Cool and Unusual Hotels in Hanoi

Top 19 Cool And Unique Hotels In Hanoi 2023

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Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital, is a mesmerizing blend of old-world charm and modern eclecticism. The city’s bustling streets are adorned with street vendors, towering colonial-era buildings, and ancient temples that whisper tales of its rich cultural and spiritual history.

Hanoi is also famed for its serene lakes, lush green parks, and winding alleyways that lead to hidden gems and come alive at night with its bustling street food scene and electric nightlife. 

A bountiful array of spectacular hotels in Hanoi is ready to fill your city break with inspiration and cultural charm. From colonial boutiques to soaring skyscrapers, here are my favorite cool and unique hotels in Hanoi, Vietnam (in no particular order)

Best For: Millennials and Gen Z

SOJO Hotel Ga Hanoi

SOJO Hotel Ga Hanoi - a cool, funky and themed hotel perfect for Millennials and Gen Zs SOJO Hotel Ga Hanoi - a cool, funky and themed hotel perfect for Millennials and Gen Zs

Funky, retro, and eccentric, SOJO is a dreamy place designed for urban explorers who want to add a bit of flamboyancy to their city break.

The brand message is loud and clear before you even enter, with the bright, vibrant colors on the glass exterior exuding a fun-loving, playful spirit. The vivacity continues, with quirky furnishings brought to life by a spectacular lighting system.

The signature purple theme permeates the lobby, bar area, gym, and restaurant, maintaining an uplifting atmosphere throughout the hotel. My room was well equipped and slick, offering all the mod-cons of a five-star resort.

Pros

Spectacular quirky-chic furnishings

Stylishly-themed gym and bar

Floor-to-ceiling windows and great views

Urban-focused funky design elements

Cons

WiFi can be slow at peak times

Best For: Boutique Hotel

Aira Boutique Hanoi Hotel & Spa

Pros

Upscale on-site Essence restaurant

Balconies with great views in rooms

Impressive open-air swimming infinity pool

Ancient Fire Acupuncture Therapy

Best For: Spa and Wellness

Aurora Premium Hotel & Spa

Pros

Unique and colorful decor

Modern upscale spa and Starlight Sky Bar

Choice of continental and à la carte breakfast

Floor-to-ceiling windows and great views

Cons

Breakfast menu can be limited

Best For: Old Quarter Location

La Sinfonía del Rey Hotel & Spa

Pros

Location close to Old Quarter

Insta-worthy design and views of the lake

Best For: Luxury

Smarana Hanoi Heritage

Pros

Unique upscale heritage hotel

On-site restaurant Smarana and onsite bike rentals

Collection of paintings and Instaworthy rooftop bar

Luxury onsite spa and wellness

Cons

Lack of storage space in bathrooms

Best For Great Views

Solaria Hanoi Hotel

Pros

It’s a striking and photogenic French colonial-inspired hotel offering a unique and luxurious city break.

Cons

French colonial inspired decor

Instagrammable rooftop bar and views

Vietnamese and Western cuisine

Modern on-site organic spa

Best For: Rooftop Swimming Pool

Soleil Boutique Hotel Hanoi

Pros

Insta-worthy rooftop swimming pool

Floor-to-ceiling windows and city views

Daily breakfast and onsite stylish restaurant

Modern spa and well-equipped gym

Cons

Not for the budget-friendly crowd

Best For: Great Central Location

Shining Central Hotel & Spa

Shining Central Hotel & Spa - one of the most newly opened hotels in the city offering a stylish, romantic and sleek stay Shining Central Hotel & Spa - one of the most newly opened hotels in the city offering a stylish, romantic and sleek stay Shining Central Hotel & Spa - one of the most newly opened hotels in the city offering a stylish, romantic and sleek stay

Here, we have Hanoi’s newest luxury 4-star accommodation, in the heart of the Old Quarter, minutes from the city’s many tourist attractions.

Each room has been designed and furnished following the needs of the modern jetsetter, the savvy tourist, and the business traveler. Comfort and style reign supreme here, with many intimate spaces dressed in a French colonial charm and welcoming guests to a moment of tranquillity.

