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Where to Stay in Hanoi (Best Areas & Places)

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In this article I’ll be taking a deep dive into the best areas of Hanoi and where to stay. Vietnam’s capital city is a fantastic destination and one that I hope to return to in the near future. However, with so many epic options for where to base yourself, planning your trip can be a little overwhelming.

Having recently spent a month in Hanoi, one of the world’s most popular tourist spots, I got to know it well. The huge expansive metropolis has many diverse areas and I discovered some great off-the-beaten-track parts of the city. Let’s get straight into the best areas to stay in Hanoi.

Best Areas to Stay in Hanoi

Where To Stay in Hanoi

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I’ve split the city into 5 great areas that will suit different requirements and types of travelers; here are the best places to stay in Hanoi.

Hoan Kim: Best Place To Stay in Hanoi for Your First Time

My husband, Rob, and I enjoy a coffee at Train Street, Hoan Kim

Hoan Kiem is the heart of the city and is renowned for being the best area to stay in Hanoi overall. It offers a blend of historical sites, cultural attractions, and a fantastic social scene.

Pros of Staying in Hoan Kim

  • Central Location: Close to major attractions like Hoan Kiem Lake, the Old Quarter, and the Hanoi Opera House.
  • Vibrant Atmosphere: Bustling streets, markets, and a lively local culture, perfect for a true Hanoi experience.
  • Convenient Amenities: Plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, and services are all within walking distance.

Cons of Staying in Hoan Kim

  • Noise and Crowds: The area can be very busy and noisy, especially during peak tourist seasons.
  • Higher Prices: Accommodation and dining can be more expensive compared to other parts of the city.
  • Traffic: The streets can be crowded and challenging to navigate, especially for first-time visitors.

Best Places to Stay in Hoan Kiem

Opting for the Hoan Kiem region means having access to some of the best places to stay in the center of Hanoi, here are a few great options to consider;

1. Apricot Hotel: One of the best hotels in Hanoi, a luxurious accommodation overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. The decor blends modern elegance with classic Vietnamese art and the rooftop bar has stunning views. Click here for details.

2. TrangTrang Premium Hotel & Sky Bar: A comfortable and affordable accommodation option in the heart of the Old Quarter. This is an…

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