If you are wondering where to stay in Hanoi for a first-time solo traveller, then look no further. I put together a simple Hanoi accommodation guide for anyone who has never been to the city before and wants to learn more about the best areas to stay in Hanoi.
For the past month, I stayed at different hotels in Hanoi to fully experience what it’s like to stay in each of the four popular districts in Hanoi. Each area has pros and cons. And each hotel has its plus and minuses.
In this post, I’ll show you all the highlights of each of the four districts in Hanoi, my honest opinion of where I stayed, and my overall recommendation for a first-time traveller to Hanoi.
My Hanoi accommodation reviews are my own opinion, and I did not receive any compensation. I only want to share what I love.
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Best Areas to Stay in Hanoi: what you need to know
Before booking a hotel in Hanoi, take a look at some of my useful tips for booking Hanoi accommodations:
- Most Hanoi hotel rooms have the essentials, including a bed, a simple closet, maybe a desk area and an ensuite bathroom. Some residences are individual apartments that include a kitchen and may even include a washer and dryer.
- When booking a hotel in the Old Quarter, study the photos and see if the building is narrow. It is possible that many of the rooms (especially the cheapest rooms) are located in the inner part of the building, i.e. the room may not have a window or has a window that opens to a building next door.
- Some hotels will ask you to post a review on Google or your booking platform because they really value the high ratings. When you book, read each review carefully and not just the star rating. And when you check-out, post a review that truly represents your experience because travellers like me, really appreciate it.
Where to Stay in Hanoi for Solo Travellers
If you are visiting Hanoi for the first time, book a hotel in Hoan Kiem District, aka Old Quarters, especially if you follow my 2-day Hanoi itinerary or have limited time in the city.
There are obviously other areas to stay in Hanoi. If you stay in Hanoi longer than a few days, consider other neighbourhoods like the Truc Bach area of Ba Dinh District, the north part of Hai Ba Trung District or the inlet area of Tay Ho District.
I’ve stayed in all these four areas in Hanoi. Below, I included my hotel reviews for several mid-range hotels in these four areas. I included a general overview of the hotel and my honest opinion of each in the highlight and lowlight sections.
Here is a quick summary of the four best areas to stay in Hanoi and the hotels I stayed in during my last trip:
|Areas in Hanoi
|Hoan Kiem District – pink
|*Main tourist area in Hanoi
*Old Quarter and French Quarter
|Concon House ($$)
|Ba Dinh District – purple
|*Political centre of Vietnam
*Best accommodations are in the Truc Bach neighbourhood
|Hanoi Le Jardin Hotel & Spa ($$)
|Hai Ba Trung District – green
|*Commercial area in Hanoi
*Best accommodations are at the north end of Hai Ba Trung District
|Camellia Residence Hanoi ($$)
Tay Ho District – blue
|*Area surrounding West Lake
*Best apartments are in the area that extends into West Lake
|Crescendo Studio & Cafe ($)
Best Area to Stay in Hanoi: Hoan Kiem District
Hoan Kiem District is the heart of Hanoi. The district is named after Hoan Kiem Lake, a fresh water lake at the core of the historical city.
The district has a north-south division. The north-half is the Old Quarter, where it was once the centre for manufacturing. And the south-half is the French Quarter because many French colonial buildings are located here.
It is the best area to stay in Hanoi if you want to be surrounded by Vietnamese architecture, ancient streets, the best street food, and Hanoi’s bustling nightlife.
Why you should stay in Hoan Kiem District:
- Close to most attractions in Hanoi
- Have limited time in Hanoi and want to maximize your time in the city
- Close to many eateries, street food and Michelin-level restaurants
- Enjoy Hanoi nightlife
Hanoi Accommodation in Hoan Kiem
1. Concon House
Concon House is a design boutique hotel in the centre of Hanoi Old Quarter. There are 20 rooms, and each room is a separate house. From the outside, it looks like each house is stacked on top of each other like matchboxes. From the inside, thoughtful design details can be seen in the guest room, lounge area, kitchen and lobby.
There are six room types, and I chose the Deluxe Balcony Room, which is a 22 sqm room with a queen bed, desk, balcony and ensuite bathroom. There’s also a view of the city, which gives you a glimpse of what living in Hanoi looks like.
Even though the boutique hotel is in the middle of the Old Quarter and very close to Beer Street, it is still very quiet as it is tucked away at the end of a quiet alley.
Concon House: highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: unique design, comfortable guest room, helpful and friendly staff, in the center of Old Quarter but not noisy
- Lowlights: only one elevator (long wait during check-out and check-in times)
Address: 11 Noi Mieu Alley, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi | Rate: from $1,250,000 VND for Deluxe balcony room
Best Place to Stay in Hanoi: Ba Dinh District
Ba Dinh District is an urban district that covers 9.21 square kilometres north and west of Hanoi Old Quarter. It is the political centre of Vietnam, where many government offices and embassies reside. You can also find many major monuments and landmarks like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Flag Tower of Hanoi and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.
As for accommodation, there are many throughout Ba Dinh District. But if you are only staying in Hanoi for a few days, consider staying in the Truc Bach area, which is the area east of Truc Bach Lake and north of Hoan Kiem District.
Why you should stay in Ba Dinh District:
- Prefer a nicer hotel room in the same price range as the hotels in the Old Quarter
- Less honking and less traffic
- Walking distance to the Old Quarter (if you stay in the Truc Bach area)
Where to Stay in Hanoi: Ba Dinh
2. Hanoi Le Jardin Hotel & Spa
Hanoi Le Jardin Hotel & Spa is a 4-star hotel in the Truc Bach area in Ba Dinh District. The modern luxury hotel has five types of rooms, and I chose the Cozy superior room, which is a 21 sqm guest room with a queen bed, desk, closet and an ensuite bathroom.
