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The commercial centre Hanoi, named after the scenic Hoàn Kiếm Lake. Hoan Kiem District is home to many tourist attractions including The Old Quarter and Hanoi Opera House.
These hotels are also in great location for shopping, dining and gay scene.
8.5 Very Good - based on 2568 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Best seller. Excellent value. Centrally located.
A consistently popular choice on Travel Gay Asia. The Rising Dragon Palace is centrally located, close to Hanoi’s premier shopping street, with shops on the same block and in the surrounding areas.
A choice of 40 smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. Each modern, comfortable room features wooden flooring, flat screen TV, air conditioning, laptop-sized safe and free WiFi. Some rooms have a balcony with views of the Old Quarter.
The hotel has a restaurant, offers room service, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, laundry service, tour desk and car/bicycle rental. An excellent value bar as well!
Located a few minutes’ drive from Hanoi Train Station and 20 minutes’ drive from the airport.
8.5 Very Good - based on 282 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Near the Opera House. Elegant design. Superb dining.
Set close to the Old Quarter and the Hanoi Opera House, the designers of this hotel have set out to recreate the glamour of an evening at the opera.
Each guest room is decorated with traditional silk drapes, parquet flooring and flamboyantly colored furniture.
The hotel’s restaurants and café are equally stylish, although you are spoilt for choice for places to eat nearby. Free WiFi in all areas.
9.1 Fantastic - based on 188 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: New luxury hotel. Central location. Excellent value.
The new 5-star Apricot Hotel (opened in 2014) is in great location for sightseeing and offers amazing views of the Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Quarter from its rooftop pool and gym.
All stylish rooms and suites feature free WiFi, flat screen cable TV, electric kettle, in-room safe, work desk and minibar.
The hotel offers two onsite restaurants and a rooftop bar that serves a nice drink menu. The friendly staff at the 24-hour front desk can help you with car/bike rentals, sightseeing arrangements, laundry, etc. Excellent value for money.
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8.4 Very Good - based on 907 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Apartment style. Well-appointed rooms. Great location.
Most gay travellers will be familiar with the Somerset’s aparthotel concept. You don’t get the glitz and glamour of the Metropole, but you do get a washer & dryer, separate lounge and free WiFi.
If you are in Hanoi after visiting other parts of Vietnam or Laos, then the ability to wash and tumble dry your knickers without paying excessive hotel laundry charges could be attractive.
Location-wise, the Somerset is just of the edge of our preferred area, but the Old Quarter is still within walking distance.
8.1 Very Good - based on 271 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Excellent value. Great facilities. In the Old Quarter.
This excellent-value boutique hotel retains a classic Hanoi design with facilities that include a restaurant, two bars, a sauna, gym, massage and jacuzzi.
The spacious rooms and suites feature free WiFi, cable TV and air conditioning. Gay guests can enjoy a work out in the hotel’s gym with panoramic views of the city.
Located in the heart of the charming Old Quarter, close to famous attractions like the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake and the Opera House. A consistently popular choice on Travel Gay Asia.
8.3 Very Good - based on 411 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Great for sightseeing. Near Night Market & Hoan Kiem Lake.
The excellent value Hanoi Legacy Bat Su offers 46 modern rooms and suites with wood flooring, flat screen TV, air conditioning, electric kettle, minibar and free WiFi.
Some rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows. The onsite restaurant enjoys views of the Old Quarter and serves international dishes.
Hanoi Legacy is just a 5-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, a 10-minute drive from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and a 40-minute drive from the airport.
Staff are friendly and helpful.
8 Good - based on 436 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Near Hoan Kiem Lake. Central location. Great value.
The new Royal Palace boutique hotel is located close to the centre of the Old Quarter, just 5 minutes’ walk from the Hoan Kiem Lake.
This very gay-friendly hotel offers 30 spacious, comfortably furnished, en suite rooms, each featuring a LCD TV, air conditioning, minibar, coffee & tea making facilities and free WiFi.
Excellent value for money makes this one of the most popular Hanoi hotels on Travel Gay Asia.
9.1 Fantastic - based on 212 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Ideal location. Near Hoan Kiem Lake. Excellent value.
