Like any modern city worth its salt, Hanoi has its fair share of rooms including everything from backpacker bunk beds to boutique hotels to five-star luxuries. Most of the hotels are in the city centre, around the financial district and the Old Quarter, but there are hotels in Hanoi servicing the airport and surrounding areas as well. It is worth noting that most top-notch lodgings in Hanoi will charge an Internet access fee. If in doubt, ask.
The Old Quarter is the locus of activity for backpackers and this area can be noticeably lower rent. Still, the major attractions in Hanoi are within walking distance and the shopping, food and drink options are vast. There are enough hotel gems in the rough here to make it worth your while. In the financial district, near Hanoi Opera House, local hotel brands and international chains offer all of the pampering and primping you could desire. Also try the hotels around West Lake, first class residences that provide a room with a view. Wherever you decide to stay, you may want to extend your reservation. Hanoi is a lively town with a historic heart and you'll find yourself wanting more time in the capital. No matter your initial itinerary, don't be afraid to change your plans and stay a few extra days to soak in all the sights, sounds and smells.