Hotels located between the Truc Bach Lake and the Hanoi Opera House or west as far as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Temple of Literature are in a great location. All of the main places of interest in Hanoi are within this area, and many can be reached by foot.
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29 Trang Tien street Hoan Kiem district | map
8.6 Very Good based on 173 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 throughout the hotel.
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District | map
9.1 Fantastic based on 724 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Historic building. Stylish design. Wonderful facilities.
The Metropole, the more stylish of the two Sofitel’s in Hanoi, has been welcoming ambassadors, writers, heads of state since 1901. The French colonial-styled building is located in the heart of the city center close to the Hoan Kiem Lake and the historic Old Quarters. Expect excellent service and a exceptionally warm welcome.
Even if you decide to stay somewhere else, we recommend visiting Le Club Bar in the afternoon for a fabulous afternoon tea and chocolate buffet.
49 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District | map
8.4 Very Good based on 561 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Apartment style. Well-appointed rooms. Great location.
Most gay travellers will be familiar with the Somerset concept of building a 4/5 star hotel, but with apartments rather than rooms. 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.
1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District, Tay Ho District | map
8.3 Very Good based on 567 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Wonderful views. Near West lake. Gay-popular.
The Sofitel Plaza Hanoi offers great 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 offering panoramic views of the city. The hotel has two restaurants and three bars and free WiFi in most of the public area. TGA has stayed at the Sofitel and found the service to be helpful and friendly.
83A Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem District | map
8.1 Very Good based on 449 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Exquisite design. Great for sightseeing & shopping.
Conveniently located in Hanoi central business district, the luxurious Mövenpick Hotel features exquisite French architecture with 154 well-appointed rooms, gym and wellness studio, sauna and an all-day-dining restaurant. The rooms are modern and soundproof and come with comfortable beds, flat screen cable TV, minibar and tea & coffee making facilities. WiFi is available but charges apply. Staff are helpful and professional.
The hotel is less than 2 km from major attractions including One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Temple of Literature.
10 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District | map
8.1 Very Good based on 245 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Excellent value. Great facilities. In the Old Quarter.
Quoc Hoa is one of the first 3-star hotels in Hanoi. Opened since 1991, this well-rated boutique hotel retains the classic Hanoi design concept with all the facilities including a restaurant, 2 bars, sauna, gym, massage service, jacuzzi, etc. There are 46 rooms and suites, each with free WiFi, cable TV and air conditioning. Gay guests will enjoy working out at the hotel’s well-equipped gym with panoramic views of the city.
Quoc Hoa is located in the heart of the charming Old Quarter, close to famous attractions like the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake and the Opera House. Great value for money and overall a smart choice.
65 Hang Dieu Street, Hoan Kiem District | map
8.8 Very Good based on 243 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: In the Old Quarter. Friendly staff. Value for money.
The very gay-friendly Art Hotel offers great value for money accommodation right in the heart of the Old Quarter. The professional and enthusiastic team deliver top-notch service. All of the 30 en suite guestrooms feature LCD TV’s, tea and coffee making facilities, a daily complimentary fruit platter and free internet access.
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18A Quan Su Street, Hoan Kiem District | map
8 Good based on 378 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Near Hoan Kiem Lake. Great for sightseeing. Low-cost.
The new (2010) Royal Palace boutique hotel is located close to the center of the Old Quarter, just five minutes’ walk from the Hoan Kiem Lake (and the GC Bar). This very gay-friendly hotel offers 30 spacious, comfortably furnished en suite rooms, each featuring a LCD TV, air conditioning, minibar, coffee and tea making facilities and free WiFi.
27 Tong Duy Tan Street, Hoan Kiem District | map
8.7 Very Good based on 158 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Convenient location. Affordable. In the Old Quarter.
An excellent choice for budget gay travelers. The Hanoi Sky Hotel offers convenient location, clean environment, good facilities and friendly service. Guest rooms, though compact, are soundproof and 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, Hanoi Sky Hotel is about a 10-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lak, Dong Xuan Market, Water Puppet Theatre and the weekend night market.
16-18 Bat Su, Hoan Kiem District | map
8.4 Very Good based on 197 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Great for sightseeing. Near Night Market & Hoan Kiem.
Great new budget hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. The newly built Hanoi Legacy offers 46 modern rooms and suites that are equipped 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.
15 Yen Thai Street, Hoan Kiem District | map
Why this hotel: Low-cost & Convenient. In the Old Quarter.
Charming? Perhaps. Affordable? Definitely. This budget hotel is popular with gay travelers looking for a low-cost accommodation in central Hanoi. Located in the Old Quarter, each of 36 rooms at Charming Hotel features flat screen cable TV, air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities and free internet. In-house restaurant serves Vietnamese as well as Western dishes.
The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are within walking distance. The hotel’s other branch Hanoi Charming 2 Hotel is also worth considering.