"Think again" Hanoi Capital Hotel Tip by roseoctober

Hanoi Capital Hotel, Hanoi: 11 reviews and 22 photos

We spent five days at the Hanoi Capital Hotel. We found the hotel cheap, the rooms clean and well serviced.

However, Hang But is NOT a quiet street even though it it not a through street. It is clogged with motorbikes through which you pick your way to the hotel entrance. The roar of the traffic, with almost compulsory horn honking, was a major annoyance well into the late evening. Then, when that had subsided, the locals took back their street for shuttlecock or parties, while the din from the adjoining through streets served as constant background noise. If you are used to noise, and I mean noise, then consider this hotel. (Unless they have soundproofing, perhaps every hotel in the old quarter has a noise problem.)

The hotel looks quiet central on the map. What makes getting to the market, Hang Bac (silver), or the lake, is that the footpaths are NOT for pedestrians - they are for motorbike parking or cooking. Therefore, what looks like a reasonably short walk becomes a marathon run IN THE TRAFFIC which, by the way, is not governed by any sort of rules! When gridlock hits - mainly at intersections - in peak times, there is no way out for pedestrians. They are gridlocked, too, as there is no escape to the "footpaths". Crossing the street is an act of faith that motorbikers will judge your speed and direction and miss you!

Do NOT change money at this hotel. Use the bank a few blocks away in Hang Bo. Book your own taxi from and back to the airport.

See the Temple of Literature and visit Craft Link opposite before you buy in Hanoi.

There is a French bakery nearby, a laundry in the next street and a handimart in Hang Bong. Take your own dishes if you want takeaway from the many corner cookeries. We found the seats too small and too low.

Address: No. 4 Hang But, Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: The old quarter, Hanoi
Price: US$20-40
Theme: Hotel
Website: http://

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  • Written Oct 16, 2011
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