As is often the case in South-East Asia, finding accommodation is easy and adaptable to all budgets, and the range of accommodation on offer is abundant: apartments, modern and traditional houses, guesthouses and hotels in large numbers.

Hanoi is subdivided into four major districts, but as is often the case in large metropolises, we recommend staying in the city center. Here’s our brief selection.

The old town, Hoan Kiem

Hoan Kiem, loger à Hanoï

Photo credit: Flickr – Kent MacElwee

Bordered by the Red River, the Hoan Kiem district is easy to visit on foot. Named after the eponymous lake, it’s also known as the « 36 streets and corporations » district, reflecting the division of labor in the city’s streets in the 20th century: the local economy was highly segmented. Indeed, each street corresponded to a profession, such as ironmongery, textiles, footwear, furniture, confectionery and wedding gifts. At first glance, this confusing anthill is the lungs of the city and, in our opinion, the best place to stay in Hanoi!

Here you’ll find most of the government agencies and bank headquarters, with their mushrooming skyscrapers, as well as many tourist attractions such as the Ngoc Son temple, the Hanoi Opera House, the National Museum of Vietnamese History and the Water Puppet Theater. And of course, there are plenty of hotels to stay in, craft stores for souvenirs (silk and jewelry) and bars and restaurants for a good time. Mind you, the area is packed with Western European, Australian and American tourists. If you choose to stay in Hoan Kiem, we’ll give you a challenge: try to cross the boulevards!

Find a hotel in Hoan Kiem

Find an Airbnb in Hoan Kiem

Ba Dinh

Ba Dinh, loger à Hanoï

Photo credit: Flickr – PLE-Architecture

The political center of Vietnam, Ba Dinh is one of Hanoi’s quietest yet most authentic districts. It lies to the south of Lake Hô Tây and Lake Truc Bach. Here you’ll come across the Citadel district, the last remaining ramparts of Hanoi. You’ll also come across the Presidential Palace, the Hô Chi Minh Mausoleum, the headquarters of the Vietnamese Communist Party and numerous buildings from the French colonial era. If this is where you’re staying in Hanoi, be sure to visit the Botanical Gardens if you’re looking for a green setting, and the many temples in the area.

Find a hotel in Ba Dinh

Find an Airbnb in Ba Dinh

Tay Ho

Tay Ho, loger à Hanoï

Photo credit: Flickr – Richard Mortel

North of Lake Hô Tây, here’s one of the expatriates’ favorite neighborhoods. Hô Tây Lake – which means « Western Lake » – is emblematic of Hanoi. – is emblematic of the city of Hanoi. It’s a meeting place and souvenir spot for many local residents. The lake covers 500 hectares and measures over 14 kilometers in circumference, right in the middle of the city.

During your visits and strolls, you won’t want to miss the Tran Quoc pagoda, built in the 6th century – one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam, built in the Buddhist tradition – the Van Nien pagoda and the Sai pagoda. If you’re looking for a non-touristy place to stay in Hanoi, you’ve come to the right place! During the day, hiring a pedalo can be a great way to see the city from a different perspective, that of the water.

Find a hotel in Tay Ho

Find an Airbnb in Tay Ho

Main photo credit: Flickr – Gil Garber

Map of hotels and accommodation – Hanoi,vn