We have already reviewed the best luxury hotels in Hanoi, Vietnam, but now we focus in on the best hotels in the Old Quarter. If you are a tourist this is where you want to be, and yet many of the hotels in Hanoi like the Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Hanoi, the InterContinental, the Pan Pacific and more, are 20 to 30 mins drive from the Old Quarter, so by staying at this, you are miles away from the best and most picturesque bits of the city.
Vietnam remains relatively undiscovered when compared to the more mainstream Asian tourist destinations such as Phuket in Thailand. As a result, this wonderful country still has many unspoilt corners to explore.
Hanoi has more than 1,000 years of history. Considered to be the cultural and political centre of Vietnam, this busy and modern capital city still retains its charm through beautiful lakes, the alleys of the Old Quarter and colonial architecture.
The most well known and important districts in Hanoi are Ba Dinh District (the French Quarter) where the government offices are located and Hoan Kiem District (the Old Quarter) which is considered the city’s business hub and main tourist destination.
In no particular order, here are the best hotels in the old quarter of Hanoi. We have also reviewed the best luxury hotels in Vietnam separately.
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1. Four Seasons Hanoi
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will soon bring an elegant design to Hanoi’s historic district and grand luxury to this town, overlooking the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake. Four Seasons Hotel Hanoi at Hoan Kiem Lake will be found in the heart of Vietnam’s capital city.
The new hotel (pictured above) will offer views of Hoan Kiem Lake and the bustling streets leading to the Old and French Quarters and will be located a short walk or scooter ride from many museums and galleries, shopping, and the city’s vibrant culinary scene.
“Hanoi is an incredible city, with a great deal to offer international and local travellers, and we look forward to expanding in the region with first-time partners BRG Group on this exciting project. This is a fantastic opportunity to offer travellers a Four Seasons experience in Hanoi, with partners who are truly passionate about the future of this city, and this hotel in particular,” said J. Allen Smith, President and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Designed by international award-winning firms WATG Architects and SRSS Interior Design Studio, Four Seasons Hotel Hanoi at Hoan Kiem Lake will draw from the French Colonial inspirations that are characteristic of Hanoi and include 95 rooms and suites as well as a spa and fitness centre, pools, and event and meeting spaces.
Joining the dynamic culinary landscape in the city, Wimberly Interiors, experts in cosmopolitan design, will develop the dining and lounge offerings, including an all-day restaurant, lounge and rooftop bar.
Four Seasons Hotel Hanoi at Hoan Kiem Lake will be the company’s second location in Vietnam, joining Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi.
Of course, there is no Four Seasons rewards program, but if you are a regular guest of the Four Seasons or even want to try this iconic brand for the first time, you can take advantage of loyalty style benefits at Four Seasons hotels for no extra cost by booking your next stay via our luxury travel concierge.
2. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
A prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi beautifully combines French art de Vivre with elegant Vietnamese touches. Located just steps from the Opera House in Hanoï’s French Quarter, this wonderful hotel envelopes guests in colonial opulence of another era.
The location is perfect, the decor and ambience is very special, and it has a club lounge. This has got to be the best luxury hotel in Hanoi with an executive club lounge! The heritage is evident throughout, with stately corridors and daily tours of Metropole’s Path of History and the bomb shelter offered by historians exclusively for guests staying at the hotel.
The hotel features 364 rooms and suites and excellent meeting and events facilities. The SoFIT by Sofitel gym, situated in the hotel’s inner garden, has been completely redesigned to become a prominent luxury fitness centre in Hanoi. The spacious 400 sqm Le Spa du Metropole is a calming sanctuary overlooking the charming garden, courtyard and pool, featuring private massage areas, thematic spa suites for couples, manicure and pedicure booth, and a humid zone with steam bath.
Sofitel Legend Metropole’s Club Lounge is on the seventh floor of the Opera Wing. It offers breakfast, afternoon tea from and a Happy Hour with champagne and amazing cocktails are included in the Happy Hour service. The food is delivered via a buffet and is good and the lounge is elegant and well worth upgrading your room to enjoy.
3. Lotte Hotel Hanoi
Lotte Hotel Hanoi is a 4-minute walk from Lotte Center Hanoi and within a 5-minute drive of Temple of Literature. This really is a great location!
Conveniently located between Hanoi’s Old quarter and the New Business District, Lotte Hotel Hanoi connects the rich cultural history of the past and combines the promising future of Hanoi. Situated in the upper part of the magnificent 65-floor Lotte Center, Lotte Hotel Hanoi is an excellent choice and one of the best luxury hotels in Hanoi.
