Bang in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and just a few minutes walking distance from all the cafes, restaurants and nightlife the area has to offer, Hanoi Backpackers Hostel continues to grow in popularity with the gap year travel crowd. Clean, secure and comfortable, the hostels air-conditioned rooms have 24 hour access to hot water and provide great views of the city. Get in before happy hour at the bar from 5 to 6 pm!
Another Old Quarter stalwart, Hanoi Rendezvous Hostel, run by a friendly Australian pair, is a top choice and only moments from Hoan Kiem lake. Newly renovated and with extremely spacious rooms, the hostel also offers free wifi throughout and free internet computers in its lobby. The biggest charms? Guests are treated to a free cyclo tour around Hanoi’s streets on arrival, complimentary breakfast and tea and coffee throughout the day.
Home to 20 comfortable beds in mixed male and female dorms, Hanoi Hostel’s rooms have all the staple comforts you can come to expect from a good gap year travel hostel. Guests are welcomed with free drinks in its Vera Cruz bar where other backpackers can be found sipping the local Hanoi beer, surfing the internet and finalising travel plans to Halong Bay and beyond.
Set back in a quiet alley, right across the street from Hoan Kiem Lake and a short walk away from Hanoi’s famous Water Puppet Theatre, Little Hanoi Hostel offers guests single, double or twin rooms and a newly renovated four person dorm. Popular for its arranged tours of Sapa, Halong Bay, Mai Chau and Hoa Binh, the staff at Little Hanoi have built a strong reputation as being some of the friendliest and helpful in the city.
Tired and dirty from all that gap year travel? Hanoi Wing Café Hostel’s cosy little rooms each have bathtubs to scrub away all the grime collected from life on the road. Couple that with cable flat screen Tv’s, free wifi and a location yards from the looming Hanoi Opera House and backpackers would be hard pressed to find somewhere better.
When visiting Vietnam, you wouldn’t want to miss the bustling and antique capital city Hanoi with a blending sensation of new and old. There is one area where you can have an insight look into the elegant and vintage Hanoi in the ancient time – that is the Old Quarter area with 36 streets specialized in different merchandises in the past.
The Old Quarter is located around the heart of Hanoi and provide easy access to major attractions in the city such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple, Ho Chi Minh complex, Van Mieu (temple of literature), One Pillar pagoda and the Old Quarter itself.
Walking around the small and crowded street to take a look at various merchandise shops as well as food vendors filled with locals might be one of the most interesting experience. That is why many tourists staying around the area while visiting Hanoi. In response to the growing demand of accommodation, many 2 or 3 star hotels in the Old Quarter area have been built up. With the advantage of offering reasonable price, friendly staff and a local knowledge in exploring the city, the area has been up in its reputation for Cheap hotels in Hanoi.
When it comes to Hanoi hotels around the Old Quarter, there are some popular names among the tourists such as Hanoi Lucky hotel, Bach Tung Diep hotel, Maison D’ Hanova Hanoi hotel, Allura hotel, Mike Hanoi hotel,… The price range is often between $25 – $35 per night. However, you should prepare to expect a not-big room with decent facilities as these hotels place their focus on prices, warm and friendly services rather than deluxe rooms and furniture.
Most of the Old Quarter Hanoi hotels are built in the colonial and boutique style. Standing on a small balcony on the third or fourth floor to look down the small streets gradually overflowing with motorbikes and street vendors one early morning and you can sense the peacefulness and aliveness gently flooding over your body and mind. To Hanoians, these mornings are like the precious still moments in their busy life for enjoying the beauty of Hanoi, especially when these early mornings happen to be on fine autumn days with a light touch of breeze and cool weather and the bland fragrance of Milk flower spreading in the air.