Where to stay in Hanoi for families with kids: 4 Best areas

Hi guys, on my website, I already wrote an article about safe areas in Hanoi for first-timers (I will put the link to it at the end of this article). In today’s article, I will help you to find the best places to stay in Hanoi for families with kids.

I will share with you what I believe are the best areas to stay in Hanoi for families, along with a map. I’ll also share where I stayed in Hanoi and recommend some of the best family-friendly hotels in Hanoi for various budgets.

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam, located in the northern part of the country. It is a vibrant and historic city known for its rich culture, French colonial architecture, bustling streets, and delicious cuisine. 

Some of the highlights of Hanoi include the Old Quarter, with its narrow streets filled with ancient temples, bustling markets, and street food vendors. Hoan Kiem Lake, located in the heart of the city, is a tranquil oasis where locals gather for leisure activities and relaxation.

Other must-visit attractions include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, all of which offer insights into Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage.

The city has a vibrant culinary scene, with countless restaurants, street food stalls, and markets serving up delicious Vietnamese cuisine. From pho (noodle soup) to banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) to fresh seafood dishes, there’s something to satisfy every palate in Hanoi.

Hanoi serves as a gateway to many fascinating destinations in northern Vietnam. Many tours to popular destinations depart from here, including Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh, and Sapa.

Is Hanoi a good place to visit with family?

Yes, Hanoi is a fantastic destination for a family trip. Your family can explore historical sites, enjoy delicious street food, watch water puppet shows, take day trips to places like HaLong Bay, Tam Coc, or the Perfume Pagoda.

Where to stay in Hanoi for families with kids?

The best areas to stay in Hanoi for families with kids include Old Quarter, Tay Ho, Ba Dinh, and Hai Ba Trung district. These areas offer a variety of family-friendly accommodations for all budgets and needs.

In general, The Old Quarter is the most popular area in Hanoi for families to book their accommodations. It is best suited for those who want to be in the heart of the action. This area has the highest concentrations of accommodations, and tourist amenities, so your family will have lots of choices.

You can consider staying in Tay Ho, Ba Dinh, and Hai Ba Trung District if you prefer a more residential atmosphere, quieter, bigger rooms, and more budget-friendly accommodations. The downside is that you will need to travel to the old town where most touristy things are located.

Many expats and long-term travelers stay in Tay Ho, Ba Dinh, and Hai Ba Trung. They are huge districts, so if you plan to stay in these areas, I suggest choosing a hotel closer to the old quarter for easy access to major attractions.

On one of my trips to Hanoi, I stayed at the mid-range Scent Premium Hotel. It was a good value for money hotel in the heart of the Old Quarter, so you’ll be within walking distance or a short Grab taxi ride to most things. Rooms are compact (like most hotels in the old quarter) but clean and comfortable.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Hanoi for families. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Hanoi for families with kids
Map of the best areas to stay in Hanoi for families with kids

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Hanoi, especially for families. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Hanoi have been carefully selected by me from well-known and secure booking sites such as booking.com, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. 

If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

4 Best areas to stay in Hanoi with family:

1. Old Quarter (Hoan Kiem District)

The Old Quarter is undoubtedly the best area to stay in Hanoi for families with kids. This is the heart of Hanoi, featuring ancient temples, pagodas, colonial architecture, and vibrant markets. It offers a mix of budget and upscale accommodations, along with numerous family-friendly restaurants and shops.

You’ll be within walking distance  to popular attractions like Hoan Kiem Lake, the Hanoi Opera House, and the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. Walking through its labyrinthine streets, you’ll encounter a mix of old-world charm and modern hustle and bustle.

Dating back to the 13th century, the Old Quarter was once the commercial hub of the city and is still home to many traditional Vietnamese trades. The streets are named after the goods that were traditionally sold there, such as Hang Bac (Silver Street) and Hang Ma (Paper Street).

Best places to stay in Hanoi Old Quarter with kids:

Luxury ($$$): The Oriental Jade Hotel, 5-star good value for money and family-friendly hotel in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, easy distance from popular attractions like St. Joseph Cathedral, Trang Tien Plaza and Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel has adjoining rooms which is very convenient for families. It also has an amazing rooftop swimming pool, paid airport transfer, and excellent breakfast.

Mid-range ($$): Hanoi Paradise Center Hotel & Spa, 4-star kid-friendly hotel in central Hanoi,  hidden away in an alleyway but only a short walk/Grab ride to major attractions. They have connecting rooms for families. It is within walking distance to the famous egg coffee shop, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, the prison, and markets. They can help organize tours and transports at the compatible rate. 

Budget ($): The West Hotel & Spa, 3-star family-friendly hotel in the city center of Hanoi, featuring family rooms with two queen beds which is comfortable for families of 4. You can book your tour to Halong Bay or Sapa with them, exchange money, and arrange for airport transfer. The hotel has very good breakfast with lots of choices.


