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First Time in Hanoi: Where Should I Stay?

Where Should I Book My Hotel in Hanoi?

If you’re planning your first trip to Hanoi, it’s important to know exactly which area and hotel that’s best for you for a hassle-free holiday in the capital of Vietnam. Home to French-inspired architecture, broad boulevards, expansive lakes, and Buddhist pagodas, Hanoi is a charming holiday destination that’s relatively easy to explore.

This compact city is divided into several districts, each offering unique dining, shopping, and nightlife experiences as well as accommodation options of varying styles and budget levels. To help you decide where to book your hotel in Hanoi, here’s a comprehensive guide on the pros and cons of the city’s most popular districts.

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Should I book my hotel in Hoan Kiem (Hanoi City Centre)?

Hoan Kiem (Hanoi City Centre): How to decide...

Hoan Kiem is Hanoi’s commercial centre, where prominent attractions such as Hanoi Opera House, National Museum of Vietnamese History, and Ngoc Son Temple are easily accessible on foot. Set north of Hoan Kiem Lake is Hanoi Old Quarter, which houses charming colonial architecture, art galleries, boutique shops, street markets, and Buddhist temples, while the French Quarter on the south hosts most of Hanoi’s luxury hotels, government offices, embassies, financial institutions and upmarket shopping malls.

Who is it For:

- People looking for cheap hotels and backpacker hostels (Old Quarter)
- People looking for sophisticated five-star hotels (French Quarter)
- People looking for a busy nightlife scene
- Travellers who like to be in the centre of the action

What's Good:

- Authentic Vietnamese food
- Plenty of local handicrafts and souvenir shops
- Restaurants and bars cater to different budgets

What's Not So Good:

- Very busy: the area can get packed street vendors and motorcycles

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Hanoi Marvellous Hotel & Spa

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Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy

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Should I book my hotel in Ba Dinh District?

Ba Dinh District: How to decide...

Ba Dinh District is where most of Hanoi’s historical monuments can be found, including Temple of Literature, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi Flag Tower, and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Great for travellers looking to escape the often overcrowded Hoan Kiem Lake area, Ba Dinh District also has mid-range hotels, quaint restaurants, and several neighbourhood bars that overlook the tranquil Hanoi Botanical Gardens.

Who is it For:

- Moderately wealthy travellers
- Anyone who wants to go sightseeing

What's Good:

- Hanoi’s main cultural and historical monuments are set within this area

What's Not So Good:

- Not many bars and pubs in the area
- Shopping opportunities are scarce

Lotte Hotel Hanoi

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Hanoi Daewoo Hotel

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Super Hotel Candle

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Should I book my hotel in Tay Ho (Hanoi West Lake)?

Tay Ho (Hanoi West Lake): How to decide...

Tay Ho or Hanoi West Lake caters to travellers looking to enjoy a quiet retreat in Hanoi, housing a collection of mid-range hotels, stylish bistros, and lakeside restaurants. A 25-minute taxi ride from Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District, Tay Ho also houses ornate Buddhist structures such as Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple while the Tay Ho Weekend Market is great for purchasing ethical goods and sampling Vietnamese cuisine.

Who is it For:

- Moderately wealthy travellers
- Travellers who prefer a quiet stay in Hanoi
- People who like a wide range of restaurants

What's Good:

- Buddhist pagodas and temples
- Lakeside cafes and international restaurants
- Tay Ho Weekend Market offers ethical goods and Vietnamese cuisine

What's Not So Good:

- Not many choices in terms of accommodation
- Nightlife is limited

InterContinental Hanoi

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The Hanoi Club Hotel & Lake Palais Residences

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Sheraton Hanoi Hotel

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