This hotel hit the spot as I was combining work and leisure. Not only could I take advantage of the ultra-high-velocity Wi-Fi and the high-quality amenities, but the facilities on offer meant I did not have to go far to unwind, with the spa, gym, restaurant, and sky bar all clad in refined elegance.

Pros

Sleek and romantic boutique interiors

Located in the popular Old Quarter

On-site gym and upscale spa facilities

Both car and bike hire available

Cons

Higher than average prices for spa

Air Con can be temperamental

Best For: Innovative

JM Marvel Hotel & Spa

Pros

Popular trendy Rooftop Bar and great views

Striking and photogenic interior design

Daily breakfast Asian style with vegan options

Onsite upscale spa and wellness facilities

Best For: Great Breakfast

Grande Collection Hotel & Spa

Pros

Romantic French colonial inspired decor

Great location in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Choice between à la carte or buffet breakfast

Fine fusion cuisine and onsite spa

Cons

Limited storage space in guest rooms

Best For Onsite Dining

InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, an IHG Hotel

InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, an IHG Hotel - one of the highest hotels in Hanoi where guests can enjoy a contemporary, stylish and unique stay InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, an IHG Hotel - one of the highest hotels in Hanoi where guests can enjoy a contemporary, stylish and unique stay InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, an IHG Hotel - one of the highest hotels in Hanoi where guests can enjoy a contemporary, stylish and unique stay

Here we have Hanoi’s tallest hotel, which towers over the bustling cityscape and houses 3 of the most acclaimed eateries in the city.

My favorite spot, 3 Spoons, is graced by scintillating skyline views and offers an extensive buffet, an interactive kitchen, and authentic dishes from Vietnam and China. Stellar Steakhouse and Club InterContinental comprise the other two, offering an inspiring culinary journey.

From the spacious, elegant lobby area to the luxurious modern guestrooms, every space here was designed with high levels of craftsmanship and artistry, resulting in a sophisticated haven of luxury, glamour, and tranquillity.

Pros

Four popular restaurants to choose from

Picturesque skyline views

Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine

Instaworthy outdoor swimming pool and onsite spa

Cons

Slow check in at peak times

Limited storage space in rooms

No rooms with private hot tubs

Best For Trendy Design

Hanoi Paon Hotel & Spa

Pros

Insta-worthy rooftop infinity pool and wellness spa

Impressive in-room cityscape views

Modern gym and restaurant

Cons

Gym could be better equipped

Air Con is temperamental at times

Best For Families

The Lapis Hotel

Pros

French colonial style with family friendly rooms

Fine Vietnamese cuisine and à la carte breakfast

Boutique style spa and modern fitness centre

Insta Worthy infinity swimming pool

Cons

WiFi can be intermittent at peak times

Elevator can be slow at peak times

Best For Rooftop Bar

Lotte Hotel Hanoi

Pros

Instagrammable rooftop bar

Two stylish swimming pools and modern spa

Four chic restaurants to choose from

Cons

No rooms with private hot tubs

Best For Budget-friendly

MK Premier Boutique Hotel

MK Premier Boutique Hotel - a traditional, bright and romantic hotel where guests can experience a relaxing stay MK Premier Boutique Hotel - a traditional, bright and romantic hotel where guests can experience a relaxing stay MK Premier Boutique Hotel - a traditional, bright and romantic hotel where guests can experience a relaxing stay

Blending traditional heritage with modern design, MK Premier is a dynamic hospitality experience ideally located in the heart of the Old Quarter.

The pride of the place is expressed through preserving original architectural elements sprinkled with smooth modern furnishings.

I loved the sense of sophistication here, especially at the MK Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, where an ambient tone was set by radiant lights and elegant red and black furniture.

This all-day establishment is where traditional Vietnamese craft is revealed through mouth-watering dishes. On-site, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a café offer a comfortable place to meet, work, and relax.