2. Tay Ho District (West Lake)

Tay Ho is a popular choice for families looking for a more relaxed environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. There are plenty of parks, lakeside cafes, and restaurants, making it a great area for leisurely strolls and outdoor activities with the family.

Consideration: This area is popular for expat and long term travelers. For a first time family visiting in Hanoi, you will find it is a bit far to travel the old quarter, but Grab taxis are plentiful and cheap way to get around.

Best places to stay in Hanoi in Tay Ho District with kids:

Luxury ($$$): InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, an IHG Hotel, 5-star family-friendly hotel conveniently located in a peaceful area near Westlake and the Kim Lien Pagoda. It features a swimming pool, a fitness center,yoga/Pilates classes, free parking, and a wonderful breakfast. It is 40 mins walk to the old quarter but you can use Grab taxi which is a cheap and convenient way to get around in Vietnam.

Mid-range ($$): Elegant Suites Westlake, great family-friendly accommodation on Dang Thai Mai Street, featuring one, two, three-bedroom apartments that can accommodate up to 6 people. Each studio and apartment come with a kitchen, so your family can make your own meal. There are also laundry facilities, a fitness center, and swimming pool. The Old Quarter is a 20 mins Grab ride from the hotel. 

Budget ($): MoonLight Tay Ho, 4-star good value for money apartment complex located only a few mins walk from West Lake, featuring free parking, 24-hour front desk, and family rooms. Peaceful and quiet base near the old quarter.


3. Ba Dinh District

Ba Dinh offers a quieter alternative to the city center while still providing easy access to major landmarks. It’s a more residential area compared to the Old Quarter, with a mix of historical sites and modern amenities. 

This area is home to several key attractions in Hanoi, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. 

You will find a cluster of hotels along the Giang Vo and Doi Can area, and lots of big shopping centers here including Lotte and Vincom. If you want to stay near the government and embassy areas, you can consider air bnb.

Best places to stay in Hanoi in Ba Dinh with family:

Luxury ($$$): Lotte Hotel Hanoi, 5-star family-friendly hotel located on Lieu Giai Street, Ba Dinh, offering modern rooms, outdoor/ indoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa. It is a bit far from the old quarter and touristic attractions, but still easy to find a great shopping center and many eateries nearby. The kid-friendly Thu Le zoo is nearby.

Luxury ($$$): The Five Residences Hanoi, 5-star kid-friendly accommodation in Ba Dinh district of Hanoi, featuring one to three-bedroom apartments for families of 4 to 6. It has a 24-hour front desk, an indoor swimming pool, and a currency exchange.

Luxury ($$$): Dolce by Wyndham Hanoi Golden Lake, 5-star beautiful children-friendly hotel in Giang Vo, 20 mins Grab taxi ride to the old town. It has a swimming pool, free parking, a fitness center and a business center. They have clean and spacious rooms. The infinity rooftop pool has an amazing view. 


4. Hai Ba Trung District

Hai Ba Trung District, located right next to Hoan Kiem District and the old Quarter, is a convenient base for easy access to major sights. It is a big district, so your family will want to stay in the areas closer to the old town like Pho Hue, Ba Trieu, or Trieu Viet Vuong Street.

Hai Ba Trung district provides a glimpse into everyday life in Hanoi and offers a more authentic experience for families looking to explore beyond the tourist hotspots.

Best places to stay in Hanoi in Hai Ba Trung with family:

Mid-range ($$): The Lapis Hotel, 4-star family-friendly hotel conveniently located on Tran Hung Dao Street at the border of Hoan Kiem and Hai Ba Trung district, featuring Family Connecting Rooms which is great for families of 4. Short distance from major points of interest like Hanoi Opera House and Trang Tien Plaza.

Budget ($): Emerald Boutique Hotel, 4-star good value for money accommodation on Trieu Viet Vuong Street, 10 mins walk from Trang Tien Plaza. It has free bikes, a 24-hour front desk, airport transportation, and family rooms. Rooms are quiet and comfortable.

Luxury ($$$): Hôtel du Parc Hanoï, 5-star family-friendly hotel in Hai Ba Trung District, away from the hustle and bustle of the Old Quarter, but an easy walk or Grab ride to the heart of the action. The Thong Nhat park nearby is a great place to have a stroll and relax. 


In conclusion, the Old Quarter (Hoan Kiem), Tay Ho, Ba Dinh, and Hai Ba Trung District are the best places to stay in Hanoi for families with kids. Old Quarter is overall best base where you will have a wide range of family-friendly accommodations and easy access to major sights.

You can continue reading about Hanoi  and other destinations in Vietnam in these articles:

There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas and neighborhoods that you can stay during your family trip to Hanoi. I hope you enjoyed my article and find it both informative and helpful.

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Your feedback is invaluable and helps me continue to create more quality content.

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