What’s so good about the Old Quarter, anyway? It’s a place where most locals and tourists gather and hang out during the weekends, probably because it’s the only place in Hanoi without a midnight curfew. Coffee shops, bars, clubs and a wide array of dining options, from street food to high-end restaurants, all make up the crowded little area in the heart of Hanoi.
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This also means that you will barely be able to find a spacious and quiet room in this part of the city. Boutique hotels in the Old Quarter are aplenty, nestled in the small alleys, with small staircases and bedrooms, making you feel a bit like Gulliver exploring the land of Lilliput. It may be great the first time you’re in town but if you really love the city and need to return, venture outside the Old Quarter.
Listed here are the top five tried-and-tested 4-star hotels that will guarantee a restful stay, while still within reasonable reach of the best destinations in Hanoi.
As the hotel’s name suggests, Mercure Hanoi is located near the Hanoi Railway Station (Gare de Hanoi). The century-old building was a venue for train passengers to stay as they travelled from Hanoi and nearby provinces. Today, it has become a modern 4-star hotel under the French Mercure brand, with vibrant interior design and high-quality services.
The hotel has 102 rooms, including Standard, Superior, and Deluxe styles. Room sizes range from 20 to 35 m2, with large windows displaying gorgeous views of Hanoi streets. Worried about noise? The hotel is located on a quiet corner, and you can even opt for a soundproofed room.
A garden courtyard restaurant, the Brasserie Le Pavillon, offers a range of Vietnamese and Western specialties. Here you can find local favourites such as bun cha and cha ca la vong, served in a refined and stylish setting.
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For more options, walk down Nam Ngu Street to find superb restaurants such as La Badiane and Luna d’Autunno, sample the diversity of Vietnamese cuisine at Quan An Ngon, and enjoy the view over the city centre at The Rooftop Bar nearby.
Guests of Mercure Hanoi La Gare are most satisfied with the convenient location, professional staff and attentive services.
- What’s nearby: Hanoi Opera House, Bun Cha Huong Lien
A younger and less prominent cousin of the Hilton Hanoi Opera, and just a few blocks down Phan Chu Trinh Street, Hilton Garden Inn boasts the same standards for its room quality and staff efficiency.
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There are 87 rooms, including 9 bedroom suites, each with a living room. The decor is luxurious and cozy, capturing an old capital vibe while maintaining the Hilton brand’s attention to detail. Free self-service laundry is a nice, thoughtful touch that guests find really useful.
The Grille restaurant, with a capacity of 120 and two private dining rooms, provides all-day dining options for individuals, families, couples and corporate guests. The 24-hour Pavilion Pantry offers snacks and cold beverages. There is also an evening room service menu available.
Guests can also hang out at the hotel’s bar, enjoy a workout at the 24-hour fitness centre, or just relax at the spa on the top floor.
Hilton Garden Inn is favoured for its convenient location as well as the friendly and helpful staff.
What’s most impressive about The Ann is the abundance of light and greenery in and around the hotel. From the moment you walk into the hotel lobby, you are welcomed by warm sunshine, just like the smiles of the staff.
The hotel offers 101 guest rooms and seven suite apartments, each at least 30 m2. Classy furniture with harmonious colours will soothe your eyes after a day out in the vibrant city, while the extremely comfortable mattress and pillows will help you relax your body and mind, ensuring a restful stay.
On the top floor of the hotel is a sunlit gym with a full-time trainer, a rooftop area where you can chill and even have a small party with your friends and an outdoor pool. There is also a sauna, a jacuzzi and shower room with secure lockers.
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Be sure not to miss out on the breakfast buffet at The Onyx House downstairs, and have a coffee or a cocktail at the A Lounge overlooking the lobby.
- What’s nearby: Indira-Gandhi Park, Vietnam Cheo Theatre
At Fortuna Hotel you will enjoy traditional Asian hospitality at its best. You can choose from 350 rooms in four classes, Deluxe, Grande, Premier and Suite, with room sizes ranging from 28 to 60 m2.
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The hotel’s basement is comprised of convenient entertainment venues, such as the Boss NiteClub.KTV, open from 6 p.m. until midnight for drinks and dance, and the Millionaire Club, open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. for those of you into slot machines and table games.
Those who prefer quiet relaxation can head to the fifth floor for the Fitness One gym or the outdoor swimming pool. The Sen Spa and Beauty Salon, also on the fifth floor, provides massage, skin care and hairstyling services, and the bigger Spa de Palace on the top floor has a jacuzzi, chilled pools, more massage and sauna services and a coffee lounge with complimentary coffee or tea.
Fortuna Hotel has three large restaurants that feature Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian and Western cuisines. There is also the Coffee Lounge in the hotel lobby for more casual meetings.
- What’s nearby: West Lake, Truc Bach Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda
The Hanoi Club Hotel is an ideal place for tourists wishing to discover the elegance and poetic beauty of Hanoi. Without a doubt, this is one of the most tranquil locations in the city.
Rooms are among the most spacious you can find in Hanoi. Superior and Deluxe rooms are sized 35 to 40 m2 each, overlooking the city streets or the West Lake. Signature rooms, beautifully designed and especially suitable for couples, are slightly larger to make room for a sofa. Studio rooms are similar to a mini apartment, where you can have a private kitchenette and a comfortable desk for working.
A magnificent view of the West Lake can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room. You can also relax at the Terrace Bar in the courtyard by the pool, go for a swim on sunny days or even play golf while surrounded by fresh air and calming water.
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The Hanoi Club provides international standard tennis, squash and golf facilities, as well as a fitness centre with professional trainers on hand, which all guests have free access to. After exercising, guests can relax in the steam room or relieve stress at the sauna and jacuzzi.
In the evening, the Arena Lounge offers a relaxing ambience for social activities. Café Tivoli features East Asian and Western cuisines, and Deli Crumbs Bakery is favored for homemade pastries, bread and delicious dumplings.