Pros

Mix of traditional and modern

Outdoor terrace with great views

MK Rooftop Bar and two onsite restaurants

State-of-the-art fitness centre

Cons

Air Con is temperamental at times

Best For Unique Stay

Melia Bavi Mountain Retreat

Melia Bavi Mountain Retreat - a rustic-chic, tranquil and eco-friendly hotel featuring a spa are, outdoor swimming pool and fitness center Melia Bavi Mountain Retreat - a rustic-chic, tranquil and eco-friendly hotel featuring a spa are, outdoor swimming pool and fitness center Melia Bavi Mountain Retreat - a rustic-chic, tranquil and eco-friendly hotel featuring a spa are, outdoor swimming pool and fitness center

Nestled in an awe-inspiring expanse of nature in the Ba Vi mountain range, this gracious boutique retreat showcases its French colonial influences through carefully chosen décor.

It is a place where European comfort and exotic Vietnamese traditions coexist, and senses are stimulated through panoramic views of the North Delta, topped with excellent service.

A rustic ambiance graces the rooms and offers a private terrace, garden, or balcony, where you can embrace seclusion amid the spectacular mountain scenery.

Of the two stunning on-site eateries, my favorite was the exclusive Tonkin Restaurant, which celebrates the gastronomic rituals of Vietnam and pairs this with global culinary trends to create an unforgettable mixture of flavors and aromas.

Pros

French colonial decor and boutique vibe

Great views of the North Delta and beautiful natural surroundings

On-site exclusive Tonkin Restaurant

Two modern swimming pools and onsite spa

Best For Rooms with Balconies

Hanoi Media Hotel & Spa

Pros

European and Asian cuisine

On-site Lux Sky Bar with great views

Asian style boutique decor and rooms with balconies

Onsite spa and restaurant

Best For Couples

Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi

Pros

Belle Époque-themed decor

Collection of art and two onsite restaurants

Well-equipped fitness center and indoor swimming pool

Fabulous views of the Opera House

Comparison Of Coolest Hotels In Hanoi

This table gives a comparison of cool and unique hotels in Hanoi based on different factors  :

Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
La Sinfonía Majesty Hotel and Spa 1B Cau Go Street $85-$282 Yes 1.1 2
SOJO Hotel Ga Hanoi 115 Tran Hung Dao Street $45-$74 No 0.95 2
Aira Boutique Hanoi Hotel & Spa 38 Tran Phu $121-$231 Yes 0.9 1
Aurora Premium Hotel & Spa 61 Hàng Bè $55-$170 Yes 1.1 1
La Sinfonía del Rey Hotel & Spa 33-35 Hang Dau $117-$290 Yes 1.0 1
Smarana Hanoi Heritage Phường Dịch Vọng Hầu $163-$263 Yes 1.9 3
Solaria Hanoi Hotel 22, Bao Khanh Street $79-$143 Yes 1.0 3
Soleil Boutique Hotel Hanoi 211 Hàng Bông Street $94-$259 Yes 0.8 3
Shining Central Hotel & Spa 20 Lo Su Street $63-$158 Yes 1.2 2
JM Marvel Hotel & Spa 16 Hang Da $95-$140 Yes 1.0 2
Grande Collection Hotel & Spa 46 – 48 Bat Su Stree $43-$88 Yes 1.2 2
InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, an IHG Hotel Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower $158-$1,064 Yes 2.9 1
Hanoi Paon Hotel & Spa 27 Hang Thung Str $60-$86 Yes 1.2 1
The Lapis Hotel 21 Tran Hung Dao St, $66-$258 Yes 1.2 3
Lotte Hotel Hanoi 54 Lieu Giai Street $129-$1,021 Yes 2.3 2
MK Premier Boutique Hotel 72 – 74 Hang Buom Street $57-$138 No 1.2 3
Melia Bavi Mountain Retreat Cote 600 $171-$495 Yes 0.79 2
Hanoi Media Hotel & Spa 11 Hang Dau $50-$72 Yes 1.1 1
Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi 29 Trang Tien Street $148-$244 No 1.5 2

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