16 Classic Hanoi Airbnbs for Under $40 a Night

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From classique colonial buildings and converted shophouses, right through to serviced condos and minimalist lofts, Hanoians know how to do Airbnb. There are hundreds of Airbnb listings in Hanoi—both in the charming Old Quarter, and in surrounding neighbourhoods that hold something extra special for those willing to venture outside the touristic centre. Each of these 16 hand-picked Hanoi Airbnb rentals is beautifully designed, well-appointed, and boasts largely positive reviews from past guests. Best of all, they could be yours for less than 40 USD a night. I could see myself living in any one of these apartments… In fact, we did try to rent one of them for a year!

Here is my round up of the very best Hanoi Airbnb accommodations for under 40 USD a night. If you’re tempted to lock one down and you’d like to receive 55 AUD towards your first Airbnb reservation, follow this link!

 


 

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Best Hanoi Airbnb rentals in the Old Quarter

When my friends ask for recommendations on where to stay in Hanoi, I usually point them straight to the Old Quarter. Yes, it’s by far the most touristy part of Hanoi—but it’s also the most atmospheric (and photogenic). If you’re on a tight budget, a hostel in the Old Quarter is probably your best bet. If you have a bit more to spend, why not try an Airbnb instead.

Space in the Old Quarter is limited, so staying in this area almost always means having to settle for a smaller place and an older building (lovely, of course, but be warned: plumbing and pest issues in old houses are not uncommon). As a general rule, you’ll have to pay a premium to stay in the Old Quarter, too. On the plus side, you’ll have everything you need (cafes, street food, international restaurants, night markets) right on your doorstep.

You can distinguish the Old Quarter from the rest of Hanoi on Google Maps—it’s the lemon-coloured area to the north and west of Hoan Kiem Lake. I’m being generous with this category and including a few properties that are immediately south and east of the Old Quarter proper.

 

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B2 Modern Loft Style Condo

Entire loft | From 37 USD/night

Guests must first wind their way through narrow Hanoi alleyways to locate this Airbnb—so it already gets an ‘A’ for Authenticity. A converted loft in a colonial house, the space features French doors and shutters, and a private terrace overlooking a bustling street. Designed by the owner-architect, the loft’s two bedrooms (sleeping up to four people), small kitchen and light-filled bathroom are all thoughtfully decorated.

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Full of Lights

Entire apartment | From 15 USD/night

This fifth-floor walk up is located in the southwest corner of Hoan Kiem Lake, a few short blocks from the Old Quarter. The sparse and super-clean living room has a few Hanoian flourishes in the form of cane furniture, woven mats, and colourful propaganda posters. As well as a separate bedroom and huge windows (it is, indeed, ‘full of lights’), the apartment features two Hanoi-style enclosed balconies—the perfect pace to sip your morning coffee.

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Hay Nest

Entire apartment | From 29 USD/night

Built at the turn of the century, this apartment building has stood the test of time and still contains many of its original 1920s furnishings. Paired with pressed tiles and accents of Indochinese mustard, Hay Nest typifies the old-world charm of Vietnam’s colonial days (which are very vogue, at least from a design point of view). Dark wood folding doors partition off two bedrooms from a living room and reading niche. The location is great—the apartment is just at the edge of the Old Quarter, close to the Opera House and Hanoi’s French Quarter.

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The Anam Apartment

Entire apartment | From 38 USD/night

Mere steps away from Hoan Kiem Lake on Hang Bong (Silk Street), if you’re looking for a central location, it would be hard to beat this listing. The Anam is styled in a “1940s-novel-set-in-Hanoi” kinda way (to borrow the owner’s words), with colonial-esque high ceilings to keep the space cool in summer, and sleeping lofts that mimic those added to French houses by Vietnamese homeowners to accommodate their growing families. Every nook is adorned with porcelain vessels, framed vintage maps, and Art Deco flourishes. It also features a small balcony.

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Cozy Hanoian Homestay

Entire apartment | From 39 USD/night

Also in Hanoi’s French Quarter, close to the Metropole Hotel, this simple studio apartment has a clean, modern design, replete with wooden palette bed. There’s a kitchenette in one corner—glass sliding doors on the opposite side of the room let in natural light.

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The Ivy Haus

Entire studio | From 14 USD/night

The owners of this studio (and a second and third listing in the same building) were inspired to get started on Airbnb after they themselves had a bad accommodation experience. Thus, the hosts take extra care with their guests, offering a 24/7 ‘concierge service’. Just south of the Old Quarter and a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, each studio in Ivy Haus includes its own private bathroom, loft space, and a small balcony. I love the round windows and the hilltribe textiles they’ve chosen for the walls.

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An Nam House

Entire apartment | From 39 USD/night

With one of the most spacious balconies I’ve seen in Hanoi, this rental would be perfect for anyone visiting Hanoi in summer. The apartment is located on the second floor of an old French building, right on the southern tip of Hoan Kiem Lake and overlooking Trang Tien plaza, Hanoi’s upmarket department store. The room, which includes two double beds and a fold-out couch, was recently refurbished and is decorated with gorgeous hand-made mats and quilts. Because of its location on a main road close to the lake, this apartment comes with a noise warning.

