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16 Ly Quoc Su st., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

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438 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 79%Facilities

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Very good quality for the price, but not the best hostel in Hanoi. If you want something cheap, this is a solid place to stay (and the free beer hour makes meeting people very easy). However, there is not a lot of common space.


There was no hot water on the fifth floor and the toilet didn't work on the fourth floor. The shower room smelled. It's a five dollar hostel so keep your standards low. They are quick to apologize, but the facility as a whole needs work. Free beer each night was nice and you can have a bread and coffee for free. Wouldn't stay again.


Great hostel. Clean, safe, friendly staff and close to the old quarter that is easily accessible by foot. Great stay here for Christmas. The staff knew how to make everyone feel like the hostel was a home away from home over the holiday period.


we had no water on the bathrooms for two out of three days of our stay. the common area is a dungeon, it looks always dirty as well as the rooms but you only are paying 5 dollars : / the staff is really friendly you may be draw by the free beer but you can get that in other hostels with other perks. good for party and in dirtiness

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Hi Julio, Thank so much for take time to review our hostel! The water problem we did imform everyone that its not just our hostel and there are no water for all of the area but it only for 2,3hour for that few day and its problem of the city and our goverment so only thing we could do is wish itsn't happend again:). we hope you and everyone will understand for us! for cleaning we do daily so i have no idea whats standard of your clean? we will you will enjoy your next trip. Regards!


Stayed there a whole week, loved the one hour of free beer every night!


This place has 2 buildings about 100 meters from each other. The bunk beds are small but plenty of room in the dorm with lockers. My friend had his own room which was roomy, had its own bathroom. The staff are very helpful with booking tours and other information about the city. Lots of people hanging out, easy to meet fellow travelers. They have free beer for 1 hour every night, usually gets the party going. Recommended for backpackers, people looking to mingle and someone cost continues.


The hostel was very well located with lots of places to grab food and buy stuff nearby. The room was small but pretty clean and everyone had his own locker. They offered free beer for one hour in the evening, breaky was included (nothing special, but still...), staff was helpful for both tours and transfer to and from the airport: it's hard to ask for more for 5$!


This hostel is great to meet other people. The only thing I didn't like was that it was aloud to smoke inside the bar. The location is great and the rooms are okay. The beds are really hard... The staff is friendly and willing to help you.


Nice, clean, great bathrooms! Friendly staff 😄


Ideal location in the old quarter, helpful and knowledgeable staff, best boss in the business. I wouldn't stay anywhere else.


A great place to stay in Hanoi, near to tourist attractions. Good social areas and helpful staff. The rooms were very comfy although our door didn't lock but a locker was provided with a key from the hostel.


Very important thing -staff speak English!!! It was very nice to stay there. Place has very nice location. Walking distance to all important places. Rooms were clean and had balcony :) Breakfast was ok, regular one - eggs or jam!


Rooms were cleaned daily, hot showers, friendly staff and of course free beer (no one said it had to be nice beer) Not a noisey place as bar shuts at 11pm, so you can still get an early night if needed. I booked Ha Long bay through the hostel and it was worth it. Prices are competitive with those out in the street. I'd recommend this to anyone.


Good place to stay, cheap, pretty nice rooms cleaned daily, in the middle of the old quarter. the staff are all freindly and accomodating. Oh and an hour of free beer in the evening in the back room, pretty hard not to meet people there! The only downsides: the beds are rock hard and some of them have bed bugs (but i think most places where people only stay for a night or two have this problem (high turnover of dirty backpackers!)

  • 6th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Free computers, free beer (EVERY NIGHT!!), and great woman at the front desk. 24 hour reception. This place is more than decent, it's pretty well rounded for sure. Top 5 hostels I've been at in Northern SE Asia.


The lock on my safe fell out when I tried to lock it, I told the desk and they wouldn't fix it until the next day, luckily I was traveling with friends. The air con didn't seem to work in the room at night and the free breakfast was terrible, way over cooked bread and eggs and coffee that tasted like rubbing alcohol. The staff in the morning seemed to be fixing many things so they were trying to improve. But I would not return.


Great staff, clean rooms, good wifi, good common room and free beer. Worth staying here


This hostel was lovely :) the staff were fantastic


Free wifi, free breakfast, free beer, friendly people. What more can you want.

  • 1st Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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