Much of Hanoi’s cheap accommodation is in or around the Old Quarter. We receive numerous complaints about budget-hotel owners pressuring guests to book tours with them. Some travellers have even been turfed out into the street for not complying, while others have found mysterious taxes added to their bills. In addition, Old Quarter traffic is oppressive, particularly around Hang Be, Hang Bac and Ma May.
Emerging areas for good value accommodation include around St Joseph Cathedral, and on and around P Hang Dieu on the western edge of the Old Quarter.
Expect to pay US$20 to US$25 for a decent budget room. For around US$30 to US$45, rooms are loaded with gadgets and facilities including air-con, satellite TV, wi-fi, a computer and minibar. There’s been a mini-boom in efficiently run hostels, and dorm beds range from US$6 to US$9.
Contemporary boutique hotels are also emerging with tariffs around US$40 to US$80 a night. Above US$100, you’re looking at luxury hotels with pools, fitness centres and restaurants.
Most budget and midrange hotels include free internet access, while top-end hotels levy a charge. Always check whether tax and service is included.
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