Hotel Name: Church Alley Hotel
Address: No 13 Ngo Huyen Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam.
I stayed at the Church Alley Hotel in Hanoi. I booked online and picked it for its price and location in the old city. I was originally staying for a night so I just wanted a cheap room in a central location.
The hotel is in an alley off another alley that is filled with other hostels and cheap guesthouses. It’s one of the main backpacker streets of Hanoi, though not as noisy as the one near the beer street. This is one of the best areas to stay in Hanoi for budget travellers.
I was welcomed by a friendly receptionist and then was shown to my room.
I got a double room with a private bathroom, and I made sure my room had a window when I booked. Many of the guesthouses in the old city are in skinny buildings and not every room has a window. In this case my room had an unusual shape, with an entrance room and hallway with a window that connected to my room.
The room didn’t have a window but you could see it from the connected hallway. The bed was comfortable and the room was air conditioned, which is needed in the Hanoi summer.
Free water and tea and coffee making facilities.
The bathroom looked a bit shabby, with a broken shower head and mould on the window. I think I’ve stayed in more mouldy places in Hanoi than anywhere else in Southeast Asia.
As the name would suggest, the hotel is in an alley near a church. It’s near the landmark St. Joseph’s Cathedral and overall it’s a great neighbourhood to stay in if you are a visitor to the city.
There is free wifi at the hotel and I got a good signal in my room. There was a breakfast advertised but I didn’t have it there. The hotel also has a tour booking desk for onward bus connections and tours to Halong Bay.