Staying at Hanoi Le Jardin Hotel & Spa includes a complimentary breakfast buffet at Khue Restaurant on the 12th floor, discounts on drinks at Cafe De Flore 46 on the ground floor and discounts for spa treatments at L’amour Spa on the L floor.
Guests of the hotel can use the facilities (gym and swimming pool) at their other hotel, Le Jardin Hotel Haute Couture, across the street. There is also a rooftop lounge there.
Hanoi Le Jardin Hotel & Spa: highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: modern guest room, feels luxurious, excellent breakfast buffet, 15-minute walk to the Old Quarter
- Lowlights: low ceiling, which makes the room feel small
Address: 46A Nguyen Truong To Street, Truc Bạch, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi | Rate: from $1,200,000 VND for Cozy Superior room
Best Location to Stay in Hanoi: Hai Ba Trung District
Hai Ba Trung District is one of the four original districts of Hanoi and is located directly south of the Old Quarter.
Covering over 10 square kilometres, Hai Ba Trung District has three large Vietnamese universities, many apartment rentals, coffee shops and eateries. Even though the area is primarily residential, there are a few things to see, like Vincom Centre Ba Trieu, Thien Quang Lake, Thong Nhat Park, and Hai Ba Temple.
Why you should stay in Hai Ba Trung District:
- Want bigger accommodation for the same price
- Less honking and quieter surroundings
- Many coffee shops, cafes and local food in walking distance
- Shopping mall with many international brands
- Close to the Old Quarter (recommend staying in the north part of Hai Ba Trung District)
Hanoi Accommodation in Hai Ba Trung
3. Camellia Residence Hanoi
Camellia Residence Hanoi is a new hotel in Hai Ba Trung District that offers apartment-style accommodations only. They don’t have many units in the narrow building, but each one is about 44sqm, and it has either a double, queen or king bed. Also, the unit has separate living and bedroom areas, a kitchenette, a dining area, a desk, a water dispenser and a washer and dryer.
As for the location, Camelia is located in the north neighbourhood of Hai Ba Trung District. There are many coffee shops, cafes and restaurants in the area. And the Old Quarter is only 20 minutes away.
Camellia Residence Hanoi: highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: very spacious room, new and very clean, washer and dryer within the unit, water dispenser in the room, many coffee shops in the area, 20-minute walk to Hoan Kiem Lake
- Lowlights: view of a rock wall
Address: 95 Trieu Viet Vuong Street, Bui Thị Xuan, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi | Rate: from $1,150,000 VND for a one-bedroom apartment
Best Place to Stay in Hanoi: Tay Ho District
Tay Ho District is an urban district 5km north of the Old Quarter, and it wraps around the entire freshwater lake. The area is a high-end residential neighbourhood with a large population of expatriates.
As for housing, Tay Ho has more apartment-style accommodation types and is cheaper than the Old Quarter. There are many apartments available in the area that extend into West Lake at the north end of the district.
Why you should stay in Tay Ho District:
- Planning to stay in Hanoi for an extended period
- Cheaper and bigger accommodation
- Close to a variety of western restaurants (Italian, French, Mexican, Ukrainian, etc) and supermarkets with western food
Where to Stay in Hanoi: Tay Ho
4. Crescendo Studio & Cafe
Crescendo Studio & Cafe is a small hotel that offers studio apartments only. Each unit has a living area, which includes a kitchen, dining, and sitting areas. The bedroom area has lots of storage, a desk and a balcony. An ensuite bathroom and washing machine are included.
I stayed in the Studio Suite Silver, which is 26sqm big. It is the smallest unit, but bigger units are within the small, narrow building. Other than the lobby/cafe, there aren’t any other facilities.
The hotel is located on a quiet street in an area that extends into West Lake. There are cafes, restaurants, coffee shops, spas and convenience stores around.
Crescendo Studio & Cafe: highlights and lowlights
- Highlights: good location if you want to explore Tay Ho, the cheapest Hanoi accommodations are in the Tay Ho District, unit includes a washing machine
- Lowlights: photos look better/brighter, a bit dirty, intermittent wifi, lots of reviews about overbooking and sending people to other hotels, they sent my luggage to another hotel by accident
Address: 29/45 To Ngoc Van Lane, Quang An, Tay Ho District, Hanoi | Rate: from $695,000 VND for Studio Suite Silver
Best District to Stay in Hanoi: my recommendation
If I am only in Hanoi for a few days, I prefer to stay in Hoan Kiem District because it is better to be within walking distance of all the attractions. I genuinely loved staying in Concon House because the guest room is comfortable, the hotel is centrally located, the area is not noisy, and the wonderful group of staff was so helpful and welcoming. I think this is an ideal hotel for first-time solo travellers.
If I stay for a week or more, I will choose accommodation in Hoan Kiem District, the Truc Bach area of Ba Dinh District or the north part of Hai Ba Trung District. The Truc Bach area is slightly quieter and has less traffic. Hai Ba Trung District has more space. I loved staying at Camellia Residence Hanoi. I loved how spacious it is, the separation of bedroom and living areas, and best of all, it has a washing machine and a dryer! (I don’t think I’ve seen many dryers in Asia, so this excites me. Ha!)
I would not stay in Tay Ho District unless I stay in Hanoi for more than a month. This area is ideal for long-term stays. And I won’t return to the place I booked; I really didn’t like it.
So hopefully this can help you with choosing the right accommodation in Hanoi. Let me know in the comments which one you chose. If you find something else, please share it with me.
Thank you for reading my Hanoi accommodation guide
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