We found this 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment right on the edge of the Old Quarter via Airbnb. Being out of the major tourist area meant the nightly cost was cheaper but we were still so close to so much. After we booked our first week and planned a bit more of our travels we decided to book another two weeks at this same apartment and we are so glad that we did.Our host had great communication during the booking process, before we arrived and during our stay. He greeted us and showed us to the 3rd floor apartment. This building has just one apartment per floor and so there are only four apartments in total. There are staff available 24/7 and they keep the building secure day and night.
The open plan area included a couch and chair, coffee table, table with two chairs as well as the TV and DVD player. The kitchen had a good sized refrigerator, two burner gas hob, kettle, rice cooker, plenty of cutlery and crockery and hot water at the sink (a rarity in Southeast Asia). The bathroom had a fully enclosed shower (another rarity in Southeast Asia), vanity and toilet. There is a washing machine and dryer available to use in the building that is free of charge.The main bedroom has a large bed, bedside tables, desk and chair, large wardrobe, fan and air conditioning unit. The second bedroom has a queen bed, 1 bedside table, smaller wardrobe, fan and air conditioning unit.The furnishings were quite comfortable and we had a pleasant stay. We mentioned to the host after our first stay that the Wi-Fi was a bit weak and patchy at times and during our second visit it was much stronger but there were still disconnection issues.
The apartment is close to the famous ‘train street’ and we saw and heard many trains. There is also an excellent food street right around the corner as well as many other great eating options all within a short walk. The area is lively but we didn’t find it overly noisy at night. During our second visit we found the local fresh/wet market a few streets over which has a great selection of fresh meat, fruit and vegetables.
- Train Street – 50m
- Food Street (Tống Duy Tân) – 250m
- Railway Station – 550m
- Vietnam Military History Museum – 550m
- Express Bus Stop 86 (to & from the airport) – 700m
- Hỏa Lò Prison Museum – 700m
- Hoàn Kiếm Lake – 1km
- Thăng Long Citadel – 1.1km
- Ba Đình Square (& the front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum but this is not the entrance) – 1.1km
Hà Nội is quite flat so easy to walk around to the many sights and attractions and when we visited in March/April the temperatures were very pleasant. For anything further a field there are plenty of taxis and Grab vehicles around this area.
Price – 7 night stay = $46.14 NZD per night (included Airbnb service fees)
Price – 16 night stay = $44.13 NZD per night (included Airbnb service fees)