The smart-value Noble Boutique Hotel offers very clean and comfortable accommodation in a superb location within the Old Quarter, close to Hoan Kiem Lake and less than a minute walk from gay Bar GC. Great for exploring the galleries, shops and restaurants in this area.
All modern rooms and suites feature free WiFi, flat screen cable TV, air conditioning, tea/coffee making amenities, minibar and in-room safe.
The hotel has a 24-hour front desk and a tour desk. Exceptionally friendly and helpful staff speak good English. Airport shuttle service and room service are available.
8.1 Very Good - based on 1026 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: In the Old Quarter. Great value. Popular budget choice.
Parkson Hotel Hanoi is conveniently located on a quiet street in the centre of Hanoi, just a few minutes’ walk to Hoan Kiem Lake, with many dining choices, shopping areas and historical sites nearby – a great base to explore the area on foot.
All guest rooms feature wooden floors, flat screen satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar, desk, safe and free WiFi.
The hotel offers 24-hour room service, a 24-hour reception, laundry service and car/bike rental service. Buffet breakfast is included in room rate.
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More excellent-value-for-money hotel recommendations in central Hanoi. Many are located in Hoan Kiem District.
8.2 Very Good - based on 719 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Gay-popular. Fabulous views. Near West Lake.
The Sofitel Plaza Hanoi offers fabulous views of West Lake and the city beyond. The location is good for exploring the Old Quarter and most of the other major sights in the city.
Each of the 317 rooms have wall-to-wall windows with panoramic views of the city. The hotel has two restaurants and three bars and free WiFi in most of the public area.
Travel Gay Asia has stayed at this hotel and found the service to be helpful and friendly.
8.2 Very Good - based on 663 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Exquisite design. Great for sightseeing & shopping.
Conveniently located in downtown Hanoi, the luxurious Mövenpick features exquisite French architecture with 154 well-appointed rooms, gym and wellness studio, sauna and an all-day-dining restaurant.
The modern and soundproof rooms have comfortable beds, flat screen cable TV, minibar and tea & coffee making facilities and free WiFi. Helpful and professional staff.
The hotel is less than 2 km from major attractions including One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Temple of Literature.
8.9 Very Good - based on 1055 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: New hotel. Excellent value. Central location.
The Spring Flower hotel has a central location in downtown Hanoi, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, Dong Xuan Market and Hanoi Old Quarter night market.
This great-value hotel offers 25 rooms and suites, each with air conditioning, 32″ LCD satellite TV, high speed wireless and internet access, mini bar and safe. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, laundry service and airport shuttle services.
8.5 Very Good - based on 259 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Convenient location. Affordable. In the Old Quarter.
The excellent-value Hanoi Sky Hotel offers a convenient location, clean environment, good facilities and friendly service.
Guest rooms, though compact, are soundproof, air-conditioned and feature 32″ flat screen TV, wooden flooring, safety deposit box and free WiFi.
There are 3 suites with panoramic views. The onsite restaurant serves Asian and Western dishes. Computers with internet access are available in the lobby.
Located in Old Quarter, the hotel is about a 10-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lak, Dong Xuan Market, Water Puppet Theatre and the weekend night market.
Why this hotel: Budget option. Convenient location in the Old Quarter.
Ideal for gay travellers looking for a low-cost hotel in central location.
All 36 rooms at Charming Hotel feature a flat screen cable TV, air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities and free internet. The in-house restaurant serves Vietnamese and Western dishes.
The hotel is located in the Old Quarter, just a 5-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are within walking distance.
The other branch Hanoi Charming 2 Hotel is also worth considering.
7.8 Good - based on 44 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Convenient location. Very affordable. In the Old Quarter.
Centrally located in the Old Quarter, Winter Hostel is just around the corner from the main gay scene, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and Dong Xuan market and city centre.
The rooms are very basic but feature all the essentials – air conditioning, flat screen cable TV, small fridge and free WiFi.
The hostel has a 24-hour reception with English-speaking staff, tour desk, laundry service and computers in the lobby. Breakfast is served daily, though there are local cafés and restaurants nearby.