4. Silk Path Boutique Hanoi
Silk Path Boutique Hanoi is a boutique hotel situated in Hanoi’s atmospheric Old Quarter with beautiful rooms and excellent service. It could not be more perfectly located. It can be found opposite Hoan Kiem Lake and if you go and have a drink in the rooftop bar, you can enjoy brilliant city views.
Rooms here are exceptional with historic panel work and parquet floors, white linens and English channels on the TV.
5. Apricot Hotel
Apricot Hotel in Hanoi (Hoan Kiem) is just a 4-minute walk from St.Joseph’s Cathedral and 8 minutes by foot from Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. As its name suggests, the decor is very apricot in this hotel but its brilliant location in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, beside Hoan Kiem Lake, means it is a great choice, whether you are a fan of apricot or not. A highlight is the lovely rooftop pool at this hotel, with panoramic views of the city and lake.
6. Somerset Grand Hanoi
Somerset Grand Hanoi is a towering serviced apartment block nestled in the midst of Hanoi’s largest commerce and business district, and situated close to a host of restaurants, entertainment stretches and local attractions. The residence is also close to a number of the city’s key attractions, such as Old Quarter, The One Pillar Pagoda and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Rooms here are modern with a hint of Asia in the decor, but the main appeal of this apartment hotel is the location.
7. Boss Legend Hotel
Strategically located in Old Quarter Hanoi and near the Hoan Kiem lake, Hanoi BOSS Legend Hotel is a luxury four-star hotel in Hanoi. It is the only hotel in Old Quarter with a large outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi pool. It also has a gym and sauna offering massage services.
80 luxurious room and suites provide convenient access to famous attractions such as Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Thang Long Water Puppet theatre as well as the Long Bien historical bridge or Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
8. Hilton Hanoi Opera House
Hanoi Opera House is located in an iconic building just steps away from Hanoi’s stylish French Quarter.
The hotel is a short walk from a number of excellent local restaurants and also a short stroll from the iconic Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, and maybe 15 minutes from the old quarter.
Hilton Hanoi Opera hotel is next to the Hanoi Opera House, within a short walk of Hanoi’s central business district, Vietnam National Museum of History, Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Old Quarter.
Guest rooms are described as locally-styled but reports suggest they are looking a little dated and smell musty. There is a Vietnamese restaurant Ba Mie, although you may prefer to try one of the local restaurants, and there’s an outdoor pool in the hotel too.
For a little extra, upgrade to an executive room for complimentary access to the Executive Lounge or a spacious suite with a separate living room, magnificent city view and executive benefits. The Executive club lounge is good but the breakfast in the restaurant is much better than the selection in the lounge. There is hot food, made to order eggs, omelettes and so forth.
If you are looking to do the usual tourist activities then the Hilton is a better pick in terms of location, than the JW Marriott or the Sheraton above as you are in the middle of the action, but the musty rooms may put you off.
9. Sheraton Hanoi Hotel
Located on the edge of Hanoi’s West Lake, Sheraton Hanoi Hotel is just a quick drive to the bustling downtown of Hanoi City. In fact, you can walk to the Old City area but it will take you around an hour and as there is nothing much in the immediate vicinity, the location of this hotel is not ideal, much like the JW Marriott. Within Hanoi, you can explore the nearby Old Quarter, home to Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Opera House and go shopping.
The graceful decor in Sheraton Hanoi Hotel is inspired by Vietnamese and French colonial décor with high ceilings and an orange and peach color palette. However, not being an original colonial building, this Sheraton lacks the historic significance enjoyed by hotels like the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.
Highlights of this 5-star hotel include cocktails in the courtyard, fine dining in one of their four excellent restaurants or taking it easy in the Relaxation Centre with an adjacent outdoor pool and Lakeside Garden.
99 spacious hotel rooms, including 16 suites, with brilliant West Lake views and, of course, the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience. Inspired by Vietnamese and French colonial décor and designed with soaring ceilings, each room infuses your stay with Hanoi City’s culture and grace.
There is a decent club lounge on a high floor in this Sheraton that offers a continental breakfast with an egg station, evening canapes and soft and alcoholic drinks, spirits, wine and beer.
Marriott Bonvoy Platinum guests get a free upgrade to a club room and can choose to take their breakfast in the lounge or in the buffet.
10. Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi
Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi is a five-star hotel located in central Hanoi. With distinctive French design and 154 rooms.
The Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi is conveniently located in the heart of Hanoi’s central business district, a 40 minute drive from Noi Bai international airport and only 5 minutes from the city centre and its Old Quarter. This makes this hotel ideal for business and leisure travelers.
Guests can relax and enjoy some fine dining in the restaurant or stay fit using the modern exercised equipment, massage and sauna facilities in the Kinetic Gym and Wellness Studio.
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