Travelling to Hanoi, Vietnam should be safe and fun for everyone. Here's 5 recommendations of the best Hanoi hotels for Muslim travellers you should know about.
If you are a Muslim, you certainly have heard the concept of Muslim-friendly tourism known as "Halal tourism". This term is increasingly popular over time, especially in the last few years.
“Halal tourism” is the adoption of non-Islamic Conference Organization (OIC) countries which sees the huge potential of Muslim growth throughout the world. This concept of tourism was created to accommodate the needs of worship for Muslims in non-OIC countries, such as the provision of places of worship (Mosque) and halal restaurants.
The large number of Muslims that has such a huge impact on the tourism industry in Southeast Asia makes this particular concept of tourism increasingly popular, thus affects the overall business practice among the hotels in Hanoi, Vietnam.
While there are only around 63,000 Muslims or 0.1% of the total population in Vietnam, the country is known to have a positive approach toward creating a Muslim-friendly tourism environment. So shiok, lah!
Though it is not that many, you can find some places that serve halal food as well as praying facilities near popular tourist spots in Vietnam. For instance, in Hanoi, you can come to Al Noor Mosque that is only a few minutes away from the iconic Dong Xuan market.
In addition to the praying facilities, you can also find several Hanoi hotels that are known as Muslim-friendly.
In this article, we have the list of some of the best Muslim-friendly hotels that may prevent you form giving that “last warning” attitude. Here are those hotels:
1. Hanoi Rendezvous Hotel, a Muslim-Friendly Hotel Near the Famous Hoan Kiem Lake
This Hanoi hotel is situated in Hanoi Old’s Quarter, only about 55-minute drive to Noi Bai International Airport. You can call the hotel for a shuttle if it is necessary. Each room in this hotel is equipped with amazing facilities, such as an air conditioning unit, DVD player, and a private bathroom with a hot shower, and complete amenities. So shiok, hor!
You can also use the free internet connection, express laundry services, and a tour desk. While Vietnamese and Western dishes are served at the hotel's cafe, the hotel also provides a halal meal for Muslim visitors.
Hanoi Rendezvous Hotel is only a few minutes away from the famous Hoan Kiem Lake, a peaceful lake in the centre of Hanoi that is surrounded by a lot of big trees and beautiful gardens. The lake is one of the main attractions in the district. It was famous for its “rare giant turtles” legend that sparks among the local communities. However, the “Cu Rua” or the “great grandfather of the turtle,” was found dead in 2016 (Alamak.. so sad).
Hoan Kiem Lake is still one of the best places for finding peace in Hanoi. There are many activities in this place that you can do to enjoy your visit to Hanoi; from sports such as jogging, fishing or taking part in Tai Chi exercises, which are held almost every day around the lake.
At night, this lake is crowded with a lot of vibrant, urban communities. You can even find tons of food and beverage vendors. Do not worry, most of the vendors are used to serving Muslim tourist, so they usually put a “Halal” sign in front of their food stalls.
Address: 31 Hàng Điếu, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Distance from Noi Bai International Airport: About 33km or 55 minute drive
2. Enjoying Your Visit to The Fullest by Staying at Silk Queen Hotel Hang Gai
This charming hotel infuses modern Vietnamese architecture to provide the best staying experience for all its guests. If you are looking for a comfortable stay in the city centre, this Hanoi hotel is an obvious option.
All the rooms in this accommodation is well-furnished and equipped with multiple facilities that allow you to enjoy your stay to the fullest, including free Wifi, flat-screen TV, and en suite bathroom.
Moreover, you can also enjoy the hotel facilities, such as free-to-use pool table, fitness centre, and business centre.
Silk Queen Hotel provides halal breakfast and accepts special request from Muslim guests. You can ask the staff for the direction of Kiblat or the recommended halal food around the area. They also often serve halal Vietnamese meal buffet at the hotel restaurant. This hotel is situated only a few hundred meters away from Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake, and St Joseph’s Cathedral. While there are no halal restaurant around the area, you can find quite a lot of vegetarian and Indian restaurants that should be safe for a Muslim to eat.
Furthermore, Silk Queen Hotel Hang Gai is situated only 32 kms away from Noi Bai International Airport. You can use a taxi, public bus, minibus, or hotel shuttle to get to the hotel.
