Candid, independent reviews of the best places to stay in Hanoi. From quality traveller digs to luxury hotels - handpicked by Rusty Compass.

Hanoi hotels guide

Introduction

Last updated 16 Sep 2015

Here’s our handpicked selection of Hanoi’s best hotels. We last updated the list in August 2015 and we’re constantly on the lookout for new places.

If you plan to splash out once on a hotel during the your travels in Vietnam, Hanoi might well be the place to do it. Built in 1901, the Metropole is Vietnam’s best historic hotel - some say its best hotel - it’s beautifully done. And despite the history and elegance, by world standards, it’s reasonably priced too.

Other luxury hotels that also warrant a look include the Hotel de l’Opera, a flamboyant, theatrically-themed hotel downtown, or the Intercontinental West Lake, with its lake views and resort-style facilities.

If luxury hotels are not your thing, don’t despair, there are loads of very comfortable places to rest your head for under a $100USD per night - and very good options between $25 and $50 too. Hanoi’s hotels offer good value for money across all budgets.

I have two important pieces of advice for travellers to Hanoi looking for a good 3 star hotel. The first is, make sure you get a window. A high percentage of hotels in Hanoi’s old quarter have many windowless rooms - and they’re not necessarily very forthcoming with that information.

The second is, beware of the tripadvisor premium. We’ve looked at close on 100 of these places and price variations are often far more dramatic than the variation in quality. Most of them are fair to good. And everything in our list is at the better end of the scale. If a hotel has a very high tripadvisor ranking, this will be reflected in the price. It may not be reflected in the relative quality of what’s on offer.

The old quarter is now packed with narrow hotels that soar high, show a little design savvy and offer nice rooms at reasonable prices. Sadly, many of these hotels have been responsible for the demolition of old quarter gems, and thus, they’ve taken a toll on the visual appeal of the area. Most visitors to Hanoi end up staying in the old quarter, in one of these places.

The old quarter is the traveller epicentre of Hanoi. With restaurants and nightlife, as well.

We’ve compiled our listing over the past 6 years taking account of location, quality, service and value for money. We don’t receive any payment for these listings. They're handpicked and independent. We’re interested in introducing Hanoi’s best hotels.

If you have any suggestions, send them to info@rustycompass.com

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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel

The Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, known by most as the Metropole, is Vietnam’s finest combination of history, atmosphere and luxury, and is... Read more

Cinnamon Cathedral Hotel, Hanoi

The Cinnamon Cathedral Hotel offers roomy, airy, bright rooms in an excellent old quarter location next to St Joseph’s Cathedral. Read more

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Cinnamon Cathedral Hotel, Hanoi
26 Au Trieu St, Hanoi
+84-4-39 380 430
 

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Dao Anh Khanh studio homestay, Hanoi

Eccentric performance artist and painter Dao Anh Khanh is renting out rooms at his home-studio around 15 minutes from Hanoi, for travellers looking... Read more

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Dao Anh Khanh studio homestay, Hanoi
No. 7, 462 Ngoc Thuy Alley Gia Lam Hanoi
+84913214354

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Apricot Hotel, Hanoi

The Apricot Hotel opened in 2015 and is the first luxury hotel to look directly over the famed Hoan Kiem Lake in central Hanoi. Read more

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Apricot Hotel, Hanoi
136 Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
+84 4 3828 9595
 

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Art Hotel, Hanoi

Art Hotel has a good old quarter location, tasteful if tight rooms. Avoid the tiny lead-in rooms. Read more

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Art Hotel, Hanoi
65 Hang Dieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+844 39233868
 

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Calypso Hotel, Hanoi

The Calypso Grand is a popular boutique hotel of 20 rooms on the fringe of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Small and friendly with tasteful design and modern... Read more

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Calypso Hotel, Hanoi
27A Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
(+84) 4-39234070
 

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Church Hotel, Hanoi

The Church Hotel in Nha Tho St was renovated in 2012 and is now a modern, boutique option in a great old quarter location. Rooms are on the tight... Read more

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Church Hotel, Hanoi
9 Nha Tho St, Hoan Kiem Dist. Hanoi
+(84.4) 3928 8118
 

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Conifer Hotel, Hanoi

The Conifer Hotel is a modern 34 room boutique hotel in a an excellent quiet location in Hanoi's French quarter. Read more

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Conifer Hotel, Hanoi
9 Ly Dao Thanh Str, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
+84 4.3.266.9999
 

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Gia Bao Grand Hotel, Hanoi

The Gia Bao Grand is the slightly newer, more upscale and more expensive sister property of the nearby Gia Bao Palace Hotel. It’s a good mid-range... Read more

