Where to stay in Hanoi - Best area to stay in Hanoi

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - Updated July 26, 2019

Wondering Where to stay in Hanoi Capital for the upcoming trip? Then you're in the right place. Read on to find which is the best place to stay in Hanoi for you. 

Normally, there are 5 districts that most tourists choose to stay in while in Hanoi. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, just which one is suitable for you. Below we're gonna take you through 5 districts and help you figure out the best area to stay in Hanoi. 

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

Find the best place to stay in Hanoi isn't hard with this guide (Photo: manissahermer)

I. Hoan Kiem District - Best place to stay in Hanoi

Among the places to stay in Hanoi, Hoan Kiem District is properly the most popular and crowded place to stay in Hanoi. This is the busiest hub in the city and hence, the most convenient place to live.

You can easily reach everywhere from Hoan Kiem District as it's the center of the city. Hoan Kiem District is near to some of the most famous tourist attractions. If you seek for the convenience but don't afraid to lose some quietness, then Hoan Kiem District is the place for you. 

1. Some destinations located near and inside Hoan Kiem District

  • Hanoi Old Quarter

Only in the Old Quarter, we will see different but united facets of Hanoi. A young, dynamic, fast-developing Hanoi is parallel with an ancient, traditional Hanoi. I’d love to show you a full picture of my lovely Hanoi, let you sense real local experience

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

Ancient and enthralling corner of Hanoi

  • Hoan Kiem Lake

Everyone step into Hanoi all visit Hoan Kiem Lake first. Why?

You may wonder what’s in the center of Hoan Kiem Lake. This is Turtle Tower and interesting stories behind it. Right next to Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square, don’t forget visiting historical monuments: Ngoc Son Temple, Pen Tower, The Huc Bridge…

36 ancient streets with antique values are right next to Hoan Kiem lake.

  • Dong Xuan Market

Wanna go shopping like a local? You definitely shouldn’t miss out Dong Xuan Market - Hanoi’s largest indoor market. In this most popular market in Hanoi, you will find a lot of stuff with reasonable price.

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

Pay a visit to the largest indoor market of Hanoi

  • Long Bien Bridge

For anyone who is a photographer or simply loves scenic view sights. Long Bien Bridge is an unmissable destination. Let yourself “gone with the wind” a little, contemplate immense views of corn fields, you will have the best moment ever in Hanoi.

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2. Accommodation inside Hoan Kiem District - Where to stay in Hanoi Old Quarter

Low Budget Accommodation - where to stay in Hanoi backpackers

  • Backpacker Hanoi Hostel25 Trung Yen Alley

This hostel is designed sleek and stylish, so cool for free backpackers. You can enjoy free WiFi access in all areas and an on-site restaurant.

Just 200 m from Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. Strolling for 2 minutes and you can see many famous attractions in Hanoi: Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple, The Huc Bridge and Post Office. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature and Thang Long Citadel are within a 10-minute walk away.

Price ranges from 3.8 to 6.8 US$ in mixed dormitory room per day.

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

Hostel is the most suit with backpackers as it is cheap yet still comfortable (if you mind of the privation)

  • BC Family Homestay - Hoan Kiem Lakeside37 Hang Be

Located in Hanoi Old Quarter, 200 meters from Hoan Kiem Lake and 220 meters from Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, this homestay is convenient, housing a restaurant and offering free WiFi access.

The property is 300 meters from Ngoc Son Temple and 2.6 kilometers from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. It is 5 kilometers from the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and 21 kilometers from Noi Bai International Airport.

Price ranges from 7 US$ for a single bed in Mixed Dormitory Room to 53.5 US$ in Studio with Balcony per day.

  • D’annam Hostel Hanoi28 Luong Van Can

Just walk a few steps and you are already in Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and St. Joseph Cathedral. Certain units at the property include a balcony with a city view and a terrace. A barbecue is also featured.

Dong Xuan Market is less than 1 km from D'annam Hostel Hanoi. The nearest airport is Noi Bai International Airport, 25 kilometers from the property.

Price ranges from 6 US$ for a single bed in Dormitory Room to 51 US$ in Deluxe Double Room with Balcony per day.

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

Located inside the Old Quarter, it is very convenient to explore the city center

Mid-range accommodation

  • Hanoi Sincerity Guest House16 Luong Van Can

This place is close to several famous attractions, 500 meters from Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, 600 meters from Hoan Kiem Lake and 700 meters from Ngoc Son Temple. The property is less than 1 kilometers from St. Joseph Cathedral.

Dong Xuan Market is an 11-minute walk from the accommodation, while Old City Gate is 1 kilometer away. Noi Bai International Airport is 25 kilometers from the property.

Price ranges from 15.3 US$ for a Superior Double Room to 20 US$ in Superior Triple Room with Balcony per day.

