The last time I went to Hanoi, Vietnam, my friend and I had problems with the hotel we had originally booked at and decided to leave after the first night. We found two rooms in another highly-recommended hotel, but couldn’t get in until the following day, which is why we stayed one night at Hanoi Street Hotel as a stop-gap. It was also while at Hanoi Street Hotel, we realized quickly we wished we hadn’t booked the second hotel for a week, as Hanoi Street Hotel was such a lovely hotel with an incredibly cheap, budget price, it would have done just as well.
The Staff at Hanoi Street Hotel – The first thing we noticed upon arrival at Hanoi Street Hotel and begging for two available rooms was how friendly the staff is. They immediately showed us three or four rooms and allowed us to choose the two we liked, both of which were lovely. The reception desk staff spoke excellent English (something sadly lacking in many Hanoi hotels) and bent over backwards to make sure we were comfortable and happy with our accommodation.
The staff is a little pushy when it comes to wanting you to book trips, but we found this at every Hanoi hotel we stayed in, so it wasn’t unusual. But one member of staff helped us book a city tour for the following day that turned out to be wonderful, so no complaints here. The hotel is also family-owned, which gives it an extremely welcoming and friendly feel.
The Rooms at Hanoi Street Hotel – When we realized we were desperate for a new hotel, after the one we booked turned out so badly, we quickly glanced through the guidebook we had and found Hanoi Street Hotel. Highly recommended by the guide book, the minute we saw our rooms we could see why. The hotel has 30 rooms, in four different sizes. All rooms are decorated in a nice mix of Vietnamese and contemporary style and all have air-conditioning, cable TV, fridge, en suite bath, and wireless internet (not particularly fast, but it does work consistently well).
My room was large with two twin beds, and my friend was given a room with a queen-size bed, but both were spotlessly clean, smelled great (some Hanoi hotels are a bit musty smelling) and even had very clean carpets (always one of my bugbears in most hotels).
The Food at Hanoi Street Hotel – Breakfast was included in our room rate and it was delicious. We also ate dinner in the hotel restaurant one night and thought the typical Vietnamese meal we chose was better than food at other Hanoi Vietnamese restaurants we’d eaten at before.
The Price at Hanoi Street Hotel – As it’s a budget hotel, we expected a low price but not as low as it turned out to be. Only $29 for my room and $35 for my friend’s, it was unbelievable to us the hotel could make much profit on such a low nightly rate. No wonder it’s so popular with budget travelers.
If you want something with lots of modern conveniences, flatscreen TVs, several restaurants and an upscale feel, obviously Hanoi Street Hotel isn’t for you. But, for a clean, quiet place to stay, close to Hoan Kiem Lake (two minutes walk), near shopping and hundreds of wonderful restaurants and bars,and for a budget price you can’t go wrong with Hanoi Street Hotel. I’ve recommended it to several friends since, and all have had a wonderful stay.
Just one word of warning, do not mix up Hanoi Street Hotel with Old Street Hotel. This is another Hanoi budget hotel that’s been getting such bad reviews lately some travel companies won’t deal with them anymore.
Hanoi Street Hotel is located at 1a Ngo Hang Bong Street, Hanoii, Vietnam.
Hanoi Street Hotel, Hanoi