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Hanoi Backpackers Hostel - Downtown Reviews

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

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986 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 91%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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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.


Perfect hostel to enjoy your time in Hanoi, excellent atmosphere, clean and secure. Definitely stay here if you want to have fun in Hanoi.


Hostel is far too big and it is very impersonal. The air con is turned off at 10am and only turned on again at 10pm. The staff wake you up early by throwing open the curtains, singing and talking loudly when they make the beds. Stay somewhere close-by for half the cost and twice the comfort. You can always come here just to drink. Also the food is expensive and average at best.


Best hostel of my trip so far. Friendly and helpful staff. Fantastic castaways tour and Sapa tour with awesome games, bar, disco and activities. The bar has good themes and I enjoyed pub quiz. Rooms clean with each bed having plug and lockers. Great location in old town. The only downside is no air con in dorms until evening. The 5th floor needs more fans, its unbearably hot up there in day time.


Full of energy and atmosphere, perfect place to stay to meet other backpackers. Dorms are simple but good air con and comfy beds.

  • 13th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Grat party Hostel!!! Their sunday hamburguerbarbecuewith free beer is great!! Recomnd it.


Easily one of the best hostels I've been at, though definitely a party hostel. Their tours are too expensive, book elsewhere but the hostel itself is amazing, clean, ordered and very well maintained (almost new). Breakfast was also quite nice.


Such a fun hostel that know what a backpacker wants and needs. Easy to get to know people and the staff make sure theres something happening every night. Only minus is bad wifi in the rooms


Fantastic hostel - friendly staff and great free breakfast. Each evening the bar is buzzing, but closes at 11pm so if you want to sleep early you can. Would highly recommend if you want a buzzy time in Hanoi with other like minded party goers!


Good backpackers hostel for those looking for a good fun time! Only problem was the level 5 chill out area was sooo hot, the internet was regularly down and the bar/food prices were quite expensive compared with other places! But fun staff, fun atmosphere!


Upside: Great location, great atmosphere, great meeting point. Buffallo Run with Joel was brilliant! Downside: Castaway was a disappointment. There's a time and place for getting smashed drunk at 11am and for me its not when your sailing through such a gorgeous natural landscape. I want to enjoy it and not have some idiot guide shouting buffalo at me when I forget to not drink with my right hand at 11am in the day. Big fan of drinking games normally but the guide was a moron.

  • 5th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I booked a tour to haling bay (castaway) and sa pa. From your office you told me you could rent proper trekking shoes from sapa, but there was only sneakers and almost all of them were broken in one way or another.. and have people done saps who recommend it? For me you told that its ok to do haling bay first and then saps straight away.. Halong bay is 24 h drinking games and saps trek was quite hard.. almost everyone in my group were having hard times with trekking and i did it after castaway..


Some of the lock doors beneath the beds did not lock or were broken.


You walk in here and it's a mass chaos of 18-21 yr olds...but it's organised chaos! This place is a massive one stop shop for everything- tours, food, drink, pool table and they run it pretty tight. May be off putting for people looking for a more relaxed or intimate atmosphere (or if you've come from halong as I did!) as it's just so big, noisy (downstairs) and the staff look run off their feet but the dorm rooms are pretty quiet. Very clean and well maintained.


CAN NOT FAULT THIS HOSTEL. Incredibly friendly and helpful staff, lovely dorms and bathrooms, great atmosphere.... The list goes on! The staff are very keen to ensure that we are safe when out an about in the city and provide all the help and advice you could possibly wish for. Stay here!! You will not regret it!!

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