Luxurious hotels

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

Hanoi Apricot Hotel, one of the most luxury in Hanoi and it have Hoan Kiem Lake view

II. Hanoi French Quarter - Where to stay in Hanoi French Quarter

Nearby Old Quarter but the French Quarter is another different color of luxury, elegance and splendor. Just one time “touch” the local spirit of Hanoi and enjoy inspirational lifestyle here! This place is near Hanoi Old Quarter but less crowded and busy. If you want to stay near the city center then this is the right place for you. 

1. Some destinations near and inside Hanoi French Quarter

  • St. Joseph’s Cathedral

Called as the Notre Dame de Paris of Hanoi, St. Joseph’s Cathedral is striking with Neo-Gothic architectural style. Especially during Christmas season, this is one of the most festive and vivid areas in Vietnam.

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

Witness the little Paris right at the heart of Hanoi

  • Hanoi Opera House

Someone says that Hanoi Opera House is even more aesthetically appealing than the Paris Opera House. Is it true? You need to step inside to find out!

Beside sophisticated architecture, Hanoi Opera House is a historical and cultural living witness of Vietnam throughout the 20th century.

  • Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Is there a museum for women in Vietnam? Yes, of course! In the museum, we will understand the lives of Vietnamese women, who always sacrifices for family and nation.

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2. Accommodation inside Hanoi French Quarter - Hanoi accommodation

Mid-range Accommodation

  • Hue's Family HomestayNo. 51C, Alley 49, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Hanoi Opera House is 400 m from Hue's Family Homestay, while Trang Tien Plaza is 500 meters away. The nearest airport is Noi Bai International Airport, 26 kilometers from the accommodation.

You pay around 17.5 US$ for Budget Double Room per day.

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

Homestay is where you can easily make friend with locals 

  • Mimi Homestay8 Da Tuong

This is a well-provided accommodation boasting free WiFi. Some units feature a seating area and/or a patio.

St. Joseph Cathedral is a 12-minute walk from the homestay, while Ba Dinh Square is 1.3 kilometers walk to go. Just 100 meters from Quan Su Temple and less than 1 kilometer from Trang Tien Plaza.

The nearest airport is Noi Bai International Airport, 26 kilometers from the property.

You pay around 20 US$ for King Room per day.

Luxurious hotels

Double room of Hanoi Melia

Hotel De L'Opera Hanoi MGallery

Beauty architecture of MGallery hotel Hanoi

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

Luxury hotel price chart in the French Quarter

III. Tay Ho District - Where to stay in Hanoi Vietnam

1. Destinations in Tay Ho District

Move on to the answer the question Where to stay in Hanoi, we introduce Tay Ho district. If you want a romantic West lake sunset view, or an energetic bike ride around this large peaceful lake, Tay Ho district is a place you shouldn’t miss. 

Living beside Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake, Tay Ho is where you can open your view without any high building blockage. Many tourist destinations, luxurious hotels, stylish restaurants, coffee shops for you to enjoy a slow-down moment. Nightlife here can’t be livelier with vivid light on the street but really romantic for a couple along the shoreline. Find anywhere in Hanoi better for a couple?

About 15-minute drive from Hanoi Old Quarter, it seems to be the best place to respite from hustle lifestyle of the city. In this high-end Tay Ho district, you can spend the time to admire natural beauty with tranquil spots in the sizeable botanical gardens.

Called locally as Ho Tay, the original history of West Lake remains a mysterious story to now. One claims that the lake was formed when a wicked fox spirit with 9 tails was drowned by the Dragon King Lac Long Quan. Another folklore source claims that a large buffalo mistakenly confused a pagoda temple bell with its mother call and ran so ferociously into a small hollow to form the lake.

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2. Accommodation inside Tay Ho - Best hotels in Hanoi   

Mid-range Accommodation

  • Himalaya Phoenix Apartment & Hotel51A To Ngoc Van

Phu Tay Ho is 2.1 kilometers from Himalaya Phoenix Apartment & Hotel. Noi Bai International Airport is 20 kilometers away.

You will pay 23 to 37.5 US$ for a Studio Apartment per day depending on which types of apartment.

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

  • Zo Apartment Hanoi: 4 Alley 12, Dang Thai Mai, Tay Ho, Hanoi

Barbecue facilities, nice views, and garden are what I find impressive here. This apartment is around 700 meters from Phu Tay Ho, 3.3 kilometers from Tran Quoc Pagoda, 3.4 kilometers from West Lake and 3.9 kilometers from Quan Thanh Temple. The property is located in the Tay Ho district, 5 kilometers from Dong Xuan Market.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is 5 kilometers from Zo Apartment Hanoi, while One Pillar Pagoda is 5 kilometers away. Noi Bai International Airport is 21 kilometers from the property.

Price ranges from 29.7 US$ for a Studio Apartment to 47.5 US$ in Deluxe Apartment per day.

  • Lyn Luxury Homestay39 Quang Khanh

Phu Tay Ho is 700 meters from Lyn Luxury Homestay. The nearest airport is Noi Bai International Airport, 21 kilometers from the accommodation.

Price ranges from 25.5 US$ for a Deluxe Double Room with Balcony to 52.2 US$ in 2 bedroom Apartment per day.

