Three Best Areas to Stay in Hanoi

Three Best Areas to Stay in Hanoi

I share invaluable insight about the best areas to stay in Hanoi. I will show you where to stay in Hanoi in high-end, mid-range and budget-friendly locations to meet your needs because everyone has different budgets. I have also included an overview of the area so you can get an idea of what to expect.

My main suggestion is to book accommodations in the area that you want to explore the most. This way you can get to know the area at all times of the day and do not have to worry about transportation as much.

Don’t forget to check out the local markets and see the real Hanoi. You can find locations where you are in the center of the action or you can find quaint and quieter places in the city. It totally depends on what you are looking for in your time in this exciting city.

Editor’s Note: This guide highlights places with a kitchen so you can cook meals at home too. This is ideal for someone with celiac, food allergies or for families who always need food at home for the little ones. Finding an amazing place with a kitchen will allow you to cook some of your meals at home while visiting the city.

The Best Area to Stay in Hanoi

Hoan Kiem is the city center and called the Old Quarter. It offers accessibility to so many amazing attractions, such as the National Museum, Opera House and Ngoc Temple. Not to mention you can easily walk the French Quarter and see interesting architecture and see their local markets. You are also close to the action and can find a great nightlife here. With that action comes some noise, so if you are a light sleeper, then this area may not be for you.

On Saturday night the market takes over and all the little shops shut down for the spectacle. You can find some interesting items and there are street performances.

Market to Check Out: The Hanoi night market is a must see and you can also check out the Dong Xuan Market.

Great For: > Tourism >Nightlife >Convenient >Near Local Markets

Luxury in the Old Quarter

The Conifer Grand Hotel has exceptional service, fitness center and a spa. The Trang Tien Plaza is only a 10-minute walk from the hotel. You have a beautiful room with a view, kitchenette, fridge, stove top and much-needed air-conditioning. To see prices and reviews, click below.

Mid-Range Priced Options in the Old Quarter

This is a fantastic location and is a 5-minute walk to the Hoan Kiem Lake and even closer to the Joseph Cathedral. You will be close to markets and shopping and in the center of all things happening in Hanoi. You have a kitchen, dining area and everything you need. Just click below to read the reviews.

Budget Hanoi Old Quarter Hotel Website

This apartment is located 10-minutes from Hanoi Opera House and near the Joseph Cathedral. You have a balcony, two bedrooms, basic kitchen area with fridge and stovetop and room to spread out. The location is nicely situated close to lots of shopping and things to do. To see prices and reviews, click below.

where to stay in Hanoi

Ba Dinh District is close to the botanical gardens and many other interesting sights. You can see the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the amazing Temple of Literature. This area is a bit quieter than the Hoan Kiem area.

 Great For: >Botanical Gardens >Tourism >Convenient

Luxury Apartment in Ba Dinh

Now, this is truly luxury in Hanoi. The apartment is very spacious and has everything you need. Outside is even better as there is a beautiful pool to cool off in Vietnam’s hot weather. A bonus is that they offer grocery delivery, so it is very convenient.

The Fine Arts Museum and Quan Su Temple are very close to the apartment. There is lots of history to explore while you are here. Just click below to read the reviews.

Mid-Range Place with a Kitchen in Ba Dinh

There is room to spread out and enjoy your home away from home. This apartment is very close to the Dong Xuan Market and close to the Old City Gate. Don’t take my word for it, check out their pictures below and fall in love.

Budget-Friendly Places in Ba Dinh

This is a great spot and it has an even better price. You have two bedrooms, a kitchen and a terrace. This location is close to the Mausoleum and Hanoi Temple of Literature. Check it out on below.

Tay Ho is an even quieter area in Hanoi if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. There are quaint areas that offer traditional Vietnamese markets. You can check out organic products at Betterday too.

This is a popular destination for families and others who are looking for more of a relaxing retreat. There are not too many bars or nightlife in the area. While a car ride to the city center can be around 30 minutes in peak hours, you can easily arrive for the day and have a nice leisurely walk back home.

