Hanoi guest houses - guesthouse recommendations

Find cheap accommodation in the Old Quarter

Find cheap accommodation in the Old Quarter

One of the wonderful things about Hanoi is that the city has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and tastes. Apart from the five star heavyweights that represent major hotel chains, there are hundreds of quaint boutique hotels, family-run guest houses and hostels for backpackers. If you’re really trying to economise, there are even a few dormitory beds available.

Most of the places listed below describe themselves as hotels despite being family-run and not having more than a dozen rooms, so have more of a guesthouse feel.

Room rates have been rising steadily in recent years, so now it’s difficult to find any room in a budget hotel for less than US$10 a night, and facilities are pretty basic. Things improve considerably if you’re prepared to fork out US$20 a night. The general trend has been for budget guest houses to go upmarket, re-branding themselves boutique hotels and charging US$40-$60 a night.

Most budget accommodation is concentrated in or around the Old Quarter, which is very convenient for sightseeing and choice of restaurants, but the traffic noise and general hubbub of the district can be annoying. Ask for a room at the back of the guest house where possible.

One major problem with Hanoi’s guest house scene that has caused anguish to many visitors is the copycat syndrome. If a guest house is successful and starts to get guide book recommendations, someone down the street opens a guest house under the same name and sends taxi drivers to the airport to hijack the ‘real’ guest house’s customers as they arrive (Queen, Prince and Lucky are a few examples). The way to avoid this is to check the address as well as the name with the taxi driver before getting in the cab. More on safety in Hanoi.

Recommended Hanoi guesthouses

Queen Hotel
Located right in the heart of the action, this one-of-a-kind boutique hotel is run by one of the city’s slickest tour operators, so service is spot-on. Rooms are kitted out with traditional furnishings. Rooms a/c private bathroom US$65-$95. 65 Hang Bac, tel: +84 4 3826 0860, email: info@queentravel.vn, website: www.azqueentravel.com

Classic Street
A stylish and welcoming place with lots of character and an ideal location in the Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake, though traffic noise can disturb rooms in front. Rooms a/c private bathroom US$30-40. 41 Hang Bemore details and booking

Backpacker’s Hostel
Do your sleeping and socialising in this well-organized place where the dorms are excellent value. There’s free Wi-Fi and Internet use and regular rooftop barbecues. Dorms US$8, double with a/c US$18-$36. 48 Ngo Huyen, tel: +84 4 3828 5372, email: hanoi@hanoibackpackershostel.com, website: www.vietnambackpackerhostels.com.

‘Go organic, stay Cinnamon Hotel’ is the catchphrase of this trendy new place near St Joseph’s Cathedral. Rooms have features like 26-inch flatscreen TVs and high-speed Internet connections. Rooms a/c private bathroom US$65-$75. 26 Au Trieu... more details and booking

Located along a street of trendy fashion shops, this boutique hotel has small but stylish rooms with comfortable furnishings. Rooms a/c private bathroom US$74-$140. 9 Nha Tho... more details and booking

Golden Lotus
One of the Old Quarter’s larger hotels, this hardly qualifies as a guest house, but deserves mention as one of the more desirable places to rest your head in Hanoi. Lots of luxury touches. Rooms a/c private bathroom from US$38. 39 Hang Trongmore details and booking

Dong A
This smallish place is well-located and has some good-sized rooms with TVs and bathtubs, as well as a 14-bed dorm with lockers. Dorm US$4, a/c room with private bathroom US$15. 50 Ma May St, tel: +84 4 3828 2249, fax: +84 4 3926 2567.

Green Mango
Above the restaurant of the same name, this classy place features silk sheets and comfortable furniture, plus great food and good company downstairs. Rooms a/c private bathroom US$38. 18 Hang Quat… more details and booking

Hanoi Guesthouse Bat Su
Here’s a good budget choice. Though rooms are compact, they all come with a/c, fridge, satellite TV and free breakfast. The helpful staff can also help arrange tours. Standard room US$$24, superior US$30 US$28. 14 Bat Su, tel: +84 4 3824 5732.

Hanoi Elegance Ruby (formerly Hanoi Elegance 4)
This is one in a chain of small hotels that provide a degree of luxury at very reasonable prices. Rooms are not big but tastefully furnished and service is excellent. Rooms a/c private bathroom from US$40. 3 Yen Thaimore details and booking

Hong Ngoc Annam Hotel
Rooms are spotlessly clean and a decent size, though there’s nothing special about the furnishings. A good location and free breakfasts are other pluses. Rooms a/c private bathroom US$30-40. 39 Hang Bac… more details and booking

Khanh Sinh
Located at the northern end of the Old Quarter, this newish place is very well run with efficient staff, and rooms have a traditional Vietnamese feel. Rooms a/c private bathroom US$30. 95 Hang Chieu, tel: +84 4 3938 2014, email: khanhsinhinnhotel@gmaill.­com.

Lucky Hotel Hang Trong Street
This is the best of several choices on Hang Trong, with well-equipped rooms and friendly staff. They have a second branch at 46 Hang Hom. Standard a/c room US$24, suites US$35. 12 Hang Trong… more details and booking

Hanoi Sports Hotel (Formerly : Sunshine Hotel - 42 Ma May)
This is another small but successful chain, with seven properties to date in the Old Quarter and probably more on the way. Attention to detail makes all of them good value, but the original, Sunshine 1, has the choice location. Standard rooms US$16, deluxe Superior US$24. 42 Ma May… more details and booking

New Star Hotel (Formerly : Tien Thuy Hotel)
Located in a less touristy part of the Old Quarter, this place has the feel of authentic Hanoi. Rooms are not fancy but a decent size, and the competent staff can help out with any queries. Standard rooms US$26. 9 Hang Thung…  more details and booking

Win Hotel 
One of the top places near the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake,  with spacious rooms (difficult to find in Hanoi), satellite TV and friendly management. A/c rooms private bathroom US$27-$32. 34 Hang Hanh St, Hoan Kiem district… more details and booking

Tung Trang
Located in a quiet alley, the cheapest rooms here are windowless and cramped, so it’s worth splashing out on the more expensive ones with verandahs and views of the Old Quarter. Fan and private bathroom US$12, a/c with private bathroom and veranda US$17. 13 Tam Thuong… more details and booking

Prince 1
This is one of those places that has been subject to cloning, so make sure you get taken to the correct address there. Once there, you’ll realize how it has become a perennial favourite among budget travelers. A/c rooms US$23-$26. 51 Luong Ngoc Quyen… more details and booking

Spring Rising Dragon Cathedral Hotel 
Enjoying a neat location near St Joseph’s Cathedral, this small place has some great views from rooms with balconies, all of which are stocked with little details like free coffee and tea and daily newspaper. Superior rooms Deluxe rooms US$24, Suite US$73. 38A Nha chung… more details and booking

Here’s somewhere a bit different and definitely off the tourist trail – one of the few guest houses in the French Quarter. Its main attraction is the tree-filled courtyard; rooms are reasonably clean and cheap but lack any real style. A/c rooms private bathroom US$27. 22A Hai Ba Trung, tel: +84 4 3825 3044, fax: +84 4 3732 5735, email: artisthanoihotel@gmail.com

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