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Hanoi Backpackers Hostel - Downtown Reviews

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

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942 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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We booked the private room on the sixth floor and loved it! The room was clean and organized, the bathroom was spacious (with separate toilet & shower), and we had a great view overlooking Hanoi. The hostel is very social and the staff is super friendly and informative. The front desk takes the time to explain Hanoi and what there is to do. However, if you're looking for great value at a decent price, this is not the place. Our private room was super expensive compared to other locations.


Really enjoyed my stay here. Large common area/bar where it's very easy to socialise and meet other travellers. The dorms are clean and comfortable and there's a great chillout area up on level 5 if you want a quiet place to relax. Highly recommend this hostel!


It's a real lively hostel with lots of people coming


Best thing about the hostel was the nights out, reps take you all to the same bars and clubs, a good way to meet people. The castaway tour, which most people book through the hostel is a bit of a rip off and we had just as good a time with Ha Long bay party cruises for half the price!


I found the hostel to be clean, the atmosphere was lively (if you're looking to be around other young Westerners that is), but the staff were quite rude.

  • 10th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very fun atmosphere, always a party downstairs, but with a chill area on the 5th floor as well. Bathrooms were cleaned constantly. Well run operation, and definitely the place to stay in Hanoi! Recommended to everyone.


Great hostel for meeting other people to explore and enjoy hanoi. Great food, fun parties, clean rooms and bathrooms, lots of storage space. Only minor issue is they turn off a/c in the rooms during the day and it can get hot!


Party hostel. Castaways was really good (but expensive). I'd recommend to anyone who wants to have a good time at night. Bar downstairs shuts at 11ish but still not the place if you want total silence at night for sleeping. Staff really good, especially Phu on castaways! Would definitely stay again.


The staff were amazingly helpful... During a lost and found issue. So nice considering they are very busy. Eat locally the food was really that goo.


Most fun hostel I've stayed at. Met wonderful people there and had a blast. The food was also great and good location for exploring the streets of Hanoi

  • 29th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Good size lockers with key. Very clean showers and toilets. Only complaint is music is loud from about 9 til 11.30 and can be heard on the 3rd floor, but the atmosphere is good for partying. Booze is expensive, just cross the street and buy a bottle for 80K with friends. Castaway thru them is designed for partying and is good, but about $100 more than other trips. If you have a good group (6 ), just find a trip for $150 ea.


They offer everything you need but more expensive as outside the hostel. Is a really clean hostel with lots of activities. Lots of parties going on but don't notice it that much if you are not that into it. Have a nice lounge on fifth floor.


Nice Partyhostel! Would recommend it!


I didnt like the behaviour of many western staff. It seemed they only worried about being nice with english western groups (aus, usa...) and even worse if you were a man (no chances to get on laid I guess) The local staff was always helpfull and always trying to pleased everybody.


Soawesome! Loved the vibe and the people, nothing to complain about in my opinion!!


One of the best hostel I've been to! More like a party hostel than a family hostel though, but the dorms are well isolated from the bar closing at 11pm. Best atmosphere so far, stayed here 3 nights.


It´s a really new great Hostel. I loved my stay there and would recommend it to everyone, who is up for a nice stay. Just remind that this is a party hostel, but if you want to sleep you can do that, because you don´t really hear something from the party downstairs.


Very modern hostel in a very central location. It's a very big hostel with so many people. BUT the tour to Castaway islands was so disappointed. Ok i wanted a party tour but party tour cannot mean drink the whole day... It was just drinking games when Halong Bay is such a wonderful place... Didn't like my alcoholic heavy drinkers ... Wasted a lot of money. Too bad because the boat, the island itself and Halong Bay are awesome...


This hostel is in a great part of town. It's new and fresh and dorms are roomy with good lockers. A great place to meet people but it's not air conditioned and gets hot. Negatives- the internet is not good, level 4 didn't work at all. Air conditioning is turned off in the rooms during day meaning you cook if you're trying to rest. Food and drinks are overpriced as are the tours. Rooms are quite expensive. I wouldn't stay here again. Stay elsewhere, save money and hangout at HBH for party time.


Only stayed for the one night before I went on the castaway tour, but it really is a great hostel. Good food, good wifi, drinks, so much space to meet people and a number of staff went out of their way to make sure I was having a good time. Wish I could have stayed longer.

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