Maison d’Hanoi is a newly-opened hotel in the middle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter action, only a few blocks away from the great boutiques on Nha Tho Street (also home to the cathedral). The hotel bills itself as ’boutique’ but with 55 rooms it doesn’t exactly feel small and intimate! The mod-Asian decor is a refreshing change from old-world/colonial or stock standard hotel blah, as often found in Hanoi – I particularly loved the painted red Chinese-style chests (very A.G.I.A!). We just stayed here for a few nights and found it highly convenient, albeit a little over-popular.
Stay for: the central location, the fresh, contemporary Asian decor
Not for: peace and quiet (the hotel is still undergoing some construction and there’s a lot of staff coming and going – my trusty Hanoi LUXE city guide was right!), fresh air (some rooms have no windows)