Luxurious hotels

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

Beautiful West Lake view of Intercontinental Hanoi hotel

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

West Lake Area luxury hotel price

IV. Ba Dinh District - one of best places to stay in Hanoi

1. Some destinations near and inside Ba Dinh

That's next on where to stay in Hanoi. It's Ba Dinh District. 

If you want to stay near the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Thang Long Imperial Citadel to explore historical and architectural values, there is nowhere closer than this site.

In the center of Hanoi, Ba Dinh District is a comparatively large open space. Within 10-minute drive to Hanoi Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, this place has its monumental landmark in Vietnamese history. Having been Vietnam’s political nucleus since the 20th century, there are many important attractions in and around Ba Dinh Square - where Ho Chi Minh declared independence in 1945. Ho Chi Minh’s Soviet-styled mausoleum, his stilt house, One Pillar Pagoda and Hanoi Flag Tower ...

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

The mesmerizing landscape of Tran Quoc Pagoda

Historical magnitude aside, Ba Dinh District is where you can find mid-range hotels, quaint restaurants, and take a walk in nature in Hanoi Botanical Gardens and Thu Le Zoo. A favorable alternative to populated Old Quarter but still close to most attractions.

2. Accommodation inside Ba Dinh District 

Low Budget Accommodation

  • Capsule Hanoi Hostel: 160 Ngoc Ha

Close to One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Quan Thanh Temple and Vietnam Fine Arts Museum are 1.7 kilometers from the property. Tran Quoc Pagoda is 1.9 kilometers from Capsule Hanoi Hostel. Noi Bai International Airport is 25 kilometers from the property.

You will pay 4 to 16 US$ for a Mixed Dormitory Room per day depending on which types of room.

Mid-range accommodation

  • TU House Hanoi: 118 Ngoc Ha

Barbecue facilities, a garden, and a terrace are what impress you here. Take a short walk and you are already in One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. Local points of interest like Quan Thanh Temple and Hanoi Temple of Literature are reachable within 1.4 kilometers and 1.8 kilometers, respectively.

Tran Quoc Pagoda is 2.1 kilometers from the accommodation, while West Lake is 2.2 kilometers away. Noi Bai International Airport is 25 kilometers from the property.

You will pay 22 US$ for a Superior Double Room with Balcony per day.

Luxurious hotels

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

You will have the city view if you stay at Lotte Hotel

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

Ba Dinh Area luxury hotel price

V. Hai Ba Trung District - Best areas to stay in Hanoi 

1. Some destinations near and inside Hai Ba Trung

Not so far from main attractions in Hanoi but far enough to see a simple, frugal Hanoi in the prism of locals. Only step into Hanoi Train Street, you are actually know how locals live in this big but so small city.

Hai Ba Trung district is one of the most populous urban districts of Hanoi, also one of Hanoi’s most visited destinations. High-quality facilities, buildings, high-end shopping malls make your discovery here somewhat unusual and different. If you wanna shopping trip and fine dining, this is definitely your place for vacation.

For expats, it’s a good place for living and working with a lot of office building, luxury apartments, nice houses.

Established as one of the first 4 main districts of Hanoi, this district is named after 2 heroines in Vietnamese history: the Trưng Sisters.

2. Accommodation inside Hai Ba Trung District 

  • Home Fantasy (No1)116 The Giao

Quan Su Temple is 1.6 kilometers from Home Fantasy (No1), while Trang Tien Plaza is 1.8 kilometers away. Noi Bai International Airport is 28 kilometers from the property.

You will pay 18.5 to 37 US$ for an apartment per day depending on which types of room.

VI. Dong Da District

1. Some destinations near and inside Dong Da

You like artistic heritage in Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, or have an insightful look into the first university of Vietnam: Temple of Literature?

Dong Da district has more of an urban atmosphere than Hoan Kiem, with many modern restaurants and shops. Most hotels here are mid- to upper-range, catering to affluent Vietnamese and business travelers who are more interested in facilities than a historic atmosphere.

It’s quite close to all the bars and restaurants of Hanoi Old Quarter and French Quarter, as well as some nice strolling spaces around Ba Dinh square. Dong Da district has plenty of parks and lakes where you can walk, run or simply relax.

2. Accommodation inside Dong Da

  • Royal Hotel: 19 Hang Chao

Where to stay in Hanoi - Best areas to stay in Hanoi

The accommodation and services of the Royal Hotel will satisfy even the hardass customers

Just 300 meters from Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. The property is close to several noted attractions, around 400 meters from Hanoi Temple of Literature and around 800 meters from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The restaurant serves Asian cuisine.

One Pillar Pagoda is 1.1 kilometers from the accommodation, while Quan Su Temple is 1.6 kilometers from the property. Noi Bai International Airport is 27 kilometers away.

Price ranges from 24.5 US$ for a Standard Double Room to 43.5 US$ in Family Room per day.

So we've gone through all of 5 districts in Hanoi for tourists to stay. We hope this article will help you answer where is the best place to stay in Hanoi!


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