What an absolutely perfect place for our introduction to Hanoi. Mr. and Mrs. Dang are so sweet and welcoming and the apartment is everything you could want. It is clean, spacious, and comes with so many amenities:
Fully equipped kitchen with condiments
Free water (from a big office-style water cooler jug)
Balcony overlooking the lively market square
Iron and ironing board
Huge comfortable bed
Well outfitted bathroom (with some toiletries and a hair dryer)
Air conditioner and floor fans
Complimentary cat who roams the outer hallway and is happy to give snuggles :)
We arrived to find a massive bouquet of fresh lilies and a bowl overflowing with fresh fruit. Mrs. Dang even brought us some packets of instant noodles, in case we were hungry (it was rather late when we got there)!
The courtyard down below transforms into a market and gets started early, so if you prefer to sleep in and are a light sleeper, you should bring earplugs. I found waking up to the hustle and bustle a complete delight - sitting on the balcony with some hot coffee and watching ladies selling a rainbow of fresh produce, fresh fish (some still swimming in their pool!), and made-to-order pho was a highlight of my entire vacation.
This is also a great location in terms of navigability and proximity. Close to everything, but just a block or two away from the super touristy streets lined with hostels.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this apartment to anybody and everybody. My husband and I were very sad to leave.