Hanoi's Old Quarter is a great place to see Vietnam at her most genuine - particularly near or around Hoan Kiem Lake. Festivals, temple celebrations, and markets unfold in the Hoan Kiem district, moving to a thousands-year-old rhythm that shows no signs of stopping.
If you're going to see Hoan Kiem Lake and the surrounding the Old Quarter, you might as well check into one of the many hotels in the area. The hotels we feature here are arranged according to price, and represent a wide range of budgets and accommodations. Rates are subject to change and serve as a reference only.
The Sunrise Hotel, a medium-sized boutique hotel in the middle of the Old Quarter, boasts of an ideal location between the city's business district, temples, shopping areas, and government offices.
The hotel is in the Old Quarter's highest building - the room's top floors offer an unparalleled view of Hanoi. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, free local phone calls, and all the usual room accoutrements (bathroom en suite, satellite TV, the works).
- Price: From US$20
- Address: 9 Pho Hang Mam Street, Hanoi 84-4, Vietnam
- Phone: +84 98 80 99 093
- Site: www.sunrisehotelhanoi.com
The Indochina is set in a quieter corner of the Old Quarter - little traffic will disturb you here. The hotel's 30 rooms are quite comfortable for its price range; visitors enjoy cable TV, air-conditioning, and even free Wi-Fi!
The Indochina is not remote, though - Hoan Kiem lake and St. Joseph Cathedral are just a few minutes' walk away, as are the Old Quarter's restaurants, museums, and bars.
- Price: From US$25
- Address: 13 Au Trieu, Hanoi 84, Vietnam
- Phone: +84 439-289429
- Site: www.indochina-hotelgroup.com
The Royal Hotel reaches back to its French Colonial past, with its European architecture and interior design. Its 55 rooms come with modern facilities, managed by a smiling professional staff.
The Royal Hotel's central location puts you within walking distance to Hoan Kiem Lake and a minute away from Vietcombank, as well as numerous restaurants and bars in the area. Don't leave without exploring the full breakfast buffet, with its varied selection of Asian and Western dishes.
- Price: From US$28
- Address: 90 Cau Go, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 0844, Vietnam
- Phone: +84 482-45222
- Site: www.hanoiroyalhotel.com
Chain First Eden's great for budget travelers who want to stay in the midst of the action. Hanoi's tourist sights and good restaurants are all within easy reach from the Chain First Eden. However, the noise levels are rather high in this part of town - the traffic noises will get to you even from inside your room!
Guests may choose from the Chain First Eden's 34 standard rooms and 8 deluxe rooms. Breakfast is served at the top floor.
- Price: From US$37
- Address: 3A Phan Dinh Phung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Phone: +84 482-83896
If it's easy access you want to the Old Quarter and Hanoi's financial district, then check into the ATS Hotel. The hotel is within walking distance to Hanoi Opera House, the Municipal Theater, and Hoan Kiem Lake, and provides 56 standard (read: acceptable) rooms and facilities at reasonable (read: low!) rates.
A few interesting bonuses: Bathrooms are larger than you'd expect, the hotel's travel service can help organize day trips to Vietnamese villages that manufacture ceramics, silks, and other traditional crafts.
- Price: From US$42
- Address: 27-33b Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Phone: +84 482-43428; +84 482-43428
The Galaxy is actually an almost 100-year-old French colonial building at the north of the Old Quarter, transformed into a modern hotel with 60 rooms (the best have a beautiful view of the park across the street).
Rooms come with the usual accoutrements, from bathroom en suite to satellite TV to mini-bar. The Galaxy's bar and restaurant can be found on the ground floor. One downside: noise levels are middling to high in the daytime, less so at night.
- Price: From US$77
- Address: 1 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Hanoi 15421, Vietnam
- Phone: +84 560-3855
- Site: www.hanoi-hotels.net
The Majestic's architecture befits its name - a five-storey French-inspired building in the heart of Hanoi, walking distance from Dong Xuan Market and Hoan Kiem lake, an ideal location if you want to see Hanoi at its most authentic.
The Majestic's 38 rooms offer affordable old-world comfort, although they may be smaller than expected. The hotel wears its age well. Guests enjoy complimentary fruit and a few bottles of water. Internet is not free, though, and costs $1 for thirty minutes' use.
- Price: From US$81
- Address: Hang Duong, 19 Cha ca, Hanoi 21540, Vietnam
- Phone: +84 562-0499
- Site: majesticsalutehotel.com
Just a short distance from the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Opera House, the Quoc Hoa Hotel is right smack in the heart of Hanoi, offering its guests unprecedented access to the city's many activities.
The Quoc Hoa is a boutique hotel with 37 rooms, and facilities including a gym and Jacuzzi. The beds are a little hard, and the seventh floor is under renovation, which makes resting difficult in the daytime. Choose a room at the front of the hotel, where possible - rooms at the front have balconies.
Other hotel amenities include a restaurant, vehicle rental, airport and train transfers, tour desk, and Wi-Fi.
- Price: From US$90
- Address: 10 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Phone: +84-482-84528
- Site: www.quochoahotel.com
The Fortuna Hotel caters primarily to business visitors, and the facilities reflect that clientele. The Fortuna's 260 rooms are equipped with bathroom en suite, satellite TV, air- conditioning, mini-bar, ironing board, and safe box.
At the penthouse, the Spa de Palace houses the Fortuna's gym, steam bath, sauna, and swimming pool. A small casino room is available, open only to non-Vietnamese guests.
The Hotel is located across the street from the U.S. Embassy, and is fifteen minutes (by taxi) from the Old Quarter. The immediate surroundings of the Fortuna have little of interest to the tourist.
- Price: From US$159
- Address: 6b Lang Ha Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Phone: +84-483-13333
- Site: www.fortunahotels.com
The Sofitel Metropole's building is over a hundred years old, having stood there since 1901. Its extensive renovation has preserved the building's old charm, while ushering the Metropole into the 21st century with facilities worthy of the hotel's five stars.
363 rooms are available, along with five function rooms, a swimming pool, gym, and a fine French restaurant on the premises (Le Beaulieu) with a great breakfast buffet. Caveats: the Internet at the business center costs US$0.30 a minute, although Wi-Fi via your own laptop is free.
- Price: From US$329
- Address: 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
- Phone: +84 482-66919
- Site: www.sofitel.com