The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Hanoi is a sprawling city, but the vast majority of visitors mostly stay within the Old Quarter of the city. This area spreads west and north of Hoan Kiem Lake and contains most of the major sights in town. Bustling yet charming by day, it turns into the city’s main nightlife hub when the sun sets, packed with street food stalls and bar terraces. This is also where the only gay bar in town, the Golden Cock, is located, so it goes without saying that most of our recommended gay-friendly hotels are in this area. There is something for every budget and taste, from grandiose colonial 5-star luxury to modern boutique vibes.
Culturally most hotels in Hanoi could be described as gay-friendly although legally there is a lack of anti-discrimination protections. As a visitor, it is highly unlikely you will be anything but welcome, and you should have no trouble checking into rooms as a gay couple.
It is worth noting that overt public displays of affection are frowned upon in Vietnamese society, even between opposite-sex couples. Holding hands is fine, but anything more than that might be considered rude.
♥ Panoramic city views
♥ Stylish and unique interiors
♥ Supremely comfortable rooms
♥ Exceptional fitness and wellness facilities
Located in Hanoi’s new business district, this stylish luxury hotel towers over the city, giving you a bird’s eye view from the floor-to-ceiling windows in every room. The spacious rooms and suites have a contemporary design that prioritises comfort, from the ergonomic office spaces overlooking the city to the pillow-top mattresses and indulgent deep-soak tubs. The gay-friendly hotel has three restaurants, a bar, and a cafe lounge, all of them blending extraordinary interior design with impeccable high-quality food and ingredients. The fitness facilities are exceptional, including a fantastic gym, yoga studio, a range of classes, tennis court, squash court, and indoor mini-golf. You can then wind down with a L’Occitane treatment at the spa, or relax on one of the cozy pod loungers by the pool.
Eclipse Legend Hotel offers clean, comfortable rooms with simple decor. The Honeymoon Suite, with its large circular bed, is a fun option for couples, and the four-person room is ideal for groups of friends. There is a complimentary breakfast served every morning, and the service is attentive. The gay-friendly hotel is located between Hoan Kiem Lake and the Red River, so on the other side of the lake from the Old Quarter. This makes it quieter than many of the more central hotels, while still being a short, pleasant walk around the park to the nightlife and sights. Eclipse is one of the most booked budget gay hotels in Hanoi.
This gay-friendly hotel has an ideal location in the Old Quarter, just a 5-minute walk from the Golden Cock gay bar. The rooms are nicely decorated in a simple, classic style, and are very clean, comfortable, and well-maintained. The Junior Suite is especially spacious and homey. The complimentary breakfast buffet is fresh and varied, with everything you might want to start your day right. The staff are lovely and extremely helpful. Overall, a very good value option. Spring Flower Hotel is one of the most booked gay hotels in Hanoi.
Melia Hanoi brings together understated contemporary design with a meticulous approach to services and facilities for a relaxing Hanoi stay. The comfortable, well-appointed rooms feature minimalist design in earthy tones, and all have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city. All the on-site food is exceptional, with an incredibly varied breakfast buffet being a highlight. The outdoor pool area is lovely and the gym is very well-equipped. The hotel is located in the grander, more colonial part of town, but is only a 15-minute walk to the heart of the Old Quarter and the Golden Cock gay bar.
Apricot Hotel is a slice of classic French luxury, set in a decadently decorated neoclassical building by Hoan Kiem Lake. The rooms are renovated to a modern standard, with vintage decor and original Vietnamese art – we recommend booking a room with lake view or one of the studios, which come with a lovely and well-equipped kitchenette. The rooftop pool – the only one of its kind in the Old Quarter – is set in a gorgeous terrace overlooking the lake. Other facilities include a first-rate spa, a good gym, and two luxurious restaurants, one French and one Southeast Asian. The hotel’s location makes it ideal for sightseeing and for gay nightlife, as the Golden Cock bar is only a 5-minute walk away. Apricot Hotel is one of the most booked luxury gay hotels in Hanoi.
Movenpick Hotel Hanoi is conveniently located just outside the Old Quarter, where the noise from the bustling nightlife is less likely to keep you awake. It is especially handy if you’re getting into town by train, as the railway station is just a 10-minute walk away. The rooms are decorated in a classic, tasteful style and are both well-appointed and extremely comfortable. The breakfast buffet – although on the pricey side – is one of the best in town and the hotel’s Vietnamese restaurant is also very good. Fitness fanatics will love the large gym, which has an excellent range of cardio and strength training equipment.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a heritage hotel containing over a century of city history within its walls. Opened in 1901, it has hosted a long list of famous figures – there is even an underground bunker you can visit that was designed to protect its prominent guests from air raids during the war. Of course, the building is stunning, impeccably maintained yet preserving its original colonial appeal. The rooms are split between two wings: the Metropole wing, which maintains the colonial aesthetic – complete with mahogany furnishings – and the more neoclassical Opera wing. There are two restaurants and three bars, spanning French and Vietnamese cuisine and offering distinct atmospheres. Facilities include a state-of-the-art modern fitness center, a charming spa, and a large outdoor swimming pool.
The Oriental Jade Hotel is located just one block from Hoan Kiem Lake and less than 2 minutes from Golden Cock bar. This gay-friendly Hanoi hotel features striking contemporary design with classic elements of Western and Vietnamese design – for instance, the rooms blend modern lines and simple palettes with vintage furnishings and dark wood accents. The beds are great, and the marble bathrooms are large and luxurious. Look out for the rooms with Cathedral or Lake views to make the most of the location. There is an outdoor infinity pool overlooking the lake, a bright and well-equipped gym with panoramic city views, and a relaxing spa.
This boutique gay-freindly hotel is ideally located in the heart of the Old Quarter, and features minimalist Vietnamese-inspired design throughout. All the rooms have elegant hardwood flooring and large floor-to-ceiling windows, some with charming street-facing balconies. One of the highlights is the rooftop bar, which is a great place to sit and watch the Old Quarter come to life at night. There is also a bright and airy restaurant and a casual cafe serving delicious Banh Mi baguettes. The Spa is also amazing, with tasteful traditional decor and natural ingredients imported from Thailand.
This luxury boutique hotel has a trendy, contemporary feel, using textures like wood and concrete and cool palettes of blues and greys. There are cozy rooms for short stays, while the spacious and well-designed suites allow you to make yourself at home. The extra-large beds are amazing, and several rooms overlook the narrow streets of the Old Quarter. The on-site Vietnamese restaurant, Red Bean, is excellent, with a top-notch breakfast buffet and a daily street food lunch buffet offering over 60 authentic dishes. The location on the western end of the Old Quarter is close to all the major sights and nightlife, including Golden Cock bar just 5 minutes away – this makes La Siesta Trendy a popular gay hotel in Hanoi.