Most visitors to Hanoi find themselves staying, as hotel websites promise, in 'the heart of the Old Quarter', where the tourist boom has seen new and rebranded private hotels popping up at an incredible rate. We receive numerous complaints about budget-hotel owners pressuring guests to book tours with them. Some travellers have even been turfed out onto the street for not complying, while others have found mysterious taxes added to their bills. The advantages of staying in the Old Quarter are that you get an overwhelming range of options and its proximity to attractions. The disadvantages are also an overwhelming range of options and it's busy, noisy and gritty. Some guests will prefer paying a little extra to stay in the quieter French Quarter.