When it comes to booking a hotel, it would be a head-splitting problem for many people. The most concerned questions are revolving around how to find a hotel that could fit your budget, but still, guarantee the quality and which location is most suitable for your itinerary. Given that Hanoi transport system isn’t well-generated, the question on which area in Hanoi would be the perfect base for your trip would matter a great deal. Here is the guide on how to choose a perfect location to book a hotel in Hanoi.
The main three areas which are worth-staying and have a high concentration of hotels are Hoan Kiem District, Ba Dinh District, and Tay Ho District. Most foreign travelers would choose to stay within these areas. Now, let’s look into the pros and cons of each area.
Hoan Kiem District
Hoan Kiem District is the most popular choice for first-time travelers. The central district of Hanoi houses many of the capital city’s main attractions – the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and so on. Therefore, staying within this area would be super convenient to navigate and explore the city’s main treasures. The hotels in this area range from the very luxurious 4 or 5-star hotels of the French Quarter to affordable small hotels in Old Quarter.
However, it’s good to know that this central area would be really busy and noisy. It would be a great choice for people who love crowded streets, energetic atmosphere and busy nightlife. Added to this, the district also owns the most dynamic and fascinating food scene of the city. However, the price for food would be higher than in other areas.
Ba Dinh District
Ba Dinh District is a fifteen-minute drive from Hoan Kiem District. Ba Dinh is home to many historical sights: Temple of Literature, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi Flag Tower and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, all of these are basic for most of the city tours in Hanoi. Far from being a crowded and busy area like Hoan Kiem Lake, Ba Dinh is more peaceful and easy-going.
The hotels and restaurants in this area are more of high-class and upper-scaled. Therefore, the staying cost would cost more than in others. There are not many appealing shopping areas, neither bars nor pubs in this area.
Tay Ho (Hanoi Westlake)
About 30-minute drive from the Hoan Kiem Districts, Tay Ho is a wonderful base to retreat from the crowded central area. There are many lakeside villas, fine restaurants with a gorgeous overview of Western Lake. Besides, tourists also have easy access to many Buddhism pagodas and temples – Tran Quoc Pagoda or Quan Thanh Temple. The overall impression of this area is tranquil and quaint. There are not many nightlife activities, hectic pubs or bars. However, it could offer a new perspective of Hanoi. Tay Ho District would be a perfect choice for those who prefer a quiet stay or people with a little budget.