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Where to stay near Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake Hotels

Steeped in local legend, Hoan Kiem Lake is one of Hanoi’s most tranquil beauty spots. Situated beside the city’s Old Quarter, it’s a haven for joggers, yogis, and those who come to practice tai chi each morning on its tree-fringed shores. At the lake’s northern end sits Jade Island, home to an attractive 18th century temple, whilst its southern end features a petite islet, crowned with a small stone structure known as Turtle Tower.

Things to see

Jade Island and its temple, the Temple of the Jade Mountain, are linked to the lake’s shore via a bright red bridge. Fragranced by smoky incense, the small sanctum is richly adorned with hues of red and gold, alongside intricate carvings and ornaments. Situated at the northern edge of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Dong Xuan is the city’s largest indoor market. Contained with a domineering multi-story building, it bustles with chatty locals and shouty vendors, whose stalls overflow with everything from fashion and handicrafts, to flowers, spices, and fresh produce.

If you get peckish there’s also a food court, where you can sample local delicacies such as fried frog. For an evening of highbrow entertainment, the Hanoi Opera House hosts a world-class programme of operas, ballets, and orchestral concerts. Built by the French in the early 1900’s, the stately lemon-hued building features a quintessentially opulent chandelier-lit interior.

Hotels in Hoan Kiem Lake

Because it’s within the city centre area, you’ll find no shortage of hotels near Hoan Kiem Lake. Here you can choose from sleek high-rise hotels brimming with modern amenities, elegant colonial establishments offering chandeliered luxury, or international chain name hotels offering a safe bet stay such as Apricot Hotel. The larger midrange hotels near Hoan Kiem Lake such as Golden Sun Villa Hotel, generally feature restaurants, business centres and fitness facilities, whilst some of the more luxurious options boast full-service spas, swimming pools, and sometimes even nightclubs too. If you’ve got less to spend however, you’ll find plenty of budget-friendly boutique hotels and thrifty backpacker hostels instead such as Hanoi Light Hostel.

Where to stay

A hotel near Hoan Kiem Lake will place you in the Hoan Kiem district - Hanoi’s flourishing commercial core. Fragranced with the aromas street food and always bustling with honking cars and roaring motorbikes, it’s where you’ll find some of the capital’s best shopping, dining, and nightlife. Its main draw however is the characterful Old Quarter. Known for its yellowy colonial architecture, Buddhist temples, and decorative pagodas, the area is home to many of Hanoi’s star attractions. In and around you’ll find the Dong Xuan Market, the Hanoi Opera House, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, and the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre.

How to get to Hoan Kiem Lake

Noi Bai International is Vietnam’s largest airport, and the usual gateway for anyone flying in. Situated around 35 kilometres northwest of the capital’s core, it provides scheduled services throughout Asia, as well as direct links to cities in Europe and the Middle East. When you’ve landed there are plenty of bus and taxi services ready to whisk you into Hanoi, which usually takes around an hour if you opt for a taxi. The city is also reachable by train, with Hanoi Railway Station being one of its main terminals.

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