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Where To Stay In Halong Bay: The Best Hotels & Areas

Small boat in Halong Bay at sunset

Whether you’re taking a half-day trip or an overnight cruise of Halong Bay, you might have an idea of spending some more time in the area. Are you are wondering where to stay in Halong Bay? If your priority is resting up, then you should consider staying inland. If you choose the right hotel you can have a wonderful stay in Halong City and use the city as a base to explore Halong Bay.

During the evenings, you can wander around Halong City, visit night markets and check out other attractions in the city center, in the mornings, you will wake up viewing the magnificent Halong Bay at sunrise. Alternatively, you can choose to stay on an island, which gives you the option to go to the beach any time you want, trek by day, and visit local restaurants. Read on for some more information about the best hotels in Halong Bay and Halong City.

Halong City

Apricot Hotel

This comfortable hotel is located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter directly in front of Hoan Kiem Lake. The streets behind it are full of shops offering top tailoring services or selling elegant lacquerwares, hand-crafted ornaments, and other souvenirs. There are 123 rooms in six different categories ranging from small rooms with courtyard views, to studio apartments with living rooms and kitchenettes, to the large Masterpiece suites overlooking the lake. All are similarly decorated with contemporary Vietnamese art.

In fact, more than 600 works of contemporary Asian art are showcased within the hotel and are a genuinely interesting addition. The beds are of good quality and the showers vigorous. Atelier restaurant presents an extensive menu of Vietnamese and international dishes. Afternoon tea is served in the lobby, and drinks and snacks are available at the rooftop bar.

Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa

This hotel sits right in the center of Hanoi’s frenetic Old Quarter, close to bar-lined Ta Hien street and a five-minute stroll from local markets and craft shops. There are countless restaurants and tourist shops on the doorstep and the temple-dotted Hoan Kiem lake is 10-minutes walk away. The rooms are quiet. All are decorated in soothing neutral tones and dominated by large beds covered with quality linen. There are fitted workstations and bathrooms with generous mirrors and strong showers. Most rooms have a coffee table and chairs and some have balconies over the street. The hotel restaurant offers some of the best mid-market traditional Vietnamese cooking in the Old Quarter, with tangy noodle soups and grilled fish dishes garnished with spices and tropical herbs.

Silk Path Boutique Hanoi

This intimate boutique hotel channels French colonial style and offers stylish rooms and five-star service. It comes with an unbeatable location in Hanoi’s atmospheric Old Quarter opposite the serene Hoan Kiem Lake, with some of the best views in the city from its ninth-floor roof terrace bar. The tall, narrow building used to be an apartment block and is typical of Old Quarter architecture where space is at a premium. The 33 spacious rooms and suites come with lake or city views and are tastefully decked out in neutral tones, with polished wooden floors, bright white walls, and dark-wood furniture. The marble en suite bathrooms are compact but spotlessly clean; suites come with a bath, while each of the smaller rooms has a powerful, walk-in shower. The hotel’s small Restaurant La Cour offers all-day dining and the menu includes traditional Vietnamese, pan-Asian, or international fare.

Vinpearl Resort and Spa Ha Long

With spectacular views across the Gulf of Tonkin, the Vinpearl Ha Long Bay Resort is the largest 5-star resort in Halong Bay. Offering 380 luxury rooms with a wide selection of high standard accommodations, it is exclusively located on Dao Reu, its own private island by the white sands of Bai Chay. Some of the notable amenities here include three dining options, free Wi-Fi, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a children’s playground, and on-site water sports facilities. Guests can go diving and snorkeling, enjoy a game of tennis, or visit the nearby Sun World Ha Long Park.

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba is Halong Bay’s biggest and most inhabited island and it will undoubtedly give you a comfortable stay. During the day you can trek in the national park, then spend the afternoon at one of Cat Ba’s beautiful beaches, before watching the sunset and spending an evening at one of the local seafood restaurants.

Cat Ba Sunrise Resort

This secluded and luxurious garden getaway is nestled in a sandy cove just footsteps from the beach. Here you can enjoy panoramic views of the azure waters and lush limestone islands of the bay. The rooms offer international-channel TVs and high-speed Internet access. During the day, you will have access to the swimming pool and Jacuzzis, while in the evening, you can relish delicious meals in the restaurant.

Sea Pearl Hotel

The Sea Pearl Cat Ba Hotel features a bar and a swimming pool on the rooftop, as well as two restaurants serving a variety of local dishes. The air-conditioned rooms have sea views and come with an international-channel TV and minibar, as well as an en suite bathroom with a shower. You can relax in the sauna, enjoy a body massage or rent a bicycle to explore the area. The hotel is a mere 1-minute walk from Cat Ba Hydrofoil Wharf and a 5-minute walk from Cat Ba Market and Cat Co Beach. Cat Ba National Park is a 20-minute drive away.

Co To Island

Co To Island is still somewhat undiscovered by tourists. The main draws are its white sandy beaches, clear waters and delicious fresh seafood restaurants. As it is relatively quiet and not very developed, this island is great if you wish to explore undiscovered areas. However, it will not be the most convenient location to choose and does not cater to tourists, so you may not be able to find what you need if you’re looking for deluxe accommodation.

Hoang Trung Co To Hotel

This 3-star hotel on Co To Island offers a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge. All 58 soundproofed rooms feature free Wi-Fi and minibars. For a bit of entertainment, flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and thoughtful touches such as slippers, coffee or tea makers and irons & ironing boards. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily. The nearest beach is a 10-minute walk and the hotel is within 3 miles of Ho May Culture and Ecotourism Park, Vung Tau Lighthouse and Nghinh Phong Cape.

Quan Lan Island

Quan Lan Island lies on the outskirts of Halong Bay in Bai Tu Long Bay. It’s sparsely inhabited, with seaports on its northern and southern tips. The scenery remains mostly untouched, with three long white sandy beaches and beautiful forested areas. Quan Lan island is also a great place to sample some of the local seafood and is also home to some of Halong Bay’s culturally significant historic buildings such as the Quan Lan Communal house complex with a pagoda and a well-maintained temple that was founded in the 17th century. Minh Chau Beach is considered by many to be one of the most stunning beaches in Northern Vietnam.

Minh Chau Pearl Hotel and Spa

The 3-star Minh Chau Pearl Hotel & Spa on Quan Lan Island is a 5-minute walk from Minh Chau Beach and 2.5 miles from the island’s port. Highlights at this hotel include a full-service spa and a restaurant. The hotel has 31 rooms all with cable-channel TVs, free Wi-Fi, coffee & tea makers, and free bottled water. You’ll find nice touches like bathrobes and slippers to enhance your stay. Additionally, minibars, hairdryers, and phones are available. The spa offers deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, and aromatherapy along with access to the hot springs and sauna. There is also a Turkish hammam.


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This entry was posted May 31, 2021
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