Due to the rapid tourism development in Vietnam, searching for cheap but high-quality accommodation in Hanoi’s center has become more difficult. This is because hundreds of poor residential places has come to existence. How to solve this if you are in this situation? Simply read the list of cheap accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter I will introduce below. All of them, interestingly, are recommended by many backpackers in the world.
Currently, there are two main types of affordable accommodation in the Old Quarter, namely hostel and hotel. In fact, the latter is more high-priced, but you can control privacy and safety. Because living alone or only sharing the room with your companions is possible. Meanwhile, in the case of the former, you are likely to stay with about 10 strange people in a dorm, leading thievery to occur easily. Therefore, you must take consideration of your financial conditions very carefully before making the final decision.
1. Hanoi Rocks Hostel
Address: No.56 Hang Duong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The first accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter I want to introduce is Hanoi Rocks Hostel. It is also the cheapest one with good quality I’ve known until now. Lying in the northern part of the Old Quarter, the hotel allows you to travel to Dong Xuan Market, Bach Ma Temple and Night Market without much effort. But this is contrary if you want to move to Hoan Kiem Lake or the French Quarter.
With only 3USD, you can dwell overnight in the space for 20 people at the hostel. Of course, there are some dorms for 8 people, but the price is double. Nevertheless, all furniture in dorms has a white and grey layer to bring brightness to the hostel. Apart from this, you can engage in dynamic music and dance in the hostel’s lively bar behind the entrance, where you can make lots of new friends.
2. Funky Jungle Hostel
Address: No.73 Ma May Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Another cheap accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter is Funky Jungle Hostel. Despite being a bit far from Hoan Kiem Lake, the hostel is adjacent to the zone with several interesting bars & restaurants to let you enjoy bustling nightlife in Vietnam’s capital. Especially, the price is only from 5USD/night. So you will be able to wind up entirely without any concern about your pocket.
Actually, there is no need to go outside to plunge yourself in such activities because the bar inside the hostel could meet all your demands. Decorated with green ornaments, the bar looks as if it’s a part of a tropical jungle. However, there is the only mixed dorm for you to choose, thought beddings and bed frames are acceptable. So if you are a female visitor, you should take care of yourself more cautiously since you might stay with some unknown men.
3. See you at Lily’s
Address: No.16 Ngo Huyen Lane, Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Having the same price as Hanoi Rocks Hostel’s one, consequently, See you at Lily’s is also highly appreciated by budget travelers. Hiding itself in a narrow lane called Ngo Huyen, the hostel is surrounded by an atmosphere pretty tranquil at midday, but noisy and crowded at night. Moreover, the hostel in the vicinity of Hanoi St Joseph’s Cathedral. Therefore, you can also see countless hordes of Christians tourists there. Anyway, I think this landmark is not suitable to people seeking silence.
To some extent, all appliances inside this hostel are not so inferior to those belonging to high-rank hotels. By mixing black wooden decorative objects and elegant bedding, the hostel could make you take its spacious dorm sufficient for 12 people to dwell together as a luxurious room. Some extra services that may facilitate your journey, such as tour packages, free breakfast, and transfers at the airport are available.
4. Hanoi Backpackers Hostel – Downtown
Address: No.9 Ma May Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Near Funky Jungle Hostel, Hanoi Backpackers Hostel – Downtown is an additional accommodation in Hanoi for backpackers. Compared with the former, Hanoi Backpackers Hostel is farther from Hoan Kiem Lake, but closer to Dong Xuan Market. Again, on the condition that you are planning to travel in the French Quarter and the lake more frequently, you need rent a vehicle or a bike instead of going on foot.
The lowest price you can see on the website of the hostel is 8USD/night, a bit higher than the others. However, this could be offset by dozens of tempting activities held at the bar & restaurant at night. Admittedly, this moment also gives you an opportunity to meet loads of visitors coming from many countries all around the world. Meanwhile, up to 6 dorm types with wooden bed frames help you achieve a smooth sleep at night.
As I mentioned, the prices for living in a hotel are often higher. Nonetheless, this could be solved if someone, your lover or family member, shares the cost with you. Usually, the sum of money you have to pay is only around 23USD/night.
1. Noble and Swan Boutique Hotel
Address: No.16H Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Regarding cheap accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter, I suggest you to select Noble and Swan Boutique Hotel once. With only 45USD/night for 2 people, you are permitted to stay in a large room with a lot of splendid amenities. The first thing that could astonish you is handmade bedding giving off an unforgettable odor, contributing to your deeper sleep. The second is the vegan restaurant on the second floor, where a wide range of tasty vegan dishes are served for a healthier life. The third could be its French-style surface since the hotel is rebuilt from an ancient house. Perhaps you will realize this from the old gate near the hotel’s entrance.
Anyway, this landmark is well-suited to those who prefer quietness, given a fact that it’s hidden in a small alley. But traveling from there to Hoan Kiem Lake is still very quick and effortless.
2. The Hanoian Hotel
Address: No.42A, Hang Cot Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
It is noticeable that The Hanoian Hotel will show the same price of 45USD/night to you, very inexpensive when it’s shared by two people. But I have to say that the site of the hotel may obstruct your adventure in Hanoi’s center a bit. The reason for this is that it’s positioned in the western edge of the Old Quarter, and near Ba Dinh District rather than the French Quarter. As a result, in order to attend Hoan Kiem Lake, you have to spend at least 15 minutes on walking.
By the way, you will not need to complain about the hotel’s amenities. By using the delicate mixture between dark shades in wooden furniture and light colors in bedding, the hotel forms a cozy ambiance for a long-term stay. Moreover, the restaurant with mainly brown equipment is where you can have a meal and enjoy a song with slow number to rest.
3. Splendid Star Boutique Hotel
Address: No.19 Au Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
This accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter is, intriguingly, famous for its favorable location. Because it’s adjacent to Hanoi St Joseph’s Cathedral, just a few meters away. You will only need some seconds to see this historical building. Of course, the hotel is a preferable option if you often have to attend the church for pray. Owing to this feature, during the time you stay there, you might suffer from traffic congestion as well as human noise at night. Therefore, it is probably very hard to rest wholly at the hotel.
Nevertheless, all first-rate devices inside the hotel are able to blow away your annoyance, while the price is just from 46USD/night. The hotel has focused on traditional Vietnamese decoration instead of Western one, creating a harmonized ambiance. There is no lack of ornaments and appliances with impressive outlines such as sofas, wallpaper and beds. The in-house restaurant is also not a bad choice to taste Vietnamese and international food.
4. Noble Boutique Hotel
Address: No.98 Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
An additional accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter for you is Noble Boutique Hotel. Currently, you can accommodate at the hotel by paying at least 46USD. But if you book online in advance on some special days, you will receive a huge discount to reduce the staying cost there. Although the hotel is merely a 3-star one, its amenities are highly-qualified. While cabinets, tables and bed frames are made from prime wood, bedding is all hand embroidery clothes. Notably, the hotel operates a shop called Thuy Ky Shop near the entrance to serve backpackers who favor such handmade bedding.
After buying fast food at the restaurant of the hotel, you can blend yourself in a crowd to wander around the Old Quarter instantly. Grateful for Hang Gai Street, the most uproarious street in this region, it’s not difficult for you to find gift shops, or food streets later.
Altogether, I hope that you would find reasonable accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter after reading the information about my suggestive hostels and hotels in this article. Certainly, an enjoyable stay will be waiting for you in this time-honored city.