Hidden away in the narrow lanes of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Hanoi Elite is a great-value place to stay. Its 12 guest rooms have comfortable beds and its breakfasts are cooked to order (10-50 Dao Duy Tu St; from £35).
Interesting movie on BBC World about Hanoi Metropole Hotel with the hidden bunker:
A hotel that has been the preferred address of the great and the good in this city for a century, the Sofitel Metropole Hotel has an immaculately restored colonial façade and mahogany-panelled reception rooms. Guest bedrooms in the old wing offer old-world style – the more modern wing of the hotel doesn’t quite have the same character and charm (15 P Ngo Quyen; from £190)