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Hanoi Backpackers Hostel - Downtown Reviews

9 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam

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983 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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Really great hostel - well organised, has everything you need and in a great location. Highly recommended!


Great hostel, well thought out beds with inbuilt lockers and each bed has it's own wall power socket and locker. Showers an toilets cleaned everyday. Only bad thing I can say is air on is not on during the day in rooms. But shouldn't even be inside during day.

  • 26th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


At night it becomes a discothek. nevertheless the rooms are quite and the air condition works well. the trips they organize are not the cheapest but definetely worth trying. you dont have to worry about anything but showing up on time in the morning. and dont forget your aspirins in case you re haeding on that party boat........


Ubelievable time here, ended up travelling with a lot of people I met here. Castaway is expensive but the memories are priceless


busy hostel. u have to book in advance. if u dont like party dont stay in there. u can stay next door and go to the pub crawl run by them. if u wanna go to Ha Long bay, go with them. it is expensive and they are not that organized but it is still the best company for backpackers because otherwise your tour will be with family of boring people.


This hostel i think is perfect for anyone. It definitely is a party histel but the say it is constructed, if you want a quiet night of good sleep, you wont hear anything from the party downstairs. It is a great place to meet people and it is very clean. They definitely rip you off on any of the tours they sell and you can get the same experience with other booking agencies sometimes for nearly half the price so shop around! Would definitely recommend staying there :)


I love this place, the staff are amazing and I love that they have western people working there. Great location and awesome activities. I did castaways, Mai chau and the buffalo run through these guys and had the most incredible time. Do yourself a favour and stay at Hanoi backpackers.


One of the best hostels ive ever stayed at. If youre unsure of this one or the Original Hostel, definitely stay at Downtown. I stayed at Original for 3 days before staying here and this one is ten times better. Enjoy!


Loved this hostel! Great party atmosphere and easy to meet lots of travellers. The hostel runs a pub crawl at night which is very fun. Drinks at the hostel bar are very cheap, and the food is good too. I did the 2 night castaway tour of Halong Bay and had the time of my life- its lots of drinking, dancing and meeting new people- its a booze cruise with pretty basic accommodation but that doesn't really matter because everyone was partying all night anyway! Highly recommended for party people :)


The wifi was very slow.


Everyone can grab your bag in the deposit room. You get a card which you do not have to fill out and can pick up every bag with this card. No one looks out if this is really your bag. The Wifi is not working at all in the room. You have to get on the floor or to the first floor where it is very loud. The place was clean though and you get to know a lot of people. The prices there are ridiculous though. For example Bus to Dong Hoi costs 35 USD and everywhere else only 15 USD. Do not book anything


Loved this place


Maybe the loudest hostel on the planet. A good place to stay if you're looking to party with a bunch of other foreigners in Hanoi. I heard their other locations are not quite as rowdy. The bar downstairs gets quiet early though (like around 12), but the people don't.


Atmosphere and facilities were overall great but the dorm bathroom had a persistent sewage smell. We also didn't appreciate how the hostel "rationed" the AC by only turning it on after 7-8 pm so that if you were in the room beforehand you were roasting. Considering how much you're paying to stay here that was a bit ridiculous. Also didn't like how you had to pay an extra 20,000 dong if you wanted an extra small scoop of baked beans, two tiny banana slices or bacon with your breakfast.


great hostel, they have lots of information and the staff is very nice


We stayed in a private room which was really expensive but was nicer than many hotel rooms. The location was an easy walk around Hanoi and near many food stands and fresh beer spots. There were always people in the bar area and always something fun going on. They have great security and are a well run machine. I would recommend their free walking tour as it gave great insight into the city. There is no other hostel quite like it - if in Hanoi you must stay here!


Amazing place to meet people , great staff , great atmosphere. Have recommended to numerous people who all loved their experience too. Didn't feel the pressure to drink or go out - lots of options inside the hostel and around the area if that's not what you feel like doing.


Had a really good stay at this hostel. Excellent bar with great choice of food and drinks. Fantastic atmosphere helped by the large communal areas. Lots of showers and toilets available. Good location. Helpful staff - booked castaway island trip through the hostel and there were plenty more trips to choose from.


Probably one of the best hostels I stayed in, during my time in South East Asia! Fantastic atmosphere, always buzzing, lovely staff, lots of events and activities. Made plenty of friends and would highly recommend doing their Halong Bay castaway tour!!!


Nice staff, breakfast included, clean dorms, showers AC are good, location is excellent - note that it's a party hostel. To be honest it think the music downstairs (in the bar) was way too loud, you couldn't hang out and just socialize without shouting each other in the face. 8 PM feels a bit early for that kind of nightclub-mood!

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