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Hanoi Hotels

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Church Hotel
9 Nha Tho Street
Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi
Vietnam
Tel: 84 4 928 8118
churchhotel@vnn.vn
www.churchhotel.com.vn

One of the few Hanoi hotels to live up to its boutique billing, this 26-room property appeals to independent travelers seeking style and location on a moderate budget. There's hardly a need for taxis, as Hoan Kiem Lake is barely a five-minute walk to the east while the neighbors along one-block-long Nha Tho Street operate some of Hanoi's best restaurants, cafés, and shops. The rooms are on the small side, and the aesthetic is almost monkish—hardwood floors; thick drapes; art-free, eggshell-white walls; mission-style furniture—but leavened with modern conveniences like AC and Internet access. The seventh floor has a small terrace, but the best views are to be had from the eighth-floor suite, where $70 buys you vistas of Hoan Kiem Lake and, to the west, the neo-Gothic St. Joseph Cathedral, consecrated in 1886. The front desk can arrange tours to any site in Hanoi, as well as organize onward transport or reservations. The hotel is extremely popular, so book well in advance.

$199 or less
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De Syloia
17A Tran Hung Dao Street
Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi
Vietnam
Tel: 84 4 824 5346
desyloia@hn.vnn.vn
www.desyloia.com

A ten-minute stroll south of Hoan Kiem Lake, this 33-room hotel appeals to travelers who want the feel of an urban boutique hotel in a neighborhood that hasn't been swallowed by tourism. The layout's a bit quirky—the narrow nine-story building vaults behind the facade of an old villa—but the quarters are spacious and the beds comfortable. The best rooms front Tran Hung Dao Street, with good views of the surrounding French Quarter. That's a blessing, as interior decor is simple and straightforward: clean-lined wooden furniture, white walls, soft lighting, an undersized original oil painting or two. All deluxe rooms and suites have whirlpool baths and free Internet access, but the musty rooftop minigym—with a single treadmill and a pair of stationary bikes—seems an afterthought. The very affordable rate includes an excellent breakfast, with omelets made to order in the Cay Cau restaurant, which also serves up tasty Vietnamese entrées in the evenings. English-speaking staff is helpful, while the maids don't miss a speck of dust—or even a misplaced passport, which was quickly delivered to the front desk.

$199 or less
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Hilton Hanoi Opera
1 Le Thanh Tong
Hanoi
Vietnam
Tel: 84 4 933 0500
hanoi@hilton.com
www.hanoi.hilton.com

This luxurious property, adjacent to the Opera House, has an impressive faux-colonial exterior and a sumptuous lobby. The hotel offers five-star accommodation at a great price. The 269 rooms have all mod cons, including satellite TV and data ports. Those on the executive floor have private check-in and a lounge with bar and snacks. Guests on holiday will appreciate the in-house tour services and concierge. The swanky Chinese restaurant, Turtle's Poem, offers fine dim sum, as well as a gargantuan Sunday brunch. The Café Opera serves fancy sandwiches and pastries, and JJ's Sports Bar is a great place for a game of pool.

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
Hotel Nikko Hanoi
84 Tran Nhan Tong
Hanoi
Vietnam
Tel: 84 4 822 3535
Fax: 84 4 822 3555
www.hotelnikkohanoi.com.vn

This hotel is Japanese owned and feels it, with a minimalist design and a pocket-size Japanese garden next to the light-filled lobby. The rooms are simple but fairly luxurious. Popular with visitors from Japan as well as business travelers, the 15-story hotel has a gym that is much better than most hotel fitness facilities, as well as a business center. The on-site restaurants include Tao-Li, a contemporary Cantonese restaurant, and Benkay, an excellent, if pricey sushi bar. The hotel's French restaurant, La Brasserie, serves a daily buffet breakfast that is included in the room rate. The hotel is in the center of the city and is a 40-minute drive from the airport.

$300-$399
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InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
1A Nghi Tam
Tay Ho
Hanoi
Vietnam
Tel: 84 4 270 8888
www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/ic/1/en/hotel/hanhb

Sublime settings among city hotels are rare, and none outdoes this site: Overlooking the 800-year-old Golden Lotus Pagoda on Hanoi's largest lake, it is ten minutes by car from the city's newly hip historic center (an excellent city map is presented along with your room key). The 359 stylish guest rooms feature headboards crafted from intricate hill tribe textiles, funky birdcage-inspired bedside lamps, and bathrooms equipped with powerful showers and double sinks. Most standard rooms offer lake views; on the downside, they suffer from thin walls that fail to block out occasional hallway noise. The five on-site restaurants and bars will more than satisfy anyone too rushed to explore Hanoi's rich and diverse dining scene. Café du Lac stands out here for authentic French brasserie fare, as does the Sunset Bar, poised on its own island in the lake and accessible by a romantic torch-lit bridge.

$200-$299
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Melia Hanoi
44B Ly Thuong Kiet St.
Hanoi
Vietnam
Tel: 84 4 934 3343
melia.hanoi@solmellia.com
www.meliahanoi.com

The likes of Princess Anne of the United Kingdom and members of the Brunei royal family have rested their crowned heads in this slick, 22-story hotel. There's a heliport on its roof, so guests can arrive in style, and the hotel has the largest ballroom in Vietnam (with a capacity of 1,200). The Art Deco rooms are large and pleasant, with luxurious bathrooms, minibars, and satellite TV. The high-rise hotel may be something of an eyesore on the Hanoi skyline, but its height guarantees guests a glorious view. There are two restaurants: El Patio, serving international cuisine, and Lotus, offering Thai and Chinese food. Melia is centrally located in the heart of Hanoi's business district, within walking distance of Hoan Kiem.

$300-$399
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Sofitel Metropole Hanoi
15 Ngo Quyen Street
Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi
Vietnam
Tel: 84 4 3826 6919
sofitelhanoi@hn.vnn.vn
www.sofitel.com/sofitel/fichehotel/gb/sof/1555/fiche_hotel.shtml

Despite fierce competition from new luxury rivals, the ideally located Metropole remains the most prestigious address in Hanoi for diplomats, celebrities, and an increasing number of high-end travelers. Opened in 1901 in the heart of the French Quarter, the Metropole has an illustrious history—past guests include Charlie Chaplin (on his honeymoon), Jane Fonda, and Jacques Chirac. With completion in early 2008 of a new wing and conversion of an adjacent office block, the grand hotel more than tripled its size, to 363 rooms. Every room has broadband Internet, an LCD television, and a DVD player. The new digs also have a business center, library, and 24-hour butler service on the Club Floor. Further pampering will soon be available at a new spa and fitness center. Old-fashioned romantics may prefer the smaller rooms in the original Colonial Wing, which have hardwood floors, period furniture, and bamboo wall coverings—though the traffic outside on busy Ngo Quyen Street can reduce the charm. The solution? Join the fray in the hotel's vintage ride, a chauffeur-driven 1953 French Citroën—the sanest, most stylish way to tour the city or go on a shopping spree. Half- and full-day cooking classes include market tours and lunch. Dine in at one of the in-house restaurants: Spices Garden serves upmarket Vietnamese fare, and Le Beaulieu specializes in classic French cuisine. The hotel also has three bars, including the Met Pub, which usually has live music.

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