Market to Check Out: Tay Ho Weekend Market

Great For: > Near Local Weekend Markets >Relaxing and Quiet >Many Foreigners

Luxury in Tay Ho

This beautiful hotel is located along the West Lake in Hanoi. The front desk can help you arrange your trips and they have a fitness center and swimming pool. There is even a driving range if you are interested. Check out the amazing reviews on this hotel below.

Mid-Range Apartment in Tay Ho

This apartment has many services onsite that you can enjoy, like a fitness center and fully equipped kitchen. This location is a 12-minute walk to the Quan Thanh Temple. Don’t forget to check out the reviews and see the pictures by clicking below.

Budget Place in Tay Ho

This is perfect for budget conscious travellers who want to be in the relaxing area of the city. You have access to the garden and a terrace to relax and read a book. Check the apartment below to see if it works for you.

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Packing for Hanoi

I am so happy you found a nice place to stay. Now it is time to make sure you have everything you need for packing.

I have the Best Vietnam Packing List, do not miss out.

What Else You Should See

I loved getting creative at a Vietnamese cooking class. Click here for the 3 Best Cooking Classes in Hanoi.

If cooking doesn’t excite you, then there are tons of other amazing adventures to try.

Where to Stay in Hanoi

While I haven’t personally stayed in each of these places, I have done tons of research, so you do not have to. I focused on the best areas that I know and love. Then I found wonderful places with kitchens in these areas, so you have the option to cook at home. My aim is to make your vacation and time visiting Hanoi to be the best possible.

As I always recommend, once you have narrowed your accommodations down to a few, read the reviews and make sure you get all your questions answered if you are looking for something specific.

Travel Tips: Take a Grab from the airport, rather than a taxi so you save money. If you are staying at a hotel, you can see if they offer a shuttle service.

Now just book your trip and enjoy Vietnam!

Cheers, Brett


26 thoughts on “Three Best Areas to Stay in Hanoi”

  1. Wow, this is truly an amazing and well picked information about where to stay in Hanoi with an exact elucidation. Probably, the Ba Dinh District is something I consider to choose if I get the chance to visit Hanoi soon, since it is close to the botanical gardens, which is my favorite sight. And also, many other interesting sights are just located near the district.

  2. These are some great tips for any one planning to visit Hanoi. Thanks for sharing such important details about the different areas.

    • Oh course! I loved the city and know the areas so I wanted to help other people on where they should book.

  3. Hanoi is so beautiful! I am gutted I never got to visit when I was exploring SE Asia. Hopefully, I can explore Vietnam soon. Its been a long time coming.

  4. Great post- this looks like such a fun city to visit but Asia is quite foreign to me so I appreciate these kinds of posts that give very specific travel information about where to stay and how to get around!

  5. As a flashpacker, these mid- to luxury places sound like great choices. It’s a while since I was in Vietnam, so this is a helpful post if I ever return.

  6. As a fellow coeliac, I love to find places with a kitchen. It means that I can spend some of my stay catering for myself and without the vigilance that dining out constantly demands. Having said that, this has to be one of the best spots for naturally gluten free food around. And any place trusted by someone else who needs to avoid gluten is always good in my book.

  7. I haven’t been to Vietnam yet, but it’s good to bump into this article that gives choices of accommodations. It’s really helpful for first timers.

  8. This is truly helpful for all kind of travelers to visit Hanoi. I would prefer the stays including kitchens as I prefer home cooked food for my girl. Thanks for the details.

    • Hey Mirela, thank you. I have stayed in budget-friendly, mid-range and luxury depending on the location I am going to. I usually choose by the location that I want to be in so if I can only find a luxury place, I treat myself 🙂

  9. This is great – especially if people stay longer. On a shorter trip, I wouldn’t want to cook myself but experience all the great (cheap!) eateries in Hanoi.
    When I was there, I stayed at a beautiful, very tastefully furnished hotel in the old town – absolutely amazing.

    • Hi Renata – yes totally agree. On a one night stay over then maybe a hotel is a better option. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. I have been coming across a lot of posts and pictures about Vietnam recently 🙂 Maybe a sign from the universe..
    Getting so much information about mid range and budget stays (along with kitchen for cooking your own meal ) in Hanoi makes it easy to plan the visit.


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