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Best Hanoi Airbnb rentals outside the Old Quarter

While first-time visitors to Hanoi may prefer to immerse themselves in the hustle and bustle of the Old Quarter, there are some lovely local accommodations to be found in Hanoi’s central suburbs. Away from the tourist crowds, these Airbnb listings come with a complementary slice of everyday life in Hanoi.

 

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Lily Homestay Le Hong Phong

Location: Ba Dinh (close to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum)

Private room & en suite | From 18 USD/night

The area around the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one of my favourite parts of Hanoi (it also happens to be where we live). This apartment backs onto the historic Ba Dinh Square, and is still only a short 10 minute walk to the center of the Old Quarter. Rooms are decorated with exquisite Dong Ho paintings (a traditional Vietnamese style of print), and woven baskets strung from the ceiling. The nightly rate includes access to one of the building’s two communal kitchens.

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Homie Hanoi

Location: Ba Dinh (close to Truc Bach Lake)

Entire loft | From 17 USD/night

Also in Ba Dinh but further north towards vibrant Truc Bach Lake, the dark colours of this modernist loft give it a cosy, classy feel. Its main-street location is great for accessibility (only a 15 minute stroll to the Old Quarter)—but it can get noisy, so guests are advised to make use of the earplugs provided. It’s also worth noting that the loft has a very low roof, so it may be unsuitable for tall folks.

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Le Bleu Ha Noi

Location: Long Bien (over the bridge from the Old Quarter)

Entire apartment | From 29 USD/night

I feel an instant sense of calm wash over me whenever I look at photos of this apartment. Set high in a modern apartment building (don’t worry, there’s an elevator), Le Bleu commands magnificent views of Hanoi and the silvery Red River. The apartment is located in Long Bien, a short hop from the Old Quarter across the famous Long Bien Bridge. Stay here, and you’ll get to experience a whole other side of Hanoi—literally.

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OHHO House

Location: Quang An (West Lake)

Private room & en suite | From 35 USD/night

Quang An, on the northeast shore of West Lake (the larger of Hanoi’s two big lakes), is a favourite neighbourhood for expats. The streets may feel a little less ‘Hanoi’, but the cafe, bar and restaurant scene in Quang An is fantastic. There are a few rooms to choose from at OHHO House—this one features floor-to-ceiling French windows, a private balcony, and a view out towards the lake (it looks a bit like a yoga studio, no?). All rooms have private access and there’s a common lounge and kitchen on the building’s ground floor. It’s 15 minutes’ drive to the Old Quarter—and Quang An is basically halfway to the airport (just another 25 minutes), making it an ideal place to spend a layover.

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Tranquil Room Nearby the Lake

Location: Truc Bach

Private room & en suite | From 23 USD/night

Truc Bach is sort of like Hanoi’s ‘second’ Old Quarter. Many of the buildings on the island are of a similar vintage, and Truc Bach’s street food culture is of the same ilk (albeit toned down—it’s more of a more residential area). If you need respite from Hanoi’s chaos but still want a central location, Truc Bach would be one of my top picks. This pretty room and en suite features a comfortable bed and a classic Hanoi balcony.

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Emerald Studio

Location: Hang Bai (south of the Old Quarter)

Entire apartment | From 26 USD/night

Fresh and homely is how I would describe Emerald Studio. Its location down a labyrinthine alleyway (“down the Rabbit Hole,” as the owner puts it) just south of the Old Quarter puts it a little bit further off the map—but for that price, I’d be willing to walk. The kitchen is well-appointed, with a French Press coffee maker, and the listing makes specific mention of the acoustic guitar (free to strum for a limited time only). I’d love to know where that ladder leads…

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La Casa

Location: Ba Dinh (close to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum)

Entire apartment | From 35 USD/night

La Casa is one of two short-term rentals located in our apartment building and managed by our landlady’s son. I’m a bit biased, but I really love the Ngoc Ha neighbourhood—especially the laneways and lakes behind the building, which are really fun to explore. There’s a local market down the street, and it’s a manageable walk to both the Old Quarter and Truc Bach. The apartment is furnished in a style that I can only describe as ‘Pin-worthy’ and looks out over the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hanoi Botanical Garden.

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Modern Apartment with Amazing View in Hanoi Old Quarter

Location: Ba Dinh (close to the Temple of Literature)

Entire apartment | From 20 USD/night

The name says it all—this apartment is clean and functional, but would you look at those views! Floor to ceiling double-glazed windows overlooking Hanoi’s Hang Day stadium give guests a rather unique perspective of Hanoi (ask the owners if your stay coincides with game day). This listing is close to our place, so I can vouch for the cafe and restaurant scene. It’s a short walk to the Temple of Literature and about 20 minutes to the Old Quarter.

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Tuta’s House

Location: Ba Dinh (close to West Lake)

Private room & en suite | From 16 USD/night

Another alleyway gem, the host family at Tuta’s House are constantly praised for their hospitality. This studio occupies the second floor of a private three-storey house and featuresa big picture window that looks out onto tree tops. The location is excellent—close to West Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and a 15 minute drive to the Old Quarter. If you want a truly local Hanoi experience, trying taking the bus!

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Over to you! Have you stayed at a particularly special Airbnb in Hanoi (or elsewhere in Vietnam)? What do you look for when choosing an Airbnb listing—location, size, design—or something else entirely? Leave your recommendations in the comments!

 


 

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