Best places to stay in Vietnam

Home to breathtaking scenery, glorious beaches and pulsating cities, Vietnam is a must-see on any traveller's to do list. But where to stay? From grand hotels to rustic bungalows, here's our round-up of the best places to stay in Vietnam to ensure your trip is unforgettable.
Beach villa bedroom at  Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. Photo: Press release
Beach villa bedroom at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. Photo: Press release


1. InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Hanoi

The Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake hotel sits alongside an 800-year old pagoda in a serene and beautiful setting, just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Hanoi. Expect refined luxury throughout the hotel, from the sumptuous bedding and high-end toiletries in the rooms to the elegant restaurants and serene spa. Many of the rooms have lake views, or you can upgrade to one of the overwater suites on the lake's island pavilions to enjoy a stay of utter indulgence.


2. Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An

Combining minimalist chic with tasteful Vietnamese accents, this beachfront luxury hotel is a designer's dream resort. The architecture and interior of the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai have been decorated according to the principles of Feng Shui and inspired by the grand Tu Duc royal tombs. Expect villas featuring delicate Vietnamese lacquer and diaphanous silk, in which you will be tended to by attentive staff.


3. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang

Accessible only by speedboat, this secluded resort is hopelessly romantic. The Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is an all-villa boutique retreat, set in an idyllic crescent-shaped bay along Vietnam's south central coast. As one might expect, it is breathtakingly wonderful at every turn (with price tags to match), from the exquisite diving opportunities on your doorstep to the mouthwatering cuisine and private butler service.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. Photo: Press releaseSix Senses Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang. Photo: Press release.


4. Pilgrimage Village, Hue

The Pilgrimage Village is home to tranquil, relaxing rooms and bungalows, nestled among lush, tropical jungle. Close to both Hue and Danang, visitors can access both locations with ease and escape to the soothing atmosphere the resort offers at the end of a full day's sightseeing. Traditional-style, wood-furnished guest rooms are hung with modern art, while the resort's restaurants combine restful settings with menus offering fusion Vietnamese cuisine and regional specialities. To fully unwind during your stay, you can enjoy meditation, tai chi and yoga classes, as well as indulge in spa treatments, followed by a Jacuzzi, sauna or herbal steam bath.


5. Grand Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Dating back to the 1930s, the Grand Hotel is one of the longest established hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. Located on the riverside, it is just a stone's throw away from attractions including the Saigon Skydeck and the Municipal Theatre Ho Chi Minh City. A grand building with colonial styling, including high ceilings, chandeliers, wooden shutters and wrought iron balconies, this is an impressive place to stay in the city. The hotel's spa only adds to the serene setting, with a range of treatments available including traditional massages.


6. Victoria Can Tho Resort, Can Tho, Mekong Delta

The Victoria Can Tho Resort was one of the first luxury hotels in the Mekong Delta. Located on the banks of the Hau River, the hotel's decor and design perfectly complement the region's character, and its facilities are top of the range across the board, from the luxurious spa to the elegant, traditional restaurant serving French-inspired cuisine. Try to book one of the eight luxury suites; they're decked out in authentic colonial style, with wooden floors, spacious sitting rooms and balconies affording stunning views. 

Victoria Can Tho, Can Tho, Mekong Delta. Photo: Press releaseVictoria Can Tho Resort, Can Tho, Mekong Delta. Photo: Press release


7. Flower Garden Hotel, Hanoi

Located in the very heart of lively downtown Hanoi, the Flower Garden Hotel is within walking distance of the city's Old Quarter and Hanoi Botanical Garden. Attentive staff and elegant decor make this a great choice for a stay in the capital city. The hotel's facilities include a fully equipped gym and a spa offering treatments including massages, facials and hot stone treatments, while the two on-site restaurants offer menus of Asian and European cuisine. 


8. Hotel Saigon Morin, Hue

Set in one of Hue's restored riverside colonial buildings, Hotel Saigon Morin's wide selection of rooms offer panoramic city or river views. Located along the Perfume River, close to the Trang Tien Bridge, the hotel is within walking distance of Hue's historic Imperial City. The hotel's main restaurant serves classic Vietnamese dishes, while the Panorama Bar offers a relaxing atmosphere and sweeping views of the city skyline. 


9. Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa, Hoi An

An exclusive boutique retreat set in tranquil countryside, the Hoi An Trails Resort & Spa is the perfect place to recharge and relax. Tucked between idyllic sandy beaches on the East Vietnam Sea and the bustling city centre, this resort offers luxurious accommodation in a wonderfully convenient location, complemented by a spa and a beautiful outdoor pool surrounded by fragrant frangipani trees.


Ready to take a trip to Vietnam?

Insight Guides can help you plan and book fantastic trips to Vietnam. Simply get in touch with us to share your ideas for the trip and to let us know when you would like to travel. We will then create a personalised itinerary based on your preferences, which you can amend until you're completely happy with every detail before booking. Our existing itineraries in Vietnam can help with ideas, and remember that all of our planned itineraries can be tailored to suit your requirements.


Updated 5 September, 2019