Address: 100 Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Distance from Noi Bai International Airport: About 32km or 55 minute drive
3. Cosiana Hotel, The Three-Star Hotel that Always Welcomes Muslim Guests
If you are looking for a three-star staying experience in Hanoi hotel, Cosiana is the place that will not disappoint a Muslim traveller in any way. This accommodation offers spacious rooms equipped with the best facilities in town, including flat-screen TV, air conditioner, wooden-flooring, and private bathroom.
Cosiana Hotel also has a lot of additional facilities to enjoy. One of the most prominent facilities for Muslim guests is the d’Lions restaurant. This amazing eatery serves a wide selection of halal food as well as a lot of Western and Asian delicacies. Die die must try, lah!
The hotel is located in a strategic place. Depending on the traffic conditions, it may take up to 1 hour drive to get to the Noi Bai International Airport and 3 minutes’ drive from the Hanoi Train Station. You can also visit multiple tourist destinations, such as the iconic Water Puppet Theater and Temple of Literature.
Furthermore, Cosiana Hotel also has a certified massage parlour that offers a traditional Vietnamese massage service at an affordable cost. The guest can ask to be massaged by a therapist from the same gender, so it will not be a problem for a Muslim visitor.
Address: 92 Đường Lê Duẩn, Văn Miếu, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Distance from Noi Bai International Airport: 34km or 1 hour drive
4. Experiencing the Best Time of Your Life at Hanoi Imperial Hotel
Having an elegant, classy stay in Hanoi can be accomplished by spending your night at Hanoi Imperial Hotel. This Hanoi hotel is located at the heart of the Old Quarter area, which is known as one of the best places to visit in Vietnam.
Hanoi Imperial is a good place to stay for a Muslim traveller. It provides halal breakfast as well as a world-class restaurant that serves halal, non-pork menus. It also offers various modern facilities to pamper you, such as personal deposit box, TV, air conditioner unit, and bathtub. The room also has a large window that will allow for warm, natural light of the sun.
As a famous Hanoi Old Quarter Hotel, Hanoi Imperial does live up to its name. The hotel provides not only top-class facilities but also great access around the city. You can stroll around the city or do a lot of interesting activities during your stay, such as visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, walking around Ba Dinh Square, or hunting various souvenirs, fashion items, and apparels in Dong Xuan Market.
Moreover, this hotel also offers shuttle service from and to Noi Bai International Airport. It usually takes around 20-30 minutes of driving to get to the hotel from the airport.
Address: 44 Ngõ Hàng Hành, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Distance from Noi Bai International Airport: 32km or 52 minute drive
5. Stay Halal and Classy by Staying at Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Sunway Hotel is a perfect example of how to infuse classic French architecture with modern minimalist design. The style of the hotel will pick your interest the moment you walk inside the building.
This four-star hotel is a boutique Hanoi hotel with the vibrant, glowing atmosphere around its building. It has 143 rooms equipped with complete facilities, including electric deposit box, and water heater. You can also use the 24-hour fitness centre, sauna, and money exchange facility in the hotel complex.
Sunway Hotel has a restaurant called “Allante” that serves halal food. This place is known as one of the best halal restaurants in town. You can also find a selection of Asian fusion food and authentic Vietnamese delicacies (some of them are not halal food, however).
The hotel provides the best access to some of the most sought-after landmarks in Hanoi, such as Trang Tien Plaza, Thien Quang Lake, Ba Dinh Plaza, and Vincom Trade Center. All those places can be reached within 5 to 10 minutes’ drive from the hotel. They also provide car rental to drive by yourself around the town.
Sunway Hotel is located in Hai Ba Trung district, and, depending on the traffic conditions, about 1-hour drive from No Bai International Airport. The hotel provides a direct shuttle from the airport, vice versa. You can call the property to ask for the service if you need it.
Address: 19 Phạm Đình Hổ, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Distance from Noi Bai International Airport: About 33km or 1 hour drive
Finally, while Vietnam may not be the first pick for Muslim travellers, spending your holiday in Hanoi is not a bad idea. After all, there are a lot of amazing Muslim-friendly hotels that provide not only hospitality but also top-quality services and facilities.
So, chope a room at your favourite hotel now and let’s plan your visit to Hanoi, Vietnam, to enjoy your Muslim-friendly holiday!