Hanoi Hotels

The grande dame is the centrally located Sofitel Metropole, the new 5* Intercontinental on West Lake is a great option although about 10 minutes distant from the center, and both the Hanoi Hilton and Melia are accessible and comfortable. They all run $200 + per night. The Church Hotel at 9 Nha Tho, near the Cathedral, is about $70 per night and a sister hotel at nearby Hang Gai 95 has just opened. Two new downtown hotels are the Opera and the Golden Silk – both ultra-modern but over the top glitzy with crystal chandeliers and mirrors galore. My favorite budget hotel, the $35 a day Freedom Hotel at 57 Hang Trong Street, has died and joined its ancestors, but an excellent substitute is the Lucky 2 Hotel at 46 Hang Hom at $55. Perfect location in the heart of the Old Quarter – 5 minutes by foot to Hoan Kiem lake and to the Cathedral area, friendliest staff possible, absolute security for guests and their belongings. Ask for one of the sixth floor rooms with a balcony and city views, and yes, there is an elevator.

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