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Gia Bao Grand Hotel, Hanoi
23 Lo Su St, Hoan Kiem dist. Hanoi
+84 4 3926 2222
 

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Gia Bao Hotel, Hanoi

The Gia Bao Palace is a comfortable, well priced 25 room hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Great staff and modern decor. Not to be confused with the... Read more

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Gia Bao Hotel, Hanoi
38 Lo Su St Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
+84 4 3935 1494
 

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Hanoi Glance Hotel

Hanoi Glance is a 17 room mini-hotel in Hanoi’s old quarter with nice modern interiors and friendly staff. Higher category rooms are a good pick. Read more

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Hanoi Glance Hotel
48 Bat Su Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
+84-4-39234568
 

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Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel, Hanoi

The Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel was Hanoi’s number two deluxe hotel for a long time. But it’s looking pretty tired these days. The location is hard to... Read more

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Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel, Hanoi
1 Le Thanh Tong St, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
+84-4-39330500
 

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Hoa Binh Hotel, Hanoi

Once one of the city’s grand hotels, the Hoa Binh’s best days have long past in both design and service. The French Quarter location is good and... Read more

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Hoa Binh Hotel, Hanoi
27 Ly Thuong Kiet St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
(84-4) 38253315
 

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Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi

Hanoi’s Hotel de l’Opera is the city’s glitziest five star accommodation, located close by the city’s Opera House and decorated to an opera theme.... Read more

Impressive Hotel, Hanoi

Apart from the rather immodest name, the Impressive Hotel is a good base for a stay in Hanoi with a good location, right by St Joseph’s Cathedral,... Read more

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Impressive Hotel, Hanoi
54 -56 Au Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+844. 39381590
 

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Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake Hotel, Hanoi

The Intercontinental Westlake is one of Hanoi’s best deluxe hotels. Its lakeside location, expansive grounds and resort-style facilities, give it... Read more

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Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake Hotel, Hanoi
1A Nghi Tam, Tay Ho, Hanoi
+84-4-62708888
 

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Joseph's Hotel, Hanoi

Popular with longer staying NGO staff for its homely feel, Joseph’s Hotel, right by St Joseph's cathedral in Hanoi's old quarter, is well located... Read more

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Joseph's Hotel, Hanoi
5 Au Trieu St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+84 4 39381048
 

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La Maison Hai Ly, traditional house, Hanoi

La Maison Hai Ly is a traditional Vietnamese wooden house, painstakingly relocated and reassembled, 15 minutes outside of Hanoi and now available on... Read more

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La Maison Hai Ly, traditional house, Hanoi
No. 7, 437/2 Ngoc Thuy, Long Bien, Ha Noi
+(84) 4 39 76 62 46

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Le Hong Thai's studio homestay

Le Hong Thai is a celebrated Vietnamese artist who makes the spacious top floor of his intriguing home, available as a homestay. It’s located around... Read more

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Le Hong Thai's studio homestay
Address : 437 Ngoc Thuy Long Bien – Ha Noi

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May De Ville Hotel, Hanoi

Recently expanded to 96 rooms, the May De Ville is a popular hotel very close by Hoan Kiem Lake in the old quarter. It’s friendly, with tasteful... Read more

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May De Ville Hotel, Hanoi
43 Gia Ngu Street Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+84 4 39335688
 

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Mercure La Gare Hotel, Hanoi

Managed by Accor and located by Hanoi’s railway station, the Mercure La Gare has a good feel, bright decor and it’s well priced.
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Mercure La Gare Hotel, Hanoi
94 Ly Thuong Kiet Street Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
(+84)4/39447766
 

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Rising Dragon Villa Hotel, Hanoi

Rising Dragon Hotel Bat Su is a good budget option on the outer fringe of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Take a room at the front for plenty of natural light. Read more

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Rising Dragon Villa Hotel, Hanoi
43A Bat Su St, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
(+84-4) 3923 2683/2113
 

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Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi

A quality 106 room hotel in Hanoi’s old quarter. Tasteful modern decor and great staff. The feel is more corporate than traveller. Read more

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Silk Path Hotel, Hanoi
195-199 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
+84-4-3266 5555

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Thang Loi Hotel, Hanoi

For travellers who seek out the quirky. Set on the West Lake, the Cuban designed Thang Loi was Hanoi’s most prestigious hotel during the austere... Read more

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Thang Loi Hotel, Hanoi
Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Hanoi
+844 38294211

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Zephyr Hotel, Hanoi

The Zephyr’s a comfortable if slightly tired 44 room boutique style hotel in an excellent location right by Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake. Read more

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Zephyr Hotel, Hanoi
4-6 Ba Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi
+(84-4) 3934 1256
 

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