Where We Slept is our hotel roundup from our time on the road. We hope it helps budget travelers see how far their dollar can go--even though sometimes, it's not far enough!
Hanoi is full of rooms, but the best value places go fast so it may be worth your while to book something in advance, especially if you have a set schedule.
For dorm beds, most backpackers head to May De Ville Backpackers Hostel or Hanoi Backpackers Hostel. If you're looking for a private room, both these places have them, but they don't come cheap. $25 is your best bet, and that's if you're lucky to snag something.
For our first night in town (prior to Halong Bay), we booked a family room for three ($28) in advance at Tung Treng, but breakfast wasn't included and the bathroom was tiny.
We tried to stay at May De Ville after coming back from Halong Bay, but they were full. They suggested Amanda Hotel, which was decent at $25. The biggest issue we had was the wifi, which was intermittent at best.
Several things in the room, like the tea kettle, didn't work, but they did have a great TV with movie channels! The things you value after months on the road :o)
Breakfast was included and actually quite good, with many choices in addition to eggs, which this egg allergic writer surely appreciated!
Interested in seeing the sights without paying for a plane ticket? Check out our Hanoi photo tour.
Do you have any budget travel tips for Hanoi? Let us know in the comments!