Airbnbs have revolutionised travel. Instead of professional smiles from tired shift workers, you meet the people who actually own and live where you’ll be staying — and they live in some interesting spots. From spectacular lakeside views to houses jammed up against active train tracks, here are the coolest Airbnbs for you in Hanoi.
If you don’t know about Train Street in Hanoi, have a look at it here. At this Airbnb, you get to experience what it’s like to live in the bustling area around this famed landmark. The accommodations are simple, but so are the rest of the homes around here. If you want to feel what it’s like to actually live in Hanoi, this is a good place to start.
This studiooozes cool. With views out in three sides of this room, you’ll have plenty to look at during your stay here. Think of it like a wonderful kind of television for you to watch the comings and goings of daily life all around you. And when you need some privacy, just bring down the curtains. Make this your quirky retreat when the city gets too hectic for you.
Here’s another one from BAWhome that we love. The decor and design of these funky rooms will blow you away. You’ll definitely feel like an artist staying here, because every little detail is crafted in a unique and beautiful way. And with all the space, this Airbnb is perfect for families.
Lakes have a way of making everything nicer, and this Airbnb is near two of them: Truc Bach Lake and romantic West Lake. With long walkways and waterfront restaurants, you’ll love exploring this area. When you come back from your day of sightseeing, the wooden furnishings, plants, and pieces of wicker will help you find some peace and comfort. This is a nice place to rejuvenate when the crowds start getting to you.
The hosts running this homestay have done a wonderful job of mixing traditional Vietnamese decor with modern amenities. It’s located right next to the Old Quarter, in a neighbourhood with government buildings and a vibrant street food scene. You won’t get any more central than this without getting touristy.
The rooms in this building are comfortably modern, but it’s on this list because of the view. You won’t find a better place to look out over Truc Bach Lake. Enjoy the fresh air and calm as you explore new restaurants and take in this wonderful community. And if you want to head to the tourist spots, they’re only a short cab ride away. Ideal for couples looking for a romantic retreat. Honeymoon, anyone?
Here’s a lovely apartment in cool neighbourhood just south of Hoan Kiem Lake. With a fruit and vegetable market across the street and cafes around the corner, you’ll have plenty of reasons to get out and look around. The Old Quarter is nearby as well, along with several notable museums, galleries and shops of all kinds.
The room might not be as extravagantly decorated as others on this list, but for just $12 a night, the view from this 19th floor apartment is beyond compare. And wouldn’t it be nice to do some of your own cooking for a change? That kitchen is waiting for you to try your hands at some Vietnamese dishes. There’s even a small grocery store downstairs stocked with fresh ingredients.