Lonely Planet review
The Lotus is one of Hanoi's more social budget joints, with a famous milk shake bar downstairs and charismatic owner, Madame Thao, making it a great place to meet interesting young Vietnamese and other travellers.
Two blocks south of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Lotus Guesthouse is away from the bustle of the 36 Streets but still central enough that you can walk pretty much anywhere. The rustic rooms are scattered through a warren of steep staircases - if you suffer from claustrophobia you should think twice. Some are small and windowless, but others are airy and bright. We liked room 316, with its terracotta floor, log-cabin style walls and small balcony out the back. Other rooms are larger, and 308 has a decent-sized balcony looking onto the street and wires at the front. And the Lotus has a few attractive extras, including wi-fi in every room and free Internet in the cafe. The atmosphere here is so convivial you might end up staying a while (as several others have), in which case the new apartments out the back might also appeal.
Our independent authors have visited Lotus Guesthouse and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Hanoi.
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