Hanoi is one of those cities I just can’t get enough of. Lots of people use this capital city as a place to chill out and either start or end their Vietnamese experience. I used my hostel as a place to keep my bags while I traveled outside for a Halong Bay cruise and hike through the lush mountains of SaPa. If you fancy a motorbike excursion throughout the country, Hanoi could be an excellent spot to buy a motorbike and explore the northern region a bit more extensively.
One of the more difficult decisions for some people to make is where to stay in Hanoi. Everyone travels differently and has different interests, so I round up some of the most popular accommodation in town.
Where to stay in Hanoi:
A chill (but fun) hostel:
I stayed in a lovely hostel called See You At Lily’s. The management and owner were super accommodating and the location is ideal. The vibe was relaxed, its atmosphere is welcoming and attracts a young crowd; solo, groups and couples will feel comfortable. The dorm rooms were about $5 USD per night and the private rooms were gorgeous and priced at $12 per night (great deal for couples!)
Rez, the owner of the hostel, and her staff are super helpful and do their best to ensure guests are taken care of. It’s right next door to Lily’s Travel Agency, so you’ll be able to chill out while planning your adventures in northern Vietnam.
Address: 16 Ngõ Huyện Hanoi, Vietnam, Ngõ Huyện, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
A straight up booze fest party hostel:
Vietnam Backpackers Hostel (Downtown) in the Old Quarter is absolutely insane. I stayed there in 2014 and had a blast, but it was an all out rave each night. The food was delicious, the people were friendly and the location top notch. It’s located directly across from Hanoi’s beer street, where travelers can get 50 cent (USD) bia hoi drafts and delicious fare. This is the hostel where I woke up to a guy taking a SnapChat of his you-know-what.
This hostel is incredibly popular among hardcore backpackers of all ages. It hosts nightly events, offers free beer and is reminiscent of parties from university. The sister (er, brother?) location (The Original) is located down the road from See You At Lily’s, in a quieter part of town. It’s a bit smaller, but still partakes in the nightly bar crawls hosted by the hostel group.
*Vietnam Backpackers offers an affordable airport pick up from Hanoi International Airport. All you have to do prior is email them your name and flight number and you’ll be set!
Address (The Original): 48 Ngõ Huyện, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
An affordable, centrally-located hotel:
May De Ville Hotel is perfect for those travelers who want to spend a bit more. The food looks delicious and the cinema room seems like a perfect place to kick back and relax after a night of walking around in the humid air! It’s located near the famous Hoan Kiem Lake and right around the bend from a plethora of museums, the Dong Xuan market and the opera house. Guys, there’s a rooftop terrace and pool. SOLD.
Address: 43 Gia Ngư, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 1000, Vietnam
A fun vibe without the frat boy atmosphere:
Hanoi Rocks Hostel seems like the place to be for a lot of travelers as of late. It’s located in the middle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and [allegedly] gives off a backpacker vibe without being too “young.” I personally have not stayed here, so maybe ask around ahead of time.
The website shows some sort of buffet that looks incredible, and I’m wondering if it’s a regular situation. Have you stayed here? Let me know – I LOVE BUFFETS.
Address:56 Hang Duong, Hà Nội, Hanoi City, Vietnam
I’m sure I missed a few places here or there, so please let me know if you think your favorite accommodation needs to be added to this list!