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“A rare find with distinct character in the quiet street of Old Quarter”
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Viethouse Hanoi
Ranked #69 of 601 Hanoi B&B and Inns
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“A rare find with distinct character in the quiet street of Old Quarter”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

This 'review' is a bit unusual but I didn't actually stay here. I stumbled upon Viethouse while searching for a local cafe recommended by staff at the hotel I stayed at (my other review).

Even though there's no clear sign, the lobby area looked so interesting that I had to peak in. Upon entrance, Caroline Peter, the vivacious owner/proprietor, asked if she should come down to greet me.

I asked her if this was a hotel or an art gallery because I honestly couldn't tell. After finding out my answer, I asked her for the rate in case I choose to extend my stay in Hanoi (or return trip)

Caroline went on to show me the room. At $48 USD, the superior room is the penthouse of the 7 rooms narrow building with panoramic view of the city. Awesome value.

The location is also perfect, a stone throw away from the lake but in the very quiet street off the crazy Old Quarter traffic.

Add to the fact that Caroline is very cultured, well-traveled, and possess tremendous charm. She happily shared with me cool places to go to in Hanoi as well as very cool non-touristy itinerary to Halong and Sapa...all this even though I'm not her customer yet!

Suffice to stay, Viethouse will be my first and only hotel choice on my return trip to Hanoi (despite already being happy with my current hotel).

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a review for both the Viethouse in Hanoi and the Viethouse Lodge in Halong Bay (Tuan Chau Island)

Firstly, my partner and I have been traveling through South East Asia for the past 4.5 months and both these guesthouses/hotels were amazing.Here are the reasons why:

The owners/hosts at both locations (Caroline, Ly and his wife) were so welcoming we felt at home and received personal care. They were so helpful with information, arranging for transport, recommending day-trips that common tourists were not doing, accommodating our dietary restrictions (we're vegetarian), and making our stay memorable.

The hotel in Hanoi is the best value that we found for the location (we did the backpacker hotel rounds in Old Town). It is a slightly higher price point, but well worth the extra few dollars. It has all the modern convinces and aesthetic that you could want while keeping an artistic and vintage feel. We got the penthouse suite which has amazing light that floods in through the expansive windows on all sides. You can actually see the lake from the room. We also looked at two other rooms which were equally beautiful. Caroline is welcoming and professional and is an exceptional chef. We highly recommend that you ask for the breakfast add-on. The best breakfast we had in months!! (Seriously)

From Hanoi, Caroline arranged a very affordable and comfortable shuttle bus service to Halong Bay. We were considering taking one of the infamous boat tours, but we were so glad we didn't. Instead on Caroline's recommendation, we stayed at their sister property, Viethouse Lodge on a small island in Halong Bay.

The sweeping views are enough to take your breath away and the property has old-world charm that is extremely hard to find in Halong Bay. If you look at their website, you will not get an appropriate gauge of the beauty of their property (they are renovating it, so hopefully there will be some better photos soon).

The old brick structure with large wooden support beams, the thatched roof, the wooden windows and other heritage furniture make you feel authentic Vietnam. The only thing we think could be upgraded are the bathrooms.

There is a great pool, a delicious and affordable restaurant, and lots of photo opportunities. If you are looking for a quiet and chilled out island, a nice deck to catch up on reading, easy access to the public ferry and great hosts to boot, then this is THE place to be in Halong Bay. Much better that any boat cruise.

Here's what we recommend – one or two nights in Hanoi at Viethouse. Skip the boat cruise in Halong Bay and stay at the Viethouse Lodge in Halong Bay. The owners will give you the low-down on the local ferry to Cat Ba (which travels through the beautiful karst islands) and spending a great day exploring Cat Ba and returning to dip in the pool at the lodge.

Loved it and highly recommend both places.

Room Tip: Ask for the penthouse.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Perfectly situated, newly renovated little homey hotel with nice panoramic view from the top floors and nice street view to the old street, run by charming Australian girl. A bit more expensive than the others nearby, but worth it. For me it's really pleasant to come back to a clean lovely decorated place after full day of walking in not very clean city. I have stayed in several hotels in the center, but loved this one!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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George Town, Malaysia
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We had a 6D6N trip at Northern Vietnam on beginning of April. We had all our accommodation booked before the trip, except our last night accommodation at Hanoi.
Our first day is to explore Hanoi Old Quarter before we took night train to Sapa. So, besides enjoying the thousand years old city, we also took this opportunity to look for some unique B&B.
Viethouse Hanoi is hidden in the relatively quite street of Hang Hanh Street. We were attracted by the beautifully decorated front door of Viethouse so we went in to ask for more detail. The lobby is small but cozy. The owner delightfully showed us both superior and deluxe rooms. We love the chic design. The rooms are clean and bright so we decided to book for our last day accommodation.
When we arrived on our last day (after coming back from Ha Long Bay), we were greeted with warm welcome and 2 cups of cappuccino too :) We had the room at the top floor, with great view of Hanoi Old Quarter roof tops and Hoan Keam Lake too. You have all the basic necessity in the bathroom, and the bed is very comfortable. Oh, and I love the balcony the most.
We had continental breakfast for USD7/pax. The food is delicious and come in huge portion. None of us manage to finish it.
The location of this hotel is very good. Stone throw away from Hoan Keam Lake and Night Market.

Room Tip: Higher floors have better view
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Viethouse Hanoi
Address: 23c Hang Hanh Street | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 1234, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Hanoi
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Ranked #69 of 601 B&Bs / Inns in Hanoi
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Number of rooms: 7

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