4. Zephyr Hotel
Just south of Hanoi’s central Hoan Kiem Lake, Zephyr Hotel is set inside a colonial white and gray building with stately pillars and high ceilings.
The 40 rooms and suites are comfortable — most include a wooden headboard, French-style antique desks and some also have private balconies.
Downstairs, the lobby cafe channels French society with tiny marble tables and colorful oil paintings, while the eponymous restaurant incorporates more Vietnamese accents — think pops of red, lotus-shaped napkins and a peaceful garden.
Zephyr Hotel, 4 & 6 Ba Trieu St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
5. Maison d’Orient
Hidden down a quiet alleyway in the heart of the Old Quarter, this design-forward gem is home to eclectic furniture, funky mosaic tiles, vintage prints and local artwork. The hotel’s communal open-air terrace serves as a dining area with an east-meets-west feel, where wooden tables mingle with Asian plants and motifs.
Though cozy — ranging from 182 to 400 square feet — each of the 10 rooms has its own idiosyncratic charm, but all are awash with natural light and pretty bamboo touches.
From the hotel, main attractions like St Joseph’s Cathedral and Hoan Kiem Lake are just minutes away by foot.
Maison d’Orient, 26 Ngo Huyen, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam.
6. Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa
Another gem in the Old Quarter, the Essence Hanoi is located right next to the city’s famous Beer Corner — where travelers and locals like sit on tiny stools and enjoy drafts of light bia hoi late into the night. It’s also a stone’ throw from Dong Xuan market, which is frequented for its snacks, souvenirs and silk crafts.
A mid-range hotel, the property provides 30 rooms. Each marries contemporary Vietnamese-inspired decor with tech-savvy touches, such as complimentary laptops to use during your stay. This October, the hotel emerged from a renovation with a fresh coat of paint — light blue and gray, to be specific — and a remodeled lobby and restaurant.
Adding to the stylish ethos, the hotel also offers convenient tailoring services from its partners Kitonali Bespoke Tailor and Heydi Boutique should you be in the market for a lasting souvenir.
Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa, 22 Ta Hien St, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.
7. The Chi Boutique Hotel
The first thing you’ll notice at the sleek new Chi Boutique Hotel is a wall full of fresh flowers and leaves. The contemporary style and atmosphere continues in the 42 guestrooms, where travelers will find spacious bathrooms, lotus-inspired artwork and leafy street views.
Want a private balcony with wrought-iron details? Ask for a room at the front of the hotel.
There’s also a Vietnamese-Cantonese fusion restaurant on site, as well as a photogenic Garden Sky Lounge on the rooftop — perfect for sunset cocktails with views of the Old Quarter.
The Chi Boutique Hotel, 13 Nha Chung St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi Vietnam.
8. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Though hardly a boutique hotel with 364 rooms, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is packed with French colonial charm. Formerly the residence of the French Governor of Tonkin (the historic name of northern Vietnam), the hotel is conveniently located right around the corner from the Hanoi Opera house and the neo-Gothic St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
Inside, guests will find a few destination restaurants, including the French Le Beaulieu and the romantic Bamboo Bar in the lush courtyard, by the pool.
Likewise, the elegant rooms also add to the Indo-French atmosphere with vintage furniture, silk tapestries, green shutters and original wrought-iron details.
Since opening in 1901, the hotel has been the go-to home base for celebrities, politicians and literary figures alike, having welcomed the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Graham Greene.